Bath Bombs (and other FUN bathtime projects for kids AND grownups!)
Bath Bombs are like giant alka-seltzers for your bath - they spin, whirl and
swirl in your bath while releasing scent and skin-softening agents. They
make bath time SUPER fun!
You will need:
1/3 part citric acid
2/3 parts baking soda
BLEND BLEND BLEND BLEND the citric acid and baking soda this step is super
important if you donıt blend well, you end up with a grainy bomb. We
actually use a mixer on our larger batches. Once youıve blended really well,
add your colorant. Dry pigments work best donıt add too much though the
color shows up once you add the witch hazel. Add your fragrance oils to your
personal nose preference. Now, this is the difficult part. Spritz (with a
squirt bottle) the witch hazel onto your batch while stirring with the
other hand. When your batch sticks together when squished, you need to start
putting it in molds time is of the essence. If you wait too long, the
mixture will get hard. If you spritz too much, the mixture will be too wet
and ³grow² (start the fizzing reaction) on you.Put the bombs in molds wait
a few minutes and tap them out. Let them air dry for 3 or 4 hours and
voila! Wonderful, hard bath bombs. The harder you pack the bath bombs, the
more dense, heavy, and durable bomb you will get.
For an extra moisturizing Bath Fizzy, try this recipe:
1 cup citric acid
2 cups baking soda
1 tsp. fragrance oil
1 tsp. olive oil (or shea butter or cocoa butter)
Follow the basic bath bomb directions above and drizzle the olive oil in
with the fragrance oil. If you want to substitute some of the baking soda,
you can substitute up to 1 full cup with dehydrated milk (goat's milk or
regular milk). If you want a colored bath, add powdered food coloring or
liquid food coloring. If you add 1/2 tsp. of liquid food coloring to the
basic recipe, this should give you a colored bath. If you add 1/8 tsp.
powdered food coloring to the basic recipe, you will get a wonderfully
vibrant tub. If your tub is dirty, or has excess oil in it, this recipe will
leave a ring around your tub. Happy Soaping!
Tub Tints are a really fun way to add some pizzazz and COLOR to your bath!
3 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups citric acid
2 cups cornstarch
3 cc fragrance oil
.15cc powdered water-soluble dye (pigments or micas will NOT work. FD&C Blue
and FD&C Yellow from Bramble Berry WILL work. If you use a pigment or mica,
it may not disperse evenly in the water, and may stain your tub!)
Mix all ingredients completely. The mixture will appear white.
Package into decorative bags and tie closed.
To use, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup per full tub of water. Mix crystals in completely
before getting into the water. Taa-daaaa! Colored bath water!