Love is more than skin deep, so this year give the gift that takes care of body and soul with a Valentine's Day gift - Valentine's Day bath bombs. Whether it's for your partner, your lover, a close friend, or even a treat for yourself, fall head over heels for Valentine's Day bath bombs.
Homemade Valentine's Day bath bombs can be a Valentine's Day gift for your special someone, or for your friend on Valentine's Day! Or make some for yourself so your friend can enjoy them too. Or make a few for yourself to treat yourself this Valentine's Day. No matter who you make them for, there are so many lovely possibilities.
Today this article will focus on ways to DIY different types of Valentine's Day bath bombs. There are detailed recipes and instructions to make them.
DIY Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs
Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs
With their bright pink color and cute heart shape, these are Valentine’s Day bath bombs you definitely have to make! Anyone would appreciate the wonderful scent and color of these cute DIY Heart-Shaped Bath Bombs!
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup cornstarch
Pink food coloring (optional)
4-5 drops therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil (Use only therapeutic grade essential oils, non-therapeutic grade essential oils can cause skin irritation)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Wilton silicone heart mold
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine your baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch and mix well. I used a fork to really sift it all together well.
2. Add a couple of drops of pink food coloring to your bowl and mix with your fingertips (the liquid will ball up in the dry mixture).
3. Add your therapeutic grade essential oil drops and mix with your fingertips again.
4. Heat your coconut oil in the microwave for about 20 seconds (be careful as coconut oil heats very fast).
5. Add a little coconut oil at a time and mix it in with a fork.
6. Once all of your coconut oil is added, your mixture should feel like damp sand.
7. Start filling your silicone mold with the mixture, making sure to press it firmly into the molds.
8. Let dry overnight, then turn your mold upside down and carefully pop the heart bath bombs out.
Treat Bath Fizzies Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs
These would look so pretty in a nice jar! Hearts, flowers, candy, these are just some of the things we give to each other to show our love. As a Valentine's Day gift, a bubbling bath bomb are a fun alternative to the usual edible decorations.
1 cup (240 g) Baking Soda
1/2 cup (120 g) Citric Acid
1 tablespoon (15 g) Sea Salt, Fine
1 teaspoon (5 g) Rose Clay
1 tablespoon (15 ml) Meadowfoam Seed Oil
1 tablespoon (15 ml) Cocoa Butter
40 ounce (12 ml) Plant-Based Wild Rose Fragrance Oil
10 ounce (3 ml) Witch Hazel (plus extra to spritz if needed)
2 tablespoons Candy Sprinkles
- Pulse the Citric Acid in a grinder or food processor repeatedly until it becomes a fine powder.
- Sift together the Citric Acid and Baking Soda – breaking up any clumps.
- Combine Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Rose Clay, and Sea Salt together in a large mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
- Melt Cocoa Butter in a double boiler, then combine it with the Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Plant-Based Fragrance Oil, and Witch Hazel. Mix well.
- Slowly and steadily drizzle wet ingredients into dry ingredients with one hand, as you mix continuously with the other. Mix very well until the consistency of wet sand.
- Try packing the powder firmly into a mold. If it is too loose or dry, use a sprayer bottle to spritz 3 or 4 times with Witch Hazel and continue to mix.
- Add a pinch of candy sprinkles to the bottom of your mold, then pack your molds firmly with the powdered bath fizzy mixture. Gently tap the fuzzies from their molds and line them up on wax paper or freezer paper to dry.
- Move your fizzes to a cool, dry place, cover them with a clean towel and let dry for up to twenty-four hours (or at least overnight).
Rose Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs
Want something more subtle? These are perfect! Rose bath bombs are the most luxurious bath bombs available. These DIY Valentine's Day bath bombs feature rose essential oil and rosehip oil for the most amazing scent and skin-nourishing properties. The dried rose petals add an elegant touch.
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
⅓ cup cornstarch
1 tsp rose absolute
½ tsp rosehip oil
3-4 drops of deep pink gel food coloring
1 tsp water
dried rose petals
bath bomb mold
- Whisk together the dry ingredients: baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch.
- Add the rose absolute, rosehip oil, and colorant. Mix these in very well. It may take a few minutes to ensure they are smoothly disbursed.
- Quickly whisk in ½ of the water. Test the bath bomb mixture by grasping a handful and checking to see if the mix holds together readily. You will probably need 1 teaspoon to reach the proper consistency, but humidity and other factors can affect this, so quality may need to be adjusted slightly. Whisk in more as needed.
- Drop a few dried rose petals on the bottom of each side of the bath bomb mold, then top with some of the mixtures. Add a few more petals near the edges as you fill the mold. Gently press down on each side, then overfill each side before pressing them together firmly to create each bath bomb. Gently remove from mold and brush away excess from the seam, then leave out to dry overnight before packaging.
- Store your rose bath bombs in a sealed jar or package them in shrink wrap bags to retain the fragrance.
Strawberry Valentine’s Day Bath Bomb
Strawberries are a very Valentine’s Day food. So incorporate them into your homemade Valentine’s Day bath bombs!
2 Tablespoons Almond Oil *can sub another skin-friendly oil
4 teaspoons Water
1.5 teaspoons Strawberry Perfume Oil
2 Cups Baking Soda
1/3 Cup Epsom Salts
1/3 Cup Corn Starch
1 Cup Citric Acid
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the DRY Ingredients (Baking Soda, Epsom Salts, Corn Starch, Citric Acid, Optional Strawberry Dust.)
- Put all the WET Ingredients (Water, Almond Oil, Perfume Oil) in a small jar with a lid. Close the lid and shake to mix. NOTE: If you are using a soap colorant to color your bath bombs, be sure to add it in this step.
- Slowly (a teaspoon or two) at a time, stir the WET ingredients from the jar into the DRY ingredients in the bowl. Use the whisk to continuously stir as you add in the liquid ingredients. This will help you avoid activating the Citric Acid. It's OK if it fizzes a little bit, but try to stir quickly so it doesn't happen.
- Use your hands to knead the mixture and make sure the wet and dry ingredients are combined. The mixture should feel like barely damp sand and mostly hold its shape when squeezed together. If it does not, add a drop of oil and stir. Keep repeating this until the right consistency is reached.
- Fill each half of the bath bomb molds with the bath bomb mixture. Use your fingers to gently press the mixture to lightly pack it into each mold. Press each half of the mold together to make a sphere and set it down. Repeat to fill all bath bomb molds. Allow the bath bombs to sit in the molds for 10 minutes before attempting to remove them.
- Carefully lift to remove the top and bottom molds from each bath bomb. Allow bath bombs to dry and cure (harden) for another 12-24 hours before using. Store bath bombs in an airtight container. Use within 2-3 months.
Rainbow Sprinkle Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs
These homemade bath bombs are super cute! Watch the rainbow appear when these bath bombs hit the water and start to fizz! They smell great, they’re fun to make and they’re soothing to the skin!
Ingredients (Will Make 6-9 Large Bath Bombs)
8 oz. Baking soda
4 oz. Epsom salt
4 oz. Cornstarch
4 oz. Citric Acid
3 teaspoons water + additional drops as needed
2 teaspoons fragrance oil, etc., or 8-10 drops essential oil
2-5 drops of food coloring
Silicone heart mold
In a large bowl, combine the Epsom salt, cornstarch, baking soda, and citric acid. Stir the ingredients together using a whisk.
In a separate small bowl, mix your wet ingredients: water, fragrance, and food coloring.
Alright, now slowly whisk in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a little at a time. Don’t dump the whole thing in at once because you’ll ruin the fizz. How? Well, the fizz will happen now instead of later. . .when you actually want it in your bath. So pour lightly and slowly while whisking away!
You want to get the mix to a “clumping” consistency. If it seems to be a little dry, add a drop or two of water at a time and continue to mix. Use your fingers to test the consistency. Pinch a bit between your fingers. Does it stick together? Yes? Then you’re ready to put it into your mold.
Fill them to the top and then slide a butter knife across the top to clean up the excess around the mold.
Get out those sprinkles and start shaking them up I just put sprinkles on the top of my bath bombs. If you want to sprinkle little stars on both sides, you can shake some into the mold before adding the powder mixture.
I like to have more control over where I spray them, so I usually just add them to the top of the mold and then use the back of a small spoon to gently press them into the powder.
Alright, now you wait. Like overnight wait. I’d say at least 12-14 hours for sure – 24 hours if you want to be certain that they’ll pop out of the molds for you with no problems.
Cupcake Valentine’s Day Bath Bomb
Here’s another DIY Valentine’s Day bath bomb that looks like food- in this case a delicious cupcake!
Bath Bomb Cake Ingredients:
8 oz baking soda
4 oz citric acid
4 oz cornstarch
4 oz Epsom Salts
2 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
¾ teaspoon water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 drops of food coloring
3 tablespoons meringue powder
6 tablespoons warm water
1 lb powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 1. Measure your cupcake bath bomb ingredients.
Yes, you’ll want to use a little kitchen scale to measure your dry ingredients out. The good news about this is that kids are fascinated by this part and will be more than happy to measure the ingredients.
Get them off to a good start making the bombs by mixing together the baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, and salts into a large GLASS (it’s non-reactive!) bowl to create the bath bomb base.
In a separate very small bowl, combine the coconut oil, water, vanilla extract, and food coloring. Oil and water don’t mix very well, so don’t worry if they aren’t 100% combined.
Step 2: Combine wet and dry ingredients.
Here’s where this recipe needs your total attention: mixing the wet and the dry ingredients. The citric acid in the base fizzes up when it makes contact with water. You can see where there might be a problem combining the wet and the dry. Tell the kids they’re going to have to work really fast to get this project done!
Add one teaspoon of the wet ingredients to the dry at a time. You’ll have to work really quickly and mix it around with your hands. Pinch at the little bits of stuck-together pieces to get them to come apart.
If your mixture is bubbling up, you’re adding the wet to the dry too fast. When this happens, just be sure to mix the wet pieces with the non-reactive dry really fast and it should stop.
In the end, your mixture should feel a lot like slightly wet sand. It will stick together, but it’s going to be crumbly. Mold the fizzy bath bombs immediately after you’re done mixing—this doesn’t keep!
Step 3: Molding your fizzy cupcake bath bombs.
Bath bombs can take pretty much any shape you want. If you want to make cupcakes out of these, line each cup in a muffin pan with plastic wrap. Hardpack the bath bomb mix into each of the cups. I mean, pack that stuff in there, pushing it down as hard as you can.
With this recipe, you only have to let them sit for about 10 minutes before you unmold them and let them dry for a few hours.
If you’re going to skip the frosting aspect of this recipe and do the traditional sphere shape, use the clear plastic ornaments that split into two you can find at the craft store (for less than $1) for molds.
Step 4: Making cupcake frosting.
What we’re going to do is make a royal icing frosting. The kind that you put on sugar cookies that gets really hard. Personally, I can take or leave the frosting when it comes to putting it in the bathtub, but it does make the presentation pretty.
In your mixing bowl, blend together the meringue powder and warm water until it’s frothy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat on high until stiff peaks form. If the frosting is too stiff, add a teaspoon of water at a time until it’s a consistency you can pipe while still standing on its own.
I liked adding a few sprinkles on top to make them pretty. Let the frosting dry for a few hours before you attempt to wrap them up.
Step 5: Packaging!
A cellophane bag and a piece of ribbon are really all you need to wrap up these beauties.
Valentine's Day bath bombs can be a great way to relax and pamper yourself or your loved one. From nourishing ingredients like essential oils, herbs, clays, and other therapeutic elements to DIY recipes you can make at home for a custom Valentine's Day experience, there are endless possibilities when it comes to Valentine’s Day relaxation rituals with these luxurious products.
And don't forget the added health benefits of relieving stress and improving skin complexion! Whether you choose store-bought Valentine's day bath bombs or opt for making them yourself from scratch - take some time this Valentine’s season to indulge in self-care with Valentine’s day bath bombs.