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Essentials Video: Vanilla Bath Bomb

Goodbye bubble bath. So long rubber ducky! Once you try a bath bomb, you’ll never want to go back. If you’re already a fan or are excited to give them a whirl, this DIY is for you. This recipe calls for some ingredients that you probably already have at your house, like baking soda and cornstarch, and some you might need to pick up at the store, like citric acid and soap coloring. But not to worry, this DIY is simple enough for any newbie.

Not only is this Vanilla Bath Bomb DIY all natural, but they also use the fantastic aromas of Vanilla Oleoresin and Orange Sweet essential oils to create a soothing and fun bath experience.

DIY Vanilla Bath Bomb

Vanilla Bath Bomb

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

  1. Whisk baking soda, Epsom salt, cornstarch, and citric acid thoroughly.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix alcohol and Vanilla Oleoresin until blended.
  3. In the same bowl, mix coconut oil, water, Orange Sweet, and soap coloring (if desired).
  4. Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together. Add only a small amount of liquid at a time, whisking thoroughly each time.
  5. Push firmly into silicone molds and allow to dry overnight.

88 thoughts on “Essentials Video: Vanilla Bath Bomb”

  1. This is next on my DIY projects after the eye serum! I am nervous to try but they look so great and a fun alternative for my girls baths. I hate all the funky stuff in commercial bath bombs and bubbles so will be excited when we can use these.

  2. Vanillin content in essential oils and fragrance oils generally either turns into brown spots on bath bombs or discolors the mix over time – like a couple of weeks. Does the vanilla oleoresin do this, or the love vanilla synergy? I love both of them, but don’t want the brown discoloration.

    1. Belle, Vanilla Oleoresin and other forms of Vanilla are brown oils that will cause some natural coloration in DIY projects. Diluting it first in alcohol will help soften the brown color as the alcohol emulsifies it, but will not take away the color completely. It is the same when using a “blue” oil, such as Blue Tansy or Blue Yarrow…the intense color is just part of the oil 🙂

  3. This is a fantastic recipe and it is much appreciated to receive it knowing it has guidance on the safe dilutions, even with the substitutions of different oils and how to manage the dilution with using the alcohol and without using (if not necessary). This will be my go to recipe and I can’t wait to make this vanilla and orange sweet “flavor”!!! This is my favorite to use in soap, so I know we’ll love it!

  4. Just mixed up this recipe with Lemon Cupcake ❤️ Can’t wait to see how they turn out!! Just for reference, it made 7 Easter egg size bombs ☺️

  5. I’m always a bit intimidated with the DIY recipes; but your videos make it look so easy. These bath bombs just might be the perfect way to expand my uses of Essential Oils. Thanks for the recipes and videos!

  6. This recipe sounds great. I have made shower bombs before, and I did not feel the aroma was strong/long-lasting enough. Any tips?

    1. Debra, is it from this specific recipe where you feel the scent wasn’t strong enough or a different recipe? We do like to keep our dilutions at about a safe 2%, which you may not be finding strong enough. Please feel free to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] if you need some assistance 🙂

  7. I make bath bombs all the time, but now I’m gonna use vanilla and orange!!! Heavenly dreamcicle!

    1. Shannon, we recommend using these bombs within about a week because we do not include any preservatives in this recipe 🙂

      1. Is there a way to make them with preservatives so they don’t have to be used within a week? If so, what preservative and how much? I will be making them as gifts and need it to last longer than a week. Thanks for your help.

  8. I bet these smell like orange cream! I’ve mande bath bombs last summer and the kids loved it, but these 2 oils together…..must be heaven. Definitely on my to do list!

    1. Katy, you can find it on Amazon easily, but Wal-Mart sells it as well (in the canning section, if you’re wondering!). I haven’t found many local grocery stores that carry it, so I usually go with one of those options 🙂

  9. I saw them making this on the live and xant wait until I get to try it. I have been wanting to make bath bombs for a while but wanted to make sure the recipie I was using was completely safe. I know if you guys recommend it then it is!

  10. Hi I was wondering about the Van O. And if 90 proof vodka would work or I have polysorbate 20, but no stronger alcohol. Would that also work for the lemon cupcake synergy, as I really want to make bath bombs with it also. Also is this recipe kidsafe? Thanks so much I love all the educational blogs and post Plant Therapy posts and the Doy’s are awesome!

    1. Brandy, 90 proof vodka should be fine to dilute the Vanilla, but you will be able to notice right away if the oil is not blending with the alcohol. Diluting with alcohol would also work well with the lemon cupcake blend, and yes this recipe is KidSafe as long as the Vanilla is properly diluted 🙂

  11. Do you leave the mix in the mold overnight or can you un-mold right away but let sit overnight? I only have 3 molds in different sizes.

    1. Linda, if you find that your bombs have hardened and can be taken out of the mold without crumbling, you sure can take them out! Many people find success taking the bomb out almost immediately after putting them in the mold with no issues 🙂

  12. For corn allergies, would potato starch or arrowroot starch be equivalent replacements for the cornstarch? If not, do you have other suggestions? Also, grain alcohol being grain-based and possibly corn, would strong vodka or other alcohol work?

    1. Belinda, you absolutely can make either of those substitutions, but I would recommend playing around with it to get the right levels that will ensure the bomb holds together 🙂

  13. I tried this and had some trouble. I’m sure I did something wrong, but not sure what it could be. My bath bombs didn’t stay in the molds. I had to keep on remolding them for a few hours until they stopped expanding! I finally abandoned the molds and just rolled them into ball shapes repeatedly as they kept turning into lumps. I want to try again, but what am I missing?

    1. A lot of times, the expansion is due to too much moisture. Try adding a little less water than recommended and give it another go. This is a pretty common issue (I know it’s happened to me before!) but is usually remedied by using less water. Your bath bombs are just trying to activate too soon! Also, if you have a Facebook account, I’d like to direct you to our Safe Essential Oil Recipes group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/safeessentialoilrecipes/); we have some aromatherapists who monitor that page and they are WIZARDS at bath bombs!

    1. Tamra, this will depend on the size of your bath bomb mold. For typical molds you can find in a craft store, this recipe will make about 3, maybe 4, bath bombs 🙂

  14. I have tried a different recipe for bath bombs and they were both epic fails!! LOL This recipe seems quite easier than the one I had chose. The video is a big help for me. I love a nice hot bath with a nice bath bomb. I’m going to try one more time!!

  15. This is a great idea as I have daughters in my house who love bath bombs and to be creative and mix things up themselves. This would be an excellent thing to sell for their Young Entrepreneurs program at their homeschool Coop! Gonna give it a go!!! Thanks!

  16. I’m so glad I read this post! I bought VO this week just to make bath bombs & was going to follow my old recipe (which doesn’t include an emulsifier).

  17. If I wanted to add Polysorbate 80 to these, would you recommend substituting it for the water? Or would you keep the water and add the poly 80 in addition to it?

    1. Kacie, as the alcohol and carrier oil work as emulsifiers, is there a particular reason you would like to add Polysorbate 80? I have not tried this recipe with Polysorbate as an additional ingredient, but I do not believe it should replace the water. You can also feel free to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] for a one-on-one conversation about this topic as well 🙂

      1. I like it to help disperse my colorant. I find adding it ensures I don’t have a ring around the tub after the bath. It also tends to make bath bombs foam more than fizz, which is my preference. But…I’m new to using it, so I’m not 100% sure on how to add it in to recipes that don’t specifically call for it.

    2. You would add your little bit of poly 80 in with your carrier oil and the poly 80 is to help emulsify the carrier in to the bath water. It keeps the bath from being greasy.

  18. Oooh! I can’t wait to try this out, it’s an easy recipe and I have all of the ingredients! Thank you Plant Therapy!

  19. Any idea the best brand/place to buy citric acid? I have all the other ingredients and I have always wanted to make these! Thanks!

    1. Abigail, if you have a Wal-Mart near you, they often carry citric acid in their canning section. Otherwise, Amazon is another great option. I have not noticed a big difference in effectiveness based on brand, but that is just my personal experience 🙂

  20. I love this scent combo and making bath bombs. I have never used straight vanilla o. Though. I have used infused carrier. Will have to give this a try.

  21. I want to make bath bombs using luckier. Could I follow this same recipe and just swap out these oils and use luckier instead? If so, how many drops of Luckier should I use?

    1. Jennie, use the same recipe *except* there is no need for the alcohol (as that is used only to dilute the Vanilla), and instead of 15 drops total of EOs, just do 12 drops of Luckier. Since we’re removing the alcohol, we’ll have to lower the drops slightly to keep it at a 2% dilution 🙂

  22. This makes me want to give making a bath bomb a try…and by the way your teaching videos are so nice…all the items look just lovely..great job !!

  23. I’ve made bath bombs before but never with alcohol in them. I can’t wait to try this recipe to see the difference. Also love the combination of vanilla oleoresin and orange! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Nora, the alcohol in this recipe is only there to emulsify the Vanilla Oleoresin, which does not fully emulsify in carrier oils like other essential oils. It really shouldn’t interfere with the overall outcome of your bath bomb 🙂

  24. I’m super intimidated to make bath bombs but after watching this tutorial I think I’ll give it a go! The combo of vanilla and orange sounds divine!

  25. Thank you for this video! I love vanilla EO! It has antioxidant properties; it can boost libido; it relieves PMS symptoms; it works as an antidepressant; it can reduce Inflammation and it can lower blood pressure! Plus, it smells fab!!! <3

  26. Thank you for posting this DIY video. I have read some recipes but don’t feel so confident to try. This video makes it look easy enough 😉

  27. I can’t wait to try this!!! I have been wanting to do something fun with my daughter and so over the slime. She loves bath bombs but they irate her skin. This WOULD be great to try and not full of chemicals.

    1. My son loves making bath bombs with me! He helps with the stirring and pushing the bath bomb mix into the molds. On days when he is not assisting, I make bath bombs and bury a little toy in the center (the smaller Littlest Pet Shop work great!) so he can have a surprise at bath time.

  28. Does the Vanilla Oleoresin fully incorporate in this? I know in just cattier oil it does not but wondering if it does in this recipe because of the alcohol. And is the alcohol rubbing alcohol or grain alcohol?

    1. Catherine, for this recipe we used grain alcohol; Vanilla Oleoresin does not emulsify in carrier oils, which is why the alcohol is added to ensure that everything is properly diluted for safety 🙂

  29. I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been looking for a bath bomb recipe that wasn’t too intimidating, and the fact that the scents included smell like a creamsicle mean this will probably be my first attempt at a DIY bath bomb. Thank you, Plant Therapy!

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