Bath Bombs- a compacted mix of fizz and fragrance that dissolves in your bath water- aren’t new. (I made my first ones around 20 years ago.)
They are, however, extremely popular right now.
They’re in all the stores and people are going crazy for them this holiday season.
But did you know Bath Bombs are easy to make at home?
You probably already have some of the ingredients sitting in your kitchen right now and by making them at home you can:
Avoid any nasty ingredients that sneak their way into the mass produced “bombs”.
Save some money.
Enjoy learning a new skill.
It’s so easy your kids can do it. (And they will want to when they see you doing it!)
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup epsom salts
Water or witch hazel
Essential oil(s) of choice
Food coloring if desired
Mini spray bottle
Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl.
Spoon a 1/2 cup of dry mixture into a smaller bowl.
A few drops at a time, mix in color and fragrance as desired. Do not let the mix sit and fizz but rather work in the liquids quickly and thoroughly into the dry mix.
Fill spray bottle with water and/or witch hazel and lightly spritz dry mixture a few times and then stir. Repeat until the mixture clumps when squeezed in your hand.
There is a learning curve when spritzing your salts: To much liquid and the mix will fizz, “bloom” and not keep it’s shape. To little liquid and the “bomb” will not hold together or crack apart after curing.
Fill desired mold with damp mixture and pack firmly.
Carefully turn out molded mix onto a firm surface and let cure overnight. (If it breaks apart when unmolding you can crumble it up, return it to the bowl, respritz it and try again.
To use Your Bath Bomb simply fill a tub with water, drop in the “bomb” and enjoy!
Tip: Almost anything will do as a mold. Avoid anything too large or detailed.
My favorite thing to use is a piece of 2” wide, plastic, pvc pipe along with a “tapper” of wood to pack the “bomb” firmly. This makes a flat tablet that I call a “seltzer”!
Tip: You can incorporate a skin loving oil like: coconut, olive or any other liquid oil, with your water/witch hazel mix but the oil can clog the sprayer.
A better choice might be to add it by drops with your essential oils and colors. I do find, though, that the oil stays behind in the bath tub and leaves it greasy.
Tip: If you want to incorporate herbs into your creations, I recommend powdered versions that won’t be scratchy or be left behind for you to clean up out of the tub.
Another way to use herbs would be to infuse them into your oil of choice and then into the mix as the oil.
I love creating all sorts of herbal bath and body care products so if you have any questions or need an ingredient source please don’t hesitate to ask.
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I hope you have a Merry Christmas. Until next time:
Bloom & Grow