Have I mentioned I love bubble baths? Oh yeah, only like A MILLION times! These bath bombs are a perfect way to indulge in the glories of spring and give yourself (and your loved ones!) a little TLC. The citric acid removes dead skin cells, brightens skin, and gives it an overall glow, while the baking soda acts as a detoxifier and softener. The coconut oil moisturizes and replenishes your skin.
Seeing as it is spring, I chose to use essential rose and lavender oils and flower buds in my bombs; I went all out and used Easter egg cupcake molds (see picture above) to give them a festive flair for gift giving. If you don't want to get fancy with the molds, you can hand form your bombs or use regular muffin tins to shape them (see picture below). Just make sure you keep tins you use for DIY beauty treats separate from those you bake with. You can also omit the flower buds in your mix if you don't want them floating around in your bubble bath. Personally, I like it!
Finally, as you all know, I like to keep my ingredients as earth-friendly and organic as possible, so I used I used beet powder and a blue mineral powder for the coloring from my local herb store--but you can find them online by clicking on the links above. The beet powder gives off a pink hue, perfect for my rose bath bombs, and a slightly fruity scent. The blue mineral dye adds a soft tint to my lavender bombs. Remember a little goes a long way with these tints so use them sparingly to avoid potential staining (which might happen if using the beet powder in large quantities, like over 1/2 cup for this recipe, which is way more than anyone should ever use).
2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid
4 teaspoons coconut oil
1/8 cup water (in spray bottle)
100 drops essential oil (I used lavender and rose) of choice
1 teaspoon coloring of choice (optional)
1/4 cup dried flowers (I used lavender and rosebuds) of choice (optional)
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly, being careful not to raise too much dust. Then add in coconut oil and essential oil of choice and mix thoroughly with hands, making sure that oil is evenly distributed throughout mix. Here comes the tricky part: adding the water. You need the spray bottle to ensure that you aren't adding too much water at once otherwise your bath bombs will begin to prematurely fizz.
Going slowly, spray water into the bowl, stirring completely as you go until it is damp but not soaking wet. You will probably not use all the water in your spray bottle. You can test the readiness of your mix by squeezing together a handful of your mix and seeing if it sticks--if it does, you can go ahead and place it in molds. If not, you'll need more water. Once you have placed the mix into molds or hand shaped it into balls; you can let your bath bombs air dry for at least two hours or up to overnight. Remove from molds (if using) and store in a dry place. Makes about 9 bath bombs. Enjoy!
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