After a long, tiresome day these bath bombs are EV.RY.THING! Popping one into the bath when you have a soak will melt the stress away or can energize you. The Dead Sea salts, coconut oil and essential oils contained in these bath bombs all contribute to make your bath experience what you want it to be. However, no matter how you customize it your skin will feel silky smooth and moisturized.
Bath Bombs Recipe
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- ¾ Cup Citric Acid
- ¼ Cup Corn Starch
- ½ Cup Dead Sea Salts
- 10-20 Drops of Your Favorite Essential Oils
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- Food Coloring In Your Choice of Color
- In a large bowl, mix baking soda, citric acid, corn starch and sea salts with your hands until well combined.
- Add coconut oil, essential oil and coloring and immediately mix to stop any reaction occurring from the wet ingredients blending with the citric acid.
- Continue to mix with your hands until color evenly distributed throughout.
- Once mixture is adequately combined it should clump in your hands when you squeeze it.
- Pack both sides of mold to overflowing.
- Join both sides of the mold and gently shift back and forth in small movements while pressing each side of the mold together.
- Tap one side of the mold and remove it, then do the same with the other side.
- Set bath bombs on a cookie sheet or other similar surface to dry for 8 or more hours.
Yields: 5-6 Bath Bombs (Sprinkle any excess mixture into your next bath)
Made to Order
As far as this recipe goes, it can be tailored to suit based on which essential oils you use. If you’re looking for a relaxing bath at the end of a long day, consider choosing or combining oils such as lavender, ylang ylang and chamomile. Conversely, for an energizing morning bath try a blend of sweet orange, bergamot and clary sage. Feeling a little congested from a cold or allergies? Then a concoction of eucalyptus, tea tree and rosemary might be in order. Looking to relieve over-worked muscles and clean up after a hard workout? Sore muscles will love peppermint, ginger, and wintergreen.
On the other hand, sometimes you just want a scent that makes you feel good. I am partial to sweet orange bath bombs because it reminds me of an April I spent in Spain when I was younger and the streets in Cordoba were lined with blossoming orange trees. Just think about what appeals to you! When trying to come up with a signature scent, dab q-tips in whichever essential oils you’re considering then put the q-tips in a ziploc bag for a 20-30 minutes. After letting it sit, open the bag and see if you like the resulting scent.
Tips and Tricks
Your first foray into D-I-Y bath bombs might feel like a comedy of errors. You’re dealing with substances that react to moisture and can be temperamental. Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure your success:
- When you add wet ingredients be prepared to start mixing quickly to stop any reaction with the citric acid.
- If storing your bath bombs, wrap gently in plastic wrap and make sure it’s somewhere cool and dry.
- Bath bombs are delicate – especially before they have dried completely.
- Do not dry in the oven or refrigerator.
- The more subtle your coloring the less likely you’ll have to clean a ring around your tub after your relaxing bath.
- Flattening or expanding bath bombs means there is too much moisture in the mixture – add some extra baking soda as needed.
- Crumbling may mean they are not be packed tightly enough. Repack the mold more firmly and try again.
- Cracking or separating bath bombs may mean your mixture is too dry. Introduce tiny amounts of coconut oil until desired consistency achieved.