The only time the world beats a path to my door is when I’m in the bathtub.
When was the last time you took a long, hot bath? I’m a quick shower person because I don’t have the time to lounge around very much in the bathtub. This is something I’m working on-making time for myself. Also, I can’t relax if I hear other people walking around (my kids) and shouting things to each other. And by the time they are asleep, I’m too tired to put forth the effort.
But I do have some friends who SWEAR by the relaxing qualities of a hot bath. This is for them.
Now one store I just LOVE is Lush. They have all these fun soaps and creams and lotions and it smells so good in there. Everything is pretty natural-even the facial masks have a short shelf life and have to be refrigerated.
But my favorite things at Lush are their Bath Bombs!
It’s like being a kid in a candy store! I have tried these bombs once or twice and they really are THE BOMB! All fizzy and smelling all pretty.
Whelp, whilst perusing Pinterest, I came across a whole bunch of DIY recipes and wanted to see if they really work. Some recipes call for carrier oils, corn starch; all need baking soda and essential oils for fragrance.
I pinned and tried this one from The Beauty Bar Blog.
The recipe calls for Citric Acid which I found to be hard to find. I finally found it at Fruitful Yield, but it can also be found at wine making stores. (You know, in case you make some wine with your fizzies for your relaxing bath.)
I made half the recipe so what you need is-
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
4-5 drops of essential oil
Mix your dry ingredients together in medium bowl and add your desired coloring. I added red because I was looking to make some pink bath bombs for Valentine’s Day.
But it wasn’t really showing any color even though I mixed it with my hands like the directions said. (But my hands were red…)
Combine the coconut oil and essential oil together in another bowl.
Here’s the tricky part
SLOWLY add the coconut oil mixture to your dry ingredients. If you pour too quickly, your citric acid will react and start a-bubbling and fizzing.
Mix this together with your hands until the mixture feels like wet sand.
The good news is that once the wet ingredients went in, the coloring really started to show.
I packed it in real tight to a silicone Valentine mini cake mold I found and hoped for the best.
The instructions say to wait for them to dry for 24 hours before taking them out which is kind of torturous for someone like me.
In the mean time, there are lots of great blogs and sources out there for making Bath Bombs.
Check out these lavender ones from A Pumpkin and a Princess. They are so, so pretty!
Urban Soapsmith is just one of many that sell on Etsy…and the packaging really caught my eye.
And, of course, there’s the queen of stuff like this…Martha Stewart.…she even has a video to make things even easier.
But mine…well, after 72 hours, I popped mine out and here’s how they looked…
Umm, not so good. I thought I could salvage them by spritzing the mess with water, thinking they were not wet enough when I originally did it. Easy save, right?
No…I think I then spritzed too much water and they started expanding and reacting.
Oh well, back to the drawing board. Maybe I should watch the Martha Stewart Tutorial.
Peace and Fizz,