If you're like me, you love nothing more than a relaxing soak in the tub. And the perfect accompaniment? Aside from a glass of wine, it would have to be bath bombs! The ritual aspect of running the bath, choosing which bomb to use, and then soaking up the ambience has to be one of the most luxurious experiences you can have.
Even when I don't have time to enjoy a soak myself, bath bombs are a fun novelty for kids, and help get my grubby boys into the bath a little less reluctantly!
Buying bath bombs can be expensive, especially when you buy quality products. Cheap options are available, but often contain mystery filler and heavy perfumes that aren't always pleasant.
With just a few ingredients, you can make a huge quantity of bath bombs, which you can enjoy yourself, or gift to loved ones.
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup epsom salt
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp coconut or other oil of choice
2 tsp witch hazel or water, plus a little more if needed
30-40 drops of essential oils
Dried herbs or petals (optional)
Combine dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch) in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the oil, witch hazel and stir well. Add essential oils too if you are using them.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix well.
If you are using dried herbs or flowers, add them now.
Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more witch hazel or a little water if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet. Using a spray bottle, or slightly damp hands will allow you to add liquid to the mixture more evenly.
Quickly push mixture into molds, greased muffin tins, ice cube trays or any other non stick container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) in a cool, dry place until hardened.
When dry, remove gently and store in airtight container or bag. Broken bombs can be bagged up and used like a bath powder, sprinkled in the bath for a similar effect.