Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric Acid, but using store cupboard ingredients!
These DIY Bath Bombs make great Gifts That Kids Can Make – for relatives or teachers alike! Easy Heart Crafts are always popular as gifts. But we also have another Easter Bath Bomb Recipe for you to check out here (lovely Peeps Bath Bomb shapes, so so sooo cute). And I think you will also like these fabulous Dinosaur Egg soaps – wash your hands to release the baby dinosaur!
Note: this Easy How to make Bath Bombs how to, was originally shared in Dec 2013 and republished for your convenience!
We have been planning to make Bath Bombs since the beginning of the year. After all, they are such a great gift for Mother’s Day. But clearly didn’t get round to it (again – so much to do, so much to make, not enough time!). One of the reasons, is that many Bath Bomb Recipes use Citric Acid and I just hadn’t had the chance to get hold of some. But you don’t need citric acid to make bath bombs. A Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric Acid contains that magical ingredient Tartar (also used for making playdough nice and smooth). So if you are a DIY household and have some Tartar in, you can make bath bombs with the kids – a great gift for friends and family in the run up to *cough* Christmas. Check out Me and My Shadow for the “traditional” bath bomb recipe.
Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric Acid:
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- 2 cups bicarbonate of soda (sometimes called baking soda) – US/UK
- 1 cup cream of tartar – US / UK
- 1-2 table spoons of olive oil or plain oil (the oil gives it a nice soothness in the bath)
- food colouring
- essential oils (we used lavender)* (always read instructions) – US / UK
- dried lavender (optional) US/ UK
- Water in a spray bottle
- Ice cube trays (silicon best – hearts work better than stars, don’t get shapes that are too intricate or have sharp corners that could break off) – US /UK
*please always be careful when using essential oils and follow the instructions on the label
Bath Bomb Recipe How To
Or follow the How to make Bath Bombs Step By Step instructions!
1) Mix your bircabonate of soda, tartar, oil, essential oils and food colouring until you have a colour you are happy with. As food colouring is “wet” it will form little dropplets and you just have to persevere in mixing it in. It will still look quite powdery.
2) Give it 2-3 sprays of water. It will start to sizzle as the bicarbonate of soda reacts with the water. But start mixing it and it will feel a little more “solid”, a bit like wet sand. When you can indent your spoon on the mixture and leave a nice “shape” behind without it crumbling too much you are ready to transfer to your ice cube trays. You can add a couple of sprays of water, if it isn’t lumpy enough yet. Using a SPRAY bottle really is important (we used a cleaned out cleaning bottle), as this disperses the water evenly and avoids, the bircab to just sizzle away in one part of your bowl!!
3) Mix in some lavender. We go carried away and added quite a lot. Less is more as a) you don’t want your bath bomb to fall apart and also, you WILL have a bath full of lavender at the end!!