Sorry for taking forever (aka over a month) to post a new blog. A lot has happened. I am now engaged and had a surprise trip to Las Vegas (no, I did not get married there). It was a combination of that, poor time management, and being lazy.
While in Vegas, our room had a giant soaker tub so I went into some hipster bath and body shop and bought huge bath bombs. They were great, except one was scented too strongly. For $5USD each (plus tax), I thought, I could probably make this for less and use natural essential oils.
Once they set, they’re pretty hard. You could totally do some damage if an intruder came into your bathroom. Or for a more realistic scenario, if you travel with them, like I did, you won’t have to worry about them crumbling or falling apart. Suggestion: don’t say anything about having a bath bomb at the airport. Do not say bomb. Ever.
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup arrowroot powder
½ cup epsom salt
2 tsp water
2 tsp avocado oil
20-30 drops essential oil
Food colouring (optional)
Mold (circular one or ice cube tray/muffin tin)
Yes, there is an empty bottle behind my ingredients. It’s champagne and I just got engaged. You don’t toast with OJ.
Mix all of the dry ingredients into one large bowl. Watch out when using the citric acid. I mean, it’s not going to burn your hands off like you see in cartoons, but I didn’t use gloves and my skin felt irritated. And be careful when mixing. You don’t want to create a dust cloud and breathe it in. I don’t know what would happen, but probably not anything good.
What is arrowroot powder, you ask? It’s a white powder derived from a number of tropical plants. No, it’s not coke. It’s a good substitute for bullshit corn ingredients which is a cheap filler. I bought arrowroot powder at Bulk Barn but you can find it at grocery stores too.
Mix all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. I used avocado oil because it’s non-comedogenic aka doesn’t clog your pores. If you don’t have it, then go to the store and buy it….kidding! You can use any oil you’d put on your skin (almond, castor, grapeseed, jojoba,etc.)
You can colour your bath bomb with food colouring. It doesn’t stain your tub. I didn’t have any on hand. You can also add in extra “fancy” elements like dried lavender buds, dried flower petals, or as my nephew Luke suggested, a toy in the middle.
Begin stirring the dry ingredients and slowly add in the wet a little bit at a time. Like tiny amounts. If you put in too much or totally disregard what I’m saying and dump it all in, the citric acid will be activated, fizz, and then your bath bomb will be a dud because you don’t have patience #lifelesson.
The mixture should be damp and crumbly. Grab your mold, overfill them, and squish them together. You should leave it in the mold for at least 10-15 minutes. Tap the mold with a spoon and take them out. I put my bath bomb on a towel to set and realized the bottom got flat. If you want to avoid this, leave the bath bomb in the mold or put it on top of something like a smaller jar where there is no pressure on the bottom.
Leave the bath bomb to dry for a day. As I mentioned, it’ll harden like a rock. When you’re ready to use, pop them into the bathtub and watch them fizz up a storm. Not only do bath bombs look cool and smell nice, but the ingredients help soften skin and relax muscles. Bath bombs make a cute little gift or even, say a wedding favour 🙂