Nothing beats a relaxing bath, and since I am on an “I can make this myself kick”. I decided to make some bath bombs.
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup citric acid
• Mixing bowls
• Essential oil of your choice (see below for recommendations)
• Food coloring (optional for color)
• Ice cube tray, muffin tray or silicone mold
• Tissue paper
1. Sift baking soda and citric acid into a mixing bowl and, wearing gloves, mix well.
2. In a smaller bowl, combine essential oil, food coloring and 1 teaspoon water.
3. With gloves on, mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until texture is crumbly and can just hold its shape when squeezed with your hands. Add more water, if needed. Work quickly so the mixture doesn’t have a chance to fizz.
4. Tightly pack mixture into molds. Let sit overnight (do not place in direct sunlight).
5. Tap molds to release bath bombs.
6. Wrap in tissue paper and store in an airtight container.
7. Use the bath bombs within two weeks, as they will lose their fizzing power if kept in storage too long.
• I found citric acid at the Bulk Barn; also most supermarkets carry citric acid. Look for it near the canning supplies.
These turned out well and left my skin feeling great and made my bath feel that much more special. Compared to what it would cost to buy them in store this is a great idea, with less chemicals, which is always good. The shelf life suffers, but in the long run it is better for your skin. Try to finish them off within 2 weeks for optimal fizziness. I used the remainder of mine over a month later and they still fizzed; so if you don’t mind them not being as explosive then you don’t have to worry about that.