Turmeric gives a pretty yellow color to this all natural bath bomb recipe without citric acid!
I’ve been making bath bombs for awhile now, but I’ve always used citric acid.
Citric acid is natural, but some people are put off by the name and want to avoid it.
I’m here to the rescue with an all natural bath bomb recipe without citric acid.
Oh, and if you’re into DIY bath bombs, check out these other great recipes:
- Recipe for pink Himalayan salt bath bombs
- DIY Grinch bath bomb ornaments for Christmas
- Cyclops monster DIY Halloween bath bombs
Common Questions About Natural Bath Bombs
Are homemade bath bombs safe?
Yes! Homemade bath bombs can actually be much safer than the store-bought version. You control every ingredient and can avoid synthetic additives.
How do I make bath bombs stick together?
If your bath bomb is falling apart in the mold, it might be too dry. You can spray it with witch hazel to get the right consistency.
If it’s sticking to the mold, try rubbing the inside of the mold with a cotton pad dipped in coconut oil or almond oil.
Do bath bombs stain the bathtub?
These all natural bath bombs shouldn’t stain your bathtub.
Synthetic dyes could possible stain worn tub finishes, but since the only color in this recipe is from powdered turmeric, it won’t cause any staining.
What do bath bombs do to your skin?
This all natural bath bomb recipe should have a moisturizing effect on your skin because of the coconut and almond oil.
Baking soda and Epsom salt can be good for your skin, too, but they’re very diluted with a single bath fizzy in a full bath tub. The biggest benefit is relaxation!
How do you make bath bombs without citric acid?
Citric acid and baking soda combined will give you the fizziest possible bath bombs, but there are alternatives if you want to avoid the citric acid. People use lemon juice, cream of tartar, or cornstarch. The recipes without citric acid (like the one in this recipe) will be significantly less fizzy than a traditional bath bomb recipe.
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Possible Turmeric Health Benefits
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice related to ginger. It’s often found in Indian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisine.
You’ve probably heard turmeric referred to as a super food. People make a lot of big claims about the health benefits of turmeric, but unfortunately it can’t cure cancer. In fact, there’s a chance it could actually interfere with chemotherapy medication.
That said, turmeric powder does have some potential to boost your health, though none of this is proven. (source)
- Fight inflammation: Circumen, a compound found in turmeric, helps combat inflammation.
- Type 2 diabetes: The circumen in turmeric may help keep blood sugar levels steady, potentially lowering the odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Studies have only been performed on animals at this point, though.
- Reduce PMS symptoms: But studies have only been conducted on rodent tissue.
- Arthritis: The anti inflammatory properties of turmeric could potentially ease joint pain and stiffness, but more research is needed.
- Digestive illnesses: There’s a chance, which of course needs more research, that turmeric could improve symptoms of digestives disorders, like IBS, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis.
With a turmeric bath bomb, you’re going to have a very diluted topical application, rather than a concentrated ingestion. So any benefits would be minimal — if any at all.
But it’s pretty and smells nice, so why not?!
DIY All Natural Bath Bomb Recipe
The instructions below include helpful tips and tricks for how to make all natural bath bombs with turmeric powder.
Scroll down to the end of the post for a printable recipe with ingredients and amounts.
1. Sift together dry ingredients: Two cups of baking soda, one cup of buttermilk powder, a quarter cup of cornstarch, and two tablespoons of turmeric powder into a large mixing bowl.
Tip: More turmeric powder = more vibrant yellow color. Use as much as you want!
Tip: You can do it without a sifter, but sifting the ingredients helps break up clump and makes the mixture much more smooth and evenly distributed.
2. Add a quarter cup of Epsom salt, and whisk all the dry ingredients together.
3. Add the oils: A third of a cup of melted coconut oil, 10-20 drops of turmeric essential oil, and a tablespoon of almond oil.
4. Switch to mixing with your hands. You’re looking for a texture similar to damp sand.
5. If your mixture feels dry, spritz 1-2 times with witch hazel, and continue to mix with your hands. Repeat until it feels like you could build a sand castle with it.
6. Mold the bath bombs. Tightly pack one half of a bath bomb mold, and then scoop the other half until it’s heaping.
7. Press the two halves together firmly, and twist, pulling one side away.
8. Gently tap the remaining side to unmold the bath bomb.
Place bath bombs on a soft, folded towel to dry for about 24 hours.
Tip: You can let the bath fizzies dry on a hard surface, but they might get a dent on the bottom. The towel will keep that from happening.
- Bath bomb molds
- Large mixing bowl
- Sift baking soda, buttermilk, cornstarch, and turmeric into a large mixing bowl.
- Add Epsom salt, and whisk together.
- Add coconut oil, turmeric essential oil, and almond oil.
- Use your hands to mix everything together. The texture should be similar to wet sand.
- If your mixture feels dry, spritz 1-2 times with witch hazel, and continue to mix with your hands. Repeat until it feels like damp sand.
- Tightly pack one half of a bath bomb mold, and then scoop the other half until it's heaping.
- Press the two halves together firmly, and twist, pulling one side away.
- Gently tap the remaining side to unmold the bath bomb.
- Place bath bombs on a soft, folded towel to dry for about 24 hours.
- If you live in a humid or very cold climate, let your bath bombs dry for an extra 24 hours.
- The coconut oil in the bath fizzies can make the tub a bit slippery, so be careful getting out.