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Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

Pick up this beginner bath bomb recipe and get started in the exciting process of creating your own bath bombs at home.

| January 2018

  • You can find most of the equipment you need in your kitchen.
    Photo by Elaine Stavert
  • You can buy bath bomb ingredients online through soap supply shops.
    Photo by Elaine Stavert
  • Make sure to evenly incorporate the color into your mixture.
    Photo by Elaine Stavert
  • “Bath Bombs” by Elaine Stavert gives crafty readers a guide to creating basic bath bombs, as well as 15 fragrant recipes to test.
    Photo by Anthony Bailey

Bath Bombs (GMC, 2014) by Elaine Stavert whips up 15 fizzy and fragrant bath bomb projects to try out at home. Along with a basic starting bath bomb recipe, Stavert gives tips on finding objects around the house you can turn into bath bomb moulds. The following excerpt is her recipe for a basic bath bomb.

Use this basic recipe for making all the bath bomb projects in this book. Once you have mastered it, you can adapt it to create your own bespoke bath bombs.


• 300 grams (11 ounces or 1 cup) granulated citric acid
• 600 grams (1 pounds, 5 ounces, or 2 cups) bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
• 1 teaspoon essential oil or fragrance oil
• 1 teaspoon herbs, glitter, and/or liquid color
• 5 grams (approximately 0.2 ounces or 1 teaspoon) oil or melted butter
• Binder – water, witch hazel, or floral water in a spritz or spray bottle

Alternative recipe

If you want to make more economical bath bombs, you can use one part granular citric acid to three parts bicarbonate of soda (baking soda); however, we recommend using the quantities stated in the basic recipe if you are using oils or butters (as these ingredients may reduce the fizz in your bomb).

Making the mixture

1. First measure out the citric acid and add to the bowl.

2. Measure out the bicarbonate of soda and sieve the ingredients on to the top of the citric acid.

3. Make a well with your fingers and add any other dry ingredients, such as herbs, glitter, etc.

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