These DIY Bath Bomb Valentines are a fun alternative to your typical candy-packed valentines. Pamper your friends and family this Valentine’s Day with these no-candy Valentines with a free printable!
I had so much fun making those DIY Seed Paper Valentines that I knew I wanted to try my hand at making another no-candy valentine. After recently taking a trip to LUSH for the first time, I was both intrigued by the cult-following as well as appalled by the price. You guys, those things are crazy expensive!! Immediately, I tried Googling how to make my own since, on average, bath products are a no-go for me because of my skin. Turns out, they’re stupid easy to make. So I bought the basics that I didn’t already have – a mold and some citric acid – and I went about making my own.
If you’re looking for a super simple DIY, this is it. I think it would be an adorable school valentine (maybe using smaller molds, like this) or a stack of them would make a cute gift for your girlfriends.
Sign up HERE and I’ll send you the free printable card to add to your valentines. On the back, the ingredients are listed. A blank spot is on the tag to let the recipient know what kind of oil and essential oil (if using) are in the bath bomb. I figured if you’re sending this to a school it’s a good idea to let the parents know what is in it, in case some kids have sensitive skin.
DIY Bath Bomb Valentines
1 cup baking soda
.5 cup Epsom salt
.5 cup corn starch
.5 cup citric acid
1 tablespoon of water, divided
Up to 2 teaspoons of essential oil (I used 2 teaspoons of sweet orange because it’s my fave)
2.5 tablespoons of oil (I used coconut once and olive the next. Make sure the coconut oil is melted)
3-4 drops of food coloring
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Only use about .5 of the tablespoon at first. If you want a layered look, omit the coloring for now. VERY SLOWLY (I’m talking drips) add the wet to the dry ingredients. If you see fizzing, slow it down. A little bit is kind of unavoidable, but keep it to a minimum. Once finished, it will still be a bit dry. If you want to add in food coloring, divide the mixture in half and mix the food coloring with a few drops of water before adding to one-half of the mixture. Add a few more drops of water to the plain mixture. Add only enough water so that it just sticks together when pressed together. Press into molds and dry 12-24 hours until TOTALLY dry. I kept it safe and let it sit over 24 hours because I’m neurotic. I also suggest using a flexible mold, like these silicone ones.
Pack into bags and attach Valentine card. Enjoy!
I packaged mine in these super cool cellophane treat bags I found at Walmart for less than $2 – they’re not just normal ones, they have these little cardboard disks as bases and are all cute and decorated. They’d be perfect for a stack of cookies, but even better for these since they support helps them not ‘shed’ as much by keeping them sturdy. I found them online, but they’re a bit pricier – here and here.
Okay, so tell me – can you stomach the price of those store bought bath bombs? What scents would you like in a bath bomb? Let me know in the comments!
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