Coming home after a hard day’s work and running a bath is my ideal way to relax. Not only is this very relaxing, but it also gives you a new bath bomb to use on of those eventful days at work. Add a bath bomb, a book, a candle and a good glass of wine to the mix, and you have the makings of the perfect evening. So, next time you are free and are in need of a new craft, then making your own bath bomb is the way to go. But, some of us are wary of making our own bath bombs because it looks like a scary process but trust me on this one, this is a relatively easy and relaxing process. Without further ado, let’s learn how to make your own bath bomb.
What is a bath bomb?
It is a compact mixture of wet and dry ingredients mixed together then molded into different shapes (this can be a circle or may even come in more intricate design like a skull or even shark head), which is left to dry. Bath bombs make the surface of the water effervesces and makes it look like your own waterworks, and you can enjoy a show. Because of the ingredient used to make the bath bomb, it will have a good odor because of the essential oil used in it. They gained popularity in the last few years, and you can find them at any store and may even get them if you are subscribed to a book subscription box. Now, let’s learn how to create your own bath bomb at home.
What you’ll need for this craft
You’ll have to visit your local grocery store to get a couple of items for this specific craft. Most of these can be easily found in your pantry or if you are a candle lover. You will need:
- 2 tablespoon oil (coconut, olive or sunflower oil)
- ¼ teaspoon essential oil (Chamomile, lavender or orange)
- 25g cornflour
- 25g Epsom salt (this is optional)
- 50g citric acid
- 100g bicarbonate of soda
- few drops of liquid food coloring
- lavender or rose petals, orange peel (this is also optional and is for decoration)
What you’ll need to mix:
- Mixing bowls
- Plastic mold
How to make the bath bomb?
- In your bowl, put the bicarbonate of soda, cornflour, Epsom salt (again optional) and citric acid. Whisk all your dry ingredients thoroughly.
- In a smaller bowl, pour your base oil of choice, essential oil and food coloring. Combine the 3 as well as you can.
- After you’ve done this, mix the oil slowly into the dry ingredient a little at a time and whisk every time you add a few droplets of your wet ingredient. When you’ve added all the oil to the bigger bowl, add a few drops of water and whisk it again thoroughly. When you add the water to the mixture, it will fizz, so you’ll need to mix it quickly. To get the right texture, the mixture should be slightly clumpy but shouldn’t be too wet. The mixture should slightly clump together when you press it in your hand, and it should keep its shape.
- If you are feeling fancy and are a bit extra like me, then you ought to add orange peel or a few flower petals to decorate your bath bomb. Add them to the bottom of your chosen mold and pack the mixture tightly on top. Press down and smooth out the top of each half mold with a teaspoon.
- When you are unmolding the bath bomb, you ought to be careful with it. Leave your bath bomb in the mold and let it dry for at least 2 to 4 hours, then carefully remove it. And voila, your new bath bomb is done, and all that’s left to do is for you to use it.
This is a relatively fast craft, it takes only 30 minutes to get it done, but you’ll have to wait 2 to 4 hours for it to dry out properly. So, this is something to do on those slow days, and you can use your own bath bomb the day after you’ve made it. Put it in your bath and let it fizz away.
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