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Homemade Bath Bombs & Bath Fizzies For Sick Kiddies

It was a cold winter night. I was craving a bath, as usual, and wishing I had something delightful to adorn my bath with, when it hit me! Ashmae brought me back a Lush bath bomb from her trip a while ago. I drew my piping hot bath and got in. Then I dropped the bath bomb in, not knowing what to expect. It was magical, it was mesmerizing, it was unforgettable. This thing that I had dropped into my bath took on a new life. It fizzed, hissed, and eventually dissolved, leaving delicious smelling oils that weren’t only nice to smell, but also made my skin silky smooth and moisturized. It was a lovely thing.

I immediately knew that every bath I took for the rest of my life now required a bath bomb. I knew I couldn’t afford $7-$10 baths every night. And that’s when it hit me. I just make my own…

And then it hits me again! When my kids are sick I put a few drop of special essential oils into their baths (particularly eucalyptus) to help open their airways and feel better, so why can’t I make it fun?! Why couldn’t I make beneficial bath bombs and fizzies for my kids adorned with healing properties? The answer was simple. I can.

And here’s how YOU can too:

This first recipe is for a simple bath bomb. Below, I’ll indicate how you can make them into bath fizzies for sick kiddies!

(this is the best recipe I found, and then adapted a tiny bit)

The ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup corn starch

Mix dry ingredients together until completely combined and smooth. (I ground up oats in the Magic Bullet and mixed in about 1/4 cup as well. This makes not only pretty flex in the bath, but is good for your skin as well)

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Wet Ingredients:

2 1/2 Tbsp sunflower or other light oil (I use sweet almond oil, available at drug or health food stores)
3/4 Tbsp water
1/2 to 2 teaspoons essential oils or fragrance oils (depends on strength of the oils)…I used lemon
1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional, but recommended – an antioxidant which preserves the oils somewhat)
1/4 teaspoon borax (an emulsifier)
witch hazel in a spray bottle (I put it in the spray bottle after I bought it)
vegetable or other natural colourant (optional – a few drops of food colouring works well)

Whisk all of the wet ingredients and Borax together in a large bowl. I didn’t use any food coloring for the batch in the pictures because I wanted it white.

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Drizzle slowly onto the dry ingredients and blend thoroughly. It should not fizz while you are drizzling and mixing. If it does, slow down! Mix with your hands until all of the ingredients are combined. Lightly spray the mixture 2-3 times with whitch hazel. You know you have the right consistency if, when pressed together in your hand, it molds and sticks together, but is easily broken apart as well. If it’s not sticking together, spray a little more witch hazel into the mixture.

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Pack tightly into molds, then slide out.

A lot of people use clear, plastic christmas ornaments for their molds, and although the molds make them pretty and round, I found that they’re too big and just not necessary. So I used one of my son’s stacking cups. it’s about 1/4 c. It works well. You could use measuring cups or anything else you’d like for the molds.

To give the bath bombs a little extra umph, I dropped a tiny bit of whole oats into the bottom of the mold to make them pretty. I’ve seen people to fun little sprinkles and things like that. It’s not necessary, but makes it fun!

*note: This mixture is dry and crumbly and needs to be packed into the molds very firmly.

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Sometimes the molds need a little tap and squeeze before they come out.

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Let the bath bombs dry and harden overnight before you pick them up. They will become rock hard.

This recipe makes about 6 bath bombs that are approximately 1/4 cups each.

*If you don’t want to make bath bombs with molds, you can just bag or jar the crumb mixture and spoon as much as you’d like into your bath. (see picture)

Another fun thing that I did once was I made lavender bombs and sprinkled dry tea leaves into the dry ingredients.

You can easily make beneficial bath fizzies for your sick kids, too! The kids LOVE them! However, because there are some oils in the recipe, I suggest washing their hair first, then put the fizzies in so the oils don’t make their hair yucky.

Follow the directions above, but put in beneficial essential oils such as eucalyptus (for colds and coughs), chamomile and/or lavender (for relaxing and soothing), or anything else you want! Have fun with it! I like to go to this website to look up different benefits of certain essential oils.

I bought almost all of my ingredients online at Amazon, and bought the baking soda and cornstarch in bulk at Winco. Everything priced out to be about $40. That’s not bad though considering you can make a TON, and give them out to friends and neighbors as gifts.

Get crazy and have fin mixing and making your own aromas! I bought my essential oils at the health food store.


april 27th *update

My friend Victoria just showed me what she did with the bath bombs she made! She put them in cute containers with labels for her sister. Then inside the lid she attached a list of all the benefits the particular bath bomb and essential oil she used contained. She got the cute flower molds at Ikea and the containers at Target. SO cute and clever! 

Thanks Victoria!


  1. Reader Testimonial: Heather has given me a fizzy sample and it is heaven. Heaven, I tell you.

  2. what a great idea!!! they look adorable…and sound amazing. so excited to try these :)

  3. I too, have been the beneficiary of Heather amazing both bombs! I was sick and had bad asthma and the eucalyptus one honestly made me feel so much better! AND, they're fascinating. LOVE THEM!!!

  4. I'm super excited to try making these, but how important is borax? I can't find it anywhere!! I didn't realize it'd be so hard to find, so I didn't order it online like I should've – but now I have no time to wait for it. The one thing I did find is Boraxo – which is a mix of borax and powdered hand soap – would that work? Or is there a diff product I should use instead, or could I just leave it out altogether? Thanks!

    • Its in the laundry section at Walmart :)

    • Check down the cleaning supply isle. The kind I buy comes in a box similar to what a cereal box looks like.

  5. Julia, You can definitely leave out the borax. It's just a soap, but there's such a small amount in the recipe that it won't make a difference!

  6. I was looking for a bath bomb recipe and found your recipe. OMG, AWESOME! I just did these in less then 30 minutes. Thank you!

  7. You can get Borax at Wal-Mart in the laundry soap aisle.

  8. I'm excited to try these. I made some homemade salt scrubs for Chirstmas gifts this year and now this is giving me ideas already for next year. :) Julia Menn, You can find the Borax in the laundry aisle. It's used in homemade laundry soaps as well.

  9. Just wanted to respond to julia menn–i got my borax in the laundry detergent aisle at walmart. you should be able to find it on the laundry detergent aisle or any grocery store…or there's always :)

  10. Look on the top shelf in your laundry aisle for Borax, every store I've ever looked in, that carries laundry soap, has it.

  11. What is citric acid? Where do you get it???

    • You can get citric acid on amazon, or in health food stores. It looks like sugar.

    • You can also find citric acid in the canning section of Wal-Mart. I had a little trouble finding Vitamin E oil, but I found it in Albertson’s in the vitamin section.

      Mine did fizz every time I put a single drop of the wet mixture in the dry mixture. It stopped as soon as I mixed it in. I can’t wait to try one once they harden. I plan on giving these to my bridesmaids for my wedding present.

  12. You can also find citric acid in the baking section of the supermarket. At least here in NZ, that is. I use citric acid to tart up homemade lemonade and ginger beer.

  13. How many bath bombs did this make? and about how big were they? Thanks :D

    • Isabella,

      This recipe makes about seven to nine 1.5″ bath bombs. Hope this helps!

  14. This was fun. I also added 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt & a package of Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal.I was out of Oatmeal. Winter has been really dry here.They really make your skin soft. Everyone Loved these. My grandson help me make these (Note: He was NOT sick).
    Thanks so much we had a Great Time making these.

  15. I just wanted to let you know, if you use pure essential oil like the ones you can order from that they’re actually GOOD for your hair, but as with anything else would irritate you eyes. The essential oils that make hair heavy and greasy are usually diluted with carrier oils, even when it says “pure”

  16. Cant wait to try this! Especially that happy mint green one (for my kids). Do you think that the borax is caustic? If you think it is, can you please suggest a substitute. Thanks for this one, I’ve been wanting to find a good recipe.

    • Nanette,

      You can definitely omit the borax. I should just take it out of the recipe on my blog because I’ve had a few people concerned about it. It’s such a small amount that it doesn’t make a difference in the consistency of the mixture.

  17. I need to know how long does it take to dry the bombs? I made some today 3 different ones and every excited to try them, but i no they need to harden.
    please email me back.
    thank you

    • Crystal, you should let them dry for 24 hours, but I live in such a dry climate that mine only take about 2-3 hours to set up. You can still use them before they’re completely dry, they just might fall apart easily, but will still react the same in the tub.

  18. My kiddo has sensitive skin when it comes to soaps. (We can use johnson and johnson, but not burt’s bees. It’s kinda weird what she will and will not tolerate). Anyone use the recipe with borax in it for their toddler?

    • I have used Borax in the recipe for my toddlers. They seemed fine with it. Because there is such a tiny amount, you can definitely omit it from the recipe if you’d like.

  19. Where can you find citric acid? An what brand?

  20. Where can you find citric acid?

    • you should be able to find it in any grocery store, it is normally used for home canning of fruits so try to look in the isle with spices and baking supplies. Hope this helps. I want to try to make these. I have a granddaughter and grandson that will benefit from it!

  21. Hiya,
    I made these last christmas and everyone loved them! I have linked to you on my Blog So that other people can make them tooo! I hope that is ok!

  22. Hi, can i omit the witch hazel or replace with anything else? Cz i cannot get it in Malaysia. Thank you.

  23. Hi Evelyn,

    You can use water in a spray bottle instead of witch hazel. I do it all the time.

    Also, borax is very unnecessary to use everyone. 2 parts baking soda, 1 part citric acid is all you need. No cornstarch needed either. It’s an unnecessary filler and clogs the pores often – causing irritation.


  24. If I use Vicks vaporub in these bombs, is it OK to use in the bath? Don’t want to irritate sensitive skin… Thanks!

  25. hi!
    Just wondering where you got your small canister of borax? I can’t seem to find a small amount just for this project.


  26. Where do you get citric acid? can you just use lemon juice orother citric fruit?

  27. Love the recipe; love the look; cannot wait to try them with our essential oils!!

  28. We loved this! Thanks for passing it on. :-)

  29. I cant get the recipe to mold! I tried candy molds and lrt thrm harden over night but they fall apart the momemt i touch them! Help!

  30. I cant get the recipe to mold! I tried candy molds and lrt thrm harden over night but they fall apart the momemt i touch them! Help!

  31. I can’t wait to try this recipe — and thanks to everyone for all their comments about their experiences!! If you’re making these for kiddos, I found this chart that lists safe essential oils (don’t waste your time and money with fragrance oils, there is a difference) to use with children ages 2-6 for a variety of problems.

    I have also read from several sources that to err on the safe side to avoid using eucalyptus, peppermint (think menthol-eucalyptus type scents) on younger children (some say under age 6, others say under age 10) because with SOME children, the receptors in the lungs perceive those qualities as cold, and can cause SOME children’s breathing to slow down.

    Can’t wait to whip up a batch (or two, or three…)

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