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My four year old has made a recent discovery – bath bombs! On a recent trip to Lush, I made the mistake of buying her one of their strawberry bath fizzers. And now she can’t get enough! But they are really quite expensive. So in order to reduce the hit to my purse I decided to find out how we could make our own. It is so easy, low cost and fun! Here is how to make your own bath bombs at home!
How To Make Your Own Bath Bombs
This is a great method. You can see exactly what is going into the bath bombs, and make sure that there is nothing to upset delicate children’s skin. It also doesn’t take much time to make these: 30 mins to make – then about 4 hours to set. And this recipe makes about 20 small ice cube sized bath bombs
You Will Need
- 200g of Bicarbonate of Soda
- 100g of Citric Acid
- 50g of Cornflour
- 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil
Also optionally you can add
- a few drops of food colouring – mine was out of date so I used it up
- half a teaspoon of essential oil – such as lavender, orange or peppermint
- 50g of Epsom Salts
- decorations such as shimmer powder, rose petals, lavender or orange peel
I actually got my citric acid, bicarbonate of soda and epsom salts at Wilko stores here in the UK. But you may be able to get them from pharmacists or the supermarket, as well as Amazon.
You will also need:
- A bowl for mixing
- A jug
- gloves for handling the mixture
- a mould for the bombs – I actually used a silicone ice cube mould as this makes perfect sized bombs for my little girl, but you can buy specialised metal spheres and shapes – maybe in the future I will invest in these. I will certainly never be using these moulds as ice cube trays again (they weren’t good anyway!)
Making The Bath Bombs
Making the bombs is so easy. But because of the chemicals it isn’t really suitable for children under about 8 to do this. And do remember to wear gloves!
- Mix the citric acid, bicarbonate of soda, cornflour and epsom salt together in a bowl.
- Place the oil, food colouring, and essential oils into a jug and mix well
- Slowly add the oil mixture to the dried ingredients. Mix quickly together until you get an even blend.
- Then add a few drops of water to the mix – you want it to be able to clump together and hod its shape when squeezed, but not be too wet. When adding the water mix really quickly or else it will fizz slightly!
- Push firmly into your moulds. Then leave the moulds in a warm dry place for a few hours or overnight.
- Once hard, push the bombs out of the moulds and package up as necessary.
And you have finished bath bombs!
These would make the perfect teacher gift for the end of year. Or be perfect for a little bit of self care. Mine contained lavender oil which smelt amazing. And is a wonderful wind-down scent at the end of a long day.
So, do you think that you would like to make your own bath bombs after seeing this tutorial? It is certainly a lot cheaper if you have little one who is a bit obsessed with bath fizzers. I would love to see your creations. Do comment below, or follow me on social media.
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