I was prowling around the craft store the other day, as I do, when I ran across a heart-shaped silicone baking mold. I snatched it up immediately, knowing it would be the perfect way to use up a bunch of my bath bomb ingredients. The younger kids and I whipped up a batch of these in under 30 minutes. Then we let them dry while we did the school pickup thing, and by the time we got home they were dry and ready to un-mold. I love it when projects go as smoothly as I imagine. Which is almost never. But I’ll take a win when I can get one.
There are loads of video tutorials out there on how to make bath bombs. So look one up if you want a demo; but the whole process is pretty simple. Here’s what I use:
- 1C. Baking Soda
- 1/2 C. Citric Acid
- 1/2 C. Epsom Salts
- 1/2 C. Cornstarch
- 2 tsp. Essential Oil
- 2 1/2 tsp. Safflower Oil (or any other light oil)
- 3 drops food coloring
- 1 tsp. water
Here’s what I know about essential oils: 1) they’re expensive; and 2) buying them is overwhelming and confusing. I tried to shop for some at Whole Foods, and left empty-handed, with my mind spinning. So I turned to my trusty friend Amazon, and ordered some that were inexpensive with pretty labels. It works for me.
So let’s get started! Mix all the dry ingredients in a glass/ceramic bowl. Wisk them up a bit. The combine all the wet ingredients in a spritzer bottle. I got mine for under a buck in the travel section at Target. It’s the perfect size for this project. Now throw on an ugly apron, because there’s a certain amount of overspray that happens with the spritzer bottle.
Slowly spray the liquid into the dry ingredients. Spritz with one hand and whisk with the other. The point is to keep the dry ingredients from fizzing when the liquid touches them…so keep it moving. You’re trying to achieve a damp-sand consistency. You want it to pack easily and stay in shape without being so wet that it fizzes. It’s a fine balance, but once you find it, you’re all set. I usually use most of the liquid in the bottle and it’s just about right. If your spray bottle is empty and it’s still a bit dry, go ahead and mist it with more water until it’s packable.
Now just pack it into the molds, making sure to press it in firmly. My kids had a great time helping me whisk the mixture and pack the molds. It was just like making little heart-shaped sand castles. And just about as messy. Let them dry in the molds for 30 minutes or longer and then just pop them out of the mold and you’re done. Place them on a sheet of waxed paper to air dry overnight.
Wrap up a few to give to the ballet teacher or babysitter for Valentine’s day. And make sure to use a few for yourself. They’re pretty great. My kids have actually been excited about bath time the last couple nights, so I’m a fan.