DIY: Fast-Fizzing Bath Bombs Made with Essential Oils

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resize 11Creating a spa like environment in your home can easily be done using simple household ingredients and essential oils.

Bath bombs are a fun way to add excitement to your senses while enjoying the benefits of essential oils. They are also entertaining to use, and are loved by both kids and adults alike; because really, who doesn’t love a bath that fizzles?!

Even if you don’t have a bathtub, these bath bombs can still be effective in a shower. The water will help dissolve the bath bomb and release the aroma of the essential oils into the steam.

What you need:

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1 cup citric acid*

1 cup baking soda

½ cup cornstarch

½ cup oil (almond oil, olive oil, dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, etc.)

8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s)

silicone mold or saran wrap

* citric acid can be found at most major supermarkets in the canning section


1. In a bowl, place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil.

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2. Add 8-10 drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice.

Note: Choose an essential oil to best suit your needs. The options are endless. For relaxation, try Lavender or Serenity. For a mood boost, try Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss, or Grapefruit. For a decongestant, try Eucalyptus or Breathe Respiratory Blend.

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4. Mix well with a spoon or with your hands until a soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. At this point you could also add food coloring, dried herbs, or flower petals to the mixture. If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until the consistency is right.

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5. Put the mixture into a silicone mold. Let it sit for at least 24 hours before removing from mold.

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6. If you don’t have a silicone mold, you could use cupcake liners or saran wrap to help mold your bath bombs.

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7. The bath bombs are ready to use once they are completely dry. To use, just drop them in the tub/shower until they dissolve.


Bath bombs are excellent gifts for both adults and children. When making for kids, try adding some color to the mixture. Not only will they love when the water changes colors, but will also love the fizz and bubbles from the bath bomb as well.

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dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Wellness Advocates. If you would like to locate a Wellness Advocate in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. Im curious to know how these would work in the shower. There used to be a product that you put in the shower to help with congestion. Any ideas?

  2. To help with congestion, use this same recipe but use essential oils such as Breathe or Eucalyptus to help relieve your congestion and open up your airways.

  3. I would suggest that if using food colouring to colour these, make sure you use non-toxic vegetable based colour. Safer for everyone, especially for children!

  4. Amanda Willis…if you want to use them in the shower, leave out the carrier oil (almond, FCO, etc). You don’t necessarily need the cornstarch either, just citric acid and baking soda, and your essential oils.

  5. Please, you don’t need Cornstarch!!! Corn has a lot of allergies, that I feel are up there with Gluten. These are great without. We made them with Citric Acid, Baking Soda, Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, little E Oil with Lavender, Rose & Balance. We used plastic eggs to form & wrapped in saran wrap. Fabulous & tons of fun as a group get together for the ladies. :)

  6. You could use beet juice or blueberries for color in this recipe:), also you could use doterras peppermint, eucalyptus, or breathe essential oils for congestion in the shower.

  7. Amanda we use this recipe
    Vapor Shower Disk

    Improvement of a Vick’s Vapor Bar!

    2-3 cups Baking Soda


    Doterra’s Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Lavender Oils

    Put muffin liners in a muffin pan. Set aside.

    Put the baking soda in a large mixing bowl and slowly add the water until it makes a thick paste. Adding only a little water at a time and mashing it together with the back of a spoon. You’ll want it to feel like putty.

    Add 15 drops of each essential oil and mix well.

    Spoon mix into muffin liners. Only about half full. Pat down flat with the back of the spoon. Allow to sit out and dry for 12-18 hours. (You can also mix the paste without the oils, and bake them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Then add a few drops of the oils to each cooled puck)

    Put these at the back of the shower on the floor and take a long hot steamy shower! The vapors will open you airways and clear out a head cold or stuffed up sinuses!

  8. DoTERRA friends!! I was given DigestZEN from a lady at the restaurant we ate at last night (LOL) We almost had to leave before we even ordered because Harper was being fussy (she is ten weeks old), but then she ended up taking a nap, and our waitress told us about this and gave it to us. She gave me a small bottle and she diluted it with coconut oil cause Harper is so tiny. Can someone give me some more info? I’ve looked into it, and this morning she was gassy/fussy so I rubbed one drop on tummy, and one drop on bottom of feet, and she is not fussing anymore? So cool! I would WAY prefer this over the max amounts of Gripe Water I am having to give her. Does anyone know if I can give this WITH a tiny bit of gripe water if needed? Anyone explain how this works to me? Her issues are MAJOR GAS and acid reflux (which we are on zantac for). Feel free to send me a message, cause if this works like I think it just did, I want more info and I want to buy!!! Please email me at cegipson@hotmail or go to my facebook page

  9. The amount this recipe makes all depends on how big your molds are. You can really make them as large or as small as you would like. You can make them the size of a baseball or the size of your thumbnail. The recipe makes about 3 cups.

  10. Which essential oil would be best to help with softening the skin or relieving itchy scratchy skin? Thiniing this would be greta for the bath balm if it was moisturizing!

  11. We made bath bombs last year with a different recipe and laughed ourselves silly as the mixture grew, expanded, overflowed and covered the kitchen counter before solidifying. Don’t add too much liquid! It was a fun mistake. I will try this one and see if it works better. Thanks!

  12. Hi Courtney!

    What a fabulous testimonial for DigestZen! It sounds like we have a lot in common, I started using the oils while I was pregnant with my last baby and use them on all five of my kids!

    As far as HOW it works, here’s a little info from a doTerra site:

    Digestive Blend (one drop in 4oz. of water works great)
    DigestZen is one of the doTerra Blends that is considered an effective metabolic blend (like Slim and Sassy and Zendochrine). This is major active relief in a bottle.
    Dr. Hill’s experience with patients and his research has concluded that most gastrointestinal disorders are secondary to inflammation from bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microbes and a lack of good nutrition.
    Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-micorbial, anti-nausea, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, Soothes Hangover symptoms (alcohol, sugar, carbohydrate or meat protein) Soothes and subdues acid reflux, stimulates repair of damaged tissues of the digestive system, been credited with reducing polyps in the intestinal tract.
    Ginger: anti-spasm and anti-nausea, dissolves old mucus, warming and comforting, can inspire courage, excellent digestive aid; warming to tissues and organs, uplifting and motivating of spirit. Excellent for Rheumatic Fever Recovery.
    Peppermint: It relaxes the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract and promotes peristalsis. Soothing and cooling for the whole body. Kills bacteria, parasites, yeasts, fungi and mold. Known to help relieve distress from food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, halitosis, colic, nausea, and motion sickness. Enhances bile processing. And reduces heat of fever so body can deal with restoring healing with less discomfort.
    Tarragon: Antiseptic and combats intestinal parasites and urinary tract infections; anti-infectious, prevents fermentation in the intestinal tract, assists absorption of B Complex vitamins in intestinal tract. anti-micorbial, reduces muscle spasms, is Great in helping to relieve genital urinary tract infections,
    Coriander: Is soothing to the Pancreas and the Gall Bladder, besides assisting in processing of nutrients; anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and motivates good oxygenation. Increases action of basic digestive enzymes so nutrients can be absorbed to create healthy new cells.
    Fennel: Helps to improve digestion by supporting the liver. It may also help balance hormones;
    Caraway: Subdues acid reflux, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anti-parasitic, Good relief of gas and pain of colic.
    Anice: Calms and strengthens the digestive system, calms the sphincters, balances acid and supports creating an environment for healthy digestion.”

    Hope this helps:)


  13. Hi ~ I would love to do this with my son to help him want to take baths again but he is extremely sensitive to corn and corn derivatives. Is there a recipe I can use to make these without the corn substances?
    Thanks so much!!

  14. I just made these and was so so excited! but… I let them sit for 24 hours and when I pushed them out of the mold they fell apart and still felt wet/oily. what did I do wrong? was I suppose to add Epsom salt? I am sad I just wasted my EO. could I still use the broken parts and put them in a bag to sprinkle in my bath still?

  15. Hi Monica,

    You can still use the broken parts to remake your bath bombs. Just add more corn starch or baking soda until the consistency of the mixture is more dry. You can put them back into the molds and they should be fine. You could also just sprinkle the broken parts into the tub. You will still have the same effect.

  16. I would try making them with potato starch, not sure if it is the same as potato flour, in the andean countries we call it chuno, and it is potatoes that have been frozen and then exposed to sun and then after 5 days made it into starch. We use that potato starch for the same baking, and cooking porposes that mexican use corn starch….just the andean countries are richer in potatoes. Hope it helps.

  17. I have a terrible allergy to citric acid….is there anything else that can be substituted??? Thanks so much.

  18. Arrowroot Starch is a typical baking substitute for corn starch, so I’d imagine it would be acceptable in this case as well.

  19. Courtney Gipsonc ~ I saw your post and sent you an email with some great doTerra educational links and to help you connect with some doTerra people in your community, you may want to check your spam mail. I also sent the same message to your FB but in may have gone in your “other” box
    doTerra changes lives ~ it did mine <3

  20. American cornstarch and New Zealand corn flour are the same thing – I haven’t lived in Europe but it’s likely the same there.

  21. Hi- my bath disks cracked as they dried. Was my dough too wet or too dry?also, what is the secret for a smooth finish on the fizz balls? I used a melon baller to form them , some released with a smooth surface,and others were crumbley. Thank you for your suggestions

  22. Don’t substitute the citric acid (it is not even close to the same thing). You can skip the cornstarch and actually add the epson salt as a botanical ingredient like lavendar or oatmeal. If you want them rock hard and don’t want to use cornstarch you can use kaolin or bentonite clays and those will also make the bath bombs rock hard and be nice to skin :)

  23. we made the bath bombs and they are falling apart, any idea what could have gone wrong i followed the recipe exactly.?

  24. I think in parts of the west the air is much drier so the mixture will not be as wet, when made with the proportions listed in this recipe. We had to add LOTS of extra corn starch and baking soda to get even a semi firm mixture in Ohio. Hopeful they still dry out well…

  25. I made the bath bombs to use in the shower using the recipe in the article except I almost doubled the Eucalyptus oil in the recipe. I can’t seem to smell anything when I use it in the shower. Any recommendations?

  26. I just made these with my son. Followed the recipe closely, but they did not seem to bind, so a added some more FCO, and then when we added the soap coloring, it started the reaction and now it’s growing everywhere :( :(
    Any suggestions?

  27. You can easily substitute arrowroot starch or tapioca starch for the cornstarch if needed to work around allergens, although many have said it works fine without as well.

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