Bath bombs were a childhood favourite. Store-bought versions often use artificial ingredients, dyes, and fragrances. I used bath salts to relax for a while, but I missed bath bombs.

Bath bombs take seconds to make, so measure the ingredients before you start. When water hits citric acid, it fizzs, so work quickly. Many homes keep most of these ingredients on hand:

Baking Soda The backbone of this recipe is alkalizing baking soda. It complements the acidic citric acid and helps with the fizzing reaction. It’s a frequent ingredient in my detox baths and can even help soothe sunburn.

Citric Acid You might not have citric acid sitting on your pantry shelf, but you’ll need it for this recipe. Citric acid is what gives us the fizzing reaction that makes bath bombs feel like bathing in champagne.

Corn Starch or Arrowroot Corn starch provides the silky feel that we all love from bath bombs. I usually use organic cornstarch in this recipe (and my natural deodorant).

Liquid Ingredients These are all very versatile and you can pick any combination you have on hand. You’ll need some kind of: Oil: Use olive, almond, or coconut oil. Sea buckthorn, argan, and apricot oils are fancy. You could also mix oils.

Salt: Stick to basic sea salt or kick it up a notch with Epsom salt or your favorite salt for this bath bomb recipe. Liquid: Basic water will work, but I also love using organic witch hazel for some extra skin-soothing. Some people find that the bath bombs stick together better with witch hazel.

While there are a lot of different oils that smell good, not every essential oil is the best option here. Some essential oils are more irritating to… ahem… sensitive tissues.