How To Make a Bath Bomb For Mother's Day

If you're strapped for cash or want to make something personal for mum this Mother's Day, try your hand at homemade bath bombs.

Make sure your loved ones indulge themselves this Mother's Day - perhaps with a nice warm bath, and a luxurious bath bomb treat.

If the best gifts are made with love, this will be the best gift of all!


(Makes 4)

What you will need:

  • 1 ½ cups Bi-Carb Soda
  • ½ cup Citric Acid
  • Potpourri
  • Sweet almond oil (from chemist)
  • Essential oil, such as lavender or orange
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Moulds – see tips for options


  1. Sieve together the Bi-Carb Soda and the Citric Acid in a large mixing bowl, then add pot pourri.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 6 drops of your chosen essential oil with 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and food colouring as you desire.
  3. Take 1/2 cup of dry mix and stir in the oil mixture slowly so things don't start fizzing!
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, work the oil mixture into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until it stays compressed when squeezed.
  5. Wipe a little sweet almond oil inside the mould and fill with the mixture, packing in firmly.
  6. Repeat from Step 2 to make your other bath bombs and leave to set for 24-36 hours before removing from mould.


• If you don’t have any pot pourri, use the contents of a herbal teabag such as chamomile, lemon or peppermint.

• If you don’t have any sweet almond oil, light vegetable oil will work.

• You can purchase moulds from craft shops or you can use items that might be around the house, such as jelly moulds, decorative ice cube containers, muffin tins, patty pans or any plastic container that will hold a shape.

• The more simple the shape of the mould, the easier it will be to remove the bath bomb.

• Be creative with colours, combine red and yellow food colouring for an orange bath bomb and blue with a little red for a lavender bath bomb.

• Hot water activates the fizz in the bombs - cold water doesn't work.

This recipe was courtesy of McKenzie's Foods

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