Caramel Apple Bath Bomb (with Video)

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A deliciously scented Caramel Apple Bath Bomb, this DIY fizzy bath bomb is perfect for fall or as a non-candy Halloween treat!

Our homemade Caramel Apple Bath Bombs smelled great and were so wonderful to relax with after a busy day.

DIY Caramel Apple Bath Bomb

Last year, Ella and I bought the most amazing Apple Bath Bomb from a local artisans shop.

I rarely let her buy store-bought bath bombs after the $12 surprise I had at the cash register a few years ago (for ONE), but this one was on end-of-season clearance and more reasonably priced, so I indulged her.

The smell when we added it to her bath that night was amazing! The entire bathroom and adjacent rooms filled up with a pleasant apple aroma… and yes, her bath was a bright red but it didn’t dye her skin.

We were so looking forward to buying a bunch more this year – and of course, they are nowhere to be found!

So, we decided to use our classic bath bomb recipe and add a generous amount of apple scent! I also thought it would be fun to take these bath bombs one step further and transform them into caramel apple bath bombs – complete with a “caramel” soap coating and a popsicle stick (which serves no real purpose other than looking pretty).

Our homemade Caramel Apple Bath Bombs smelled great and were so wonderful to relax with after a busy day. I like having Ella soak in epsom salts after extra-curriculars to help soothe her muscles and draw out any lactic acid, and the bath bomb is a really fun way to encourage her to do that. (She just likes watching them fizz up in the bath and then getting to soak in red, apple-scented water.)

Ella was able to help with making the actual bath bombs, but I took over for the hot soap part. We just used a simple melt and pour soap so I’ve never had any problems, but it would be painful if she spilled a bit on her hands.

I tried this recipe with both mica powder (as seen in the pictures) and food dye (as seen in the video) and neither dyed our skin or the bath tub, so feel free to use whichever you prefer. I like the shimmer that the mica powder gives to the bath bomb, but you could always use edible shimmer (used for cakes) instead!

The rest of the ingredients should not be replaced – they work together perfectly to create a cohesive (not crumbly) bath bomb that has plenty of fizz and revitalizing properties. (Other than the coconut oil which can be replaced with almond oil or olive oil if allergies are an issue.)

 

Be sure to watch our video to see just how easy it is to make these caramel apple bath bombs, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab our free printable recipe!

 

Materials for Apple Bath Bombs

  • Citric acid – if not ordering online, citric acid can be found at pharmacies, but we got the best deal ordering ours through a home brewery store — it is a food additive, nothing to be worried about. Citric acids serves to neutralize the baking soda in bath bombs and helps your skin absorb the benefits of the other ingredients
  • Corn starch – corn starch slows down the reaction time of the bath bomb and helps them retain their scent
  • Epsom salts – be sure to purchase quality epsom salts that are 100% magnesium sulfate. Cheaper epsom salts may contain unnecessary additives (we used this Coconut Lime scented Epsom Salt for this recipe)
  • Baking soda – this is the essential ingredient for those fizzy reactions. It also helps exfoliate and is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory
  • Water – helps bind the bath bomb
  • Coconut oil – reduces the amount of water needed to bind the bath bomb. Any quality/edible oil can substitute
  • Apple Fragrance Oil
  • Caramel Fragrance Oil
  • Red and brown/gold mica powder or soap dye, as desired
  • Circle Bath Bomb Molds
  • Melt and Pour Soap

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: To give this bath bomb a strong apple scent, I purchased apple fragrance oil, but you could use an essential oil or flavor extract. Please note that essential oils and fragrance oils are not recommended for use with children.

How to Make Apple Bath Bombs

Stir together the citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, and epsom salts.

Add the apple scent and red food dye or mica powder directly to the coconut oil and carefully stir into the bath bomb mixture.

Slowly add you water and check the consistency of the bath bomb mixture – it should have a consistency close to wet sand.

Adjust the coloring and consistency before moving onto shaping your bath bombs.

Fill both halves of the bath bomb mold with the mixture and then press both sides together to form a ball. Twist to release.

Carefully insert the popsicle stick, if using. I like to let the bath bomb dry for about 15-20 minutes before removing it from the mold to dry completely on a baking tray.

If your bath bomb doesn’t shape  (crumbles or falls apart) it could be because you didn’t pack enough of the mixture into the mold, or the mixture is off (too dry or too wet). Adjust things slowly – after you successfully make a couple batches it will be second nature – just like baking!

When the bath bomb is dry, line a surface with parchment paper and make the caramel soap coating.

Follow the directions on your melt and pour soap packaging and add a bit brown or gold mica powder or food dye, along with the caramel scent.

You can either dip the apple bath bombs into the caramel or spoon the caramel overtop of the bath bomb. I found spooning was easier, but didn’t result in that perfect “dip” line.

Let dry on the parchment paper before using or packaging.

 

Pin this easy DIY Caramel Apple Bath bomb for Fall:

A deliciously scented Caramel Apple Bath Bomb, this DIY fizzy bath bomb is perfect for fall or as a non-candy Halloween treat or a fun way to unwind in the fall

Grab your free printable for our easy apple bath bombs DIY:

Caramel Apple Bath Bomb (with Video)

Caramel Apple Bath Bomb (with Video)

Our homemade Caramel Apple Bath Bombs smelled great and were so wonderful to relax with after a busy day.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tsp apple fragrance oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon caramel fragrance oil, optional
  • Red and brown/gold mica powder or soap dye, as desired
  • 1/2 cup melt and pour soap

Tools

  • Circle bath bomb molds
  • Mixing bowl
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Instructions

  1. Stir together the citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, and epsom salts.
  2. Add the apple scent and red food dye or mica powder directly to the coconut oil and carefully stir into the bath bomb mixture.
  3. Slowly add you water and check the consistency of the bath bomb mixture - it should have a consistency close to wet sand.
  4. Adjust the coloring and consistency before moving onto shaping your bath bombs.
  5. Fill both halves of the bath bomb mold with the mixture and then press both sides together to form a ball. Twist to release.
  6. Carefully insert the popsicle stick, if using. I like to let the bath bomb dry for about 15-20 minutes before removing it from the mold to dry completely on a baking tray.
  7. If your bath bomb doesn't shape  (crumbles or falls apart) it could be because you didn't pack enough of the mixture into the mold, or the mixture is off (too dry or too wet). Adjust things slowly - after you successfully make a couple batches it will be second nature - just like baking!
  8. When the bath bomb is dry, line a surface with parchment paper and make the caramel soap coating.
  9. Follow the directions on your melt and pour soap packaging and add a bit brown or gold mica powder or food dye, along with the caramel scent.
  10. You can either dip the apple bath bombs into the caramel or spoon the caramel overtop of the bath bomb. I found spooning was easier, but didn't result in that perfect "dip" line.
  11. Let dry on the parchment paper before using or packaging.

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These Caramel Apple Bath Bombs are shockingly easy to make and make our house (and bodies) smell delicious. They are perfect for a non-candy Halloween treat or a thoughtful fall gift for a friend.

For more fun apple ideas, check out our Poison Candy Apples (inspired by Snow White) or our Apple Spice Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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