Friday, September 25, 2015

Homemade Peppermint Bath Bombs

A finished peppermint bath bomb...

If you've never had a soak in the tub with a bath bomb, you're missing out on one of life's great little luxuries! Making these little fizzy wonders at home is super easy and they're not only great to have in your own bathroom, but they make fantastic gifts too. It's not terribly difficult to find the supplies for this project. I purchased almost everything on the list below from Amazon or the grocery store. I love peppermint all year long, but these bath bombs would be particularly wonderful at Christmastime! 

Bubbles!
Ingredients
1 1/3 cup of baking soda
1 cup citric acid
2 cups cornstarch
Small spritzer bottle
Green or red food coloring (optional)
Peppermint essential oil
Molds (baking molds, muffin tins, silicon molds)
Edible glitter for decoration (optional)

Two bath bombs made in a muffin tin - I liked the shape of these best I think.
Method
1. Add the baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. 

2. Grab a slightly smaller bowl to work with - you will want to make the bath bombs in small batches with about 1 cup of the powdered mixture at a time.

3. Put some water in the spritzer bottle and add enough food coloring to get the color you are after.

4. Starting the first batch, pour 1 cup of the dry mixture into the smaller bowl. Lightly spritz 1 spray or 2 at a time, whisking all the while to prevent the mixture from fizzing. Continue doing this until you have the consistency of wet sand that you can pack tightly. If you can't tell, check with your fingers.

5. Once you have the right consistency, add 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil and whisk to combine. This mixture will give you about 4 bath bombs, using about 1/4 cup of mixture for each one. Work quickly to pack them tightly into the molds you're using and then repeat the process as many times as necessary until all of the original powdered mixture has been used.

6. Allow the bath bombs to set for 2 to 3 hours before removing.

Glitter bath bombs - I got the ripply shape by molding these in paper cupcake cases inside the muffin tin.

Editor's notes:
* For glittery bath bombs, add edible glitter to the mixture right after the essential oil. Alternatively, add it to the top of the bath bomb after packing it into the mold.

* Don't get too caught up on perfection - bath bombs will crumble and leave dust everywhere after they're finished, so if there's a lump missing out of one, don't sweat it. Simply do your best to package it nicely - it will still have the same effect!

Finished product!

* Wrap in cling film, cellophane or a treat bag and decorate with ribbon, stickers or labels for the perfect homemade gift.

* Store unwrapped bath bombs in a basket in your bathroom for the ultimate air freshener!

* Silicone molds are the most difficult to use because they move. They do work, but you must be careful not to overpack the mixture. In my opinion, muffin tins are the best option.
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2 comments

  1. WOW, I wasn't aware you can make bubble baths at home! I'm certainly making this for Christmas presents! Thanks for the post :)
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    1. Thank you Paula! I hope you enjoy making them as much as the people on your Christmas list will enjoy receiving them! xx

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