Thursday, August 8, 2013
How to Make Bath Bombs
2 cups of Baking Soda
1 cup of Corn Starch
1 cup of Epsom Salt
1 cup of Citric Acid (with the Canning Item at the grocer)
1 tsp. of Essential Oil (any scent you wish)
1 tbsp. of Almond Oil, melted Shea Butter, Olive Oil, etc.(optional)
6 drops of Food Coloring
Witch Hazel (with alcohol at the store)
Wax Paper or Sil Pad
Silicone Mold or Melon Baller
Yields about 16 Balls
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Make sure there are no lumps.
Next, in a small bowl, mix food coloring, essential oil and moisturizing Oil. Pour into dry ingredients and whisk until smooth; no lumps.
Take witch hazel and pour in spray bottle and begin spraying dry ingredients. Spray about five times, and then, whisk. Spray 5 more times and whisk. Continue this process until it passes the press test.
Test mixture by grabbing a handful and press. If the ingredients form a ball, you're ready to start molding. If mixture falls apart, go back to spraying with witch hazel.
The ole' melon baller trick. They make the nice round bombs you've seen everywhere but they can be a bit maddening for a novice. Do yourself a favor and do not go out and buy one of these just for making bath bombs. If you have a silicone muffin pan or an ice tray (like you get a the dollar tree) use it. A little trick to the melon baller . . . form a ball by hand and then put it in the baller. Otherwise, the mixture is going to stick to the sides and just pull apart when you open the instrument. Its still a challenge when you do it this way, but as you see, I did get them to halfway form into balls. I prefer the muffin pans.