No matter what season it is or the time of year, we love taking long, warm, relaxing baths. Even in the heat of summer, there’s just something about a bath that makes us feel calm and at ease. Because we’re such DIY lovers as well, we’ve also always had a soft spot for homemade bath products that let us pamper ourselves a little, so we’re always on the lookout for new, natural recipes to make different soaks and scrubs. What’s our favourite bath product of all, you ask? That’s an easy one; we’re completely obsessed with bath bombs! We love using them ourselves, but we also love giving them as gifts to friends and family as well, particularly in seasonal scents and designs.
Just in case you love the idea of making your very own DIY bath bombs just as much as we did, if not more, here are 15 of the best summertime bath bomb recipes, ideas, and tutorials we’ve come across so far!
1. Starfish bath bombs
Do you love to spend your warm summer days on the beach? Well, whether you’re lounging by the actual seaside, pretending the lakefront is the seaside, or simply on your patio dreaming of white sand, we think we might have found the perfect homemade bath bomb idea for you. Check out how Everything Etsy made this fragrant, smooth feeling bombs that are shaped just like cute little starfish!
2. Beach ball bath bombs
Are you actually quite new to the world of making your own natural bath products, particularly where bath bombs are concerned, so you’re looking for something quite simple and easy to make, even if it has a bit of character or detail? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Soap Queen made these easy rounded bombs that are painted in stripes to look just like big, bouncy beach balls!
3. Mermaid shell bath bombs with pearls
Are you actually a little bit more experienced in the art of homemade bath bombs, so you’re feeling up to a bit more of a challenge, particularly if you’re planning on giving the finished product as a gift? In that case, we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at how Totally The Bomb made this completely stunning mermaid inspired shell bomb featuring a dual coloured scheme and eve a pretty pearl inside!
4. Bright tie dye bath bombs
Have you spent most of your summers by the beach in an adorable town chalk full of funny tourist trinkets and summery tie dyed keepsake t-shirts? We’ve visited countless towns like that as well throughout the years, so tie dyed things have always reminded us of summer! Even if you don’t share that association, we still think you’ll like these brightly coloured bath bombs from Soap Queen just for their cheerful, summery stripes alone.
5. DIY galaxy bath bombs
Okay, we’ll admit that there’s nothing specifically summer themed about this galaxy bath bomb design featured on DIY Projects for Teens, but it’s just so much fun that we can’t resist including it anyways! Check out how they created a wonderfully mesmerizing swirl of colours within their bomb that mimics the way a milky way might look if you gazed down a high powered telescope. The way the colours pop against each other is summery enough for us!
6. DIY cupcake bath bombs
Have your favourite cheerful, brightly coloured bath bombs always been the ones that looked so realistically like something else that you can hardly tell what you’re really holding? Then we think perhaps we’ve found the perfect design for you! These adorable bath bomb cupcakes, outlined step by step on Craftster, look so real that we had to remind our littlest child several times not to take a big bite when we made these as cute party favours for a summer birthday party.
7. Relaxing lavender bath bombs
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making lovely summer bath bombs from scratch, would you rather make ones that are scented after your favourite flowers, since all the wonderfully bright blossoms that bloom in the summer are your favourite part of the season? Then we think you’ll get along very well indeed with these pretty purple lavender bath bombs featured on Happy Mothering! They’re especially fantastic because the scent of lavender is proven to have calming effects, making these great for anti-anxiety.
8. Homemade grapefruit bath bombs
Are your favourite bath bombs from stores always the ones that have bright colours and a sweet, refreshing fruit scent? We love those ones too because they’re such a mood lifter, so we can’t say we blame you! One of our favourites to buy has always been grapefruit, so we’re sure you can imagine how excited we were to find this homemade version of that same idea outlined step by step on She Uncovered!
9. Homemade rose bath bombs
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about flower scented bath bombs earlier on our list but you’ve just never really been a fan of the way lavender smells, so you’re looking for an alternative? Then here’s another lovely floral smelling alternative for your consideration! Ann’s Entitled Life guides you step by step through the process of making rose scented bath bombs so natural that they actually have dried rose petals packed right into them!
10. Meyer lemon bath fizzies
Are you a huge fan of adding a bit of scent to your bath water, but you’d never liked the feeling that soaking an entire bath bomb leaves on your skin, because you feel like it’s just a little too much product? Then we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with this smaller “bath fizzy” idea featured on Dear Chrissy instead! They show you how to make lemon scented ones that smell so fresh you’ll feel even more clean than usual when you get out at the end of your bath.
11. Fragrant citrus bath bombs
Are you quite intrigued indeed by the lemon fizzies idea we just showed you above but you’re just not sure those little cubes are enough to pamper you to the extent you were hoping for? Then here’s a full sized bath bomb recipe that should do the trick! This tutorial from How Does She shows you how to make a citrus version rather than just adding a lemon scent, but you’ll feel just as refreshed either way.
12. Ice cream scoop bath bombs
Were you pretty intrigued by the idea of edible looking food themed bath bombs that mimic some of your favourite summer treats, but you just don’t find that you eat very many cupcakes in warm weather? Then maybe you’d prefer to give these delicious ice cream shaped bath bombs a try instead. I Am Not The Babysitter shows you how to mix them and mould them to look (and smell) extremely close to the real thing!
13. DIY lemon lime bath bombs
Are you actually scrolling through the rest of this list still thinking about how you’d love to find a full sized bath bomb tutorial that doesn’t have orange in its citrus combination, since it’s just not a scent you’ve ever enjoyed even though you quite like lemon and lime? Then you sound like the perfect person to try your hand at this particular bath bomb mixture featured on A Pumpkin and A Princess! We love the scent and the colour coordinated striping pattern.
14. Rainbow and gold lustre bath bombs
Are you convinced that the ideas here the interest you most and that you’ll probably decide to try are the very colourful ones, but you’re still scrolling because you can’t help but wonder whether there’s a tutorial out there that might help you make your own sparkly or gold shimmered bath bombs, just like the ones you’ve bought before in stores? Well, we’re happy to report that you’re in some luck! A Beautiful Mess is here to guide you through the steps of making your own bath bombs that are rainbow in colour and filled with a fantastic gold lustre!
15. DIY mimosa bath bombs
If you’re going to make a DIY bath bomb as a gift for a friend this summer, would you prefer to make it smell in such a way that it reminds them of something they really enjoy? Well, we made these fantastic mimosa scented homemade bath bombs outlined by Ctrl + Curate for our favourite brunch buddies last year, because we like to enjoy a mimosa or two together when we meet for late morning meals, and they were a huge hit! We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how simple they are to make.
Do you know a fellow DIY lover and crafting enthusiast who adores relaxation, spa, and bathtub projects just as much as we do, if not more? Share this post with them so they have a new technique to try, with plenty of idea, designs, and scents to try their hand at!