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| September 11, 2013 | 92 Comments

Bath Bomb Recipe for kids

We have been planning to make Bath Bombs since the beginning of the year. After all, they are such a great gift for Mother’s Day. But clearly didn’t get round to it (again – so much to do, so much to make, not enough time!). One of the reasons, is that many Bath Bomb Recipes use Citric Acid and I just hadn’t had the chance to get hold of some. But you don’t need citric acid to make bath bombs. A Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric Acid contains that magical ingredient Tartar (also used for making playdough nice and smooth). So if you are a DIY household and have some Tartar in, you can make bath bombs with the kids – a great gift for friends and family in the run up to *cough* Christmas. Check out Me and My Shadow for the “traditional” bath bomb recipe.

how to make bath bombs - an easy bath bomb recipe for kids!

Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric Acid:

  • 2 cups bicarbonate of soda (sometimes called baking soda)
  • 1 cup cream of tartar
  • 1-2 table spoons of olive oil or plain oil (the oil gives it a nice soothness in the bath)
  • food colouring
  • essential oils (we used lavender)*
  • dried lavender (optional)
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Ice cube trays (silicon best)


*please always be careful when using essential oils and follow the instructions on the label

Some items that may help you to make your bath bombs:

 Bath Bomb How To

Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric acid

1) Mix your bircabonate of soda, tartar, oil, essential oils and food colouring until you have a colour you are happy with. As food colouring is “wet” it will form little dropplets and you just have to persevere in mixing it in. It will still look quite powdery.

2) Give it 2-3 sprays of water. It will start to sizzle as the bicarbonate of soda reacts with the water. But start mixing it and it will feel a little more “solid”, a bit like wet sand. When you can indent your spoon on the mixture and leave a nice “shape” behind without it crumbling too much you are ready to transfer to your ice cube trays. You can add a couple of sprays of water, if it isn’t lumpy enough yet. Using a SPRAY bottle really is important (we used a cleaned out cleaning bottle), as this disperses the water evenly and avoids, the bircab to just sizzle away in one part of your bowl!!

Bath Bomb How To

3) Mix in some lavender. We go carried away and added quite a lot. Less is more as a) you don’t want your bath bomb to fall apart and also, you WILL have a bath full of lavender at the end!!

Bath Bomb Gifts Kids Can Make

4) Fill into your icecube trays (silicon REALLY IS BEST, else it is VERY HARD to get out in one go) and press down hard.

5) Let dry for 1-2 days. They get harder over time.

Gifts Kids Can Make - Bath Bombs without Citric Acid

6) Remove gently and done. If you find, they break apart, you didn’t add enough water spray to begin with. You can crumble it all again, spray with more water and start again.

7) Have a nice relaxing bath! See our bath bombs in action!

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  1. These are great, totally on my to do list now :) You could have so much fun creating different scents too!

  2. oooh they look amazing, and I bet they smell delicious.

  3. Red Ted Art says:

    I particularly liked how lovely the kids smelt when they got out of their bath!!

  4. Where do you find Tartar (cream of tartar over here) in such large amounts?

    • Red Ted Art says:

      I found a 170g pot at our local supermarket – which was enough for our ice cube tray of bath bombs. If that fails, places like amazon always good? Sorry!

      • Anonymous says:

        Er, cream of tar tar is too expensive and I cant get a hold of Citric Acid. Any suggestions for me to replace those two?

        • Red Ted Art says:

          I don’t know of any recipes that don’t use either of those ingredients! Sorry. Though I did manage to get Citric Acid off Amazon? Worth a try?

          • Sharon Plessier says:

            You can get all three, citric acid, cream of tartare and bicarb from the soap kitchen.

            Don’t know what international shipping prices are though. You’ll need to email them, they use UPS

          • Sarah says:

            Try your local Indian or ethnic shop and chances are they’ll have citric acid. That’s where I got mine.

        • Maggie says:

          I agree! Cream of Tarter is like $14 for a tiny little box :S I thought this be a really cute Christmas gift my son could make for his teacher, grandma’s and aunties though!

        • Mandy P says:

          I am trying it with cornstarch instead. Cream of tartar is super expensive! You can also find citric acid on-line at cheesemaking sites.

  5. Coombemill says:

    Maggie you are a never ending source of wonderful ideas. This is a lovely gift idea.

  6. Pinkoddy says:

    What a fantastic idea – and nanny will prefer something the children made rather than some token gift she didn’t even want. I have pinned and google plused this so I don’t lose it. Thank you for sharing.

  7. mummiafelice says:

    This is such a brilliant idea! Thanks for this – another great Xmas gift idea :)))

    Thanks for linking up to Homemade Thursday xxx

  8. Claire Delaney says:


    How many bath bombs would you say the ingredients above make? I would love to do this with my pupils :)

  9. emmie jo says:

    how long do these keep for as thinking of making them as a gift but need to start soon to make enough for the many many people. wish i had this last yr for my sons teacher for christmas not sure his new male teacher will appreciate the lavender scent! may have to experiment for a manly scent.

  10. These are so pretty! They remind me of heart shaped snowballs.

  11. Natalie Saunter says:

    can i ask how much is a cup only the tubs are 200g does that mean for bicarb 2 of these tubs plz

    • Red Ted Art says:

      So long as you keep the quantities the same RELATIVELY to each other it doesn’t matter? I used a small ish tea cup. And just made sure I use the same tea cup to measure it all out…

  12. Kristin says:

    These look fabulous! My daughter & I are going to make them as gifts for her to give out :). I am wondering when the Olive oil should be mixed in, as I see it listed in the ingredients but not in the directions.

  13. Tara says:

    Hi there,
    How can I print out this recipe as I would like to make the bath bombs with my daycare children. We won’t have access to a computer when we make these.
    Thank you for your assistance.

  14. zara says:

    do you know a recipie that does not include tar tar

  15. Dana says:

    I want to do an all homemade Christmas gift giving this year and I think these would be perfect for post Christmas stress! In your opinion, which does more good for the skin – tartar method or bicarbonate method? How do the two textures differ? Does one hold up better than the other? And lastly, have you ever added Epsom salt to the receipe?

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Hello Dana – so sorry, I am not sure which is “better”. The Tartar tends to sink a little, whist the bicarbonate ones float better. I need to still try adding Epsom salt!

  16. Nancy says:

    Hi there
    I love these bath bombs they look so cute!!
    Just one thing, I was very surprised at how much cream of tartar and bicarbonate this recipe used, as some other websites I read used only a teaspoon or two.
    All the shops near me have only 42g of both of these ingredients, please help!

  17. Tanya says:

    Big fan! Wanted to ask, when you say ‘cup’ do you mean like 8 ounces/half pint or just fill a cup? Thank you, I LOVE this website!! Also would it be okay to use vanilla extract instead of essential oils? Thanks again, Tanya xx

  18. Tanya says:

    Hi, me again.
    I wanted to know if you could use vanilla extract instead of essential oils?
    Thanks a bunch, Tanya (and family!)

  19. Tanya says:

    Sorry, I forgot I had asked already!

  20. Nancy says:

    Your batch of bath bombs turned out lovely, what food colouring did you use (or not any)? Thank you M!

    Nancy xx

  21. Emily says:

    Amazing, how long do they last if we were to give as an Xmas present? Can we make them months before? Got all my ingredients ready and my children can’t wait to make them. x

  22. Carmen says:

    I love the idea! Planning to make them at school AND at home. Just wondering how many drops of essential oils are we supposed to add? I’ve been reading a bit about them lately and looks like there’s a proportion that needs to be kept so you don’t damage your skin. Could you help with that? Thanks!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Good question! Most essential oils give you a ratio? But always err on the side of caution, I think we added 20 drops or so. Which probably worked out at 2 drops per bath bomb?

  23. Suzanne Holt says:

    This such a great gift idea – I would think the kids would have fun making them. Thank you for taking the time to respond to the comments – your added insights were helpful. Pinned to my “Gifts Kids Can Make.”

  24. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh wow, these look amazing! I am going to ask my big sis and bro to help me make some for our Mummy x

  25. Samantha says:

    Did you use any food colouring in your bath bombs? If so which colour and how much? xx

  26. Betsy says:

    I cannot wait to try this recipe! You said that the bath bombs harden over time. Is it easier to get them out of the ice tray sooner or later? Thank you!

  27. Julie says:

    Is the oil in these ok being rinsed down the tub? Wondering if it is bad for the plumbing.

  28. Hannah says:

    AHHH! Tried these and mine didn’t fizz at all :( any idea what might have gone wrong? On the plus side they look cool and smell delish!

  29. Katie says:

    Could i use coconut oil ?

  30. Jodie says:

    I made these using coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil. I can’t wait for them to dry so we can try them out during cold and flu season.

  31. Lilah 'I love fudge' Smithson says:

    Hi! How do you get them out of the trays?

  32. Louise says:

    Fantastic idea will be making them in school for Mother’s Day gifts! Any idea roughly how many the recipe makes?

  33. Peter says:

    I live in the US and tried this recipe. It worked great up until I put the bomb in the bath and to my 3 year old a dismay, it did not fizz. Any idea why? What’s the ingredient that makes it fizz? Bicarbonate of soda right? I bought baking soda here but have been told it’s the same.

  34. Michelle says:

    How long will these last for as I would like to make ahead ?

  35. Bella says:

    Is tartar essential? Do I have to have it?

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