Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make such a big difference—a good cup of cocoa, a soft blanket, a hot bath. When I’ve had a stressful day, I might need all three of these and luckily for me they’re all easy to find. Especially the hot bath.
Because I have extremely sensitive skin and allergies it’s often hard to find bath products I can use. A few years ago I discovered all sorts of recipes for homemade bath products on Pinterest and tried my hand at making some lotions and potions both for my personal use and as gifts. Through some trial and error I came up with a few formulas I really like.
And because I really like a long hot bath, it wasn’t long before I started experimenting with bath bombs. Because of my skin sensitivity I use all organic and food grade ingredients. Here’s what I came up with.
• 1 ½ cups of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
• ½ cup of citric acid (I bought mine on Amazon)
• 2 tablespoons of oil – grape seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil (my favorite)
• Handful of dried flowers or herbs
rose petals, chamomile, jasmine, lavender, mint, all work great (I bought mine on Amazon)
• Essential oil – pick coordinating scents (I got mine from Young Life and a local craft store but Amazon has a lot of fragrances)
1. Put bicarbonate of soda and citric acid into a bowl and mix well.
2. Put about a ½ cup of mixture into another bowl. (I always work in smaller batches because once you add the wet ingredients, they can start to fizz.)
3. Add dried flowers and mix.
4. Add essential oils to your dried mixture. Start with just a few drops of each fragrance, about 6, until I got a fragrance I really liked.
5. Add ½ tablespoon of oil to the mixture and quickly mix the dry and wet together. I use my hands. When you can squeeze the mixture in your hand and it sticks together. The mixture should not be wet.
6. Lightly grease your molds with oil. I put my avocado oil into a spray bottle.
7. Press your mixture firmly into the mold; keep doing this until you’ve used your entire mixture.
8. Leave bath bombs in their molds to dry for about 48 hours so they dry out completely.
9. After they’re dry, carefully remove the bath bombs from their molds.
10. To store, place bath bombs in an air tight container.
If you’re giving these as gifts, use a cute cellophane bag or basket. Or if you use the clear plastic molds, you can leave them in the mold, add a ribbon and give them a gift.
TO USE: Simply drop the bath bomb into your hot bath and enjoy.