I am loving sharing my little DIY projects with you lately and I’ve been dying to share the essential oil mermaid bath bombs with you since Miss Frugal made them a few weeks ago.
Miss Frugal went through a bit of a phase where she’d spend most of her pocket money in Lush on those expensive bath bombs that they sell for anywhere between £3 and £5!
I have a rule where I try not to interfere with what the kids want to spend their own money on because I don’t think they’ll learn if they’re simply doing what I tell them to do when it comes to money. Does that make sense?
So even though I hated that Miss Frugal was spending half of her money on expensive smellies, I didn’t tell her she wasn’t allowed to – I tried instead to show her what her alternatives were. Which is why we made out homemade bath bombs last year and where the idea for our unicorn bath salts came from.
I do try and get her involved in making fun bath smellies together because it’s a way of getting her involved and showing her how little we need to spend to make our own homemade lush-style goodies. I don’t think she’s bought anything from Lush (other than in the Christmas sale) for a good six months or so.
Essential Oil Mermaid Bath Bombs
- 90g (1/2 cup) baking soda
- 30g (1/4 cup) cornflour/cornstarch
- 60g (1/4 cup) Epsom salts
- 40g (1/4 cup) cream of tartar
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of rose essential oil
- 10 drops of chamomile essential oil
- Blue and red or purple food colouring and teal or blue and green food colouring
- 3/4 tablespoon water
- Soap, candy or chocolate mold – there are some lovely ones here but any shape is fine.
- Add the baking soda, cornflour, Epsom salts and the cream of tartar to a medium-sized bowl and give them all a good stir.
- Add the water and essential oils to the bowl a little at a time – mixing each time you add some.
- Separate ingredients equally into two bowls and add purple food colouring to the first bowl (use red and blue mixed to make a purple colour if necessary) and give it a good stir until the desired coloring is achieved.
- Repeat step 3 on the second bowl with teal (or blue and green mixed together) food coloring.
- Next, you can begin to layer colors into the molds – we layered it in half and half, but you can layer any way you like to get the effect you want. Press the mix down into old until tightly compacted.
- Allow the mermaid bath bombs to harden for at least 2-3 hours, preferably overnight if you can wait. 😉
I have called these’Essential Oil Mermaid Bath Bombs’ but I should probably warn you that they’re not bath bombs in the traditional sense that they whizz and fizz everywhere when you pop them in the water, they’re much calmer and kind of melt away slowly.
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