By Liz McGehee

Like most people obsessed with bath products, I went through a highly addictive Lush phase.  As much as I love their fun homemade products though, eight bucks for a seven-ounce bath bomb is a little steep, at least for someone who partakes in long baths a few nights a week.  Luckily, making your very own bath bombs at home is easy, fun and cheap! 

For stress relief, try combinations of lavender, rose, chamomile, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, tea tree, jasmine, peppermint, bergamot, sandalwood and grapefruit essential oils.  I usually add Epsom salt to my bath bomb, which is known to boost magnesium levels and relieve aches and pains.  Add dried plants, like rose petals or lavender, to enhance the fragrance. 



  • ½ cup baking soda
  • • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • ¼ cup Epsom salt

  • ¼ cup citric acid

  • 2 ½ teaspoons almond oil (or coconut oil)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon essential oils

  • Food coloring

  • Bath bomb molds


  1. Start by mixing your dry ingredients in a bowl.   In a separate bowl, mix liquid ingredients until even.  Smell your essential oils before adding to ensure desired scent. 

  2. Using one tablespoon at a time, add liquid mixture to your dry ingredients.  Stir until even.  Keep adding liquid mixture until gone.  Note: adding too much liquid at once can cause dry ingredients to react. 

  3. Place final product into bath bomb molds and let dry.   Enjoy any night of the week!


Add Epsom salt to bath bombs to boost magnesium levels and relieve aches and pains.

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