Now that the cold weather has settled in, I am taking baths again and have discovered something luxurious: pretty and fragrant bath bombs! The kind that are sold at Lush for $8 a pop. While this post is late (better late than never), I made DIY Bath Bombs as Christmas “thank you’s” for the staff at my mother’s nursing home. It was nice to do something over-and-above chocolates and cookies. And they ended up being a big hit!
DIY Simple Bath Bombs
These are simple to make and require everyday ingredients. Ok, the citric acid is a little tough to find but I ended up sourcing it at bulk stores and Amazon. If you don’t take baths, you can use these pucks as “freshies” to keep your toilet smelling fresh*.
Recipe for DIY Bath Bombs *
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1 tbsp water
- 3 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed)
- 20-30 drops essential oils of your choice
- Food colouring (if desired)
- Hydrogen peroxide spray (as required)
- Add the baking soda, citric acid and epsom salt together in a large bowl. Whisk the mixture very well to break up any lumps.
2. Add water, oil and food colouring to a glass measuring cup and mix well. I added different essential oils at this point. Lemon to yellow, vanilla to blue and rose to red. While I kept it simple, you can add mixtures of different scents. It’s really up to you.
3. Slowly add the liquid to the dry mixture. I poured very slowly with my left hand while I whisked briskly with my right.
4. The mixture should be damp enough to stick together when squeezed. If it is too dry, spray lightly with hydrogen peroxide.
5. I used different moulds but the best were the ones from Ikea because they were stiffer. I pressed the mixture firmly into each mould. There was some minor expansion that occurred.
6. I let them sit in my cold, dry oven for 48 hours. At this point, they were very dry and hard so popping them out of the moulds was easy.
7. To keep them moisture-free, I wrapped them first in cellophane and then inserted them into small Christmas “food cartons” that close at the top with handles. Since I was giving them away to strangers, I printed a label with instructions and a list of the ingredients.
I am a novice when it comes to DIY products but it doesn’t matter. They are many recipes on the web and most items are very easy to make. Once you get your “pantry” of basic items together, these things cost pennies to make. For example, I made 60 small bath bombs which cost about $7.15 total. Not only did the recipients enjoy my DIY bath bombs, I also really enjoyed the process of making them. And as equally important, I know that they are natural and good for the environment. What a win-win!
* If you only want to use these as “freshies”, eliminate the oil and Epsom salt. Instead use 1 1/3 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of citric acid with 1 tsp of water. Recipes inspired by Jillee at (http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/fizzy-cleaning-toilet-bombs)