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Bath Bombs

For Christmas this year, Skye and I gave out bath bombs as teacher and friend presents and they were quite a big hit. With a great scent, giving a pretty package with bombs in it is a special gift, even more so because Skye helped me make a mess make the bath bombs.

Even without a 3 year old helping, this project makes a mess, so be warned and be prepared to clean up afterwards.

  • 8 oz baking soda
  • 4 oz citric acid
  • 4 oz corn starch
  • 4 oz epsom salt
  • 2-3 tsp coconut oil
  • food coloring
  • essential oils (we used lemon and rose)
  • isopropyl alcohol

(Many recipes I found online use water, but replacing it with ispropyl alcohol means the ingredients will not react in the bowl and gives a smoother finish.)

In one bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. This is where you’ll start making your mess. In a second bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (except food coloring if you want to make different colors). Then combine the two and whisk until you can grab a handful and squeeze it together and it will hold the shape. If you’re doing multiple colors, divide this into several bowls and add the food coloring. Whisk again until well combined.

Rinse your bath bomb molds with cyclomethicone. I use metal round molds and this helps the mold release the bath bomb. I also found that putting a few dried rose petals at the base of each side of the mold not only looked pretty, but made them release easily.

Use the back of a spoon or your thumbs to pack the mix tightly in the molds. When using a circle mold, tightly pack both sides, then put a thick but unpacked layer on out side and press the two together. This will fill in any spaces you missed and create the full sphere.

I then tap lightly on one side of the mold and pull it off, gently place that end on wax paper, then tap on the other side and remove it. Once I’ve got a cookie sheet full, I transfer them to the freezer for a few hours days. (I tried drying them in the oven, but this was less effective. See the broken one in the middle of the picture to the left. The freezer causes the coconut oil to harder and holds them together better while they dry.)

To give as gifts, I then shrink-wrap them before placing in a pretty setting.