Everybody loves bath bombs it’s like taking in a dip in a bath of bubbly champagne that softens the skin like no other. However, these luxuries come with a price tag but why fork out when you can make your very own? The process is simple, requires only a few ingredients, and will leave you soaking in relaxation. Try our easy three step Drench bath bomb recipe and have yourself a spa day at home!
A bowl of bath bombs not only make a colourful display in the bathroom, they are also fairly simple to make. Bath bombs are also a great activity to do with the children and are an ideal way of encouraging bath times and making them fun.
• 8 ounces baking soda
• 4 ounces citric acid
• 4 ounces corn starch
• 4 ounces salt (dead sea salt or mineral)
• 0.75 tablespoons of water
• 2 teaspoons of your chosen essential or fragrance oil (safe for the body)
• 2.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
• 1 or 2 drops of food colouring (Your colour will look very dark in the emulsion, but will be light in the bomb itself
Start by putting all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl whisking any little pesky clumps out to give a fairly smooth consistency throughout the entire mixture. Make sure that you blend the mixture well it is likely to separate as you will not get a full emulsion.
Whilst whisking / stirring gradually adding a teaspoon at a time of the liquid ingredients to your dry ingredients, if the mixture starts to foam, you are adding the liquid too fast.
To reverse this reaction, quickly whisk the reacting ingredients into the nonreactive part and you should be able to stop it. When all of the wet ingredients have been added, you should have a mixture with the consistency of slightly damp sand which should clump together when you squish it.
Once the mixture is ready you will have a limited amount of time in which to get them into the moulds. Once in the moulds you don't need to leave them in for very long, in fact you can tap them out as soon as you fill them. You can use all kinds of things to mould your bath bombs, cake tins, ice cube trays or something more themed as to the reason for this luxurious gift.
Once your bath bombs are completely dry, it is advised to store them in an airtight container or bag as high humidity will make them activate. Because of the oil and water content with no preservatives it is advised to use your newly made bath bombs within 6 months, assuming that you can resist that long! When you're ready to use one, just drop it into a warm bath, and relax.
The Perfect Gift
Wrap them up nicely with the tissue paper, ribbons and labels and give to your family or friends as a gift! Make sure she uses the bath bombs within a few weeks; otherwise they will lose their fizz.