Let’s talk about relaxation. In particular, about home relaxation and on a budget.
Here’s my ultimate formula for a simple yet effective home SPA: warm water + bath bombs + candles + relaxing music. Sounds good?
Luckily, with these easy-peasy homemade bath bombs, you’ll be able to give yourself some well deserved SPA time at home and in no time.
Don’t you just love getting soaked in a warm bath filled with relaxing and comforting flavors? I’m sure you do. And if you’re a mom, that’s probably one of the easiest and the most available treatment that you can afford without getting out of the house. It is especially true for those snowy and cold days when you want some extra warmth into your life.
Before I compiled this post, I’ve been browsing the Internet for good and affordable bath bombs recipes, but most of them required some kind of investment, like plastic molds or special type of salt. But trying to live frugally, I wanted a recipe that is basic, requires no or little money and as effective as the other fancy bath bombs recipes.
And today, I’ll gladly share with you my homemade bath bombs recipe that even a child can make. After you take a bath with these fizzy treats, you’ll feel relaxed and at ease.
Before we begin, there are a couple notes that I want to add. Make sure that the food coloring is non water based. It’s important. Otherwise, the bomb mixture will start to fizz before you even pack it into the molds and all your efforts will be for nothing.
As I said, the process is really easy, but it’s important to keep your eye on the amount of liquid you’re adding. If you add too much, the mixture will start to fizz and you’ll have to toss it. That’s what actually happened to my very first take on bath bombs. To be on the safe side, add one teaspoon of a liquid at a time, whisk it and immediately check if you can form a nice clump. The mixture should resemble a damp sand. You’re looking for something like on the picture below. If you feel that the mixture is still too dry, add 1/2 teaspoon of more liquid and check again.
I’ve used red and blue food colors to make my bath fizzies more vibrant. So, after I mixed all the dry ingredients, I split them in half and distributed the food colors between 2 bowls.
As you’ve noticed, for these homemade bath bombs, I used muffin tins, which worked perfectly. These are regular muffin tins, so for the amount of the ingredients specified in the recipe, I filled them only half way. If you have a mini-muffin tin, you can pack them with a mixture to the top.
Make sure to pack the mixture very tightly into your mold. It’s important! You want your bath bombs to keep it together.
If you want to add some extra decorations to the bath bombs, before distributing the mixture into the muffin tins, sprinkle some lavender buds on the bottom of each tin and then pack the mixture.
The only ingredient that you might be missing is a citric acid. Although many people have it in their pantry, this is not something we use on a regular basis. You can buy it in a grocery store or online. I bought mine in a bulk in the spices section at Whole Foods.
For the essential oil, I chose lavender oil. It’s been known to relieve stress, calm your mind and body. You can choose whatever oil that you like.
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup corn starch
- 1 teaspoon essential oil of your choice
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2-3 drops food coloring (optional)
- 4 teaspoon freshly brewed green tea
- Muffin tin or mini-muffin tin
- In a medium bowl, combine baking soda, corn starch and citric acid.
- Add coconut oil and whisk the mixture thoroughly to break any clumps.
- In a separate small bowl, combine, green tea, essential oil and a food colorant.
- Start adding wet ingredients to your dry ingredients ½ - 1 teaspoon at a time. Work with your fingers to mix and blend the mixture.
- When the mixture clumps together when you squeeze it with your fingers, stop adding the liquid. You might need to add less than 4 teaspoons of liquid.
- Fill half way of each tin with bath bombs mixture. It should make about 11 bombs.
- If you use mini-muffin tin, fill it to the top.
- Press hard to pack the mixture as tight as possible.
- Allow the bath bombs to set in the tray for at least 4 hours before inverting them. For optimal results, leave the bombs to dry overnight.
- Lay out a soft towel and carefully turn the muffin tin onto it. You might want to lightly tap on the tray to release all bath bombs.
- Your bombs are ready for use!
As you can see, the process of making homemade bath bombs is really easy and if you have kids, it will be so much fun to engage them in this activity as well.
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