I though I would share with you this simple recipe for making bath bombs, with a little added magic of course.
We love a good bath bomb here, but standard high street ones, while they look and smell amazing, can irritate my skin. These home made ones are completely non toxic.
This is a great activity to make with kids of all ages and these can be adapted for all kinds of occasions, they make lovely handmade gifts too, as always is another great example of learning through play.
Here is what you will need;
Make sure you weigh and measure all the ingredients out and have them to hand. I have included the weights but I always just go by cups.
225g baking soda￼ (about 1 cup)
120g Citric Acid (about 1/2 cup) Wilko’s sell this in a box.
120g Salt. I love using Epsom and pink Himalayan, but sea salt will do just fine (about 1/2 cup)
120g cornflower (about 3/4 cup)
2 Tbsp of oil choice. Olive oil and coconut oil are great choices and not too expensive, we went with coconut oil for these particular ones.
2 tsp rose water/ witch hazel (or just plain water) plus a little more if needed, we used witch hazel here.
If you would like to add a natural colour to your bath bombs, instead of plain water, you would use the water from a natural dye, which can be found in this simple tutorial here. The water left from berries/ plant material is what you would add.
Herbs/Essential Oils. Here you can use anything you like. Use around 30 drops of your chosen oils, you can also use chopped herbs/rose petals, or both! We used lavender oil and I picked a beautiful yellow rose that had the most delicious scent, I also added a few sage leaves, for cleansing.
Moulds – You can just use your hands to make them into a rounded shape, but it is more difficult. I am using round steel moulds (search bath bomb moulds on eBay!) but you will probably have something in your house you can use, silicone baking moulds even cupcake cases will do.
Finally a crystal of your choice, for the added magic….
How to make them.
1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and corn powder)
2. In a small bowl, mix the oil, rose water/witch hazel/water and stir well. Add your essential oils here too.
3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a tiny bit at a time. Use your hands to squeeze it all together, you may want to wear gloves if you have really sensitive skin. Here add your dried herbs if you are using them.
Add your magical crystal!
4. The Mixture should hold together well when squeezed without crumbling. To achieve this you may need to add a little more water, just a tiny bit at a time. I had a little spray bottle with lavender water, I used this to spray the mixture to spread the water evenly.
5. Your mixture is now ready to pop into the moulds. Press it in firmly and leave it for at least 24 hours, or until completely hard. You may need to check in on them and push back into moulds as it does expand a little.
6. When they are ready, yippee!! Take them out and store them in an airtight container, they look lovely in a big mason jar in the bathroom, they are best used within 2 weeks.
I hope you have enjoyed making these. There are lots of ways you can amend them.
Particular oil and crystal combinations can be used for different healing properties.
For self care/ love, rose quartz, lavender and rose petals make a beautiful combo.
They can be amended according to the season, Christmas could be eucalyptus and a beautiful red garnet, imagine summer, a happy bright citrine crystal and lemon oil for a refreshing summery soak.
I’d love to know if you make some, thank you so much for reading.