Make Christmas Tree bath bombs with beautifully scented essential oils, colored minerals, and naturally-fizzy ingredients. Quick and easy to make handmade gifts that include a DIY video
These delightful little trees of Christmas happiness will win you some major brownie points this holiday season. They’re simple to make, and if you stick to just one scent/color then they can be inexpensive too. You can source many of the ingredients from the supermarket, pharmacy, or your kitchen cupboard! Making Christmas tree bath bombs is also very easy and seeing them come together will make you just as excited as their lucky recipients.
It takes just a day for the bath bombs to set after you’ve made them, and thereafter can be gifted and used immediately. They fizz on contact with warm bathwater, releasing gorgeously scented essential oil and shimmery gold mica. Who doesn’t love a little sparkle over the holidays?
Christmas Bath Bomb Ingredients
Before you jump into making Christmas tree bath bombs, let’s chat about the ingredients. The most important ones are baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, and the wetting agent of witch hazel. Everything else is for decoration or scent. The mineral colorants are nature-identical pigments, of the same sort used for mineral make-up. The gold mica is a mineral too, but not nature-identical. Though the colors really make these bath bombs special, they are optional.
The way you scent these bath bombs is with the smallest amount of plant-based essential oil. The purple Christmas tree bath bombs are scented with lavender, the pink with rose-geranium, the green with peppermint, and the yellow with may chang. The essential oils are, well, essential in my mind. However, if you don’t wish to use them, they are technically optional.
Christmas Tree Bath Bombs
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- Christmas Tree Silicone Mold
- Latex or Nitrile Gloves (optional)
- Organza bags (optional)
- 1 cup Baking soda (also called Bicarbonate of soda)
- 1/2 cup Citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 tsp Essential oil Lavender, rose-geranium, peppermint, may chang
- 1/32 tsp Mineral colorant Ultramarine purple, ultramarine pink, chromium green oxide, yellow iron oxide
- Gold mica
- Dried herbs and flowers Lavender buds, rose petals, peppermint leaves, calendula petals
- Witch hazel in a spray bottle
Add the dry ingredients to the bowl
- Place the sieve over the mixing bowl and pass the baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, and mineral color (not the gold Mica though) through it and into the bowl below. Use a spoon to stir and press it all through.
Mix in the wet ingredients
- Measure the essential oil directly into the dry ingredients and then mix it in with your hands. Next, wet the contents with a few sprays of the witch hazel, then mix it all together with your hands. Repeat until the bath bomb mixture can hold form when you squeeze it in your hands. I used 18 squirts of witch hazel to make mine, though the amount coming out of other spray bottles may vary.
Decorate the mold's cavities
- Spoon about half a teaspoon of gold mica into the mini sieve (strainer) and then tap it over the mold cavities. It's pretty much like dusting a cake with powdered sugar. Next, sprinkle your chosen dried herb or flowers into each cavity. Just a little though.
Make the bath bombs
- Now fill each mold cavity with the bath bomb mixture and pack it in tightly. There's enough mixture to make six or seven Christmas trees. When it's all packed in, place the mold in your freezer, and leave it there for 45 minutes. This helps the fizzy mixture to set solidly and makes it easier to take them out of the molds.
Cure the bath bombs
- Gently pop the bath bombs out of the mold and set them on bubble wrap or a hard surface that's been covered in clingfilm. Leave them there to first defrost and then to harden up. This will take about a day.
Use and gift your DIY Christmas Tree Bath Bombs
- Once made, you should keep the bath bombs in a sealed jar until they are ready to be used or gifted. As gifts, I find that they look pretty tucked into organza bags. You can see them through the material and the strings on the bags make them easy to hang in your Christmas tree or to tie to Christmas stockings. To use a bath bomb, drop it into warm bathwater. Watch as it fizzes and dissolves before your eyes before releasing the essential oil and body-loving epsom salt.