I finally did it!
I decided to try it out for myself, and make my own bath bombs!
So far, I’m not too disappointed. It takes some patience, making sure you mix small amounts of liquid into the dry ingredients so it doesn’t cause too much of a reaction with the citric acid. The mixture has to be wet enough to stick together, but dry enough to hold its shape when its taken out of the mold.
Some like to sift the dry ingredients. It didn’t work out so well for me. The bombs that I made with sifted ingredients didn’t set as well as those where the mix wasn’t sifted.
So…Citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and Epsom salt; Essential oil, water, coconut oil, and food coloring make up the ingredients. For the pictures here, I went for a light-ish red, for a Strawberry scented bath bomb.
Well, I tried. It looked more orange at this point.
You want to scoop up enough in each half of the molds to properly smoosh together. Not having enough on either side will cause it to crumble. Having too much will cause the two halves to not stick together and get stuck inside the mold.
Basically, you want enough to put together and have room in-between. To remove the excess, you gently twist the two halves back and forth, until the molds meet. From there, use your fingers or a spoon to lightly tap the top, and slowly remove.
Gently flip the bomb over, and repeat.
Set aside, and let it dry!
*Now* they look more pink. The five in the back are Pina Colada scented. That’s the scent that Aubrey wanted to try first. 🙂
If you want to use one sometime shortly after you’ve made it, pop it in the freezer for 45 minutes, then use immediately.
I’ve read that if citric acid irritates your skin, you can substitute Cream of Tartar for it instead. (I have not tried this yet, but I might soon.)
We had fun making these! Aubrey and the man got a little irked with me, because I was being a butt and wouldn’t let them play in it, too…so they retreated to the living room. I couldn’t help it, it was my first time! 😀
There’s going to be more chances for them to make them…I think I may be making these for gifts this year.