“Bomb, bomb, bomb…bomb, bomb, ba bomb.”
Ben Stiller pops in my head every time I say bath bombs.
What can I say, I’m full of movie quotes & song lyrics.
Oi. What a week. I snapped my final pictures & had all my projects ready to go then…WHAM…the kind of sickness that puts all future hopes & dreams on the back burner because you’re just hoping to make it through this afternoon. It was not my intent to take a three day break in our 12 Days of Christmas but I’m back with a seventh & rather pretty DIY.
Bath bombs are all the rage.
And if you didn’t know that, I want to know what rock you’ve been living under. I may want to borrow it every once in a while.
Throw a few into a jar, stuff one into a stocking, or pair some with other bathing goodies–either way, it makes for a great gift. I mean, who doesn’t love a bath bomb & want the opportunity to use one? You’re not just gifting a bath bomb, you’re gifting an excuse to take a luxurious bath.
What I love about these bath bombs is that you know exactly what the ingredients are & that list includes coconut oil to make your skin feel baby butt soft. Also, you have complete creative freedom to dress these up however you like–you really can’t go wrong with a bath bomb.
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But don’t worry, I only recommend products that I actually use & love.
WHAT YOU NEED
Ok, this is one of those non-pantry items that I’ve been trying to avoid with this series because it’s all about being last minute & easy to accomplish.
But, you need this stuff to make the bath bombs fizzy & you can find it inexpensively on Amazon Prime, so I suppose we can indulge. 🙂
PS, I only used about half of this bag to make this batch. So you know for measurements sake, that is 1 CUP.
BATH BOMB MOLD
I bought actual bath bomb molds to achieve make them look…well, more like bath bombs.
This kit comes with 12 complete molds of 3 different sizes so you can make a bunch simultaneously. Plus, they throw in shrink wrap so that you can ensure it won’t get crumblies everywhere after it’s done.
But you’ll see that I also used my cubed silicone tray for the leftovers & it worked just as well, if not better.
This is what makes this bath bomb nourishing, not just fun. Well, between this & the essential oils. It’s awesome for your skin, especially during these cold…dry…winter months.
Use the full on coconut oil, the stuff that you have to melt–not the fractionated. Not only for the full addition of vitamins & minerals but also because you want it to re-solidfy with all the other ingredients.
You’ll need a 1/2 CUP melted.
I’m using Ylang Ylang in this recipe because…I can’t get enough of it.
And because it has a strong, deep floral aroma to it that is relaxing & calming.
But you can grab just about any oil from your collection to make a great bath bomb.
LEMON + PEPPERMINT
EUCALYPTUS + PEPPERMINT
LAVENDER + LEMON
ROSEMARY + LEMON
TEA TREE + PEPPERMINT
I could go on for days…but you get the idea.
You can read more on the benefits of EO & why I chose Young Living here.
This is a foundational ingredient and that’s really all I have to say about it
Sorry, baking soda…you’re kinda bland.
You’ll need 1 CUP.
Then we need just a teensy bit of cornstarch to glue it all together.
To be precise, 1/2 CUP.
DRIED FLOWERS (optional)
You’ve seen these about a million times now since I’ve been able to use them in a bunch of projects for our last minute series.
I used just my dried roses on this one to match with the floral Ylang Ylang.
And honestly, it makes a plain white bath bomb look so much prettier.
FOOD COLORING (optional)
I did not use food coloring in mine because I didn’t want to take away from the florals.
Sometimes simple is best.
But food coloring is out there if you’re feeling especially creative.
Try making a few different colors and mushing them together in the mold for a layered look–you’ll look like you make these things for a living.
WHAT TO DO
In one, medium sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients (just like cake…mmm):
1 cup citric acid
1 baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
In a smaller bowl we need to combine our oils.
Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil & stir in 10-12 drops of chosen essential oil goodness.
If you’re adding in color, do so now…or forever hold your peace.
Now, very slowly add in your dry ingredients while stirring.
I say slow, because the citric acid will have a reaction (like the one you want it to have in the tub) when it hits the liquid if it’s too fast.
It’s going to quickly go from liquid to glue to a thick paste.
Finally, it should look like this (picture below).
You’ll have to mix it with your hands–which is quite enjoyable because it feels just like wet sand.
Turn on the ocean waves & really make the most of it.
To check the consistency, scoop some into your hand and squeeze it.
It should stick together.
Now set up your molds.
If you’re opting for dried flowers (which I highly recommend)–add a pinch to one half of the mold.
Or to both halves…if you’re really feeling generous.
Don’t fill up all the way, just a pinch.
Then take your wet sand-baking soda-acid-oily mixture, a little scoop at a time and smoosh it into the mold.
Make sure it’s really tight & compact.
You’ll want to have a little extra at the top so that when you smoosh the two halves together, they’ll “congeal.”
Just a little, no need to go overboard.
Then mash the two halves together.
I like to squeeze and twist at the same time so that any excess sort of oozes out.
You can feel really resourceful for not letting any go to waste.
Then I just sit my little pods on a plate so that they won’t be disturbed.
No need to rubber band them together or hold them for hours.
They stick together quite well and the molds have a flat bottom so that they don’t topple around.
I even acquired the help of a really cute guy.
Because this winter light is killing me. Literally.
And I need to hustle through these projects for all the natural lighting I can get.
“It’s all about the light.”
Then sit & wait & stare at the molds for a day or two.
Just sit & wait & stare, because you have nothing else to do, right?
Then at long last, pop open the molds and AHHHH!
It’s so pretty I could cry.
Turns out, I actually LOVE the cubey ones.
Then shrink wrap or add a few to a cute jar with a gift tag and give to your friends…or stash in the back of your shower.
Merry Christmas to you!
I won’t tell.
That is a wrap on the seventh day! I’ve got a really fun (and colorful) project lined up for tomorrow–see you then. xx