While not what you’d typically call a craft, I feel like these beauty products can have a lot of visual and creative appeal that just calls to my crafty side. I first encountered these at a LUSH store in Canada and immediately fell in love with the idea (even though I don’t take baths often cause I like a full body soak 🙂 ) and seeing several articles on making your own has inspired me to create my favorite fragrance as one! Until my supplies come in though I wanted to share my excitement with everyone else as well. 😀
The best recipe I’ve found comes from intimate weddings. Bath bombs can be a fickle thing to make so it may take several trial and error steps until you get them right.
- 8 oz. baking soda
- 4 oz Citric Acid
- 4 oz. corn starch
- 4 oz. Epsom salts
- 3/4 tsp water
- 2 tsp. essential oil (I will be using coconut and lime)
- 2.5 tsp almond oil or other light oil
- A few drops food coloring
- sugar flowers (the kind you use for decorating cakes)/sprinkles/confetti/glitter/extra features you desire
- Clear Plastic Fillable Ball Ornamentor other plastic molds
Those gathered, start by mixing all the dry ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt) together in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. In a separate small jar/bowl mix your wet ingredients together (water, oils, food coloring).
Now this is the tricky step that will take practice. Pour your the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and quickly whisk together. If you take too long the water will react with the dry ingredients and your bomb will, well, prematurely detonate 😉 . What you want is a mixture that still looks dry but can easily be pressed into a shape if you grab it in your hand and make a fist.
With our base set up, now is the time to add in decorations such as the sugar flowers, glitter, and similar features. I recommend making sure the products you use are safe to be in the water/not ones you would regret having to clean up later though. These decorations are going to go in the bottom of your mold, or in one half if you are making a fully 3D one.
Once your decor is in place, start adding in your bath bomb mixture firmly, like you’re making a sand castle or a snowball. If you’re just using a tray mold and half shapes, simply pop your finished bomb out and set it aside to dry for about a day. With spheres/3D designs, you’ll want to fill both halves but leave some lose mixture in the middle so you can press the 2 halves together and fully compress your bomb. If it has trouble sticking then your bomb may not have had enough loose mix to bind it together. Simple pop the halves out, crumble and try again. These larger ones will take up to 2 days to dry.
Once they do dry you’re ready for your next relaxing soak! 😀 These are also great little DIY favors for parties and showers as smaller tray molds can be used to make shower bombs for those of us on the go. ^_^