Bath bombs are a great way to turn an evening bath into a luxurious, spa-like experience without the spa-like price tag. Though a single high-end bath bomb sells for $7 or more through specialty stores, you can actually make your own for just pennies apiece!
Even better, you can customize them to suit your needs. Skin feeling dry? Whip up some extra-moisturizing coconut oil bath bombs! Need something a little more energizing? You’ll love the caffeine and antioxidant boost of a cappuccino bath bomb!
We’ve assembled a list of the top 15 bath bomb recipes you’ll find anywhere—with just a few ingredients and these easy recipes, you’ll be enjoying your at-home spa experience in no time.
1. Luscious Lavender Bath Bombs
Lavender is known for its stress-relieving properties, so if you’re looking for a way to wind down after a stressful day, tossing one (or two!) of these fizzies into the bath is a great way to start.
While the scent washes your cares away, the coconut oil in this recipe will go to work smoothing and softening your skin. You might want to wait until just before bed, though—lavender is also great at helping you fall asleep!
2. Rose and Milk Bath Bombs
While rose-scented toiletries may conjure up images of your grandmother’s vanity, these gorgeous bath bombs are anything but out of style.
Dried rose petals add an air of elegance, while the milk powder in this recipe provides moisturizing relief for dry or irritated skin. Maybe grandma was on to something after all!
3. Spicy Cinnamon Bath Bombs
With these unique cinnamon bath bombs, the key ingredient is about more than just smelling great—though of course it does!
Cinnamon has been used for centuries in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory, helping to relieve the pain of sore muscles and stiff joints. What better way to unwind than by easing all the aches and pains of the day?
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4. The Easter Bunny’s Bath Bombs
If you’re looking for fun spring-time gift, bath bombs are the perfect way to go! This technique works with all your favorite bath bomb recipes, and uses something you might already have on hand to give them a fun, seasonal shape: plastic Easter eggs!
Be sure to let the egg molds set for several minutes to dry before removing your egg-shaped bath bombs, or, just like real eggs, they might crack!
5. Pink Grapefruit Bath Bombs
While most bath bomb recipes rely on food coloring to provide a touch of color to the finished product (and, in some cases, the bathwater!) this recipe takes a different approach.
While the bright scent of grapefruit comes from an essential oil, the color comes from beet juice! You can find bright pink beet powder in many health-food stores, or simple use a bit of the liquid from a can of beets.
This makes a great alternative for anyone who wants a colorful bath bomb, but may be sensitive to artificial dyes and colorants.
6. Sweet Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
Want a winning scent combination? Try eucalyptus and peppermint, with just a hint of citrus. Refreshing and rejuvenating, these bath bombs are great for unwinding after a stressful day, or if you’re not feeling well.
With no added dyes or colors in these bath bombs, they’re a beautiful pure white and perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. Jojoba oil provides an extra boost of moisture.
7. Land of Milk and Honey Bombs
For dry, chapped skin, whip up a batch of these luxurious bath bombs! Milk powder and honey provide nourishing moisture and protection for cracked and irritated skin, making these a great winter-time treat.
Honey is also known for its antimicrobial properties, so if you’re prone to acne, using honey in your skincare routine could help prevent breakouts.
8. Salted Caramel Bath Bombs
These bath bombs are a two-in-one bathtime treat! Packed with bath salts, they help reduce inflammation, ease sore muscles, and soften skin, and who can resist that delicious salted caramel scent?
Adding color to the bath salts before mixing them into the bath bomb ingredients also gives these bombs a unique color-flecked effect. Try out different colors to see what you like best!
9. Cappuccino Bath Bombs
No morning is complete without that first cup of coffee. Now you can enjoy one in the evening too, only without that caffeine jolt! This milk and coffee bath bomb packs a one-two punch.
While the milk powder moisturizes and softens your skin, the antioxidants and caffeine in the coffee help fight damage while they tighten and tone. Plus it smells amazing!
10. Minty Fresh Bath Bombs
The scent of mint is a great refreshing pick-me-up, and especially appropriate around the holidays. If you’re looking for a unique gift idea, look no further than these easy peppermint bath bombs.
Just make sure to make a few extra—you’ll want some for yourself! Check out this tutorial for the recipe and tips
11. Hot Chocolate Bath Bombs with Fudge Sauce
These bath bombs look (and smell!) good enough to eat, but did you know chocolate is as good for your skin as it is for your mood?
The cocoa in these bath bombs delivers a boost of antioxidants, which help combat the effects of aging and the damage caused by sunlight, pollution, and other environmental factors. In this case, you get to have your chocolate and, er, bathe in it too!
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12. White Tea and Coconut Bath Bombs
You might have all the ingredients for these bath bombs in your kitchen right now! Instead of relying on essential oils, the delicate scent in these bath bombs comes from the light floral notes of white tea, brewed extra strong.
Combined with coconut oil and a few standard bath bomb ingredients, it makes for a unique bath bomb that softens your skin, provides antioxidants, and smells great! Check out the recipe.
13. Galaxy Bath Bombs
Swirls of color and starry streaks of glitter make these bath bombs as fun to use as they are easy to make. Perfect for teens, this recipe bypasses citric acid, a common bath bomb ingredient, in favor of something you probably already have in your kitchen: lemon juice!
For vibrant color swirls, use contrasting colors like pink and dark purple, and be careful not to over-mix.
14. Colorful Tie Dye Bath Bombs
These bath bombs are great for the kids and they’re so simple the kids can even help make them! The vibrant colors in these bath bombs come from La Bomb colorants, which are concentrated and designed specifically for use in bath bombs.
Experiment with different colors and see what you like best!
15. Gleaming Golden Bath Bombs
These bath bombs are truly unique! Coated in a layer of rich golden mica powder, they’re so gorgeous to look at you might have a hard time dropping one in the bath.
For an extra luxurious experience, mix yourself a mimosa before settling in for your bath—it will perfectly complement the notes of champagne and citrus that scent these decadent bath bombs!
Time to Get Fizzie With It!
Everyone deserves a little luxury in their lives. Luckily, it doesn’t take a lot of time, or a lot of money, to whip up some truly luxurious bath bombs.
With ingredients you may already have on hand, you can create a variety of goodies that will help you unwind and destress, fight fatigue, moisturize and beautify your skin, and just plain enjoy a little “me” time. Start with just one recipe, and go from there!
With so many different scents, shapes, and recipes to try, you might find yourself hooked before you know it.