Bath bombs are such a lovely way to enjoy a bath and it’s a good challenge to make your own! These bath bombs are just delicious – the coconut oil makes your skin feel so soft and I just love the smell of the orange zest and oil!
On the whole bath bombs are very easy to make, it is just step number 3 to be careful of – adding the liquid. The first time I attempted bath bombs, I put in way too much water (4 tablespoons instead of teaspoons) and set off the chemical reaction which continued until the mixture overtook the bowl I put it in (and also meant the mixture didn’t fizz in the bath – but it still made my skin beautifully soft)!
1 cup bi-carb soda
1/2 cup citric acid (powdered)
1/2 cup cornflour
2 tablespoons epsom salts
2 tablespoons coconut oil
4 to 5 teaspoons of strong tea (you can also just use water if you like)
a few drops of orange essential oil
the grated zest of 1 orange
a few drops of food colouring (optional – any colour/s)
n.b. The orange zest and orange essential oils are completely optional, you can create any “flavour” bath bomb you like! The key is simplicity – you just want to create a soft scent without having a huge amount of gunk in your bath.
1. Begin by adding all of the dry ingredients; the bi-carb soda, citric acid, cornflour and epsom salts together in a bowl and mix well.
2. Next add the coconut oil, stirring until little clumps form. Don’t worry if the mixture seems a little dry, avoid adding extra coconut oil as it can make the bath quite slippery – a little will go a long way!
3. Add the liquid (I generally use strong white tea but if is perfectly fine to use plain old water) as slowly as you can – no more than a teaspoon as a time. You don’t want to set off the fizzing reaction. The mixture will fizz a little (which is okay) but you want it to be only damp enough to stick together – no more. Also be aware that any food colouring that you use in the next step will add to the volume of liquid!
4. Add the essential oil, orange zest and food colouring if desired. If you want two or more colours, divide the mixture into the number of colours you would like!
5. Form the mixture into shapes – as big or small as you want. I divided my mixture into 10 balls. You can either use moulds (any you like really – you can even buy round bath bomb moulds) or, as I prefer, you can fashion them into rough balls with your hands to give them a homely feel. I wouldn’t stretch the mixture much beyond 10 bombs as it will be a very weak bath – but entirely up to you!
6. Allow the bath bombs to dry for a few hours minimum, preferably overnight to harden properly.