Yes! Everyone should learn to make these fizzing, essential oil releasing, sore muscle easing cubes of fun!
2 medium glass or metal bowls (they don’t absorb fragrance)
Shamoji (rice paddle) or mixing spoon
Travel size mist bottle filled with filtered water (makes a fine mist)
Silicone Ice Cube Tray
1. Measure 1/2 cup Epsom salts into the small bowl and using a toothpick, scoop a dollop of desired gel food color and mix into Epsom salts with a mixing spoon. It will take several minutes to thoroughly mix it in. Color the salts darker than you’d like your bath bombs to be as they will transfer a lot of their color to the bath bomb mixture. Let the colored salts air dry for a minimum of a couple of hours or overnight, stirring periodically so some of the moisture evaporates. Extra moisture is not your friend when making bath bombs! This method of coloring also saves a lot of time when you go to make the bath bombs. I like to color a few cups and once they are dry, store them in a container for future bath bombs making. Plus, the colored jewels look so pretty in bath bombs.
2. Once the Epsom salts feel dryer, measure 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup citric acid into your sieve in one of your medium bowls. Use your shamoji or a mixing spoon to sift and work any lumps out.
3. Next, transfer the empty sieve to the other medium bowl and pour the baking soda/citric acid mixture into the sieve. Now drop 20-30 drops of your favourite essential oil or essential oil blend on top of the dry mixture. Work the oils in until everything is through the sieve.
4. Once again, transfer the empty sieve to the other bowl and work the mixture through the sieve. The oils should be well incorporated now. This is very important or you could get little bumps on your dried bath bombs.
5. Now add your 1/2 cup of colored Epsom salts. Mix in thoroughly. The Epsom salts won’t go through the sieve but this helps mix the dry ingredients and gets out any lumps in the salts. Once the lumps are out, empty the salts left in the sieve into the bowl.
6. The next step is the trickiest part. Grab your whisk and your travel size mist bottle filled with filtered water and spray the mixture 4 times – quickly whisk the water in. Now using your hand grab a handful and squeeze. If it stays together in a clump and doesn’t fall apart in your hand then the mixture is ready to put in the mould. Most likely though, you will still need more water at this point. Spray 4 more times – quickly whisk in. Do the squeeze test again. How many times you have to do this is determined by how fine or not so fine your mister sprays and it is also affected by the humidity in the air. Living in humid Vancouver now, I definitely don’t have to add as much water as I did in the dryer Okanagan.
7. Holding your silicone mould over your bowl, fill with your mixture. Use your fingers to pack it down, contentrating on the edges so you get a solid bath bomb that doesn’t crumble. Overfill your mould and then use your shamoji to pack down further and flatten on top.
8. Let the bath bombs dry in the mould overnight. Letting bath bomb dry in the mould makes a really smooth bath bomb and the flexible silicone moulds are one of the few types that allow you to do this. Even if you end up adding too much water and your bath bombs expand in your moulds, they will still dry well and be very usable. In the morning or at least several hours later, simply pop them out and let them air dry for about an hour longer. Package within a day to maintain their color and fragrance. These look great stacked in a jar (if you use a glass jar make sure you keep the lid cracked a bit to prevent co2 buildup) or packed in 4’s in an a cellophane bag.
Use 2 per bath. Due to their square, non-rolling shape, these are also great in the shower! Place one in the corner of your shower, the shower mist will set off the chemical reaction and you’ll have your own personal spa experience in the shower which is great for busy moms like me. Plus, the ingredients clean your drain. Gotta love multi-tasking!
Gel food color
I use these for their bold and long lasting color however, liquid food color can be used successfully if when coloring the Epsom salts, they are left to dry completely (overnight works). You can also color them naturally with colored clays and I will post future recipes using these.
Pure essential oils
The link for the essential oil blend in my ingredient list is for my favourite essential oil blend in the whole wide world! It’s made by a local company, in Richmond BC, called Cranberry Lane and I’ve been ordering ingredients from them for almost 20 years.
It’s called Seagrass * and it contains:
A Blend Of Pine (Pinus Pumilionis), Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Flexuosus), Cedarwood (Juniperus Virginiana), Orange (Citrus Sinensis), And Oakmoss (Evarnia Prunastri) Essential Oils.
Any of your favourite pure essential oils can be used in bath bombs.
“Make it fresh & know what’s in it.” Jennifer Sunrise
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