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How to make bath bombs

We thought bath bombs would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift when packaged to look like  a bomb along with a tag that says, “You’re the ‘bomb’!”

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DIY Bath Bombs

Supplies:

2 Cups Baking Soda

1 Cup Citric Acid

4 teaspoons massage oil ( or 2 teaspoons essential oil and 2 teaspoons olive oil)

Spray bottle with water

mold (60 mm 2 part plastic ball)

This amount only made 5 bath bombs.  If I was making more I would buy the citric acid online in bulk. The small bottle  you see pictured (1/2 cup) was $2.50. I purchased it from my local health food store.  You can buy citric acid online for $2.25 per pound. BrambleBerry is offering all Skip to my Lou readers 10% off citric acid, use LOU10 at checkout to receive your discount!

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Mix baking soda and citric acid in large mixing bowl.  Mix very well! You can use an electric mixer if you like.

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Add in 4 teaspoons of scented massage oil (or other combination of skin safe essential oil for scent and another oil for moisturizing the skin). The scent is personal, so start with a teaspoon or so and add more until you are satisfied. Mix well.

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This next step can be a bit  tricky because you don’t want your bath bomb to start fizzing. Start by adding a couple of fine mist sprays of water to your mixture and mix well.

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You will continue spraying until the mixture will clump in your hand when squeezed. (I used 5-8 sprays, however this will depend greatly on your local climate)

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Fill one half of your mold.  Pack it tightly.

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Fill the other half of the mold and place them together—don’t snap together.  I slightly overfilled each half.  When I pushed the two halves together they became a ball.

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Gently remove the ball from mold.  If I had problems with the ball coming out easily  I dumped the mixture back into my bowl, added a mist of water (carefully), mixed well and then tried again.

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Cut out about a 10 inch circle of black tissue paper.

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Wrap tissue up around your bath bomb and trim if necessary.

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Place a silver pipe cleaner in the center and then wrap a shiny red pipe cleaner around the the tissue paper and silver pipe cleaner.  Add a tag and you are finished! You might want to write instructions for using the bath bomb on the back of the tag.

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The bath bomb worked great. It provided fizz, bubbles and fun for my daughter’s bath.

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Enjoy!

These were very simple bath bombs.  If you are interesed in more recipes and detailed instructions, the internet is a great resource. Try Teach Soap for loads of bath and body recipes!

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