Last-Minute Gift: How to Make Bath Bombs

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Jen_W Jennifer Worick, contributor
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A few inexpensive ingredients and a plastic ice cube tray are all you need to make fizzy bath bombs.
Add essential oils to the mixture, taking care to add the correct number of drops.
Package a few bath bombs in a cute container and youve got a perfect little hostess or coworker gift.
A few inexpensive ingredients and a plastic ice cube tray are all you need to make fizzy bath bombs.

A few inexpensive ingredients and a plastic ice cube tray are all you need to make fizzy bath bombs.

Photo: Jennifer Worick

I love my tub, probably more than I should. And on a snowy winter day (or any other one, for that matter), I love relaxing in a bath with a bath bomb, infused with my favorite essential oils. These little beauties make lovely gifts for friends and family, and they’re just the thing to recharge your batteries during the holidays.


A few inexpensive ingredients and a plastic ice cube tray are all you need to make fizzy bath bombs. 

For one tray of bath bombs, you’ll need:

  • Parchment paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Whisk or fork
  • Approximately 15 drops peppermint essential oil and 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2–3 tablespoons witch hazel in a spray bottle
  • 1 large plastic ice cube tray

Step 1: Lay out a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. In a large bowl, add the citric acid and baking soda, using a whisk or fork to mix thoroughly. Sprinkle essential oil into the mixture and mix again, making sure to evenly distribute the essential oil through the powder. Doesn’t it smell divine?


Add essential oils to the mixture, taking care to add the correct number of drops. 

Step 2: Spray the witch hazel into the mixture with one hand. With the other hand, continue to mix the contents of the bowl. You’ll feel the powder starting to get damp after several minutes.


Spritz witch hazel into the mixture until it starts to clump. 

When you can clump the mixture in your fist, pack it tightly into a plastic ice cube tray (earmark a tray just for bath-bomb making). Work quickly as the witch hazel is already evaporating.


Pack your mixture tightly into your ice cube tray and allow to dry slightly.

Let your bath bombs dry slightly, then slightly twist the ice cube tray to pop them out on parchment paper. Let them dry completely, and whatever you do, keep them away from water until ready to use.


Slightly twist the tray to release the bath bombs onto parchment paper to finish drying.

Store them in a plastic container, seal them in baggies, or wrap each one in acetate to give as gifts.


Package a few bath bombs in a cute container and you've got a perfect little hostess or coworker gift. 

To use: When you are ready to take a tub, draw a bath and as you sink into the water, drop one or two bombs in the tub. Enjoy the fizzy fragrance.

In the future, you can find me at my website or blogs, Things I Want to Punch in the Face and Prairie Tales. My new book, Backcountry Betty: Crafting with Style, is in stores now.

posted in: gifts, body, bath bombs

Comments (3)

Danas_Dalliances writes: Where can I buy citric acid?

Posted: 4:44 pm on July 15th
snowyzdaughter writes: This ought to really 'tickle' my grandaughter for her January birthday!
Posted: 7:04 am on January 3rd
MichaelaMurphy writes: Hmmm, I know what I'll be making when I get back to Seattle. I have some Kiehls cucumber oil that would be dreamy. Bombs Away and all that
Posted: 2:31 am on December 23rd
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