Monday, 14 June 2010

Bath Fun - A Bath Bomb Tutorial


 

Today I thought I would share a fun little tutorial for bath bombs, one of my kids' favourite bath time treats (bubble baths are also VERY popular here).  If you are looking for a way to entice your kids to get clean more regularly (or just want to spoil yourself), then this might be just what you are looking for!  These bath bombs are very easy to make in bulk so this project is also suitable for making large numbers of gifts or party favours.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups bicarbonate of soda
3/4 cup citric acid (I buy this in bulk from my health food store)
1/4 cup mineral or rock salts (optional)
1/8 cup dried petals such as lavender or chamomile (optional)
2 tsp almond or olive oil
2 tsp essential oil in your preferred fragrance or combination of fragrances
1 tsp water
5-6 drops of food colouring in the colour(s) of your choice (depending on how dark you want the colour)
Moulds for your bath bombs

Method
1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large ceramic or glass bowl using a metal spoon.  But make sure that all of your equipment is bone dry first!
2. Mix the liquid ingredients together in a small bowl.
3. Quickly mix the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, making sure that the mixture does not start reacting in the bowl.  Your mixture should look fairly dry like the picture below.


4. Press your mixture firmly into your moulds (you should not need to oil your moulds).  I have no idea what the original use was for these moulds, but when I saw them at my local op shop, I knew they would be great for bath bombs!


5. Leave in a warm and dry place overnight  (ensuring that pets and small hands can't get to them, or you will end up with a mess and disappointment).


6. Carefully turn out your bath bombs once they have dried for at least 8 hours.


7. Enjoy a relaxing and beautiful-smelling bath!

Tips
1.  You can purchase round bath bomb moulds, but I like to use small jelly and chocolate moulds. You could always use ice cube trays in a pinch, although I wouldn't recommend using them for ice ever again, LOL.
2. Always make sure that the essential oils you use are suitable for use on the body, such as for massage or for adding to soap.
3. I would avoid making bath bombs on particularly humid days.  Mine never turn out quite right in humid weather.

12 comments:

  1. Love the pink colour & the cute patterns & shapes. What a great idea!! :D

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  2. How fun!! Thanks for the tutorial and recipe!

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  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial! We love bath bombs at our house - can't wait to try making our own now!
    Hugs,
    Kerry

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  4. I wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog on Giveaway Day last month, and now I would like to also thank you for this tutorial! I have seen a few recipies and have all the supplies, I just haven't gotten around to making any bombs yet. My daughter loves bubbles, but it is so hard to find something that won't irritate sensitive skin while sitting in the bath. The ingredients for these bombs seem to be relatively harmless for repeated use. I also appreciate you reminding folks that you need to know your essential oil supplier, as many that you can buy at your local store have been adulterated with alcohol or other fillers that may do more harm than good!

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  5. Awesome, thanks for the tutorial!! I'll have to try this soon!

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  6. I definitely want to do this! Thanks for sharing the tute!

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  7. Great tutorial...I have never tried a bath bomb and now I am totally intrigued and plan to.

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  8. Fun post, Deb! Your directions are so clear and the pictures are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh wow! They are so cute! I want some (but can't be bothered making them)!!

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  10. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  11. Wow this is awesome. I never thought of ever making these bath bombs before but I know these will feel great on my skin. Thanks Deb! And i'm glad I stumbled on your blog from the tutorial tuesday hop!

    -Milynn
    www.Love-and-Whimsy.blogspot.com

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