Facebook and Instagram have been swarming with videos of chalk-like balls being dropped in bathtubs full of water, transforming an ordinary tub into a brilliantly colored pool of relaxation. The coolest part is that once the ball dissolves, there’s often a hidden treasure inside of a plastic container (like those tiny toys we got out of the .50 cent machines as kids).

There are stores like Lush, where people can buy bath bombs or even create their own from provided materials … but where’s the fun in that?

Although going to buy these delights may seem like the better route, it’s even funner to create bath bombs at home with a group of friends, family or simply by yourself. The ingredients are fairly simple and easy to find, and these bath bombs can also be made “gentle” for those with sensitive skin.

Here’s a walkthrough to get things started for a basic bath bomb.

Ingredients:

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Photo courtesy of pixabay.com

  • 1/4 cup of Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup of Baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of Corn starch
  • 1/4 cup of Citric acid
  • No more than a tablespoon of an essential oil of your choice
  • 2-3 tsp. of Coconut oil or any other preferred oil
  • 1-2 tsp. of Water

Side Note: There are rumors that essential oils can help with many issues like sleeplessness, anxiety and congestion. It all depends on which oil the person uses.

Lastly, just for the hell of it, food coloring can be added to spice up the experience (no, it won’t stain).

For those with sensitive skin, instead of using citric acid, use cream of tartar as a substitute. Another fun tidbit is that some people like to add flower petals, honey and oatmeal, aloe vera, chamomile or glitter because they can meet their specific needs like softer skin, itchy or sensitive skin, or aromatherapy.

Don’t forget to grab a molder or an ice tray to shape the finished product and something to mix the ingredients together.

Bath bombs allow people to explore their creativity outside what you can just buy at a store. People make bath bombs to help to relieve stress, energize themselves or boost their moods. Some people even make bombs that smelled like lavender, cupcakes, watermelon and pumpkin spice (oh yeah, I went there).

There’s several different ways to achieve the ideal bath bombs and there are also apps and sites like Pinterest to help anyone and everyone get there!