Homemade Bath Bombs

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I have a serious love hate relationship with bath bombs.  Although I really like the idea of them, it has been years since I used one.  I have a very vivid memory of one burning my skin when I was little and that was the last time one ever joined me in the tub.  I’ve always had eczema and sensitive skin that is easily irritated by scents so finding bath soaks and bubbles can be difficult.  When I started seeing bath bomb recipes floating around, I thought it may be time for a second chance.  Also, if you make them yourself that means your husband and kid(s) have to give you enough alone time to enjoy a soak in the tub with your awesome new fizzy friends- You’re welcome!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 T. Epsom salt
  • 2 C. Baking soda
  • 1 C. Cream of Tartar
  • 10 t. Coconut oil
  • Essential oils
  • Dried lavender
  • Water

Tools:

  • Two large mixing bowls
  • Silicone mold
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spray bottle
  • Two large spatulas or spoons

 

To begin, mix the dry ingredients together (baking soda, epsom salt and cream of tartar) thoroughly.  If you would like to follow along with exactly what I did, split the mixture in half at this point to add your different oils.  You also have the option of making a large batch with only one scent and you can skip this step.

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I chose to do two different scents, lavender and orange.  Not only do I love the smell of them, but both scents come with a variety of healing properties that call my name.  Lavender is known for being calming, relieving migraines, helping with aches and pains and is a great sleep aid.  Orange is a natural antidepressant, anti inflammatory  and it’s often used to improve digestion and aid with skin blemishes.  There are so many more uses for these two scents in their oil form but more than anything the choice boiled down to  what I find soothing.

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After you have the batch divided in two, you can go ahead and add your essential oils (about 30 drops).  In the lavender batch I also threw in 2 tablespoons of dried lavender to add some texture and beauty to my bath bombs.  Now, add in 5 teaspoons of coconut oil ( you can also use olive oil for this step).

After combining all of your ingredients thoroughly, check to see if the mixture is moist enough by balling some up in your hand.  If the mixture stays together, you can press it into the silicone mold. However, if little crumbs start to fall off of it you will need to use your water bottle to slowly add moisture.  After every spray, mix the ingredients together and retest making a ball- you don’t want to add too much moisture.

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Above, you can see that the mixture is breaking apart.  I slowly added water to it and the following image is what it should look like.

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Once your mixture looks like this, you are ready to push it into your silicone mold.  To add a little embellishment to the bath bombs, I threw some dried lavender to the bottom of the mold and will add some orange rind to the top of the other scent.  The mixture needs to dry in the mold for about 36 hours undisturbed.

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After the 36 hours have come and gone, very (very very, I broke two) carefully remove the bath bombs from their mold.  Set them in a safe place and let them dry for approximately 24 hours longer. After you’ve executed this last step- a complete and utter test in patience, run yourself a bath to celebrate!

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Of course I had to test them out and it’s safe to say I love this recipe! It wasn’t as fizzy as I had originally hoped, but my skin feels amazing. I also noticed a huge help with winter dryness! Lavender is a tested, tried and true scent but I am dying over the orange scented bombs, they smell like creamsicles! Who doesn’t love those?! My only advice to you before you test out your bath bombs is, pour a glass of wine and grab a good book before you jump in the tub- you won’t want to get out!

Good luck! ❤

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