There is nothing quite like that feeling when you first immerse yourself into a warm bath. Your muscles relax and all your body parts work harmoniously to impart a feeling of serenity. It gets even better if you add a bath bomb to the mix and turn your bathtub into a luxurious spa treatment. It’s the yummy fragrance of bath bombs and the allure of the skin-softening oils that make you feel truly pampered.
While bath bombs are a gem to have around, they can get a little pricey. Making your own bath bombs at home is more cost-effective, not to mention the fun part. In this post, you’ll learn how to make bath bombs at home. But first, a primer on bath bombs.
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What are Bath Bombs?
Bath bombs are hand-packed mixtures of different ingredients which effervesce (fizzle and bubble) when wet.
They are made from a mixture of citric acid, baking soda, Epsom salts, colorings, and a blend of essential oils (check this post: my-home-zen-spa.com/bathroom/bath-bomb/best-essential-oils-for-bath-bombs for the best essential oils for making bath bombs). Not only do bath bombs add color and fragrance to your bath water but also bring a myriad of therapeutic benefits.
Ingredients & Tools Needed to Make a Bath Bomb
- Citric acid
- Baking soda
- Epsom salt
- Essential oils
- Food coloring
- Olive/coconut oil
- Bath bomb mold
Procedure for Making Your Own Bath Bombs.
Making your own bath bombs at home is easy and fun, and involves only a few steps. Without further ado, let’s get to it.
Step 1: Mix Up the Dry Ingredients
First, place the dry ingredients (baking soda, corn starch, Epsom salt, and citric acid) in a large bowl and mix them evenly with a whisk. Make sure they mix thoroughly. When baking soda reacts with the low PH acid, it produces carbon dioxide bubbles. However, the reaction doesn’t take place until the acid gets wet.
Step 2: Mix Up the Wet Ingredients
In a separate container, mix the liquid ingredients (essential oil, water, and food colorings). One easy way to do this is to put them in a jar and shake them up.
Next, you’ll want to decide on the scent. You can pick more than one type of fragrance oils as you can make many fabulous combinations for bath time. For instance, you can try peppermint, cocoa, cinnamon, or a combination of all. The same goes for the color as you can mix up different pigments or add a few drops of food coloring of your choice.
Step 3: Add the Liquid to the Dry Mixture
This should be done slowly, like a one small spoon at a time. Make sure to whisk constantly and if things begin to get fizzy, slow down a little.
Step 4: Pack the Mixture Into the Bath Bomb Mold
Tightly stuff the mixture into each side of the mold, and then press the two sides together. Give the mixture time to dry, (ideally not more than a day) then pop them out. That’s it! You’ve just finished preparing your own bath bombs.
Now that you know how to prepare your own bath bombs at home, why not go ahead and give it a try. Be sure to share your experiences in the comments section below.