Treating yourself to TLC is important, and one of the easiest ways to give yourself a moment of relaxation is by taking a luxurious bath. There's nothing like taking time for yourself and rejuvenating your senses with a bath bomb or bubble bar – and let's be honest, the swirling colors make for a perfect Instagram pic. Aside from smelling amazing, the ingredients are also designed to soften and soothe your skin. You don't have to go drop $50 at Lush to get the full experience, though. Here are some thrifty alternatives that will help you on your self-care journey.

Bath bombs on Amazon

There's no doubt that Lush bath bombs are the most popular, but they can also be super pricey. If you don't live near a Lush store, shopping online is often even more expensive because of the shipping fees. If you insist on shopping for bath bombs at Lush, you may find that purchasing from the UK website can end up being overall cheaper than the US version.

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Skip the headache altogether by checking out bath bombs on Amazon. There are hundreds of affordable options, and we even post further discounts and deals sometimes. Follow Thrifter on Twitter to stay up-to-date.

You can pick up a 12-pack of LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs for around $27. They come in a cute gift set and received 4.9 out of 5 stars from almost 4,300 customer reviews.

If you're new to the whole bath bomb scene, you may want to purchase a smaller set to dip your toes in the water. See what I did there? This Bath Bomb Gift Set from Rejuvelle is only $16, and it also received great customer reviews. Another popular brand, Anjou, has a 6-pack of bath bombs for only $13. Once again, awesome customer feedback.

Finally, if you're skeptical about this life-changing experience, you may want to opt for a single bath bomb to see how you like them.

Lush bath bombs start at $4.50 apiece, and go all the way up to $13. A 6-pack there would cost you at least what a 12-pack from Amazon would cost, if not even more. They're awesome, but once again, you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to treat yourself.

Bath bombs from other companies

Amazon's not the only store that sells inexpensive bath bombs.

Target has options starting at $3, and if you use your Target REDcard you'll save even more. The Body Shop also has a large selection of $2 bath bombs, and as of press time you can get 3 for $5. You might even be able to find them at your local Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

Make your own bath bombs like Lush

If you're a bath bomb addict, have you ever thought of making your own? While it's true that you'll have to invest some money to get the supplies, you'll be able to customize your experience and have freshly made bath bombs whenever you'd like. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck by making your own. They'll eventually pay for themselves if you use bath bombs frequently. You can even make gifts out of them for your friends and family.

To make your own bath bombs, you'll need to start with the basics. You can add extras to make them more luxurious. Think dried flowers, special fragrances, bright colors, or even glitter.

A good starter list includes baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, and cornstarch. You'll also need coconut oil, essential oils or fragrance, and coloring. You can also add dried flower petals or environmentally-friendly glitter. Finally, you'll need bath bomb molds. You can use the basic round ones or get fancy with shapes like seashells or stars. Then Google or YouTube a bath bomb recipe and mold away! I found this one super easy to follow.

Don't forget the extras

It's best to store bath bombs in a cool, dry place. Some people opt for a cute basket on a shelf, or a plastic tote. I individually seeal mine in plastic wrap to help prevent any moisture from seeping in, and then keep them in a glass jar so they look pretty.

For the full experience, don't forget a spa headband or bath pillow, and you may want to pick up an overflow drain cover so you can fill up your tub even more. A bath board can give you a place to store a good book and maybe a glass of wine (or a full bottle, depending on the type of day you've had. No judgement here.) Candles are also a nice touch.

Snap a few Boomerangs, put your phone away, and let yourself relax minus the screen time. You'll walk away feeling recharged and rejuvenated. Do you have any frugal self-care tips? Drop them in the comments below!

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