Don’t you just love a nice, long soak in a hot bathtub at the end of a stressful day? Boy, I sure do! Give me a good book and a glass of wine and that’s where you’ll find me on any given evening. What’s even better is a hot bath with yummy, scented bath bombs! Unfortunately, luxurious bath bombs (also called bath fizzies) can be pretty pricey, can’t they? And they’re not something we usually buy for ourselves, either, are they? So how about making your own DIY Bath Bombs?
Good news! You can make your very own Bath Bombs for not a lot of money. True, the essential oils can set you back a few dollars but one small bottle will last you a very long time. The real beauty of this beauty recipe is that you can make your bath bombs just about any color, shape or scent that you love! You truly are only limited by your imagination. Added bonus …Bath Bombs make a wonderful gift! Give the gift of beauty to all of your friends – they’ll love you forever <3
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One really cool thing about this bath bomb recipe is that the ingredients are all fairly easy to find. Baking soda, corn starch, oil and epsom salts can all be found at any grocery store or pharmacy. Citric acid is used in canning so you should be able to buy it at the grocery or big box store near the mason jars in the canning section. If you’re going to make a bunch of these bath bombs, you can order larger quantities of citric acid online here. Essential Oils are readily available at your local health food store.
Have some fun with the shapes. A mold can be anything from cupcake tins to ice cube trays. I found this Wilton heart shaped mold at Michael’s but you can also order it online. The silicone is flexible which makes it easy to remove your bath fizzies without breaking them. And the really cool thing is they come in lots of different shapes and sizes for any occasion! Hearts for your Valentine??
Here’s what you need:
– 1 cup Baking Soda
– 1/2 cup Citric Acid
– 1/2 cup Corn Starch
– 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
– 1 tsp oil s.a. Almond Oil or Olive Oil
– 1 tsp Essential Oil (I combined Peppermint & Lemon)
– Soap Dye or Food Color
– 1 tsp Water
– Dust mask (it’s probably not toxic but why risk it?)
– Mold of some sort
– Measuring cups & spoons
– Spoon or whisk
Mix It Up:
Put on your dust mask and then in a medium bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, corn starch and epsom salts. In a separate small bowl, whisk together oil, essential oil and water. Gotta be fast here…. add the liquid to the dry ingredients and whisk together very quickly.
Now you want to add some color – just a 5 or 6 drops at a time. Drip the color on your bath bomb mixture and stir it in. Feel free to experiment with color combinations, you know: yellow & blue makes green, etc.
At this point, I like to start combining the ingredients with my hands – just knead everything together until it starts to clump. If it’s too dry, add more water in very small increments i.e. 1/2 tsp at a time. This is also when you add more color if needed. You can use gloves, if you want.
Finish Your Bath Fizzies:
Once the bath bomb mixture is well blended and holding together, fill the molds and press it down firmly. You want nicely compacted bath bombs that don’t fall apart.
Let everything dry for 24 hours and then you can pop your bath bombs out of the molds.
Bath Bombs made with Mini Muffin tins:
Here, I used the Wilton heart shaped candy mold
Have some fun with these DIY Bath Bombs! I’m planning Seashell and Horse shaped bombs scented with Lilac or Musk Essential Oil?
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