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Make Your Own Bath Bombs

by Aromatherapist Heidi Kiddle MIFPA |



Homemade Bath Bombs


Fall is under way and perhaps it's a getting a little cooler where you are. This means more cozy days & nights in. I am sure that all the little ones are getting excited about the fun times ahead, with Thanksgiving and Christmas in the not too distant's a new idea for a fun and creative activity to do with your children (or just by yourself)...

Doing something creative and fun is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your little ones. This should get their imaginations flowing and as we've only just had Halloween, they can imagine they are busy creating wonderful potions in their witches cauldrons! When they use the bath bombs they will love seeing their creations fizz around the bath and change the color of the water. Homemade bath bombs also make a fantastic and unique gift. So why not start early and be super organized this year, making some extra bath bombs for thanksgiving and Christmas presents. You can get creative and tweak the recipes as you wish, I will give some extra ideas below. You can make them look even more amazing by gift-wrapping them in your style. This is a truly unique and special gift.




For children aged 2-12 years or the elderly with no medical contraindications*, those with sensitive skin or for adults with an unknown medical history*, you can add two drops of any of the following child-friendly essential oils choosing between Sweet OrangeLemonGrapefruit & Frankincense. You can ask your child which aroma they prefer and get them involved in the process.
  • Sweet Orange - Known for its nervous system tonic and sedative properties that can help relax and soothe. Perfect for bath times. 

  • Grapefruit - Known to have properties that help with irritability and to have a calming action on the nervous system.

For adults (because I'm pretty sure you would like to make one too!) you can add 5 drops of any essential oils that are suitable for use in the bath such as all of the above child-friendly ones.
  • Frankincense - Rejuvenating to all skin types. Known to be a tonic to the nervous system, supporting in times of stress, anxiety, and depression. Has a grounding effect emotionally. Festive aroma that blends well with citrus essential oils.

  • Copaiba - Known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties due to its high sesquiterpene content. Regarded as being calming, balancing and grounding emotionally and spiritually.  

  • Tea Tree - The all-round skin tonic, with multiple properties to help support your skin health. 

  • 8oz/ 1 cup - Sodium Bicarbonate

  • 4oz/ 1/2 cup - Citric Acid

  • 4oz/ 1/2 cup - Cornstarch

  • 4oz/ 1/2 cup - Sea Salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp - Water

  • 1 tbsp - UpNature Carrier Oil of choice. You will be spoilt for choice with a whole range of highly skin-nourishing and hydrating carrier oils.

  • Natural food coloring 

Other Ingredients

  • Bath bomb molds (available online) or other suitable mold substitutes such as ice cube trays, cupcake holders.

  • A large and a small bowl, spoon, and whisk.


  • Combine all dry ingredients (sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, and cornstarch) in the large bowl and mix well.

  • Combine all wet ingredients in the small bowl. Mixing well. (Water, carrier oil, essential oils, natural food coloring to your desired shade.)

  • Whisk liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients VERY SLOWLY. Mixture consistency should be able to hold together when squeezed without crumbling (like damp sand). If not wet enough add a small amount more water with a spray bottle.

  • Using your chosen molds, or even any other greased container/ ice cube trays. Fill the molds and compress firmly. Leave between 24-48 hours until hardened. You may like to compress a couple more times whilst its drying.

  • When dry, remove and store in an airtight container or recyclable bag. You can get creative with the wrapping if these bath bombs are for gifts. You can even use them as part of a hamper and fill with various UpNature products


Whilst you're here why not check out my other blog posts and apply what you have learned here to the other suggested recipes.

Please let us know what you thought of this blog and how you made use of this information in the comments below! 

You can refer to my last blog post for in-depth information on how to safely use essential oils.

*Safety Advice 

Firstly, please do the activity with your child and supervise them at all times during this process. This is to ensure they are safe around the essential oils, citric acid, and other ingredients. Ensure they don't put anything into their mouths and do not ingest the ingredients. Also, ensure they do not get undiluted essential oils on their skin or near their eyes and also please wear gloves to protect hands. Administer and handle the essential oils yourself and put safely out of reach afterward.
Consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils if you have or the person you are making the bath bomb for has a medical condition, are taking medications, are pregnant/ breastfeeding, has allergies, or if you have any other concerns. Essential oils are powerful substances, which make them so helpful. It just means that there can be some contraindications with certain oils if you have any of the above circumstances. 
    There may be essential oil specific guidance. Ensure that the essential oil you have chosen is safe for you. Your aromatherapist will advise on the above circumstances. For anything else such as sensitive skin, please refer to our Up Nature ebooks on the particular oil, you have purchased for more in-depth information.


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