For part 1 of my DIY Christmas present series, I’m going to show you how to make a great stocking stuffer – bath bombs! These cost pennies to make, and don’t have any of the chemicals and preservatives that store-bought ones have. You can also make them in any shape, size, colour, or scent.
What you’ll need:
This recipe works really well for me. Be VERY careful about some of the recipes online, and on Pinterest, as many contain high amounts of sugar. Sugar can help with some nice bath bombs, but they also can heavily contribute to yeast infections in women. I HIGHLY recommend not using sugar in any bath products, soaps, or anything that touches your skin.
Step 1: Sift the dry ingredients
Put the citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch in a fine mesh sieve, and sift it into a bowl. Citric acid in particular is clumpy AF, so you may need to run it through a food processor to de-clump it (have I mentioned I use this little food processor for everything? It’s awesome!).
Step 2: Add the salt and oil
Add the epson salt and essential oils to the mixture, and mix it together well.
Step 3: Spray the water
Add 10-ish drops of food colouring to a spray bottle, and fill with water. Spray the water into the dry mixture until just moistened, but before it fizzes. Glently mix, and spray again. Repeat until the mixture will hold a clump when pressed.
Step 4: Press into molds
Gentle spoon the mixture into molds. You can use an icecube tray, but a decorative mold makes a nicer gift. Using the flat of a spoon, or a small spatula, press the mixture into the mold until it fills the mold, and the back of the mold is flat and smooth. Leave it to dry for at least 24 hours, then carefully pop them out. Put them into a plastic candy bag, and tie them up with a ribbon.
Now, if you totally screw this up, and they break into a million pieces, you can just throw them in the food processor, break them down, moisten again, and re-mold. Or you can use them yourself, and just throw a few broken chunks into the bath – they’ll still work!
Loving the city, but longing for the farm, Melissa has made a hobby and a habit out of living sustainably, and DIYing, all while enjoying the perks of living in the big city. From Vancouver BC, she posts about making your own homestead from the smallest condo, and bringing farm living to rapid transit.
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