This article was written by Claire Dormand – an all-around cool gal and fellow natural skin care junkie! You can find more information about her (and how to contact her) at the bottom of this page – but in summary she is the owner of Bare-All Skincare Co. and runs workshops, parties & interactive market stalls in Bristol UK.
It can be difficult to capture the same smoothness and professional look of the bath bombs you buy in a store when making them at home, especially if you want to give them away as beautiful, handmade gifts. But with a few tweaks to a basic recipe, plus some artful and unique packaging, they can look as good (if not better) than high-street-bought bath bombs, and make lovely, personalized gifts for family and friends.
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This bath bomb recipe is also a safe and simple product to make with kids (I often have my 4-yr old help with the process) which, aside from being a great activity on a rainy day, make an additional incentive at bath-time if you have any little ones reticent about hopping in the bath!
A bit about the ingredients:
In moderation, bicarbonate of soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is great for using on your body. It has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful for softening skin – great at working on that hard skin on your feet while you soak in the bath.
Citric acid is also helpful for sloughing off dead skin cells, brightening the skin and alleviating the appearance of small wrinkles, age spots and acne scars.
However, remember that it is important to test all homemade beauty products on a small patch of skin several hours before using the product on your body. The underside of your forearm is a good spot to try a patch test. If you feel any sensitivity, remove the product and discontinue use.
Bath Bomb Recipe Ingredients:
- 250g Bicarbonate of soda
- 125g Citric acid
- Optional: Lavender, rose, calendula petals
- 60 drops Essential oils
1. Weigh out 250g of bicarbonate of soda, and 125g citric acid. (For a lovely smooth and non-grainy feel, if your citric acid is quite coarse, use a small kitchen grinder to grind your citric acid into very fine grains). Add the ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
2. If you are using essential oils (an optional extra but useful if you want to add another element to your bath bombs, such as Eucalyptus to clear stuffy noses in the cold weather, or Bergamot to enhance and uplift your mood in the dark winter months), add up to 60 drops of your chosen oils and continue to mix together.
3. You may wish to also add dried herbs to your mixture, either by putting a few handfuls into your bowl and stirring well, or, as shown in the photo, sprinkling a few into the bottom of your ice cube mould so they show up on the top of the bath bombs when you turn them out. I’m using lavender here, but you could also use rose petals, calendular petals or other dried herbs of your choice.
4. Once you have added your essential oils, use a spritz bottle to gently spray water into the mixture. Working quickly, (you don’t need much water), use your hands to mix and squeeze the mixture until it just starts to hold together. You do not want it to be too damp, as this will set off the chemical reaction which makes the bath bombs ‘fizz’.
Once it is just starting to stick together, start to pack it into ice cube moulds (silicone moulds work best), pressing each layer down firmly.
5. Once the mixture is finished, leave the bath bombs to dry for 20-30 minutes.
6. Once dry (you will be able to tell as they will come out of the ice cube mould easily), turn them out onto a dry work surface.
7. Pop into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, decorate or label, and there you have it – beautifully hand-made bath bombs!
About Claire Dormand, the author of this article and fellow natural skin care junkie
I started the Bare-All Skincare Co. after a few years of making my own skincare products, which I started experimenting with when I found out I was expecting my first child. I wanted to teach people the physical, psychological, financial and ecological benefits of creating their own skincare products from locally and sustainably-sourced ingredients, at a fraction of the cost of high street beauty products.
Since then, it has grown into a business specialising in workshops, parties & interactive market stalls and I run stalls, workshops and parties around my local city of Bristol in the UK. I am always on the look-out for new recipes and products that translate well to workshops and I love connecting with other people making their own products and who share similar values.
I am on facebook as the Bare-All Skincare Co. and also on Twittter: @bareallskincare.
(If you’d like to share one of your favorite recipes on this site, please send me a message. As long as it’s pure and non-toxic I’d love to share it!)
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