Miss Frugal has been asking me for ages now if she can have a go at making her own bath bombs and I always put her off because there are so many different methods of making them out there that call for ingredients I wouldn’t normally have in the house.
It finally got to the point where I couldn’t put her off any longer so last weekend, I gathered the ingredients we needed and sat and watched her make her version of homemade bath bombs and actually, they came out OK. I don’t think we’re going to be up there with Lush but I do think that she might actually be able to pull of her plan to make some Christmas themed homemade bath bombs for her friends.
Super Easy Homemade Bath Bombs
1 cup (180g) of baking soda
1/2 cup (110g) citric acid (bought from eBay but Amazon do it too)
1/2 cup (125g) Epsom salts (bought from the chemist)
2.5 teaspoons essential oil (we used a lemon scent for this)
3 teaspoons melted coconut oil or olive oil
(Optional) food colouring (not the gel type)
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl mix the oils and the food colouring together. We initially used a gel food colouring but it didn’t mis with the oils so we fished the gel blobs out and went on without colour.
- Very, very slowly you can add the oil mix to the dry mix and using a whisk you can combine them until the mix starts to look like very powder breadcrumbs. When I say slowly, I literally mean 4 or 5 drops at a time – any more will make the dry mix react with the liquid too soon.
- When your mix is ready you need to pack it into your mould – we used a star shaped Christmas decoration that comes apart as our main mould but we’ve ordered a round one to use for next time as the star shape makes it quite hard to pack in the mixture as much as you need to. We also used so silicone cake cases and packed the mix down as hard as we could with the back of a spoon.
- The mould were then transferred into the freezer for a couple of hours before we got them out and tried to free our homemade bath bombs. The silicone cake cases were easy to peel out of the mould so we were feeling pretty pleased with ourselves when we tried to get the star bath bomb out but unfortunately, it didn’t make it. It came out in two halves rather than a whole bath bomb which is a good thing I guess as we can have an extra fizzy bath now with our homemade bath bombs.
What we learned – don’t use gel food colouring and go for simple mould like these rather than starting off all fancy.
Now for that all important question – do they work?
Yeay! They do work and Miss Frugal is currently searching Pinterest for Christmas homemade bath bomb ideas so I suspect this won’t be the last you see of our homemade bath bomb exploits!
(PS) As always, be careful spraying when using Essential Oils. This post shares a bit of information about what you should know before using essential oils.
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