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Monday, 2 January 2017

Making Bath Bombs & Bath Salts

The hustle and bustle of the season is behind us and we are stretching towards a new year laden with its own ups and downs. We have a little bit of time left before we have to get back in the swing of things. Why not make the most of this time, by mixing yourself some bath bombs with which to relax? I show you how easy it is to make these little luxuries in today's blog. Fact is, you should have enough to be able to spoil a couple of friends as well.

Start by adding the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl; 1 cup (250 ml) Bicarbonate of Soda, 1/2 cup (125 ml) Citric Acid, 1/2 cup (125 ml) corn flour/Maizena, and 1/2 cup (125 ml) Epsom Salts.

Mix the dry ingredients well.

There are a wide variety of essential oils available on the market and you can add whichever of these appeal to you best. I opted for Peppermint this time around.

There are just as many colours to choose from and your choice will not affect the recipe in any way. I opted for a cool blue, but you get to select the colour of your choice.

Measure the wet ingredients in a small mixing bowl. You will need 2 teaspoons (10 ml) base oil. I used olive oil. You can use any oil, such as peanut oil, avocado oil, grape oil, coconut oil, or even plain sunflower or canola oil. The other wet ingredients are 1 teaspoon (5 ml) water, 2 teaspoons (10 ml) essential oils, and enough colouring to satisfy yourself. Add a little at a time, since you can alway mix in more colour if the results are not to your liking.

Mix the wet ingredients well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones. The water will cause the mixture to fizz upon contact. Mix it quickly to stop the fizzing.

The fizzing stops almost immediately.

Keep mixing by hand until the mixture starts to form into clumps.

To make balls, you will need to have molds that snap shut.

Scoop the mixture into the molds.

Use a teaspoon to press it down tightly in the molds. Fill the top up as the mixture compresses.

This is a good measure; pressed down and compact.

Fill both sides of the mold in this way.

Scoop a layer of loose granules on the bottom mold.

Place the top mold on the bottom one and snap it shut.

Press down on each of the 'balls' to press the two sides of the ball together. Set it aside to dry for 24 hours.

If you do not have ball-shaped molds, you can use any other molds of your choice. I scooped my leftover mixture into these molds. Even though I have two of these, I opted to keep the molds open, making smaller, single layer bath bombs.

I had enough mixture to fill half of yet another mold. These last two molds were also set aside to dry for 24 hours.

Cut some cellophane in squares large enough to cover the bath bombs comfortably.

Place the bath bomb in the center of the cellophane. It is important to cover these balls to keep them dry. Moisture will soften them and they will be destroyed.

Bring two corners in and tape down.

Bring the remaining corners in and tape down.

When all of the bath bombs have been covered, you will be left with a crumb residue. I gather these crumbs into cute containers to gift as bath salts. Or you could keep them for yourself!

Find a pretty little box and some tissue paper to present the bath bombs in as a gift.

Cut the tissue paper to size and line your box.

Place the bath bombs in the box and fold the tissue paper in.

You may wish to finish with a ribbon. However you choose to present these, they are bound to be received with gratitude and awe!

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