Funny how something as simple as bath bomb can be so tricky to perfect! Sometimes they come out too crumbly, others too greasy, sometimes they don’t even come out at all from the mold. Can we get a good and simple recipe pronto? I’m sharing here the concoction I use to make my own bath bombs. A few things that I consider important when making good bath bombs:
- Fractionated Coconut Oil: this type of coconut oil is liquid at room temperature making it easier to mix with the dry ingredient. Plus, it absorbs quickly in the skin while still moisturizing it. I’m sure any other light oil would work but I’ve only used the coconut oil.
- Witch Hazel Spray Bottle: Many recipes suggest adding water to make the mixture come together but that might make the ingredients to react and you end up with a bath bomb that will not fizz. Witch Hazel is an alcoholic extract from the hamamelis tree so it will quickly evaporate, especially if we just spray it instead of adding it directly to the dry ingredients.
- Ice Cream Scoop with a Silicone Bottom: I love these small ice cream scoops to make mini bath bombs for my kids. I give one to each of the boys at bath time and it fizzes for long enough to keep them happy. The silicone makes it super easy to pop the bath bomb out.
Happy bath time!
Foolproof Bath Bombs
Makes 27 mini-bath bombs
- 240 g baking soda
- 120 g citric acid
- 120 g cornstarch
- 120 g salt (Epsom, sea salt, coarse or fine, they all seem to work)
- 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
- 30 drops essential oil (optional)
- spray bottle with witch hazel distillate
- ¼ cup calendula petals (optional)
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface (like a table or kitchen counter).
- Measure all the dry ingredients into a big bowl and mix well.
- Slowly add the coconut oil and essential oils while mixing or whisking.
- If the mixture is very dry start by spraying with witch hazel until it clumps together (check the video below).
- Quickly fill the ice cream scoop while pressing the mixture tightly against the scoop.
- Turn the scoop down on the parchment paper and press the silicone part to release the bath bomb. Do this quickly until the mixture is gone. If the mixture gets too dry keep spraying with witch hazel while you go.
- If you want to add the calendula petals, put a small amount in the ice cream scoop before filling it with the bath bomb mixture.
- Let the bath bombs dry overnight on the parchment paper and store them carefully in an airtight container.
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