Getting stinky up in here...
But in the best of ways!
I have been on a bath bomb making kick the last few weeks. I have tried at least 6 different recipes and versions to figure out which ones I love the most.
I found that they are all pretty much the exact same but what needs shared the most are some little tricks to making your bath bombs work for ya!
I tried videoing this “how too” but literally failed miserably. I thought I had managed to get the videos all correct BUT the sound was totally messed up (I used our living room that has big old ceilings…note to self TERRIBLE location) because I was trying to shoot both for Youtube and IGTV at the same time and let me tell ya…the be HARD. I need to just shoot one or the other but not both because it’s double the workload.
I need to truly master the video more when I am shooting alone. Video feels like it takes at least two…lol! But I know that is just me. I will at the end of the day master it, because I literally am a dog with a bone when it comes to learning new things, but I have a ton to learn over the Winter in the video department. And I am going to do just that. I need to have it mastered by the Spring when all those gardens are going to be going in! ;-)
Until then though…I am sticking with what I know today and giving you guys a good old fashioned blog post on it.
I found that there are a few different variations on bath bombs the biggest differences being whether to use epsom salt in them or not and whether to use coconut oil or some sort of other oil like almond or grapeseed. In the end I landed on no salt and coconut oil being my favorite method.
What you will need:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
1/2 Cup melted coconut Oil
favorite essential oils
Natural food dye if you prefer color (color can be tricky…we learned the hard way that Mica isn’t the best for coloring. We switched to just a few drops of natural food coloring with lighter colors. Still trying to find a great chemical free coloring for these. If anyone has suggestions we’d love to hear them!)
Some sort of shaping tool
Throw the Baking soda, Citric Acid and corn starch in a bowl…mix that up. Breaking up all the clumps from the powder that you can.
I buy most of my ingredients off of Amazon Prime. Mainly because I live in the middle of nowhere and it arrives at my door in a day…if you have a Joann’s near you they do carry some powdered colorant but definitely not the amazing color variations you can get online.
I add the color in with the dry ingredient bowl before I add in the liquid.
Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds (my microwave takes 30-40 seconds) until it becomes liquid. Once it is melted I then add in my oils and the food dye.
I add in a ton of the oils…not going to lie here and tell ya “add 5 drops of each”. Nope I like mine stinky…I add more like 10-15 of each oil. Man does my house smell awesome when I am making these!
Once everything is all melted simply whisk (much easier to whisk than to stir with a spoon) this in slowly and once it starts clumping up just start using your hands to mush it all together.
When you can make a bit of a clump of a ball with your hands then it is ready!
I use these metal mold I picked up over on Amazon. Once again…my love affair with Prime for the win. No really how is anyone not using Prime these days? Y’all they even deliver toilet paper in 24 hours….what’s not to love?!
The secret to using the molds is to make a fluffy mound of powder on each side that is billowing over the top. When you smack those two half circles together and press firmly it makes a perfect ball bomb!
Want shower steamers instead? Just use one half circle and pack it down in there.
Pull the top half circle off then gently (key word “gently”) roll it out onto a cookie sheet to dry.
Allow them to dry at least 24 hours. The longer you let them dry the harder they get. Personally I let them sit out for 48-72 hours before I do anything with them so I know they are good and solid. The coconut oil was my favorite over the almond because it seemed to hold them together better once it became solid again AND it feels like an extra level of moisture on your skin after a bath <2
This is a fantastically fun project to make with the kiddos as well! They love them as much as I do :-)