What is the best way to unwind after a stressful day? Jump into a hot bath and feel those tight muscles start to relax. Feel the tensions release as you sink into the warmth around you. What could make this better? Bath bombs! Imagine champagne fizzing all around you, tiny bubbles bursting against your skin. Well that’s the effect of a soothing batch bomb. Not only are the fun to put in your batch but also fun to make are fantastic presents too. As they fizz they release skin softening properties and a lovely soothing aroma to go with, or change your mood.
Making your own bath bombs is a simple step by step process with all the ingredients easily accessible from your local store. As for equipment, you don’t need anything special you can use everyday items such as spoons, shot glasses or ice cube trays for moulds or even an old tennis ball cut in half for your large round bath bomb. It’s surprising what can you can find when you start looking. Failing that take a trip to your local craft store and be imaginative in shapes that you look for, don’t always go for the obvious. Make a note that the smaller ones are easier to make, especially for your first time, as they tend not to crumble as easily.
Now you have sorted your mould to make sure you have the rest of your equipment at hand.
• A metal or glass bowl. (Plastic can be used but does absorb the oils and so can taint food mixed after so keep it just for your bath bombs)
• Spray bottle (This makes adding the water a little easier)
Now we are ready to get started. There are many recipes that can be used but here is a basic bath bomb recipe.
BASIC BATH BOMB INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup citric acid
• 2 cups baking soda
• 20-30 drops essential oil depending on strength and personal taste
• Food colorant ( a dry pigment is best)
• Water or witch hazel (in your spray bottle)
Sieve together the citric acid and baking soda making a fine powder. If you don’t get this you will be left with a grainy mixture.
Add your colour pigment but not too much. It will be darker once the liquid is added. Then add your fragrance oil bit at a time until you get the strength you want.
Now for the tricky bit! Using your spray bottle, spray in a little water/witch hazel while mixing at the same time with the other hand. Or you could cheat and get someone to help you with this. The mix needs to be crumbly but sticks together when squeezed, a bit like wet sand. Don’t be tempted to add too much water as it will start fizzing.
Pack the mixture tightly into the moulds straight away before it starts to set. Leave for 3-4 minutes then gently tap out. Putting them on scrunched up tissue works well for this bit as is soaks up any moisture and does not allow the bottom to go flat. Leave now for 2-3 days to harden properly before packaging.
Enjoy your new style bath!