3 Steps to Making Perfect Bath Bombs
We made bath bombs this week! And this time, we documented it. I figured it would be a good time to teach you guys something fun, especially after the last few informative - but boring - posts...
Bath bombs are a simple project that anyone can make, and the ingredients are easy to obtain - you probably already have most of them in your kitchen! You can make them your own by using whatever colours and fragrances you want, and you can make them any size and shape you want. And the best part: it's a fast project, and only has three steps; just Measure, Mix, and Mould!
Before we get started, you're going to need a basic recipe. Now obviously I can't give you mine, but Popular Science and Wellness Mama have great recipes that can be a good starting point. Here at Natura, we've tweaked our bath bomb recipe until it's perfect for us. We use baking soda, citric acid, sea salt, epsom salt, shea butter, and witch hazel in our bath bombs, as well as various essential oils for fragrance and natural clays and plant powders for colour.
Step 1: Measure
Measure and add all your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. If your colouring agent is a powder, add it here (we use French pink clay in our Hibiscus Rosehip bath bombs, French green clay in Pepalyptea, and Alkanet root powder in the Lavender bath bombs).
Weigh out your butter or oil. Measuring by volume is fine too, but I find it's more consistent across batches to weigh out solid ingredients that aren't pourable. Melt it in a microwave safe bowl.
Step 2: Mix
Mix your dry ingredients. You can use a wooden spoon, but I prefer to use my hands. Using a spray bottle with a fine mist, spray the dry ingredients with witch hazel as you're mixing. It'll fizz and pop, which is why you need to keep mixing as you spray so you don't get a single spot too wet.
Once you've added 10-20 spritzes of witch hazel (I usually spray it enough so that the baking soda is weighed down and doesn't "smoke"), pour in the melted butter/oil and any other ingredients (liquid colours and/or fragrances). Mix well and keep spraying with witch hazel. You'll know it's ready to mould when you grab a handful of the mix, squeeze it hard in the palm of your hand, and it all sticks together.
Step 3: Mould
This is the fun part. I use pretty silicone rose moulds for this, but you can use pretty much any silicone container (the flexibility makes unmoulding super easy), round bath bomb moulds, or even plastic Easter eggs. Explore and have some fun!
Fill your mould halfway and press firmly into any nooks or crannies. Fill the mould to the top and press again. This is the most important part of making bath bombs; press that mix in there as tightly as you can!
And that's all there is to it! Simply set your bath bombs aside to dry - overnight is best - then unmould and enjoy. If you're gifting your bombs (how generous of you!), you can wrap them in plastic wrap or tissue paper for a beautiful and thoughtful gift.
One more thing: if you want great, natural bath bombs but don't have the time or desire to make them yourself, just grab one of ours!
Until next week...