I’ve been having a ton of fun making mani bombs lately- I still enjoy purchasing them from indie brands because they have a lot more creative and varied options but making them yourself is fun, too! Today I have a recipe to share with you for a fun DIY Rose Mani Bomb! Check out my first post to see photos of the basics of the process.
What you’ll need
Makes about 10-15 mani bombs depending on the size of your molds
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup citric acid (I have trouble finding this locally so I purchased some from Amazon)
- 1/4 cup epsom salts (you can substitute sea salts if you prefer)
- 1 teaspoon essential oil (your choice, I used Rose)
- 1 tablespoon oil of your preference (here I used Jojoba oil, sometimes I use half jojoba, half coconut oil)
- A couple drops of food coloring (optional)
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Silicone or candy mold of your choice (I used I used a plastic rose candy tray, a heart candy tray and a square silicone mold)
- Parchment paper
1. First, mix all of your dry ingredients (baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid and salts) together in a bowl using a whisk.
2. In a small separate bowl, combine your wet ingredients (essential oil, food coloring and your chosen other oil).
3. Start mixing your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients. Mix in just a little of the wet at a time until it is all combined.
4. Test the texture by squeezing some of the mixture in your hands- it should feel like wet sand and hold it’s shape after you squeeze it but still be dry enough that if you press down on it, the shape breaks. This is where the spray bottle with water comes in- after you initially mix the ingredients together, if the consistency isn’t right, spray it with a little water. Do this slowly, I usually do between 1-3 spritzes, test the consistency again and then more as needed. If you add too much water, it will activate the citric acid and won’t react properly.
5. Once the mixture is perfect, start packing it into your molds.
6. Place a towel onto a flat surface in a dry area and put a piece of parchment paper on top of it. This helps the bottom of the bomb not flatten out if it is a rounded shape.
7. Gently remove the bombs from the molds onto the parchment paper. If they stick, you may have luck lightly tapping the plastic part with a spoon first and then releasing. This can take some practice and the more detailed the mold, the more difficult to get them out.
8. Wait 24 hours for the bombs to dry fully, then package for gifts or use for yourself! You can wrap saran wrap around any that you want to keep fresh for awhile. To use, just fill a small bowl with warm water, drop it in and let it fizz! You can also use 2-4 of these at one time in a bathtub for a nice relaxing bath.
Check out a video of this fizzing away on my instagram!
Doesn’t fizz very much when used– You probably added too much water when making the mixture, try it again with a little less.
Parts of the design sets in the mold but it won’t all fully stick together (usually with large circular bath bombs)– Try adding a little bit more oil into the mixture.
Design keeps cracking and breaking when removing from the mold– First, re-check that your mixture is the correct wet-sand-like consistency, then try leaving the mixture to dry in the mold for a few hours or overnight instead of removing right away.
Falls apart when picked up after 24 hours– It may not have dried and set fully, try leaving it for 2 days instead and if it’s still falling apart, use a little more water in the mixture.
Sets and holds it’s form after 24 hours but has cracks– You used a bit too much moisture which made it react and slightly expand. Reduce it slightly the next time.
Humidity can make it difficult for your bath bomb to fully harden, too! Make sure you’re making and leaving it in as cool and dry an area as possible and try waiting an additional 24 hours if it is not hardening! When we have had 90+ degree humid weather my mani bombs have been okay for the most part but a few of my bath bombs which hardened overnight went soft due to the humidity so be careful!
I absolutely loved how gorgeous these turned out and cannot wait to give some away to family and friends as gifts! Be sure to tag me on social media if you make these and let me know in the comments if you’d like more DIY posts in the future!