So I love a DIY project, although I’m not particularly artistic and most of my crafts end up looking like something that’s been made in a preschool class.
I’ve been reading how easy it is to make your own bath bombs so I thought I’d give it a go. I downloaded a book with some bath bomb recipes and brought all the stuff I needed I was sure that I couldn’t fuck up something so easy..
Here’s the basic recipie I used
1 cup of baking soda
½ cup of citric acid
½ cup of corn starch
¼ cup of Epsom salts
A tablespoon of water
1 and ½ table spoons of a carrier oil (sweet almond or coconut)
A few drops of essential oil
A few drops of food colouring
Witch hazel spray
A bath bomb or cup cake mould
Sieve and mix dry ingredients together, then add the Epsom salts
Add the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add to the dry ingredients.
Put mixture into mould, ensuring that it’s packed in really tight.
Spray with a little witch hazel spray and leave overnight to dry. This can take up to 48 hours.
So it all started well, using this recepie I made my first batch, I used lavender, geranium and ylang ylang oils and rose petals. Peppermint and Grapefruit and Lavender, I added lavender seeds to one as well.
I squished them into my moulds and gave a little spritz of witch hazel spray.
The mix was quite wet and sticky and kept expanding.Eventually overnight the mixture dried and I pulled them out of the moulds
They smelt nice but were very heavy and there were loads of air holes in them and they didn’t look quite how I had hoped. I was really disappointed but popped the lavender one in my bath anyway
The lavender seeds smelt amazing but I hated all of the little seeds floating in my bath, rose petals yes, but the lavender reminded me of little bugs and I had to brush them out of my hair when I got out. Note to self, if you infuse your bath bomb with lavender seeds wrap it in some sort of mesh to catch the seeds when the bomb has dissolved!
So basically I used too much water in my mixture so the next batch I made I got rid of the water all together, I blended the ingredients together without water, and used just a few drops of purple food colouring.
They looked better but the colour was patchy.
For the third batch I replaced Epsom salts with Himalayan bath salts to try and give a different texture. Blended all the ingredients and added some pink food colouring into the oil mixture, I ditched the water and added a teeny bit more coconut oil, it’s important to use more of the carrier oil then essential oils as the carrier oil should hopefully stop the essential oil causing skin irritation, (if you are worried about skin irritation or have sensitive skin you can always test it first by popping a drop or two of essential oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil and dabbing it on the back of your hand – have a read about diluting essential oils safely here) I slowly added the wet ingredients and mixed until I had a light fluffy consistency and squashed it all into the mould.
I made some with lavender, geranium and a healing blend and made a couple with peppermint and grapefruit. With the peppermint I added a small pipette of water as it helped mix with the food colouring and give a better all over colour
These are my favourites, they look and smell amazing, third time lucky!
So in conclusion, bath bombs are pretty easy to make but the mixture is tricky and if you don’t get it quite right then you will end up with less than perfect results. You can experiment though, as long as you have the basic ingredients you can add petals, glitter, colours. You can replace Epsom Salts with other bath salts, try different oils and carrier oils until you are happy with the results. You can also try powdered colouring such as mica instead of liquid food colouring, which is what I will try next time.
Have fun and let me know how you get on. I’d love to see your results….