Important Quarantine Info: You Can Make Bath Bombs at Home With Only 5 Ingredients

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Important Quarantine Info: You Can Make Bath Bombs at Home With Only 5 Ingredients
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  • Richard Gere
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From Seventeen

You know that scene in classic rom-com Pretty Woman where Richard Gere walks in to find Julia Roberts soaking in the bathtub, shamelessly rocking out to Prince's "Kiss"? That’s the exact energy I'm trying to emulate during this quarantine – that of pure relaxation and joy.

Right now, #selfcare (read: bubble baths) is more important than ever, because we all need to find calming activities that help to sooth coronavirus-related anxiety. I think we can agree that a rainbow-swirled bathtub filled with hot water and soothing oils is the most tranquil place to unwind.

That being said, you can't just head out to your local Lush for a stress-shopping spree the next time you're looking to treat yourself to that soothing bath moment. Luckily, DIYing your own bath fizz is actually super easy (and a great way to fill your now wide-open schedule). Wanna give it a shot? Cool. Check out this DIY bath bomb recipe you can make right at home.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images


  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 1 cup citric acid

  • ½ cup corn starch

  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil

  • 2 tsp. essential oils (lavender, rose, vanilla, or any scent you're into)

Extra Ingredients To Add If You’re Feeling Boujee:

  • 4-6 drops of food coloring

  • ½ cup epsom salt


  • Large mixing bowl

  • Jar with a lid

  • Measuring spoons

  • A bath bomb mold (If you don't want to buy one, use a cupcake tin or a plastic Easter egg.)


  1. Combine your measured baking soda, corn starch, and epsom salt in the large bowl and mix them thoroughly. If you decide to use epsom salt, reduce the amount of citric acid from 1 cup to ½ cup.

  2. Add all the liquid ingredients (coconut oil, essential oil, water, and food coloring) into a separate jar, then shake until mixed.

  3. Slowly add your mixed liquids to the bowl of dry ingredients – and by "slowly," I mean super, super, super slowly. Add a few drops at a time, mixing each time (otherwise it'll explode into a frothy mess – you know, like a bath bomb in water). Use your hands to mix it all up.

  4. Add the citric acid to your bowl and continue to meld the ingredients together until the mixture has the texture of moist sand. Your ingredients should hold together when squeezed.

  5. Press the mixture into your mold of choice (be sure to push firmly).

  6. Leave the bath bombs in their molds for 24-48 hours, so that they can dry completely.

  7. Once they're fully dried, remove your freshly-made bombs and store them in an airtight bag or container.

Want to make tie-dye bath bombs to match your tie-dye sweats? Follow instructions 1-4, but do it twice (one mixture with one color and the second mixture with a different color). When you add the mixture to the molds, mix both colors for a rainbow effect.

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