Sour Candy Bath Bombs (with Video)

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A fun candy-inspired bath bomb recipe, these Sour Patch Kids Bath Bombs are a fun way to treat yourself without all the calories!

A delicious smelling, sparkly bath bomb that smells just like a Sour Kids candy when it's dissolved in the bath. These Sour Candy Bath Bombs are a great slumber party craft and make a fun gift for a sour candy lover.

DIY Sour Patch Bath Bomb Craft

My daughter is all about the sour candies, especially Sour Patch Kids, and she is definitely the #1 consumer of bath bombs in our house so I thought it would be a fun treat for her to get to make her own Sour Candy Bath Bombs!

Dissolving one of these bath bombs releases a gentle and enjoyable sour candy scent and gives the bath a pearly luminescence. Adding polysorbate 80 to our bath bombs prevents the color and cosmetic glitter from the bath bombs from sticking to the sides of the tub, but you can skip the color and glitter, if desired.

These bath bombs would make for a great slumber party activity or a homemade gift for a sour candy lover – especially if they are trying to cut back on the real stuff.

Making our own bath bombs allows me to ensure that the materials we are using are top quality while saving a ton of money compared to buying bath bombs from luxury bath stores. (I will never ever forget letting my daughter pick out a bath bomb unsupervised and shelling out $11 for a SINGLE BATH BOMB.)

If you don’t already have some of the ingredients required to make bath bombs, the initial investment will run you about $25 – but it will give you enough materials to make easily 100 bath bombs. Or, you can use the materials up in other ways:

  • Dead sea salts can be used to make custom bath soaks, or just sprinkle it as-is in the bath after a work out or stressful day
  • Citric Acid is a food additive that can be used in DIY cleaners, canning food, or you can make your own fizzy sherbet with it (it’s also used in home brewing!)
  • Corn Starch is a great thickener used for sauces like gravy or with mac and cheese, or you can make oobleck with it (a fun sensory play material)
  • Baking Soda is great for cleaning, is used often in baking, and you can make fun fizzy science experiments with it
  • Coconut Oil is an awesome substitute for butter or oil in baking/cooking, and there are lots of holistic ways it can be used (I used to actually massage and wash my face with it when I had  some post-partum pimples and we often add it to our homemade sugar scrubs)

I normally don’t use clay when making my bath bombs but I’ve started experimenting with it and so far I find that it results in a slightly sturdier bath bomb and helps the bath bomb retain its scent for longer. I used kaolin clay for this recipe but bentonite clay would also be a great option.

 

Check out our quick video to see how easy it is to make these sour candy bath bombs – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable instructions:

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Sour Candy Bath Bomb Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: different brands and how you store your bath bomb materials can affect how they blend together to make your bath bombs. Use our measurements as a guide but also rely on textural clues to help get your bath bomb mixture perfect.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Metal Bath Bomb Molds
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol

How to Make Sour Candy Bath Bombs

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, sea salt, kaolin clay powder and cream of tartar.

Measure the coconut oil into a liquid measuring cup and add the polysorbate 80 and sour candy oil to the coconut oil.

Whisk the coconut oil mixture into the dry mixture and add 1 Tablespoon of the cosmetic glitter.

You may need to use your hands to break down any lumps and make sure everything is mixed in. The mixture is perfect when it holds together when you press it into your hands and feels like wet sand. 

Divide the bath bomb mixture evenly between two bowls. Add the purple mica to one and the green to the other and mix well.

Scoop some green bath bomb mixture into one half of a bath bomb mold and scoop some purple mixture into the other half, until both half are slightly overflowing.

Press molds together and grind gently to remove excess mixture. Gently tap each side of the mold to release the bombs.  Allow to dry a minimum of 24 hours or until rock hard.

If the mixture gets dry as you make your bath bombs, spray a bit of the rubbing alcohol into the mixture. 

Once bath bombs are completely hardened, spritz once with the rubbing alcohol and dip into the white glitter Allow to dry. This gives the bath bomb a fun “sugary” look to it!

 

Pin this Delicious Smelling Candy Bath Bomb for a special spa night treat:

How to make Sour Candy Bath Bombs, a fun slumber party craft or a unique gift for a sour patch kids fan! These Sour Candy Bath Bombs smell mouth-watering when dissolved in a warm bath, for a yummy treat that smells good enough to eat!

Grab your free printable recipe card for our sour candy bath bomb recipe:

Yield: 6 Bath Bombs

Sour Candy Bath Bombs

Sour Candy Bath Bombs

How to make Sour Candy Bath Bombs, a fun slumber party craft or a unique gift for a sour patch kids fan! These Sour Candy Bath Bombs smell mouth-watering when dissolved in a warm bath, for a yummy treat that smells good enough to eat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Kaolin Clay 
  • 2 tablespoons Dead Sea Salt
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil 
  • 1 teaspoon Polysorbate 80
  • 1 teaspoon Sour Candy Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons each of purple and green Mica Coloring
  • 3 tablespoons White Cosmetic Glitter

Tools

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Metal Bath Bomb Molds
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda, citric acid, sea salt, kaolin clay powder and cream of tartar.
  2. Measure the coconut oil into a liquid measuring cup and add the polysorbate 80 and sour candy oil to the coconut oil.
  3. Whisk the coconut oil mixture into the dry mixture and add 1 Tablespoon of the cosmetic glitter.
  4. You may need to use your hands to break down any lumps and make sure everything is mixed in. The mixture is perfect when it holds together when you press it into your hands and feels like wet sand. 
  5. Divide the bath bomb mixture evenly between two bowls. Add the purple mica to one and the green to the other and mix well.
  6. Scoop some green bath bomb mixture into one half of a bath bomb mold and scoop some purple mixture into the other half, until both half are slightly overflowing.
  7. Press molds together and grind gently to remove excess mixture. Gently tap each side of the mold to release the bombs.  Allow to dry a minimum of 24 hours or until rock hard.
  8. If the mixture gets dry as you make your bath bombs, spray a bit of the rubbing alcohol into the mixture. 
  9. Once bath bombs are completely hardened, spritz once with the rubbing alcohol and dip into the white glitter Allow to dry. This gives the bath bomb a fun “sugary” look to it!

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