A good bath bomb is like filling your bath up with a crate full of champagne bottles, although without the added expense of actually doing such an extravagant (it’s about £4,000 in one hotel, in case you were wondering). No, we’re not talking about those types of bath bombs either, as that’s something that nobody will enjoy! Well, maybe apart from the baby.
We’re talking about the bath bombs that are normally a small colourful ball that you drop into the bath water and let them do their fizzy magic. They make for an even more relaxing bath than just simply going down the bubble bath route; although combining the two does make for a pretty perfect bath time experience. A bowl of colourful bath bombs can also be incorporated into part of your bathrooms overall design aesthetic.
Although hardly expensive as champagne, the experience of a bath bomb can come with a pricey price tag attached to it too. Lush, purveyor of all things handmade cosmetics, has a good range of bath bombs, but starting at £2.95 each it’s going to end up costing you a lot more than a bottle of bubble bath that has multiple uses in it. For the odd luxury though, they’re superb, and some are far better than others.
Some bath bombs will cause little more than a fizz as they dissolve and let you soak in their salts. Meanwhile, others will create stunning effects such as this sadly discontinued Lush Enchanter Bath Bomb.
But why fork out for them when you can just as easily make your own? Making them is fairly simple, plus you can get the kids involved with helping and they’ll love the effect they have on the water.
Here’s how to make your own bath bombs!
What You Need
- 8 ounces of baking soda
- 4 ounces of citric acid
- 4 ounces of corn starch
- 4 ounces of salt (mineral)
- 0.75 tablespoons of water
- 2 teaspoons of essential or fragrance oil (which one you use is up to you)
- 2.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 or 2 drops of food colouring of your choice
Put the top four ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk. Make sure you get it relatively clump free and smooth throughout the entire mixture.
Add the liquid ingredients into a jar and shake. Slowly start adding this liquid to your mixture bowl, whisking as you go. You want to be careful that you don’t add the liquid too fast, so add about a teaspoon at a time. If it starts foaming you are adding it too fast, so quickly whisk the reacting ingredients into the non-reacting part. This should stop the reaction, but try your best not to make it happen in the first place.
After you’ve added all the liquid and whisked together you should end up with a mixture that’s a bit like damp sand. In other words: it should clump together when you squish it together in your hands.
You need to act quick with the next step as you don’t have long before it dries. The mould you use is up to you; for example, ice cube trays work well. For rounded bath bombs you need to find a hollow ball that you can cut in half, pack each side with mixture and press them together. Whatever you use you should be able to tap the mixture in its newly moulded form as soon as you’ve created it. However, some more complicated moulds may require you to leave the mixture in until its dry before you tap it out.
Once the bath bombs have dried into your chosen shapes, store them in an airtight container or a bag. If it’s the height of summer and humidity is high then it can set them off, so doing this ensures they aren’t used before your bath time. They should last about 6 months, but with about 4 or 5 bombs made from each mixture you should run out a long time before then. Unless you’re normally a shower person and a bath is a bit of a luxury!
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