Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Ellen Christian
Orange bath bombs recipe made with sweet orange essential oil is the perfect choice to reduce stress and lift your mood. Make a batch today.
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How to Make Orange Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are a wonderful way to relax at the end of a long day. And, making your own bath bombs is so easy to do.
Bath bombs are very simple to make. You basically take the ingredients and press them into bath bomb molds. When the bombs are dry, you pop them out and store them until you need them.
You can use different types of essential oils in your recipes. And, some will have extra ingredients like spices and herbs.
I love soaking in a hot bath at the end of a long, stressful day. And, these orange bath bombs are the perfect way to unwind. The sweet orange scent will lift your mood. And, the ingredients will help soften your skin.
Store-bought lush bath bombs are really expensive. But, thankfully, you can make your own at home for just a few pennies. It’s a great way to save money without sacrificing pampering time.
Fizzy bath bomb recipe
These orange bath bombs will fizz when you drop them into your bathwater. It’s a reaction between the baking soda and the citric acid.
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup citric acid
2 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ cup Epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
5 drops orange essential oil
5 drops vanilla essential oil
1 teaspoon Mica powdered soap dye (optional)
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
8 to 10 bath bomb molds
1 tablespoon water
The Mica powdered soap dye is optional. It’s used in this orange bath bombs recipe to color the bath balls. But, you can leave it out if you prefer. You just won’t have orange-colored fizzies.
All you really need to do to make homemade bath bombs is to mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then, very slowly add the oils and the water until they are well distributed.
Then, just press the mixture into a bath bomb mold and allow it to dry and harden. I typically like the round molds. But, you could make flowers or hearts or stars if you prefer.
Frequently asked questions
Because the baking soda and citric acid will react together when they get wet, it’s best not to make these on a humid day. The extra moisture in the air can make them begin to fizz while you’re making them.
Should the orange peel be dried?
Yes, use dried orange peel in this recipe. Fresh orange zest will have moisture in it. And, that could cause mold to grow depending on the environment. Here’s how to dry orange peel. Or, you can buy it already dried.
Can I add glitter?
Yes, you can add body glitter to this recipe if you want to. It’s a fun variation if you are giving these orange bath bombs as a gift. A little goes a long way.
Help, I don’t have molds!
If you don’t have a mold it’s not a problem. Just put a cupcake liner into a muffin tin and press the mixture into that. Then, remove the liner before you use them. Just make sure to let them harden completely first.
How long do they need to harden?
When making this orange bath bombs recipe, let them harden for at least 24 hours. You can then package them in a container for personal use. Or, you can put them in gift bags with a ribbon to tie them shut.
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- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup citric acid
- 2 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 5 drops orange essential oil
- 5 drops vanilla essential oil
- 1 teaspoon Mica powdered soap dye (optional)
- 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
- 8 to 10 bath bomb molds
- 1 tablespoon water
- Bath bomb molds
- In a large bowl, whisk together cornstarch, citric acid, salt, baking soda, mica powder, and dried orange peel.
- In a small measuring cup, whisk together essential oil, coconut oil, and water.
- Very slowly (to avoid as much fizzing as possible) add the water solution to the dry ingredients. Stir and mash together until it resembles sand.
- Immediately transfer bath bomb mixture into bath bomb molds, pressing mixture tightly into each side and adding a little to overflow each side of the mold. Press the mold together and twist until closed.
- Allow bath bombs to rest (and dry) for at least 24 hours.
- To remove the bath bombs from the molds, tap the outside of the mold gently. Then, twist each side of the mold and pull to remove the bath bomb.
- To give as a gift, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or place in an airtight jar.
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