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Monday, November 30, 2015

Homemade Bath Bombs

Let's jump right into this fun (and pretty easy) diy bath bomb project that makes a great gift, or just keep them all as a treat for yourself! Okay, so by "pretty easy" I mean they can be a little fickle. Sometimes they crack, sometimes they expand if you add too much water, so just be patient. You'll figure it out. Promise!


Ingredients:

Note: You will gather your own combo of oils. 

Yields 8 bath bombs

2 C. Baking Soda
1 C. Epsom Salts (ground fine)
1 C. Citric Acid
1 C. Corn Starch
5 tsp. Fractionated Coconut Oil (or any other carrier oil-Almond, Jojoba, Vitamin E would work)
Water 
Essential oils-some combination that equals about 50 drops. A simple Pinterest search will give you many recipes. 

For this recipe, my daughter used:
12 drops Clary Sage (not shown in photo)
12 drops Lavender 
18 drops Sweet Orange
8 drops Grapefruit

Tools:

8 plastic ball ornaments that come apart. They come like this at Michael's, which was slightly confusing because I was looking for a round ball. 


1 big mixing bowl
1 coffee grinder
1 spray bottle filled with water
1 C. measuring cup
Whisk
Fork
1 tsp. measuring spoon 
1 small bowl (not pictured)

Do:

1. Grind the 1 cup of Epsom Salts until fine and pour into your large bowl. Add the rest of the dry ingredients-baking soda, citric acid, corn starch. Whisk to mix well. 

2. In the small bowl combine your 50ish drops of essential oils and the 5 tsp. of carrier oil. With your clean whisk, blend well. 

3. Gently pour oils into dry ingredients and whisk. Mix for a little while so everything's distributed evenly. It will still be totally dry looking. 

4. This is the hardest step, because you have to have patience, Young Grasshopper. The goal here is to gradually make the dry mixture damp (not wet). You are sneaking up on the dry with your water, trying not to set that fizzy chemical reaction in motion. We want all that to happen in the tub. If you get it too wet and it starts to feel sticky or starts expanding then you have to scrap the whole mission. It happens.

Now, grab your spray bottle of water and set it to mist, not stream. Give three sprays and then whisk well. Three more sprays and whisk again. Keep doing that. Every couple rounds grab a handful and squeeze until it does this but is still basically dry-ish.

5. Grab two ornament halves and over-fill each half. Press them together and wipe away the excess. (Make the mounds even bigger than you see in the photo below.)

For this particular batch I was feeling like a pro and decided to put some Calendula petals in the bottom of the dome before filling. My kids thought this was a lame idea, but I assured them that a mom would dig it. 

6. Set them on a baking sheet to rest and after a couple hours you should be able to gently remove the ball and set it back on the sheet to dry, ideally, for a full 24 hours. We've used them as soon as 8 though. Store in an airtight container. And there you have it! 

Enjoy your baths!