Bath Bombs Recipes

Homemade bath bombs are a wonderful gift for the person that needs to be pampered. Use this bath bom recipe. Coupled with some other inexpensive items, they make a wonderful gift basket.

Have you ever been in a stump as to what to give as a present to someone? Is that someone in need of a gift that will let pamper them? Homemade bath bombs are an inexpensive and fun item to include in a gift basket full of things like bubble baths, pumice stones, and loofahs, or even buy themselves in a decorative jar or box.

To make a bath bomb, you will need to purchase or gather some basic ingredients. You will need citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, essential oils, food coloring, and an emolient oil like avocado, coconut, sunflower, or whatever you prefer. Most of these items are available in drugstores, but you may prefer to purchase them online or from a health food store.

There are approximately fifteen common emolient oils, also referred to as carrier oils. Each one has different properties that you can take into consideration when making your selection. Sweet almond oil is considered to be an all-purpose carrier oil and is moderately priced, and it is probably your best choice. Hazelnut is said to be a good choice for those with oilier skin. Peanut oil should not be used by anyone that has an allergy to peanuts.

In a small bowl, mix two tablespoons (2 T.) of the citric acid with two taplespoons (2 T.) of the cornstarch. Be sure to mix it until there are no lumps. Add one-fourth of a cup (1/4 cup) of baking soda, and combine. This will make a very dry dough.

In another small bowl, combine three tablespoons (3 T.) of your emolient oil with 3-4 drops of the food coloring to make your desired color. The more food coloring you add, the richer the color will be. Add one fourth of a teaspoon (1/4 tsp) or 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils like peppermint, lavendar, or bergamot, and mix well. Experiment with different combinations for their aromatherapy benefits.

Chamomile and lavendar are very calming and relaxing choices. Lemon, lavender, and clary sage are calming choices for those experiencing high stress levels. Rosemary, lavendar, and peppermint is an energetic blend for those fighting fatigue. If you want to relax, but don't want to go to sleep, try a combination of one drop each of lavender, orange, and cedarwood. Don't be afraid to experiment with different scents that you find pleasant, and keep note of how each one makes you feel. There is a lot of information in books and online about aromatherapy and blends of essential oils.

Slowly add the oil mixture to your dry ingredients, and blend well. Using your hands, form chunks of the "dough" into balls that are approximately one inch (1") in diameter. Balls larger than this size may not dry thoroughly, so try to keep them under the size of a golf ball. Place your bath bombs on a sheet of waxed paper for several hours in a dry, warm place. Let them continue drying in an open box or tupperware container for several days before packaging them.

To store your bath bombs, place each one in an individual candy cup or mini muffin cup. These are available in the baking aisle of most grocery stores, and in many paper supply and party supply stores. These come in a variety of colors and patterns and are generally either paper or foil. The bath bombs can then be shrink wrapped, wrapped in plastic wrap, or placed in closed container or jar.

If placing them in a jar, I'd suggest decorating them like a jam or dry mix is usually decorated. To do this, cut a circle of fabric about three inches bigger in diameter than the lid with pinking shears. You can place cotton balls or batting on top of the jar to make it poofy looking, or not. Tie the fabric over the lid with a piece of ribbon or raffia. You can further decorate it buy hot-gluing on buttons, dried or silk flowers, or other decorative objects.

If giving the bath bombs in a small box, there are again many options you can consider. You can lay the bath bombs on a wad of tissue paper, nestle them in shredded paper, or lay them on top of a raffia nest. You can decorate the box by marbelizing it or doing decoupage. You can tie it shut with ribbons or raffia, glue buttons on the lid, or use rubber stamps to decorate it.

To use your bath bombs, simply drop one or two into a warm bath. After all your hard work pamper yourself, too; lay back and enjoy the soft scent as the bath bombs fizzle and dissolve.

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