Some of my favorite gifts to give friends and family are handmade bath and body goods. The older I get, the more I realize that there are few things as wonderful as a long soak in a hot bath scented with gorgeous essential oils. No one gets that more than your mother! This Mother’s Day, my go-to bath gifts include this super invigorating lemon bath bomb recipe and label. It’s easy to make with just a few basic supplies and beautiful to watch and smell as the bomb fizzes away into bath water. Of course, you can substitute the lemon essential oil for almost any other scent (make sure to do research on your essential oils before hand though!) but I really am partial to lemon. It’s a clean scent that is rarely overpowering and usually loved by most!
First thing’s first, you’re going to need a few supplies to make the actual bomb. You’re going to need 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid (I found mine in the canning section of the grocery store), 1/2 cup Epsom salt, 3/4 cup cornstarch, 2 tbsp oil (I like sweet almond oil but coconut will work too), 2 tbsp water, and 30 drops lemon essential oil. You can also add a few drops of soap coloring (or food coloring). Begin by mixing the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
Mix all of the wet ingredients in a smaller container and slowly add to the dry items. When I say “slowly” I mean really slow. If you add more than a few drops at a time you’ll activate the citric acid and your bath bomb won’t fizz up later when you add it to the bath.
You know the mixture is perfect when you can squeeze a clump in your hand and it doesn’t fall apart. Continue adding tiny amounts of liquid until you reach that stage.
Push the mixture into a mold and allow to harden. I used soap molds for this tutorial but you can also go with the bath bomb standard, an ornament globe.
Let the bath bomb harden in your mold for at least 24 hrs before removing to dry completely.
Once the bath bomb is completely dry, you can either use it immediately or cover in plastic wrap to gift.
I made some pretty lemon bath bomb labels that fit on these soap labels from OnlineLabels.com. They worked perfectly for both the mold shapes I used!