Make Your Own: Bathbombs

Bathbombs are a great pasttime of mine. As a child, it was an exciting experience all about the fizzies and pretty colours, but as I’ve become older it’s become a vital part of my self-soothe routine for when the world gets too much. Not all of us can afford the lovely bathbombs in stores, but surprisingly these fizzy balls of joy can be made out of everyday household ingredients…

What you’ll need:
1/2 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup salt (sea salt is best!)
1 tsp essential oil of choice (I used rosemary for an invigorating scent)
1/4 cup dried flowers or dried herbs (optional, I used lavender)
2 tsp water
3 drops food colouring of choice (I used pink and blue)
Cupcake tray or moulds

1. Sift together citric acid and baking soda in a large bowl. With your hands, mix in the the sea salt and dried flowers until they are evenly distributed.

2. In another small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients until the colour is even.

3. This is the messy part. Carefully add the liquid drop wise and mix with your hands as quickly as possible. When you drop liquid in you will notice a fizz. Stop the fizzing by mixing thoroughly! You want the mixture to be solid when you put pressure on it but otherwise have a powder-like texture. Add extra water if needed!

4. Firmly press the powder into the cupcake tray until filled. Keep applying pressure until the powder is solid and tightly packed.

5. Wait a few hours for these to dry, or if you need them in a hurry you can bake them in the oven for 15 minutes to speed up the process. Best to leave them for 24 hours in a cool dry place.

6. Clean up! Using makeup remover is a great way to get the food colouring off your hands – be careful to clean all surfaces to stop colourful stains!

7. Package up nicely and give as a gift, or have a lovely warm bath and enjoy your creation!

x

Pia Crawford, Undone Girl

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