There's nothing I love more than getting into a bath once the kiddos are in bed. I love to dim the lights, put on a show or listen to music and sink into the hot water. I swear, there's nothing like it! The only thing that can make a hot bath even better (aside from dark chocolate and a glass of red) is the aromatic genius that is a bath bomb.
There was once I time when I would stroll down to LUSH a couple of times a month and stock up an assortment of these little slices of heaven; but alas, I am no longer a young single girl with $8 a pop to drop on something I don't absolutely need.
I decided that I was going to try and figure out a way to make some bath bombs of my own and after a few experiment gone horribly wrong, I created a bath bomb that did the trick!
You can make a ton of variations on these cuties! You can switch the water for tea or add tea leaves to the recipe to get a really pretty look. If you want to make different colours, you can add a couple drops of natural food colouring, you can even add glitter!
Here's what you'll need:
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Corn Starch
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 cup Warm Water
makes 12 mini bombs or 6 standard
Fill the spray bottle with the warm water and the coconut oil and give it a shake to melt the coconut oil into the water.
Mix the baking soda, Epsom salt, citric acid and corn starch in a bowl.
Add 2-5 drops of essential oil to your dry mix and give it a stir. I used Lavender this time, some of my other favourites are Tea Tree Oil, Orange Oil and my all-time fave is Eucalyptus Oil.
There's a spa just outside the city and they have the most amazing eucalyptus steam sauna. I swear, whenever I use a eucalyptus bomb I've made and close my eyes, it's like I'm there!
Once you've got your essential oil of choice mixed in, take turns spraying with the water and stirring until it's crumbly. You'll want to be able to squish it in your hand and have it keep it's shape. Kind of like wet sand.
Be careful not to add too much water or your bombs will expand out of the molds. They'll still be usable, just kind of mushroom shaped.
Scoop your mixture into your molds and pack in down. I like to use a silicone mini muffin tray. The silicone makes it so much easier to push the bath bombs out once the're dry. I like the mini size because it lets me mix a couple of different scents together in the bathtub if I feel like it.
Once the tops of the bath bombs are dry (around 2 hours), pop them out onto a paper towel to let them finish drying from the other side. Let them dry 2-3 more hours or overnight.
Store in a jar or cute container and put it on display beside your bathtub. These are also great for gifts and party favours!