How to make hemp bombs and why you should try one

Published Sep 23, 2019 01:13 p.m. ET
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With so many new, all-natural products hitting the shelves, and most of them making some pretty wild claims, it can be quite the task to sift through and find the real facts. Some producers of hemp oil options like creams or bombs use abrasive additives that might not be the best for your skin. If you seek a full sense of relaxation without the worry about what you might be using to do it, then hemp bombs might just be the solution.

The benefits of hemp oil for skin

1. Soothes inflammation
Hemp oil is made from cold-pressed seeds, so it does not contains any of the psychoactive elements as cannabis oil, but it does hold a rich Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linolic acid (GLA) that is excellent for your skin as it works as an anti-inflammatory that also stimulates cell regeneration and skin growth.

2. Regulates oil production
The natural oils and fats in the hemp oil help to form a protective layer over the skin that locks in moisture and nourishes as it protects from the harsher elements like wind and UV rays.

3. Anti-aging properties
Though it might not entirely eliminate deep wrinkles, hemp oil can help to soften lines as it encourages healing and skin regeneration which our bodies naturally lose the ability to manage as we age.

The addition of hemp milk

If you don’t have this bonus ingredient, then don’t panic, as hemp bombs with only hemp oil, are still quite effective, but the addition of hemp milk adds a thick, rich and luscious feel to the water as the ball dissolves. It might not be necessary, but the difference is certainly worth going the extra mile to achieve.

How to make all-natural hemp bombs

Makes: 2-3 large hemp bombs

Duration: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1/3 cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of citric acid
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of hemp oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of hemp milk
  • 10 drops of skin-safe essential oil (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon of witch hazel
  • ¼ teaspoon of coarse sea salt


  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Bath bomb mold
  • Cellophane (or another container)
  • Whisk


  1. Add all of the liquid ingredients to a bowl and whisk them together.

  2. Pour all of the dry ingredients into the liquid and combine them with a spoon until they reach an even color and consistency. If at this point, the mixture still falls apart when you attempt to shape it by hand, then you will need to add a small amount of water until there is just enough moisture to hold everything together.

  3. Spoon the mixture into round molds and leave the hemp bombs out at room temperature for 8 full hours to harden.

  4. once the hemp bombs set, they can be wrapped in cellophane and store.

How to make hemp bombs without molds

If you want to try out a few hemp bombs before investing any money into fancy molds and wraps, then there are a couple of handy alternatives that can work. The end result might not be as pretty, and the sizes will vary, but you can use nearly any sized container as a mold.

  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Ice cube tray
  • Tupperware container
  • Jello mold
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