Making Bath Bombs
|November 1, 2010||Posted by thefrugalvegan under Bath & Body Recipes, Crafts, Gifts|
I’ve been making bath bombs for a long time. Once you get the hang of it, they are very easy to make. They make incredible gifts and cost a lot less than buying them from LUSH! Here is my simple recipe for you:
MAKING BATH BOMBS
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup citric acid (try your winemaking store for this)
1/4 cup thick sea salt (optional)
1/4 cup grated cocoa butter (optional)
Extras: Food colouring, herbs, essential oils or fragrances.
Witch Hazel in a small spray bottle.
In a large bowl, combine baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, cocoa butter and salt if using. Mix well. Spray two or three times with the witch hazel, then add some food colouring a few drops at a time while working it through the mix with your hands until desired colour is reached. Add herbs (if using) and/or fragrance (usually about 10-20 drops depending on scent). Once colour and fragrance is mixed in, spray and mix fast with your hands until the mixture becomes damp but not wet. You should be able to grab a handful and if you squeeze it and let go, the mixture should stay together. Once this is achieved, pack quickly into moulds and press hard. Let stand for a minute, then pat the mould and place the “bomb” onto wax paper. Cover with a towel and let dry overnight. Pack in cellophane bags.
IDEAS FOR MOULDS
Ice cube trays (to make mini bombs), pot pourri balls (clear balls with two parts to make a real ball), small plastic containers, various soap moulds…
SCENT IDEAS FOR BOMBS
Lavender (using lavender essential oil, blue food colouring and lavender petals)
Relaxation (using lavender and orange essential oils)
Foot Bath Bomb (peppermint and/or tea tree essential oil, blue food colouring, peppermint leaves (use the herbs from a mint tea bag)
Love Struck (ylang ylang & sandalwood essential oils, red food colouring and dried rose petals)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not make these when it’s raining or really damp out, as they will activate on their own. If you MUST make them then, cover with a dry tea towel and place a fan on the bombs to keep them dry.
Also feel free to play around using various colours together in your bombs.