We tackle how to make bath bombs in honor of National Bubble Bath Day, January 8. These easy-to-make, heart-shaped bath bombs are a perfect DIY Valentine’s Day gift. They are not only beautiful, they also provide a little bit of calm and a lot of relaxation for anyone lucky enough to receive them. And I think we can all agree, both are something each of us could use more of in these hectic times.
So on National Bubble Bath Day, we’re sharing our take on how to make these heart shaped, floral bath bombs. It’s literally a great recipe to pamper yourself with a delightful dose of self-care. It’s also thoughtful gift to give to your friends or family for Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or just because you care on any given day of the year. But most importantly, these bath bombs are a really great way to celebrate National Bubble Bath Day!
BOTH PRETTY AND POPULAR …
Bath bombs are exploding, not only in tubs around the world but also in global popularity. Lush, one of the leading manufacturers of theses oh-so popular orbs, sells 17 bath bombs every minute. And that’s just in the U.K. alone, according to Byrdie. The popular brand’s bombs were created by Lush Co-Founder Mo Constantine in 1988. Today, more than 30 years later, they are still fizzing, spinning and soothing their way into our tubs and our hearts.
They’ve also created huge Instagram buzz. From A-list celebrities like Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio, to reality stars such as the Kardashians and Jenners, almost everyone who is anyone has snapped a striking photo of a bath bomb (or two) exploding in their tub. They have even earned their own unique hashtag, #tubart.
What’s the secret to all of this success? Scientifically speaking, it’s the combination of baking soda and citric acid that give the bombs their fizz. Realistically, it’s simply an affordable and tranquil bit of luxury that can add an element of calm, sophistication and fun to the end of anyone’s long day.
For National Bubble Bath Day, I scoured the internet to find a recipe that was easy, fizzy and a bit foamy. You can’t have bubble bath day without bubbles! I also wanted ingredients that would be soothing and all natural. Here’s the formula which I used and turned out to meet all of my expectations nicely:
EASY BATH BOMB INGREDIENTS:
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup corn starch/
Three teaspoons bubble bath
One tablespoon witch hazel
DRIED FLOWERS HER
- Combine baking soda, citric acid and corn starch in a mixing bowl.
- Blend all the ingredients together with a whisk.
- Add the bubble bath to the mixture, one teaspoon at a time. Add the witch hazel and coloring. I wanted my bombs to be pink and used this cosmetic grade, mica-based pigment color:
While researching this project for this day, I read a tip that worked really well. Using a spray bottle to combine the witch hazel and mica food coloring allowed me to add moisture to the dry mix in a controlled fashion. The mixture needs to stick together just enough to be packed firmly into the molds. If it get too wet, it will puff up. The spray bottle idea was perfect!
If you want to make your bath bombs heart shaped, you’ll need to use a silicon mold. Here’s the one I purchased and it worked great:
Next, cut fresh or dried flowers. I used hot pink carnations.
Place the cut petals at the bottom of the molds.
I also wanted my heart shaped bombs to be glittery. I accomplished this by sprinkling about 1/8 teaspoon of glitter into each mold. Here is the cosmetic grade gold sparkle I used:
Finally pack the molds with the mixture and let them dry for at least three hours. Once fully dry, the silicon mold makes it easy to pop each bomb out.
Looking for another great gift idea? Hot chocolate bombs are another easy-to-make, DIY gift.