Valentine’s DIY: Bath Bombs

Hello my loves!

Confession time: I am super, super into Valentine’s Day. I’m obsessed with anything kitsch, and so V-day is pretty much my holiday soulmate. I love the cheesy puns, the over the top declarations of feelings, and the abundance of baked goods.


As the patron saint of Singledom, I love having my best girlfriends over for a Valentine’s dinner/drinking sesh. Making and giving gifts is the best, so this year I thought I’d get my DIY on and make something cool for the best people I know.
Since I am way too poor to afford a Lush Love Locket (I WANT ONE SO BADLY I EVEN HAD A DREAM ABOUT IT), bath bombs seemed like a worthy project. I trawled the interwebs, and here’s the method that I ended up using…

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1 cup Citric Acid
  • 1 TBsp Essential oil in your chosen fragrance (I used rose essential oil from Wellness Warehouse)
  • 4 TBsp oil (I used a mixture of coconut, argan and avocado oil. Olive oil works well too!)
  • Rose petals (or anything you’d like to add for decoration)
  • A mould (I used a heart-shaped one from Clicks)
  • Spray bottle full of water
  • Spray and Cook
  • Wax paper
  • Gloves


What to do:

1. Chuck the Bicarb, Epsom Salts and Citric Acid into a bowl. Give it a stir to get it all combined. In a second bowl, combine your fragrance and oil.


2. Drizzle a tablespoon of the oil mixture into your dry mixture. Spritz it with your water spray bottle a couple of times, and then mix well. The mixture will fizz a tiny bit, just make sure you’re not adding so much water that it gets overexcited. No one likes a bath bomb that peaks too soon. Continue doing this tablespoon by tablespoon, until the mixtures are completely combined.

3. Add your decoration. I used dried rose petals, but you could add bits of lavender or confetti too. For major brownie points, you could even place a laminated love note in the middle. I reeeeally wanted to add glitter to mine, but wasn’t sure if it would give everyone bajingo infections :/ Will research before next year!


3. Check your consistency. If you squish it into a ball, the mixture should hold its shape. If it crumbles, add some more oil. If it oozes out of shape, add some more dry ingredients. I put gloves on for this step, because getting citric acid in any cuts/scratches is really painful!

4. Spray your mould with Spray and Cook. Then grab a handful of your mixture and pack it into your chosen mould. Pack it tightly, or the whole thing will fall apart later. Smooth over the back of the bomb with a spoon.


5. Pop your bath bombs out of their moulds onto the wax paper. Let them dry in a cool place (temperature-wise, not a club) for about 24 hours until they’re rock-hard. Ta-dah, you are Martha Stewart!



What are you guys up to for V-day? Are you doing any DIY’s for loved ones? We’d love to know, tweet us at @smudgedbeauty!

Lots of cheesy, over the top, pun-filled love,




  1. […] We shared this DIY with you for Valentines Day, but it’s super easy to make these work for Christmas too. Why not give some divine homemade bath bombs to your besties for Christmas? You can even personalise them based on what your friends like. You can find out how to make these here. […]

  2. […] finally, check out our Bath Bomb DIY from last year if you’re feeling […]


    1. Thanks love!

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