This DIY bath bomb recipe helps me deal with my fear of winter. In fact, I’m so allergic to winter that I moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Austin, Texas! But even so, it still gets down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit for a few weeks every December.
Well, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
I created the Winter Wonderland bath bomb to get me through the coldest weeks. And it does a great job!
Making bath bombs is a perfect indoor activity. And knowing that the bath bombs I’m making are magical and will soon soothe me in a steaming tub is the best type of anticipation!
The Winter Wonderland bath bomb is quite a sight. It features a snowflake made of soap. It not only includes shea butter to nourish your skin, but also the essential oils—eucalyptus and peppermint—that can clear up a stuffy nose.
This is the perfect bath bomb to take the chill out of winter! I recommend you prepare a mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream while you soak in your Winter Wonderland tub.
For a crazy amount of extra fizz, make an embed and plant it between the two spheres of your bath bomb. Making an embed is simple, so here’s the embed recipe.
To learn much more about making bath bombs, check out How to Make Bath Bombs: The Ultimate Guide. You’ll discover the secrets to bath bomb ingredients, including essential oils, carrier oils and fun extras. Also, you’ll get links to other DIY bath bomb recipes.
For our list of the best DIY bath bomb supplies, including everything you’ll need for this recipe, click here.
How to Make the Winter Wonderland Bath Bomb
Making the Winter Wonderland bath bomb involves making snowflake mini-soaps and planting them on top of a glittery white mixture. This recipe will fill two large plastic ornament molds. Or 4 medium-sized stainless steel molds. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Rubber gloves
- Snowflake soap molds
- Bath bomb molds in spherical shape – I like the plastic ornament molds
- Mixing bowls
Here’s my curated list of recommended bath bomb supplies and ingredients from Amazon.
- 4 squares of shea butter soap or 1 bar of white shea butter soap
- 1 tsp powdered mica colorant - pearl white
- 1 tsp powdered mica colorant - blue
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup citric acid
- 2 Tbsp shea butter
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- witch hazel (in spray bottle)
- 1 Tbsp biodegradable glitter
- If using a bar of shea butter soap, cut in cubes. If using crafting soap, use 4 cubes. Place in a liquid measuring cup. Microwave for 20-30 seconds
- Pour into snowflake soap mold. Set aside to harden.
- Put on rubber gloves to make bath bombs.
- In a mixing bowl, combine baking soda, Epsom salt, cornstarch, cream of tartar, citric acid, glitter, and white mica colorant. Mix well with your hands. Set aside.
- Melt shea butter into oil in the microwave, about 20 seconds.
- Add shea butter, peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil to the dry mixture. Combine well with hands, rubbing the mixture between your open palms.
- Spritz 2-3 times with witch hazel and continue mixing with hands. Scoop up some mixture and make a fist. If the mixture holds in the form of a snowball, you are ready to pack your mold. If not, spritz 2-3 times, mix and test again. Repeat until the mixture can hold its form.
- Remove soap snowflakes from soap mold and place on snowflake into the bottom of each bath bomb mold.
- Pack your bath bomb molds with the mixture. If you are using an embed, place it off center in the middle of your bath bomb. Then fit the two halves of each sphere together and set aside to dry for at least 6 hours.
- Remove bath bombs from mold and use paintbrush to dust any extra mixture off the snowflake. Enjoy!