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Skin-Soothing Black Bath Bombs With Activated Charcoal

You know those days where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong? Today was one of those days for me. And when I say everything, I mean everything. At one point I found myself chastising the cat for ruining one of my favorite hand towels. And as I was bending over to pick the towel off the floor I actually split my shirt straight down the back from collar to hem. I so wish I was making this stuff up. But on days like this I realize how important it is to find the silver lining, no matter how small. For one, at least it wasn’t my pants that split down the back! And two, I have a cabinet full of these black bath bombs with my name on them and a good, long soak is just what the doctor ordered.

How to Make Black Bath Bombs

These black bath bombs are just like their pastel colored counterparts, only when they dissolve they turn your bathwater an eerie shade of black. There’s just something so gratifying about running a bath, popping in a bath bomb and stewing for a bit while you let go of the day. Simply drop one of these into hot running water, and watch as it transforms your bathtub into a steamy cauldron.

And it’s not just about the color. These Black Bath Bombs are also packed with nourishing ingredients, skin soothing minerals and essential oils to cleanse your body and soul.

Getting your black bath bombs dark enough can be somewhat tricky.  Food coloring is definitely the way to go with these, but I didn’t want to use traditional food coloring (i.e., the toxic stuff) and then soak in it. So instead I mixed together red, blue and yellow natural food coloring until I got an inky blueish-black. After adding it to my dry ingredients, it ended up being a medium gray, but not quite black. Rather than adding more and more food coloring (which might eventually have worked, but it’s pricey), I took the easy route and just added a teaspoon of activated charcoal to darken things up. It worked perfectly!

Not only does the activated charcoal help to turn your bathwater black, but it’s also amazing for your skin. Charcoal helps combat acne, soothe eczema and heal rashes and bug bites. As an added bonus, once your give tub a little scrub down, it will look cleaner than you’ve seen it in months!

Black Bath Bomb Recipe

Yield 2 large bombs


  1. In a large bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt. Whisk and set aside.
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and stir everything as quickly as possible, before the oil has a chance to solidify. If needed, use your hands to break apart the solid bits until the mixture feels relatively smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the water, food coloring and activated charcoal. Add it to your baking soda mixture and use a spoon to mix. It should be the consistency of damp sand, but if you need to add more moisture, fill a small spray bottle with tap water and spritz water over the mixture until it starts to come together.
  4. Pack your mixture tightly into a bath bomb mold, cupcake pan or small ramakin. Let it set for 10 minutes. Remove the bomb from its mold and let it dry overnight.
  5. To use, drop a black bath bomb into the bathtub and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. The activated charcoal will stick to skin and bath tub materials, but won’t stain. Simply rinse well when done.

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