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Lolly Bombs

Excerpted from DIY Beauty. Copyright © 2019 Simon and Schuster, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
Prep Time20 mins
Air Drying1 d
Total Time1 d 20 mins
Course: Bath and Body
Keyword: bath bomb, bath soak, essential oils
Yield: 3 bath bombs
Author: Ina De Clercq
Cost: $8


  • 3–4 popsicle molds
  • Wooden craft sticks



How to Make:

  • Melt shea butter in a double boiler over medium heat. Or melt shea butter in a heatproof container in the microwave on a low setting (650 watts or lower) using 1-minute intervals. Stir between intervals until shea butter has melted.
  • Combine baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with a whisk or spoon to blend the ingredients.
  • Carefully add melted shea butter and essential oil to the dry ingredients and continue stirring the mixture.
  • Add coloring of your choice to the batch until the mixture has the color you want. Divide the mixture among two or three mixing bowls if you want to make an assortment of different colored Lolly Bombs.
  • Slowly add small amounts of witch hazel until the mixture starts to clump together in the palm of your hand. As little as a teaspoon can be enough.
  • Scoop the mixture into the popsicle molds. Press down the mixture firmly when you reach the top.
  • Stick a wooden craft stick into the center of each mold. Press down the mixture on each side.
  • Let the bath bombs dry in their molds overnight. Carefully remove them from their molds the next day.

How to Use:

  • Draw a bath. Drop in a Lolly Bomb and watch it fizz away. Hop into the bathtub and close your eyes.


You can also layer different colors on top of each other in these bath bombs or swirl them together. Try adding dried flowers or pretty, colorful jojoba beads to the mix. There really are no limits to your imagination!
Always store bath bombs in a cool, dry place. You can wrap them individually in tissue paper or a similar material and store them all together in a container with a lid. They can also be stored individually in paper or plastic bags as long as they seal well. Bath bombs are best used within 6 months for optimal fizz.