DIY Bath Bombs

I love taking long baths, relaxing with a bunch of bubbles and tossing in a bath bomb or two.  At the prices LUSH or Basin want for them though, I thought it best to figure out how to make them myself.  So, as we all do, I went directly to Pinterest for a DIY bath bomb recipe, or two.  I found a couple I liked and opted to try one of them.  One called for oil and the other called for witch hazel.  I settled on the witch hazel recipe.

bath bomb recipe

bath bomb recipe

 

To make these bath bombs, I needed baking soda, Epsom salts, citric acid, essential oil and a spray bottle of witch hazel.  Using a big bowl, I mixed the dry ingredients and then dropped in a bit of rose scented essential oil.  I then sprayed down the mixture until I had a wet sand consistency. I then took a few dried rose petals and mixed them through for a little color, texture and addition fragrance. You could also do this with lavender.

Using an old muffin tin lined with plastic wrap I spooned in the mixture and packed it down. I let it sit over night to let it dry out.

The first time I tried this recipe I used plastic eggs left over from Easter. What an epic fail that was. Well, each of the eggs is practically a lethal weapon. They are hard as rocks and the dried mixture will not come out easily.  I needed to run hot water over the outside to loosen it. Once loosened, the bath bomb was fine.  It did take a while to dissolve in the tub, but it added the right fragrance and softness I was looking for.

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The per item cost is so much more reasonable than anything one can find at Lush or Basin. The most expensive items on the ingredients list are the citric acid and essential oil. Even still, you can get several batches made out of one bag of citric acid.

These wrapped in a pretty paper and tied with a ribbon would make a great gift for your mom, sister or baby sitter.