These bath time treats feature nourishing oils, dried flowers, and lovely scents that the recipient is sure to enjoy.

By Riche Holmes Grant
Updated March 16, 2020
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Who says Easter baskets are just for kids? Ensure loved ones of all ages make the most of the holiday by giving them a carefully curated gift. While the kids enjoy trendy baskets of their own, surprise the adults with goodies they'll actually use, like our DIY bath bombs—they're perfect for the loved one who needs a little more self-care time. Made with nourishing oils, refreshing scents, and dried flowers, these bath time add-ons will make your daily soak feel positively luxurious. Find everything you need to make them below.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cream of tartar or citric acid*
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil of your choice (olive, almond, coconut), plus extra for greasing Easter egg molds
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice (lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Dried flowers (optional)

Materials

  • Large metal or glass bowl
  • Small glass bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large Easter egg molds (each batch makes up to four large bath bombs)
  • Empty egg carton

*Citric acid is available in the supplements section at some larger grocery stores, at smaller health food shops, and online. If you can't find it, however, you can substitute it with the same amount of cream of tartar, available in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

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The Steps

Lightly grease the inside of both halves of the Easter egg molds and set aside. In the large bowl, mix the baking soda, citric acid (or cream of tartar), Epsom salt, and the optional dried flowers with a whisk and set aside. Next, pour the oils and water into the small bowl, and mix until combined. If dyeing colors, now's the time to add a few drops at a time of food coloring to the oil-filled bowl until you reach the desired hue. We wanted soft pastels for our bath bombs, so we only used about five drops of food coloring per batch.

Next, slowly pour a small amount of the liquid into the large bowl of dry ingredients and immediately start mixing everything together with your hands. At this point, you may notice the liquid starting to fizz—this is your cue to pour slower and mix faster.

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Continue adding liquid a little at a time until it is all absorbed into the dry ingredients. The finished mixture should feel damp and clumpy in your hands, not crumbly. If this is not what your mixture feels like, you may need to add just a little more water. Generously pack each half of one of the Easter egg craft molds with the mixture before screwing both halves together and setting aside. Repeat with each mold and let them sit for 15 to 20 minutes. At this point, they will only be semi-dry. Carefully remove one half of the mold, then turn the egg to remove the other side. If the halves break apart, not to worry. Simply press them back together.

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How to Enjoy and Store

Run the bath water to a depth and temperature that are both comfortable and relaxing to you before placing the bath bomb in the tub. As it dissolves, it will release all the nourishing goodies that are packed inside. Finally, step into the tub, sit back, and relax!

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It's important to store your bath bomb in a dry place as the moment that it comes in contact with water, it will start fizzing. You can use a whole bath bomb at once or cut it in half and save the rest to use later.

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