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Make Bath Bombs for Yourself or as a Gift

We show you how to make scented bath bombs either for yourself or to give as a gift.




Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties and can help soothe away aches and pains but do avoid this in the first trimester of pregnancy.



Bath bombs are a wonderful way to treat yourself to a relaxing bath filled with soothing scents that fizz around your body as they dissolve. If you don't make them for yourself, they are ideal to give as a gift and you can choose any essential oil that you prefer if not lavender. Why not try rose geranium, eucalyptus, orange or bergamot, or choose an essential oil that relaxes and calms.









Buying bath bombs from a cosmetic or body pampering store can cost a pretty penny but making your own lets you make them for very little cost other than a few essential ingredients such as a bottle of essential oil and affordable supplies that you can purchase at your local supermarket, DisChem or pharmacy.



Did you know that Eucalyptus (blue gum) is known for its medicinal properties and the benefits can be reaped by making eucalyptus bath bombs? Soothe aching joints, cleanse scratches and minor wounds and help relieve a tight chest.



If you are not sure what a bath bomb is, it is a handcrafted ball that cleanses the skin and brings a pampering experience to your bath time. The most common ingredients to make a bath bomb are bicarbonate of soda (bicarb) and citric acid. When these two ingredients are combined, they fizz on contact with water.



To use a bath bomb simply fill up your bath with warm water and drop in the bath bomb. The ingredients incorporated into the bomb will start to fizz, releasing essential oils while you soak.








Bath bomb moulds (available locally in silicone and aluminium)

Citric acid, 70g

Bicarbonate of Soda, 140g

1 tbsp. coconut or almond oil

Essential oil, your choice, we used Lavender

Dried flowers, rose, lavender, eucalyptus leaves

Mixing bowl, large



Rubber globes



**Everything you need for this bath bomb project is available locally**





Step 1

Weigh out all the citric acid and bicarb and sieve these into the large mixing bowl and combine these ingredients with a whisk.





Step 2

Add 10 drops of the essential oil you have chosen to use for the bath bombs and then add the coconut or almond oil. Use a whisk to combine all the ingredients.





Step 3

At this stage in the process, you can add dried flowers or crushed leaves and mix well. Keep aside some dried flowers or crushed leaves if you want to decorate the top of the bath bombs and add these when filling up the moulds.





Step 4

Use your hands to continue mixing the ingredients until they clump together when squeezed. Should the mix be a little on the dry side, add a small amount of coconut or almond oil to wet.





Step 5

Now you can start filling the moulds and adding the dried flowers or leaves to decorate the top. Put more mixture on both halves of the moulds, as this will help compact the mixture - the more mixture you can squeeze in, the better the final density and shape. Press the two half-sections together to create the circular shape.









Step 6

This step requires gentle handling. Use a spoon to tap on one half of the mould to release the bath bomb. You may also need to twist the mould to release the bomb. Repeat this to remove the remaining half mould. Put the bath bombs in a cool, dry place and leave them for 36 hours to dry.



How to Gift Wrap the Bath Bombs

If you are giving the bath bombs as a gift, use card catering boxes or make your own to accommodate however many bath bombs you need to wrap. Shredded paper or tissue paper at the bottom of the box will secure the bombs in place and give them protection.



If you have access to a PC/laptop and printer, you can easily print out your own packaging labels for gifting the bath bombs.





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