Go into any boutique, and you’re likely to find those wildly popular bath bombs. Well, guess what? Rocket City Local found a web site that teaches us all how to make the things!
What exactly is a bath bomb?
I know, we live near Redstone Arsenal and hear something exploding there at least once a week. After you’ve lived in Huntsville long enough, what sounds like an explosion doesn’t even make you bat an eye anymore.
But I’m talking about a bath bomb, the size of a golf ball or baseball, that goes into your bath and makes it all fizzy. Bath bombs also make Mom’s skin smell good and feel like silk. They’re lots of fun, trust me!
A gift that your kids can make!
Ask any mom, and she’ll probably tell you that her favorite gifts are made by the hands of her kids. Many thanks to Holly, who posted this fun DIY craft idea on her site, Life on South Pointe Drive.
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3 tsp almond oil
- 6 drops essential oils (rose essential oil smells terrific, but you can choose from any essential oils)
- 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- dried roses (a great choice if you’re making a rose bomb, but otherwise optional)
- 1½ tsp of water
- bath bomb molds*
* I found the metal molds at Hobby Lobby for only $5.99 because I wanted to make sure we have them locally. I’m sure our other hobby stores will have them, as well. I found them in the aisle with the soap-making stuff.
- In a large bowl, mix the first four ingredients well.
- Add the dried rose petals, mixing well.
- In a separate bowl, combine almond oil, water, rose oil, and eucalyptus oil.
- Slowly add the almond oil, water, rose oil, and eucalyptus oil to the bowl with the dry ingredients. (Holly says it will fizz and pop, but that’s okay. That’s why you must add the wet ingredients slowly.)
- Mix the ingredients very well. If it gets too dry, Holly says to add a small amount of water…but not too much. According to her, it should feel like “damp sand.”
- The mixture is ready for the mold if you can squish it into a ball and it holds its shape.
- Pack the mixture into the mold, overfilling it just a bit.
- Repeat with the other half of the mold, and push the two halves together.
- Allow to harden for an hour.
- Remove the ball from the mold and leave it to dry overnight. This batch should make 4-5 large balls or several small balls, depending on the size of the mold.
By: Stephanie L. Robertson
Stephanie L. Robertson is a writer and editor who maintains a southern lifestyle blog at www.SweetgumLife.com [https://www.sweetgumlife.com/]. A busy Christian wife and mom, Stephanie and her husband of 19 years live in the Huntsville area with their teenage daughter. Stephanie has a self-published short suspense story on Amazon and is working on adding a novel. When not immersed in mom/wife life, she enjoys home décor, photography, Pinterest projects, coffee with family and friends, and immersing herself in a good suspense novel.