How To Make A Bath Bomb
You can easily pop down to town and buy yourself a bath bomb. But where is the fun in that? Making a bath bomb can be great fun, especially with the kids. Not only will it be a fun activity this winter but once they’ve moved on to something else, you can reap the benefits!
Everybody loves bath bombs but a lot of the time it’s just too expensive to buy them more often than once or twice every now and then. If you go down to the main retailers, you can find yourself spending a lot on just one bath bomb, let alone a handful. If you don’t want to be digging deep in your pockets this New Year then get making your own!
What To Consider
Now before jumping straight into this you have to consider the size. First of all, try to stick to smaller moulds because bigger bath bombs tend to crumble easy. And in terms of moulds, you can use pretty much anything. You can go pro and buy special moulds so that they’re perfect balls or other shapes such as cubes, animals etc. Or you can be creative and use household items. Cheaper that way too! Anything like muffin trays, chocolate moulds or even a split tennis ball. Whichever way you decide to do it, make sure you and your kids have fun doing it!
- Glass mixing bowl
- Spray bottle
- 1 cup of citric acid
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 20-30 drops of essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, apricot oil or olive oil
- 15-20 drops of food colouring (depending if you want a colour)
- Small amount of water
- Mix the citric acid and baking soda
Thoroughly mix together the citric acid and baking soda in a bowl.
- Add in essential oils
Add the essential oils and the optional tablespoon of extra oil and food colouring. Quickly mix with your hands before the mixture starts fizzing. The food colouring makes the mixture a bit clumpy, but you can get rid of the clumps by rubbing them between your hands.
- Spray in a very small amount of water
Spray very small amounts of water into the mixture and continue mixing. You’ll need less water than you may think. Create a consistency where the mixture is still quite crumbly but will just hold its shape when squeezed.
- Pack the mixture into the mould
The mixture can now be packed tightly into the mould. If you are using two-part moulds, then slightly overfill each half and press them together tightly. Tap the mould to release the bath bomb.
- Leave to dry
Leave the bath bombs to dry for a couple of hours in a warm, dry place. Don’t place them in direct sunlight.
Now enjoy and tell us how your bath bombs were!