Follow this tutorial and make amazing lemon bath bombs with essential oils. They smell just like sweet lemonade (minus the calories.) These indulgent bath bombs are perfect for stress relief or when you just need a bit of a pick me up.
For more amazing ways to use lemon essential oil around your home, check out these 9 clever hacks using lemon essential oil!
DIY Lemonade Bath Bombs With Lemon Essential Oil
When life throws you lemons… add vodka. Just kidding. 😉 We’re proving that lemonade isn’t just for drinking with this DIY lemonade bath bomb recipe! Made with natural ingredients and infused with pure essential oils, these fresh bath bombs are toxin-free so even the kids can help. Trust me, they’re gonna want to use them, too. Easy bath time for the win!
Aren’t they so pretty? Not only does this make kids WANT to take baths, but they’d be adorable bundled up as a DIY gift as well.
This recipe features one of my favorite essential oils… lemon! It smells just as you’d imagine, and is a cleaning and detoxifying powerhouse too. It’s great in the diffuser because it cleanses the air and is a mood-booster as well. I mean, who isn’t happy when they smell a fresh lemon?!
How To Make Lemon Bath Bombs
I could talk about lemons all day, obvs. I’ll cut myself off here and without further ado, here’s the step-by-step on how to make lemonade… lemonade bath bombs, that is.
Ingredients in Lemon Bath Bombs
Here is what I used in my bath bombs. I linked to sources for the ingredients so you can learn more about what we used.
- Baking Soda – Yes, use the kind from your kitchen pantry
- Cornstarch – This is optional. What it does is make the bath bomb dissolve slower in the tub. If you leave it out, just use more baking soda and citric acid.
- Citric Acid – When you combine this with baking soda, it makes the fizzy reaction
- Epsom Salt – This ingredient helps your muscles relax and releases tension in your joints.
- Lemon Essential Oil – This is what makes the bath bombs smell so amazing!
- Fractionated Coconut Oil – The coconut oil will moisturize your skin and it helps the ingredients all stick together too.
- Yellow Gel Food Coloring – we used this brand because it contains natural ingredients
In addition to a really large mixing bowl and some measuring cups and spoons, you will need a bath bomb mold. The metal ones are easier to clean and they are easy to use too.
Remember, you will find all the steps in the craft card at the bottom of this post. Here are some photos of the process, so you can see exactly how I made them – along with some descriptions and tips, too!
Step One: Whisk dry ingredients together. Add the coconut oil, food coloring and essential oil. Mix until ingredients are well blended (I had a hard time getting this gel coloring to mix in until I added water).
Step Two: Add 1/2 Tbsp. water and mix well. Check to see if the mixture holds together well by squeezing some in your hand. If not, add another 1/2 Tbsp. of water.
Step Three: Fill each side of bath bomb mold with mixture and press to pack it down. Add a bit more of the loose mixture onto each side. Press both sides of mold together tightly. Tap gently on the side of the bowl and twist the mold to release the bath bomb. Carefully set aside to dry.
Step Four: Let dry for a few hours and place in an airtight container or bag.
Aren’t they adorable? Like little nuggets of happiness. That’s a thing, right? I’m making it a thing.
Lemon Bath Bombs FAQ
Before we get to the printable craft card just a little further below, here are some questions people often ask about making bath bombs with essential oils.
What are some essential oil combinations that go with lemon?
The most popular combinations for bath bombs are lavender and lemon. I’ve also seen other citrus-based oils added to lemon bath bombs like lemon-lime or even orange and lemon.
A lavender lemon bath bomb will smell so good! It’s both relaxing and invigorating, which is why so many people swear by this combo for stress relief.
Is it safe to use essential oils in a hot bath?
You might have heard that essential oils are not water-soluble, which is why people warn against adding them directly to your hot bath. This is true – but you can mix your essential oils with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and then dissolve them in your bath tub in a bath bomb.
This is safe to use in your bath because you use the coconut oil.
What does lemon essential oil do for your skin?
Lemon essential oil is so good for your skin and your mind. It is antibacterial, killing bacteria on your skin that clogs pores and causes breakouts.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties that helps to relieve stress and basically clear away the cobwebs from your mind.
Can you put lemon zest in bath bombs?
Yes, you definitely can add lemon zest to the bath bombs! It adds a lovely texture to them. The main reason that I didn’t want to add them to mine is that I don’t like cleaning up the zest out of my bathtub.
Lemon zest looks stunning in one of these – the variation of color and texture is lovely, so go ahead and a little bit to yours.
Here’s a printable version of the lemonade bath bomb recipe:
DIY Lemonade Bath Bombs
- bath bomb mold
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 tsp lemon essential oil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- yellow gel food coloring
- 1 Tbsp water
- Whisk dry ingredients together. Add the coconut oil, food coloring and essential oil. Mix until ingredients are well blended (I had a hard time getting this gel coloring to mix in until I added water).
- Add 1/2 Tbsp water and mix well. Check to see if the mixture holds together well by squeezing some in your hand. If not, add another 1/2 Tbsp of water.
- Fill each side of bath bomb mold with mixture and press to pack it down. Add a bit more of the loose mixture onto each side. Press both sides of mold together tightly. Tap gently on the side of the bowl and twist the mold to release the bath bomb. Carefully set aside to dry.
- Let dry for a few hours and place in an airtight container or bag.
How to Make Bath Bombs (VIDEO)
When it comes to essential oils, I only trust pure, therapeutic grade oils– especially since I’m using it in the bath or with my kiddos. Please be careful buying oils because they are NOT all created equal!
Ahhhhh… my home smells like a spa when I’m using these bath bombs! And that’s not easy to do when it comes to the boy’s bathroom. #justsayin
Who’s ready to add these fresh little lemonade bath bombs to their self-care routine? :: raises hand ::