Lemon vanilla bath bombs combine uplifting and comforting scents for a delightful fizzy bath experience. I love to make my own bath bombs for myself and to give as homemade gifts. Read on for full directions and the Lemon Vanilla Bath Bomb recipe.
A few weeks ago, I picked up a few clear plastic ornaments at a holiday clearance sale. The ball-shaped kind that break apart into two pieces like a plastic Easter egg. The 60mm size round ornaments are a nice size to use as molds for DIY Bath Bombs. Anything bigger than that, and the bath bombs really start to get huge.
This basic recipe for homemade bath bombs uses common household ingredients like baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, coconut oil and Epsom salts. It is the baking soda and citric acid that make all that awesome fizziness when they come into contact with your bath water.
Even though Citric Acid is commonly used, it isn’t quite as easy to find in stores as baking soda. I usually go online to somewhere like Amazon and buy a 5 pound bag, which is enough citric acid to make many batches of bath bombs.
Considering that one bath bomb from the Lush store costs around $7 or $8, it is a lot cheaper to make your own bath bombs at home — even though it means making an initial investment in the ingredients. Things like baking soda, corn starch and coconut oil are always handy to have in the pantry.
To turn the basic bath bomb recipe into this scented Lemon Vanilla Bath Bomb Recipe, I add a few drops of Lemon Essential oil and Vanilla. I love the fresh lemon citrus scent paired with the warmth of vanilla. For natural color, I added a few tablespoons of dried lemon peel (lemon zest.) Dried Lemon Peel can be found in the spices section of the grocery store.
What You’ll Need To Make This Lemon Vanilla Bath Bomb Recipe:
- Clear 60mm Round Ornaments (to use as a bath bomb mold) Note: You can use muffin pans as bath bomb molds. I like to use a silicone mini muffin pan.
- Citric Acid (link to the 5 lb bag of Citric Acid I bought on Amazon)
- Baking Soda
- Epsom Salt
- Corn Starch
- Coconut Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Dried Lemon Peel
You’ll also need a large mixing bowl, a small bowl, measuring cups and spoons, and a whisk. Once you have gathered the ingredients, you are ready to get started on your bath bombs!
PHOTO: Mixing It Up. In case it is helpful to see what the wet and dry ingredients should look like when they are combined and ready to press into the molds:
PHOTO of bath bombs drying inside the clear round plastic molds:
If you have any questions about how to make these bath bombs, please feel free to ask me in the comments below. I hope you enjoy making your bath bombs, and more importantly, USING your bath bombs for a relaxing bath time experience.
I have made fizzy bath bombs several times. The truth is, it can take more than one try to get it right. I have accidentally added too much water and had to throw away an entire batch of bath bomb mixture because it activated and started fizzing. It was frustrating, but also helped me to learn what NOT to do. You may want to make a half batch of this recipe, just to get a feel for it.
What’s easier than making bath bombs? Making your own body scrub! You’ll love this no-fail Pina Colada Body Scrub. Made with relaxing Epsom Salts, it can also be used as an aromatherapy bath soak. Get the recipe at my Pina Colada Bath Salts and Body Scrub blog post.
Pina Colada Salt Scrub
If you want to try another DIY bath bomb recipe made with Pink Himalayan Salts, check out my other blog post for Homemade Heart Shaped Bath Bombs:
Give this amazing Strawberry Bath Bomb Recipe a try. Made with real strawberries for a natural pink color!