It's Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas at Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks! Can you believe we are already halfway through? Today I want to share something that is on a lot of lists this year for Christmas. Bath Bombs are on the top of a few lists I've looked at but you don't need to pay up to $5.00 for a Bath Bomb...you can make them yourself with just a few simple ingredients!
Bath Bombs are awesome is you take baths. They are small balls or other shapes that you toss in the water when taking a bath and they fizz up in the water. They soften the water and leave a lovely smell in the water. I love using them whenever I take baths but I hate the price of them! So when I saw that I could make them myself I couldn't wait.
There are a few main ingredients in all bath bombs. The two key ingredients are baking soda and citric acid. The combination of these two ingredients hitting the water is what makes them fizz. Without these ingredients, a bath bomb just isn't a bath bomb. Most bath bombs also have Epsom salts in them to help soften the water. Then there are scents and food coloring to color the bath fizzies.
Most recipes recommend using essential oils when scenting the bath bombs. I find essential oils to be pretty expensive so I took the cheap route and used extracts that I already had in my cupboard. I used lemon, vanilla, and peppermint. I recommend you not use spicy scents/flavors like cinnamon because they could actually burn your skin. I also picked up Epsom salts that were scented like mint which helped with the flavor.
Once you have all the ingredients these are easy to assemble. Simply mix the dry ingredients, add in the wet ingredients, and mix. Pack the mixture into some type of mold. I used a silicone mold so it was easier to get them out. It's important to spoon a little of the bath bomb mixture in at a time and pack it after each addition so they hold together. Allow them to sit for a time and then pop them out of the molds. After they are out it's good to let them dry a full 24 hours before using.
I ended up making two different scents of bath bombs. I colored one yellow and used a lemonade extract to scent it. The other one I turned red and had it smell like peppermint.
These are a fantastic holiday gift. They look pretty, they smell great, and they are so practical. You can give them in small Mason jars, tie them in some netting with a ribbon, or individually wrap them in cellophane!
- 1 c. baking soda
- ½ c. citric acid
- ½ c. cornstarch
- ½ c. Epsom salts
- 1 t. water
- 1 T. olive oil
- 2 t. essential oil or 1 T. extract
- Food coloring
- In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
- In a small bowl combine the water and olive oil. Stir until combined.
- Mix together the wet and dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture begins to clump together. If it doesn't start to clump add an additional ½ teaspoon of water.
- Divide into two different bowls. Add food coloring and essential oils to each. Stir until combined.
- Pack the mixture into molds. Make sure you pack after each spoonful is added to the mold.
- Allow to dry for 5 hours. Carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold and set on a soft surface.
- Let the bath bombs dry for 1 day before using them or gift wrapping them.
- Store in an air tight container.
Adapted from Bright Nest