Thursday, October 29, 2009

We've been making bath bombs!

As part of our little Spring Halloween festival, Aria and I have been making some bath bombs to give to the family. I thought everyone could do with a bit of pampering - how soothing to take in the relaxing aromas of spring at the end of a long day.

Aria had heaps of fun squirting the bicarb/citric acid mix with water and seeing it all fizz up so energetically before her eyes! Here's how we made them

Start with 1 1/2 cups of bicarb soda and 1/2 cup of citric acid. Mix really well and squash out all the lumps.

Next you can add some drops of your favourite essential oils - let your nose judge how much. (We used Jasmine and a dash of lemongrass) Then grab some Coco butter for a bit of milky moisturising...

With a potato peeler, peel away at a small chunk and add that to half of the bicarb/acid mix. Mix well.

The next part is a bit tricky - spray a few squirts of water onto the mix while stiring with the other hand. Be careful not to spray too much, otherwise the mix will start to fizz up and grow! (This is what happened to our first lot!) Fun to watch, but a bath bomb it does not make! You just need enough moisture so that the mix sticks together - a bit like slightly damp sand.

Aria and I had been picking up all the spring rose petals around the place that had fallen - so I thought we'd add some of these to help create an extra luxurious batheing experience (hehe). We put a few in the bottom of this mold...

On top of the petals - firmly squash down a spoonful at a time of your mix until each mold is full.

Carefuly turn the whole thing upside down and you should have some lovely, hard fragrant bath bombs!

Later on I also rolled some beeswax candles to include in everyone's spring harvest gift baskets. I loved doing these! The smell and texture was divine.

I love learning how to do new things!

1 comment:

indigomumma said...

beautiful ideas Melissa. Thank you so much for sharing the bathbomb recipe. Can I ask, where do you get citric acid? I have never had to get this before? We have a goal to make every gift we give this year, so this recipe will come in very handy. We have been collecting rose petals and the like, making potpourri, so these will go well with the bath bombs. Are the molds you used the flexible molds for ease of turning out? My cousin has her high tea bridal shower this Saturday, I think we will make some of these for her. Thanks again xxx