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DIY Orange Bath Bombs

Easy to make DIY bath bombs recipe with a few simple ingredients. These make perfect gifts, or you can keep them for yourself for a day when you need to relax!

DIY orange bath bombs

Easy DIY Bath Bombs

Whenever I need a little “me time,” I almost always take a hot bath. I love to drop an orange bath bomb in the water before I get in. There’s something about a fresh, citrusy scent that does the trick. I’ll even use my lemon sugar scrub while I’m at it. Talk about pamper heaven!

Have you ever tried a bath bomb before? I don’t care what age you are, there’s just something magical about dropping something into water and watching it fizz right before your eyes. And, of course, if it smells fabulous, which is even better!

pressing bath bomb mixture into a silicone flower mold


  • Baking soda: This will help bind the bath bomb.
  • Citric acid & Corn starch: These are also binders.
  • Epsom salt: This salt will helps sooth achy muscles.
  • Orange zest: The orange zest is optional but adds a fun touch.
  • Coconut oil: The coconut oil adds a moisturizing effect.
  • Orange essential oil: 16-20 drops will add a great scent.
  • Food coloring: The food coloring is optional, but adds a fun touch.

How To Make Homemade Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are all the rage right now, but they can be pretty pricey. Did you know you can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost? All you need are a few ingredients, and it’s really simple when you follow the instructions below!

DIY Bath Bombs


  • 1 cup baking soda optional
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup epsom salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil , melted
  • 16-20 drops orange essential oil

Food coloring, optional


    • In a mixing bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt and orange zest. Whisk together until all of the lumps are gone.
    • In a separate bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Then add in the orange essential oil and food coloring.Add the oil mixture to the dry mixture and mix well with your hands.
    • Lightly spritz with water a few times to get the mixture to barely hold together. Make sure you don't add too much water!
    • Using your hands, press the mixture firmly into molds. I used cute flower molds, but you can use a plastic ornament mold, or even a plastic Easter egg. For a rustic look, you can even just roll them into balls by hand. I opted to use a silicone flower shaped mold for mine. Just make sure you press the mixture firmly into whatever mold you use.
    • Let dry for at least 4 hours before carefully removing from molds. Once they're dry, they are ready to use. Add to your next bath and let it fizz.
    flower-shaped orange bath bombs on a wood surface

    How To Use bath bombs

    After they dry for a few hours, you will have beautiful bath bombs all ready to use. Just drop one in your bath full of hot water, then sit back, breathe in the lovely aroma, and RELAX!

    Perfect DIY gift

    You can keep these DIY bath bombs for yourself, or you can give them as gifts. For an extra luxurious gift, pair them with a jar of brown sugar scrub.

    1. Wrap the bath bombs in cellophane.
    2. Tie with a ribbon or baker’s twine.
    3. Add a cute gifting tag as the final touch!

    Every woman loves to be pampered, but with the start of school right around the corner, I think they would be perfect for a teacher. They sure deserve some time alone, and a nice relaxing bath!

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    Post and photos originally written by Creations By Cara

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      1. Orange zest is the bright coating of the orange – under that is the the white pith which is bitter, and you do not want that! I like to use a wood rasp to remove the zest from the orange.

      1. You can find citric acid in the grocery store, usually next to the canning supplies. I like to order it on Amazon, though, so that I don’t spend too much time looking for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. You don’t have to use citric acid, but then it won’t fiz. Just the baking soda and epsom salt are good for bath soaks.

    1. I’m excited to try this! I have a question about adding scent. Could you use candy/lollipop flavorings? Or do you need to use essential oils? Also what are your thoughts on food coloring versus a skin safe coloring like mica powder? Did the food coloring stain the bathtub at all?

      1. I haven’t really used candy/lollipop flavoring before, but I think that should be fine. You could use either food coloring or mica powder, I just always have food coloring on hand. The food coloring did not stain the bathtub. It’s such a small amount and gets diluted in the bath water.

    2. 5 stars
      I had no idea these can be made at home, you are very talented wow and I am off to get everything I need for them! thank you so much!

    3. Mine came out great – thank you! I did better when I added zero water. Even a spritz made them foam up too much. Not sure how much the water has to do with holding them together, but if it does, maybe the liquid from the food coloring was enough? In any case, they hardened just fine with no water. Also, I did a batch with jojoba oil and a batch with coocnut oil. Both were fine, but if you use coconut oil, make a smaller bath bomb or use less! Too oily if you do a large bath bomb. Thank you!