Bath Bomb Recipes
Now that you've got your mold, here are the other bits and bobs that you'll need. You can find most of these in the supermarket.
•Metal or glass mixing bowl
•Bath Bomb Molds
Make sure you use a metal or glass mixing bowl rather than a plastic one. Plastic will absorb the smell of the essential oils. That's okay, I guess, but anything you put in the bowl in the future will smell like bubble bath ;-)
•1 cup citric acid
•2 cups baking soda
•20-30 drops of essential oil - you might need more or less depending on the strength of the fragrance.
•1 tablespoon of almond oil, apricot oil, or olive oil (optional)
•15-20 drops of food colouring (optional)
•A tiny bit of water
Notes: Citric acid and baking soda can usually be found in the baking section of the supermarket. Baking soda is also called "bicarbonate of soda".
The tablespoon of oil is optional. It gives a lovely moisturising feel. Don't use almond oil though if you or the intended recipient have nut allergies!
To make nice colourful bath bombs, you can mix the basic food colours (red, blue, yellow) to achieve just about any colour you want. Purple is a little tricky. When I mix red and blue, I get... green! But then the bath bomb turns purple once it sets, so all is good :-) Just warning you, so you don't get a surprise!
Wondering what fragrances to use? Take a look at the fragrance guide at the bottom of my bath salts page.
Ingredients not to use
Please don't use this. Borax (sodium borate) is used as ant poison. If ingested, it's toxic to your liver and kidneys. Eating it can cause liver cancer. Even if you don't drink your bathwater (and I hope you don't!), do you really want to take a bath in this?
Gives the water a nice "soft" texture and makes your skin feel nice... but it feeds yeast infections. I'd give it a miss!
For How to Make Bath Bombs
It's a good idea to work in small batches until you get the hang of things. Scale the recipe down to 1/3 cup of citric acid and 2/3 cup of baking soda at a time. That will still be enough to make two small bath bombs per batch.
Ready? Put on your gloves, and here we go:
1.Mix together citric acid and baking soda in a bowl. Make sure they're mixed thoroughly. I find that the easiest way to mix the two powders is actually to sift them back and forth between two bowls.
2.Add essential oils, optional table spoon of extra oil, and food colouring. Mix rapidly with your hands before the mixture has a chance to fizz. The food colouring will make the mixture a bit clumpy, but you can re-powderise the clumps by rubbing them between your hands.
3.Spray water onto the mixture a tiny bit at a time, and continue mixing. You probably need less water than what you think! Aim for a consistency where mixture is still pretty crumbly but will just hold its shape when you squeeze it hard in your hand.
4.Pack the mixture tightly into your mold(s). If you're using a two-part mold like the Christmas decoration, then slightly overfill each half of the mold, and press them together tightly. Don't twist, just press. Tap the mold to release the bath bomb.
5.Let your bomb(s) dry for a couple of hours in a warm, dry place.. Keep them out of direct sunlight though. I like to place the bombs in a little "nests" of tissue paper. It seems to help them dry better, and stops round ones from getting flat on the bottom.
6.Use within a few weeks. They smell so good you'll probably want to use them straight away anyway! But it's important to know that they lose their fizzing power if they're kept in storage for too long. If you give one as a gift, make sure you tell the recipient to enjoy their relaxing fragrant fizzy bath sooner rather than later
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