Bath bombs!

I made these on a pamper day at the hospice, they were so easy and lovely that I’ve made then a few times since.
Here’s how.


  • 300g bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g citric acid
  • 2tsp carrier oil (I like almond oil)
  • Few drops of essential oil
  • Petals or other dry ingredients to add as decoration (optional)
  • Sprinkling of water
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional, if you want to colour the bath!)


  1. Mix together the Bicarb and citric acid, then add any other dry ingredients (lavender works really well)
  2. In a separate small pot, mix the oils and, if using, the food colouring.
  3. Add the oil mix to the dry mix and combine really well.
  4. Ideally using a spray bottle (we call them scooshers), add a spray of water at a time, mixing really quickly after each spray so it doesn’t fizz! You’ll only need a few sprays, don’t add too much at once.
  5. When the mixture is at the stage where it can clog together if you squish it, it’s ready.
  6. Put into a mould and push down so it’s really compact.
  7. After about an hour, push it out and leave to dry completely.
  8. Done!


For a relaxing soak, use 6 drops of lavender, 6 drops of Roman chamomile and a small handful of dried lavender.

The picture above is my Christmas bath bomb, 8 drops frankincense and 8 drops of myhhr essential oils, I lined the mould with gold glitter, gold leaf would make these ultra luxurious!

For a wake up bath, use 10 drops of peppermint and 5 drops of lemon.

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