Bath Bombs and Shower Fizzies: Part 2
Part 2 of our bath bombs and shower fizzies series is here! Join me for another recipe that molded well, stayed together, and produced an awesome fizz and aroma. If you are looking for some hostess, girlfriend or self-pampering gifts, these are a such a wonderful place to start.
If you would like another recipe, I shared our Sweet Shoppe Lemon Drop bath bomb and shower fizzy last week and will be sharing yet another one after this. Today I’m going to be sharing another mix I’ve tested repeatedly: this one adds a small bit of oil and Epsom salts. Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to mention that I provide detailed instructions for making bath bombs, as well as a plethora of recipes and tips on my Exclusive Content for Email Subscribers page. There is just too much to put into a post, so I’ve put the majority of the tips there and will be sharing additional recipes in future posts. If you are new to making bath fizzies, consider making it your starting point. To subscribe, just click here and you will get access to the link.
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- What molds should I use? What works, what doesn’t?
- Gloves, spoon, or whisk? Which is best to incorporate the ingredients and color to produce a lump-free, spot-free bath bomb?
- Color: what is the best colorant? How much should be used?
- What do you do when you mix won’t mold? Don’t toss it! Sometimes you can turn that failed recipe into wonderful bath bombs and shower fizzies!
The supplies for this Epsom salt bath bomb are:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3 tbsp Epsom salt
- 2 tsp sweet almond oil (can use coconut, olive, jojoba or any other body-safe oil)
- 3/4 tsp room temperature water
- 15-20 drops essential oil (can be a combination of oils); for this recipe, I used peppermint oil only.**
- a glass (or metal) bowl
- coloring, optional – I used a rose pink gel colorant from the craft store (Wilton brand), but using red or ‘Christmas red’ produces a brighter pink.
- witch hazel (a small amount in a spray bottle)
Save money and get your supplies on Amazon (it is great for bulk craft supplies and it’s where I get mine to make it the most cost-effective)!
**Just a quick note on the use of essential oils on children: While some sources (and manufacturers) of essential oils state their use is safe for children under 12, please note that other sources do not, namely Essential Oil Safety, a definitive resource for health care professionals and a highly referenced EO text. An excerpt of this book (and the use of essential oils on children) can be found here, and specifically cites eucalyptus and peppermint (among others) are not to be used on young children. If you want cited studies, click here. We choose not to use eucalyptus and peppermint, among others, with our three year old – I am specifically calling out peppermint and eucalyptus because they are so widely referenced with regards to children.
Mix the dry ingredients together (baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and salt). Mix the essential oil, almond oil, water, and colorant in a small bowl. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and use your hands to incorporate the oils and color very well. Pack it firmly into hard molds (avoid soft silicone molds or anything that has too much give).
So the original recipe says that this is enough moisture, but I will tell you that I repeatedly had problems with this drying out into a crumbly mess. No matter if I let the molds sit or not, everything crumbled the first pass every time I made this recipe. I live in Seattle, so I do not believe dry air is the culprit, so in case yours falls apart like mine, grab your spray bottle of witch hazel. Look at my awesome pile of Peppermint Schmepermint bath bomb – um, powder…
If your mixture results is a crumbly mess after you tried to mold it, dump the powder into a large bowl. Use your spray bottle to add the witch hazel to the top of the mix. If you have a large bottle like mine, spray two to three times and then mix it for a solid minute or two before spraying again. If you’re using one of the 3-4 inch spray bottles (travel size), use about 5-8 sprays and then mix. Mix it well, using your gloved hands to get the witch hazel off the sides of the bowl.
When it sticks together without crumbling (photo below) you can begin packing it into your mold. Push it down with your thumb or a tamper, just get it in there tightly.
If you are using a full circle mold, stuff the mix in, pack it down, and then add a heaping amount to the top. Squish the two pieces together until the mold is a sphere again, and leave it for about a minute before you remove it from the mold gently. Drape a towel over a muffin tin and place the bath bomb on top of the towel.
If you are using a half circle mold, pack it in and rest it in a muffin tin, flat side up for no less than overnight. If you are using a hard silicone mold (not soft), leave it 24 hours before attempting to remove.
Leaving the mix in the mold for 12-24 hours, then leaving them to dry on the counter for 24-48 is sound advice, generally. This works well for the half ornaments and shapes. I made full sphere bath bombs with this recipe, but this one turned out best using the half ornament shape.
This recipe was consistently harder to stay moist, aka it crumbled for me the first time for every single batch I made. I made a few shapes and the half ornaments from this recipe and the half ornaments did much better than the shapes. The shapes crumbled no matter what I did, but the half ornaments could sink the Titanic (after being re-moistened). I recommend leaving these in a hard mold for 24 hours and not using intricate shapes.
Like the first recipe we shared with no oil, once these have rested in the molds, it takes about 30-45 seconds of constant attention to get them out of the mold. A few massages and taps with the back of a spoon got mine out with very minimal crumbling on the edges. All detailed molds I did with this recipe crumbled, but I really love the half ornaments – like LOVE them – which is why I chose to share this recipe even though it became powder after the first molding.
Very, very forgiving if under moistened the first time ’round. When I left them in the half ornament mold the second time around with the same mix, they were perfect!
Bath bombs are a great gift to give or receive – they always smell so nice and can be used for a mental break. If you (or your gift recipient) isn’t into taking baths, you can do what I do on occasion: drop one in the bottom of the shower and let it release all of the yummy smelling ‘insta-mind-vacation’ goodness.
I have named this one, “Peppermint Schmepermint,” and created a little wrap to jazz it up a bit. I have included a free printable: a PNG file that can be easily sized for your bath bombs or shower fizzies. Pair it with a wrap – you could write a message to your gift recipient – and you have a bright, fresh smelling luxurious gift!
One more thing before we’re through here – go ahead and heat shrink these into a cello bag. Doing so makes them look nice, doesn’t it? It’s not hard to do and you don’t need any special equipment although I commandeered my hubby’s heat gun to wrap all of this weekend’s batches. I include instructions in my exclusive content section for packaging and heat shrinking these bath bombs and shower fizzies. If you’d like access, click here.
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If you’re on the hunt for more gift ideas, consider clicking over to our handmade gifts page or check out our other bath and beauty projects.