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Lockdown Boredom Buster - DIY Bath bombs

There is nothing more relaxing than a warm calming bath after a chilly day of homeschool. Add in a bath bomb and you have fizzy perfection.

Making your own essential oil and botanical bath bombs is great activity to keep older kids busy during lockdown. Once you get the base mastered, you can get creative with adding your favourite scents, colours, body glitter or rose petals.

You can either enjoy them yourself to wash away the stress of the day or you can create a gift for friends or family who deserve a bit of pampering.

 DIY Bath Bombs


- 100g Bicarbonate of soda
- 25g Cornflour
- 50g Citric acid
- 2 tablespoon of oil of your choice. We live olive or coconut oil for best skin moisturising
- 25g Epsom salt for extra relaxation
- Body glitter, liquid food colouring or botanical petals for decorating
-1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon essential oil or scent of choice. 

    Tools you need

    - 2 glass mixing bowl
    - whisk, spatula, spoons
    - Silicon or plastic mould (silicon ice cube trays or cupcake pans are great to use as it makes removal and washing up easy)


    1. Get your mould all ready to go before your start. Once the mixing begins, you need to move fast. If you want to add in botanicals or body glitter, now is the time to place this at the base of your mould. 
    2. Combine bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt and mix until combined.
    3. In another bowl, combine the oil, essential oil/scent and liquid food colouring. Mix as much as possible. Some separation will occur. Mix again before you add this mix to any dry ingredients.
    4. Now its time to combine. This has to be done very slowly, just adding a small amount of liquid to the dry ingredient and you must stir with a whisk after each bit is added. Continue to add all the oil and keep mixing.
    5. Now add in a few drops of water. It will fizz at this point but you must keep actively mixing. Do not add too much water, you want it to be the consistency of cloud dough.
    6. Take a small ball of the mixture and place into your prepared moulds. Press down firmly to ensure it is tightly packed.
    7. If you want to make multi-colour bath bombs, you should make different mixtures for each colour and combine in the mould to create your desired pattern.
    8. Leave to dry for up to 4 hours. Once dry, remove from the mould and it will now be ready for your relaxing end of day bath.

    Making your bath bombs can be messy and you are creating a non-edible mixture. We recommended that these are only made under adult supervision.