How to Make a Glitter Bath Bomb Recipe
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This glitter bath bomb recipe is fun for both kids and adults.  This is an easy bath bomb recipe with kaolin clay that results in rock hard bath bombs made with biodegradable glitter.  I used a fun fruity essential oil blend that smells like candy.


I think bath bombs are one of the most fun DIY bath and body products.  They are also one of the harder ones to make.


I'll admit that I used to have a love hate relationship with bath bombs.  I loved using them, but I hated making them.





I practiced a few times, messed a few times, and finally found a recipe that I liked.  Now I have some experience, so I've been adapting that recipe and making some tweaks.


This bath bomb recipe with kaolin clay is a good one for beginner bath bomb makers or just someone who doesn't want to futz with a harder recipe.


It has coconut oil in it to help act like a glue to hold the dry ingredients together.  The kaolin clay also helps make them rock hard.


I made this a fun glitter bath bomb recipe with biodegradable glitter.  It has a natural colorant and biodegradable glitter, so it won't hurt the environment after you drain your tub.  


How to Make a Glitter Bath Bomb Recipe


Are Glitter Bath Bombs Safe?


Yes, a glitter bath bomb is safe if you use a body safe glitter.  You can also take a step further and use natural mica to color my bath bombs and biodegradable glitter.





Does Biodegradable Glitter Dissolve in Water?


No, biodegradable does not dissolve in water.  It needs microorganisms to digest it and degrade it.  After it's processed, it turns into biomass, carbon dioxide, and water.


The biodegradable glitter will float in the water, making this a fun glitter bath.


How Do You Shimmer a Bath Bomb?


I used biodegradable glitter, but you can also use mica powder.  Mica has a shimmer to it.  However, the glitter will give more shimmer.


Can You Use Edible Glitter in Bath Bombs?


Yes, you can use edible glitter in bath bombs.  It will dissolve in water, so you won't have glitter in the bath tub when you use glitter bath bombs.


I recommend Wilton edible glitter.  





What is the Best Oil for Bath Bombs?


I use coconut oil in my bath bombs with kaolin clay.  Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so it helps harden this glitter bath bomb recipe.


You could use a liquid oil, but the coconut oil makes this an easier recipe to work with.


Do You Need Citric Acid for Bath Bombs?


Technically, no, you do not need citric acid to make bath bombs.  However, citric acid and baking soda combine in a bath bomb.  When they get wet, they have a chemical reaction that's harmless for your skin.


This chemical reaction releases carbon dioxide gas.  This is what causes the fizzing and bubbling that bath bombs are known for.


Essential Oil Blend for Glitter Bath Bomb Recipe


I wanted a fun essential oil blend for my glitter bath bombs, so I used one of my fun essential oil blends that smell like candyun essential oil blends that smell like candy.


I used the Fruit Loops blend, which is:



This is a fun and fruity scent that's perfect for fun bath bombs like a glitter bath bomb recipe.





How Do I Make Bath Bombs Harder?


You can make bath bombs harder by adding kaolin clay or arrowroot powder or cornstarch.  I used arrowroot powder in this bath bomb recipe with kaolin clay to make them harder.


How Much Kaolin Clay Do You Add to Bath Bombs?


As a general rule, add 1 tablespoons of kaolin clay her cup of dry ingredients.  You can add a little more if you want to.


What Can I Use Instead of Witch Hazel in Bath Bombs?


You can use 99 percent isopropyl in bath bombs.  Some people use water to make bath bombs with kaolin clay.  However, the water can activate the bath bombs.


How Long Do You Leave Bath Bombs in the Mold?


Generally, you should let bath bombs sit in a mold for several hours to a full day before you unmold them.  However, this glitter bath bomb recipe has coconut oil in it.  


The coconut oil helps bind the dry ingredients.  Therefore, you can unmold your bath bomb recipe with kaolin clay right away.  


Tap the side of the mold gently with a wooden or metal spoon.  Then carefully unmold.  I set my bath bombs in an egg carton so they don't get flat spots.  


Can You Dry Bath Bombs in the Fridge?


You can dry bath bombs in the fridge for about an hour or less.  If you leave them in longer than that, they can draw moisture from the air.  This can cause them to activate and cause warts on the outside of the bath bomb.


If you can unmold them without putting them in the fridge, that is preferred.  However, if it is very warm and the coconut oil is not setting up, then you can place them in the fridge for a little bit.


How Long Should Bath Bombs Dry Before Packing?


Let your bath bomb recipe with kaolin clay dry for 24 to 48 hours before packaging.  This is to ensure that all of the moisture is out of them.  





Glitter Bath Bomb Tips and Tricks


It takes time to get the hang of molding bath bombs.  If you pack them too loose, they will fall apart.  Too tight and they can get stuck in the mold.  If they fall apart as soon as you umold them, you can try again.  You may need to add more witch hazel.


Place the bath bomb powder on each half of the mold and mound up the powder.  Then press the sides together, but do not twist.  


You can put a few drops of cyclomethicone in each side of the mold.  Swirl around and drain out any excess.  This helps the bath bombs unmold easier.


If you want to let these DIY glitter bath bombs dry in the mold but only have a few molds, you can unmold one side and then let them dry in the other half of the mold.


Water will activate your bath bombs.  Humidity in the air can also activate them.  For best results, make bath bombs with kaolin clay on a day that it is not raining.


Humidity in the air can affect how much liquid you add to your glitter bath bomb recipe.  You may need more or less than what is called for in the recipe.


Glitter Bath Bomb Recipe Ingredients


To make these glitter bath bombs with kaolin clay, you will need the following ingredients.





Glitter Bath Bomb Recipe Supplies


You will need the following supplies to make glitter bath bombs with kaolin clay.



How to Make a Glitter Bath Recipe


To make your glitter bath bomb recipe, follow these steps:


Step #1


In a large mixing bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, kaolin clay, and dead sea salts.





Step #2


Melt the coconut oil and drizzle over the dry ingredients.  Add the polysorbate 80, essential oils, and 1 tablespoon of biodegradable glitter.  Mix well with gloved hands.  It should feel like wet sand.





Step #3


Separate the glitter bath bomb mixture between two small bows.  Add purple mica to one bowl and green mica to the other one.  Stir well.





Step #4


Put purple bath bomb mixture on one half of your bath bomb mold and green bath bombs mixture on the other half of the mold.  Do not press down the mixture, but have some mounded over the mold to allow for pressing the mixture into the mold.


If your mixture gets too dry, spray with rubbing alcohol to rewet it.


Step #5


Press the two halves of the mold together.  Then tap the mold gently to release the mold.  Unmold the bath bomb and let sit for 24 hours or until hard.





Step #6


Once the bath bombs are hard, spritz with rubbing alcohol and roll in white biodegradable glitter.  This makes the glitter bath bombs look like they were rolled in sugar.


If you like these bath bombs with kaolin clay, check out these bath bomb recipes:



I hope you like this bath bomb recipe with kaolin clay!


bath bomb, diy, bath and body,
Yield: 4-6 bath bombs
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $10

Glitter Bath Bombs

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
How to make glitter bath bombs with body safe glitter and essential oils.

materials:

  • • 2 cups baking soda
  • • 1 cup citric acid 
  • • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • • 1/4 cup kaolin clay
  • • 2 tablespoons dead sea salts 
  • • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • • 1 teaspoon polysorbate 80 
  • • 1 teaspoon essential oils
  • • 1-2 teaspoons each of purple and green mica colorant 
  • • 3 tablespoons of white cosmetic glitter 

tools:

  • Bath Bomb Molds (
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 2 small mixing bowls
  • 1 small shallow bowl

steps:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, kaolin clay, and dead sea salts.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and drizzle over the dry ingredients. Add the polysorbate 80, essential oils, and 1 tablespoon of biodegradable glitter. Mix well with gloved hands. It should feel like wet sand.
  3. Separate the glitter bath bomb mixture between two small bows. Add purple mica to one bowl and green mica to the other one. Stir well.
  4. Put purple bath bomb mixture on one half of your bath bomb mold and green bath bombs mixture on the other half of the mold. Do not press down the mixture, but have some mounded over the mold to allow for pressing the mixture into the mold.  If your mixture gets too dry, spray with rubbing alcohol to rewet it.
  5. Press the two halves of the mold together. Then tap the mold gently to release the mold. Unmold the bath bomb and let sit for 24 hours or until hard.
  6. Once the bath bombs are hard, spritz with rubbing alcohol and roll in white biodegradable glitter. This makes the glitter bath bombs look like they were rolled in sugar.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.