Bath Bombs. I love these little gems. I happened upon a recipe while looking for homemade holiday gift ideas.
I remember seeing these at one of the local arts and crafts shows a couple months ago. I almost purchased a few, but held back impulse spending. I wasn’t sure the quality of the essential oils being used by the street stand vendor. I asked each vendor where they got their essential oils and boy were the answers not what I was hoping to hear, yet I was not surprised at all.
Most just said, “I got them off the internet.” Another said, “I don’t know, we buy them bulk.” Another had some of the oils for sale. All were priced under $5.00 – $10 so I knew these were most likely synthetic oils, not 100% pure therapeutic oils. One person did say his oils came from Bulk Apothecary, which was the only establishment I knew.
After researching I found several recipes and tons of information about the little bath bombs. I knew I could make these, and I did.
They are very simple to make, and are wonderful gifts for any occasion. Yes, you can purchase these online but making them is just as easy.
- 8 oz. baking soda
- 4 oz. citric acid ( I used this one - affiliate link)
- 4 oz. corn starch
- 4 oz. salts (I used epsom salt, but Dead Sea Salts or any mineral salt is nice too...no table salts)
- Dry Ingredients:
- 1 tsp. water (or witch hazel- I used.
- 15 - 20 drops essential oils (oils of choice. I used Lavender for one batch and a mix of Peppermint and Rosemary for another batch)
- 3 tsp. grapeseed or almond oil
- food coloring (2-4 drops or as needed) Your color will look very dark in the mixture, but will lighten up when mixed in the dry ingredients
- 2 oz spray bottle filled with witch hazel
- Put the dry ingredients into a glass or medal bowl and mix thoroughly using a whisk. Bombs will be grainy if not mixed thoroughly.
- Mix the wet ingredients in a separate glass small bowl/cup.
- Slowiy mix a small amount of the oil mixture into the dry ingredients whisking quick to make sure the wet doesn't start to make the dry fizz. Keep slowly adding the liquid until used. The color will start to take effect. You want the consistency to be not wet, but just sticky enough to hold a mold when you squeeze a little in your hand.
- Use the spray bottle of witch hazel to spritz a few times, mixing until you get the consistency needed.
- Press the mixture into your molds, wait a few seconds and tap out (if using the clear sphere type molds. If using silicone molds, press the mixture into the molds and let set a hour or so. Loosen the bomb from the mold and let dry completely.
- Wrap in foil, or place in cellophane gift bags.
Always use 100% pure therapeutic essential oils in anything that you do using oils. You are breathing and consuming these oils into your body. Quality is a must.