Handmade Bath Bombs
By HeatherSmith on May 28, 2014
After the end of a long day I love taking a long hot soak in the tub; I don’t know what it is about sitting in a pool of hot water but it’s amazing!
You know what makes a hot soak even better? Bath bombs, otherwise known as bath fizzies. They fill the bathroom with a lovely scent and the water is infused with oils and epsom salts. When you get out of the tub your skin feels soft and it glistens. You can run down to the store and buy yourself a bag or box or whatever it is that they come in, but bath bombs are best when you make them at home; you can choose whatever you want to put them in terms of the essential oils and and the base oil…and you can make them in pretty colors to match a theme or your favorite color and you can even make them in a wide range of shapes!
So let’s get started!
You will need:
- mold for bath bombs
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup epsom salts
- 1/4 tsp water (you might need a little more, but add very slowly)
- 2 tsp essential oils make sure it’s safe to use on skin
- 1.5 to 2 tsp like rosehip, jojoba etc
- 2 drops of food coloring (don’t use more because you don’t want it to stain the tub)
Last ingredient to mix in:
- 1/2 cup citric acid
Mix the first 6 ingredients until the food coloring is mixed thoroughly, this will let you know that all the ingredients are mixed evenly. Once you get the first 6 ingredients mixed together add your citric acid (you don’t want to add this while you’re adding the liquid ingredients or it will ruin the fizziness). Make sure the citric acid is mixed in well and grab a small handful and squeeze, if it holds together you’re ready to go; it will be slightly crumbly but it should hold after a squeeze. You don’t want your mixture too wet or they won’t set properly. For your molds you can use Easter eggs, plastic fillable Christmas ornaments or silicone pans which are my favorite because it’s so easy to get them out.
Start filling your molds and firmly pack it. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours in which time they will be dry and firm. If they haven’t set in that amount of time there was probably too much liquid used or it was humid when they were made, so just give it another shot…but they’re still good just not quite as amazing! When your bath bombs are dry, put them into an airtight deal like a hermetic jar to keep them from getting soft and swelling.
Now you’re ready to take a hot soak or having a party with enviable party favors of handmade bath bombs!
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