National Doughnut Day: Bath Bombs!

Posted by – June 02, 2017
Categories: Excerpt Health & Healing

rosy bath bomb

Happy National Doughnut Day! While we can’t share the ones we’re eating right now, we can show you how to make these bright and deceptively edible-looking doughnut bath bombs—a great gift for yourself or a friend.

I found this easy bath bomb recipe in one of my favorite home DIY books: The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health by Pip Waller (an amazingly useful resource for making many household and bath products).

To the left is the original recipe. Below I’ve listed the modified recipe I used to make doughnut bath bombs. I followed the basic recipe, but changed essential oils and food coloring to taste (so to speak). The icing adds one more step to this recipe, but with the melt and pour soap base it’s a quick and fun step—doughnut decoration!





doughnut bath bombsDoughnut Bath Bombs

Inspired by Rosy Bath Bomb, courtesy of Teri Evans

  • Doughnut mold
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 large and 3+ small mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wax paper


  • 2½ cups baking soda
  • 3 tbs. coconut OR  cacao oil
  • ¾ cup citric acid (fine grain)


  • 30 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops almond essential oil
  • Brown food coloring (this can be made, but prepare to experiment)
  • Water in a spray bottle


  • 30 drops vanilla essential oil
  • Melt and pour soap base (I recommend shea butter)
  • Food coloring of your choice (gotta love neon!)
  • Sprinkles of your choice (clearly I prefer the round ones; I also used pink salt)

Makes 24 bombs (fewer if you use a larger mold).

Use after 24 hours. Keeps up to 1 year in an airtight container. (Note: They can’t go off, but the smell slowly disappears as the essential oils evaporate.)


Before beginning, be sure to prep your space and measure out your ingredients , as you have to work rather quickly—first when you add water to the mix, and second once you’re ready to add the “icing” to your doughnut bombs.


  • Measure out your ingredients and prep bowls for use
  • Add the food coloring to the water in the spray bottle and shake well. Don’t be shy with the dye if you want a nice, rich brown.
  • Cut soap base into 1-ounce cubes, 1–2 per icing color and set in small containers.

You can follow the steps visually in this slideshow:


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Tags: Pip Waller DIY

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