Bath Bombs

Tessa BowersCategories, Essential Oils

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I am totally addicted to making bath bombs.  They can be crazy temperamental but when you get them figured out they are gorgeous, smell amazing, make perfect gifts, and are highly supportive of your skin and emotional welfare.  (Actually its kind of okay when they are not spot on, then there are more for you 😉 )

After trying many recipes I have combined, tweaked, and created what I found is the perfect bath bomb recipe.  As long as you follow it to a tee you should be golden.

With so many options you can really get very creative with your aromatherapy and other supportive benefits to experience.  I had fun with this rainbow set.  Red is Grapefruit, Orange is Orange, Yellow is Lemon, Green is Stress Away™, Blue is PanAway®, and Purple is Lavender.  And I had some left over from each and made a super fun, smells amazing Large Rainbow Bath Bomb.

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Some of my favorite bath time recipes include:

  • Ache Away:  PanAway®, Lemongrass, and Copaiba
  • Bedtime:  Lavender, Cedarwood, and Bergamot
  • Bliss:  Joy™and Tangerine
  • Dreamscile:  Stress Away™, Lime, and Orange
  • Inner Peace:  Juniper and Inner Child™
  • Island Breeze:  Stress Away™, Lime, and Lavender
  • Monthly Blues: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, and Clary Sage
  • Relaxation: Lavender and Orange
  • Sea Breeze: Spearmint, Lavender, Lime
  • SleepyTime:  Lavender and Peace & Calming II™
  • Tropical Summer:  Sensation™ and Orange

Materials needed:

  • no metal ballsMolds – I love the plastic christmas ornaments the best.  Here is a great start up kit.  Whatever you do, do not get metal ones.  Please note that the ball in the middle still has a bath bomb in it. I actually had to dig out the “bomb” out of the small ones.  Needless to say I have a couple of bags of Bombed Bath Bombs that can be used, but for me or my daughter only. Not a waste but definitely not as fun!

molds

 

You can also hand mold the bath bombs, or use a fun molds, plastic or silicone only.

Even an empty muffin tin and some muffin wrappers work fantastic!

 

 

  • suppliesBaking Soda
  • Citric Acid (or Cream of Tarter)
  • Epsom Salts
  • Cornstarch
  • Coconut, Jojoba, or Almond oil
  • Herbal additives – such as dried roses or lavender
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Water – a small spray bottle is a must (make sure its on the finest spray)
  • Colorants – Dyes (i used Wilton) or Matte Colorant 

colorant

Why I choose Young Living Essential Oils for my family and why everyone needs them too <3

balls with oils lined up

As I said before, these beautiful bath bombs are temperamental.  Do not think you can eye the ingredient amounts.  Careful measuring and accurate leveling should make these slide out like butter. I tried to change the recipe a little with this batch and had to make some modifications (aka part plastic mold, part hand molding.)  The 2 things you will have to trouble shoot are if they are either too dry or too wet.

  • Too dry – Enter spray bottle.  Make sure its on a very fine mist and do just 1 mist and then mix.  On occasion you may need a tiny more moisture when connecting the 2 pieces together.  To much water too fast will cause the Citric Acid to activate and then you will have a sticky mess.
  • Too wet – dump the mixture back in your bowl and add a little more epsom salts to the mix.

This recipe will make 1 large & 1 small or 3 mediums (with a smidgen left over, perfect for layering if you choose.)  I would not suggest doubling this recipe, it rocks the balance, so be prepared to troubleshoot if you get brave.

3 sizesThree different size molds seen here:

~Large (size 70 mm or 2.76″  diameter)

~Medium (size 50 mm or 2.36″ diameter)

~Small (size 40 mm or 1.97 ” diameter)

 

Remember to use metal, ceramic, or glass bowls (and for utensils use wood or metal, no plastic) when using essential oils.  You will need a minimum of 2 bowls of varying sizes.  One for mixing the dry ingredients and one for mixing the wet ingredients (I find a small jar works great for this.)  Other bowls would be necessary if you are using multiple colors.

1. Mix Dry Ingredients (i prefer a whisk, make sure its mixed together very well):

  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Citric Acid or Cream of Tarter (i prefer citric acid but it can be irritating to some peoples skin.)
  • 1/4 cup non-scented Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Corn Starch

2. Mix Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut, Jojoba, or Almond Oil (If you start with a hard Cold Pressed oil, make sure to melt first and then measure.)  IF you are gifting your bath bombs I would suggest avoiding Almond oil since there are many people and children allergic to nuts.
  • 1/2 tsp Water and have your spray bottle handy
  • 5-15 drops of  Young Living Essential Oils (go on the lighter end if you are making these for children)

3. Add Wet to Dry:  Very carefully, slowly drip the wet mixture in to the dry mixture, whisking well in between.  If you pour it to fast the Citric acid will activate to much making it a wet soggy mess. In my experience this is the perfect amount of liquid, but I’m sure different climate zones may experience something a little different.  Your goal (and I start testing half through my liquid,) is to have it stick together BUT not be to wet.

4. Coloring:  If you want multiple colors, divide your mixture at this point.  Then add colorant to your preferred color tone (soft – bright.)  I used 4-5 drops of dye to achieve the look I was after.

5.  Molding: Firmly press mixture into each side of your mold of choice, overfilling slightly.  Squeeze both sides together and set aside to let dry for ~ 5 minutes.  (i like to set them in a muffin pan, with the seam side parallel to the counter.)

6. Removing from mold: Gently tap the side of one sides of the mold with a knife, being very careful as it is still fragile at this stage. Then gently twist (or squeeze mold if needed) off one side of the mold.  Take a piece of plastic wrap (i prefer it folded in half) in your hand and lay the exposed side of the bath bomb in your hand so you can gently tap the mold on the other side and slide off of the other piece of the mold.  Be very careful when you twist so it doesn’t break off in the middle.  If it does break in half I have been able to hand mold with a spray of water them back together.  Or you can start over again an add a little more water.  The half bath bombs are kind of cute too!  Let dry 24-36 hours on plastic in a bowl or muffin tin before wrapping for gifting or storing for bath time.

 

7. Store in container or use right away.  To use:  Add one to a warm – hot bath, slide in, enjoy your creation, and relax!

Thanks for joining me.  Happy Creating!

Changing Lives One Drop at a Time <3

Tessa