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Oil Based Bath Bomb

Have you tried an oil based bath bomb? When we need some me time and relaxation at home, sometimes we turn to soaking in the bath. Add bubbles, oils, salts, or even petals to turn the bath relaxation into the ultimate spa treatment. Instead of going out and purchasing a bath bomb from the local big box store, try a homemade oil based bath bomb recipe instead. Making a bath bomb is easy, fun, and rewarding. Finding alternatives to general commercial products is a consistent goal of Modest Wildflower. Not only do we love a do-it-yourself project, we stand behind improving the quality of the ingredients in typical personal care products.

Many of us read the label of products only to find that half of the ingredients are hard to pronounce. Or it contains something we know is not safe in any amount. By making your own or purchasing handmade products, we can eliminate the normal hazardous ingredients such as talc, parabens, and artificial dye. Need a little push to persuade you? Read all about the dangerous chemicals found in commercial bath bombs at Bath Bombs and Dangerous Chemicals (

homemade chamomile oil based bath bomb with rose kaolin clay recipe
Chamomile Bath Bomb with Rose Kaolin Clay by Modest Wildflower

Along with the handmade soaps offered through the Modest Wildflower store, we offer a special oil based bath bomb. Introducing the Chamomile Cloud (below) made with oil and rose kaolin clay.

Why homemade bath bombs?

There are many types of ingredients we could add to bath bombs. These specific ingredients shape the overall characteristics of the bomb. Some people prefer extreme fizzing, tinted water, a bomb that floats, or a smell that fills our senses. After a long soak, we want our skin to feel nourished more than before we hopped in. I’ve found this recipe to be a perfect mix of ingredients. Ingredients that are not only safer, but the bomb reacted well with warm water. The best part of making your own bath bomb is not just using the product, but knowing what’s in it. Of course, everything has moderation limits. When you know how it’s made, the secrets are gone. You can feel better about splurging a little more on yourself.

This homemade oil based bath bomb recipe can be easily molded to any shape type, color, or fragrance. Experiment with different essential and carrier oils for a luxurious fizz with skin loving properties. Try oils such as Rose hip, Avocado, cocoa butter, mango butter, or almond oil. These are great to start with and experiment a little. If you wish, add a little color with cosmetic grade mica or natural clays. Although pretty, it isn’t necessary for the significant effects of a homemade bath bomb.

Recipe for homemade bath bomb

  • 16 oz Baking Soda
  • 8 oz Citric Acid
  • 3.5 oz Carrier Oil (e.g. Avocado or Almond Oil)
  • 2.5 oz Butter Oil (e.g. Avocado Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (e.g. Lavender, Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange)

This homemade recipe will make approximately ten 3 oz bombs. While wearing gloves, mix dry ingredients together and press out all lumps. Melt oils and add liquid to dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly and form into bombs with a mold or hands. Lay bombs on wax or parchment paper and allow to air dry for 48 hours before use.

Keep in mind, oil based bath bombs are heavier than bombs made without a lot of oil. Depending on the final size of the bath bomb, most may not float. If float is an important need for you, an oil based bomb may not be a good fit. But, it never hurts to try! Also, oil can make a bath tub slippery. Use caution when stepping in or out.

Do you make your own bath products? Read more about the fresh oils I love to use in products at Natural Handmade Soap – All About the Oil.

Rannae D

An artisan and writer.

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