Last-Minute Gift: How to Make Bath Bombscomments (3) December 22nd, 2008
I love my tub, probably more than I should. And on a snowy winter day (or any other one, for that matter), I love relaxing in a bath with a bath bomb, infused with my favorite essential oils. These little beauties make lovely gifts for friends and family, and they’re just the thing to recharge your batteries during the holidays.
For one tray of bath bombs, you’ll need:
- Parchment paper
- Large mixing bowl
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- Whisk or fork
- Approximately 15 drops peppermint essential oil and 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 2–3 tablespoons witch hazel in a spray bottle
- 1 large plastic ice cube tray
Step 1: Lay out a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. In a large bowl, add the citric acid and baking soda, using a whisk or fork to mix thoroughly. Sprinkle essential oil into the mixture and mix again, making sure to evenly distribute the essential oil through the powder. Doesn’t it smell divine?
Step 2: Spray the witch hazel into the mixture with one hand. With the other hand, continue to mix the contents of the bowl. You’ll feel the powder starting to get damp after several minutes.
When you can clump the mixture in your fist, pack it tightly into a plastic ice cube tray (earmark a tray just for bath-bomb making). Work quickly as the witch hazel is already evaporating.
Let your bath bombs dry slightly, then slightly twist the ice cube tray to pop them out on parchment paper. Let them dry completely, and whatever you do, keep them away from water until ready to use.
Store them in a plastic container, seal them in baggies, or wrap each one in acetate to give as gifts.
To use: When you are ready to take a tub, draw a bath and as you sink into the water, drop one or two bombs in the tub. Enjoy the fizzy fragrance.