Beauty, Skin, and Hair · Crafts · self care

Bath Bombs

The Source: A Beautiful Mess

The Promise:

They are SO fun to use and pretty easy to make.

My kid loves bath bombs. And I love my kid. But I hate paying $5 (at least!) for something that’s going to literally dissolve within moments. And so like all good crafty people, I began to wonder if maybe homemade ones might be cheaper.

Pinterest, with its siren song, assured me that bath bombs are a feasible DIY enterprise, and then I came across a recipe (is that the right word for something you can’t eat?) I’d pinned from one of my favorite blogs.

I struggled to find a way to say this without a) being mean and b) being an enormous hypocrite but let’s be frank: sometimes bloggers can be… a little much. I’ve eye-rolled through my share of “lifestyle” blogs. But when it comes to A Beautiful Mess, I am a Constant Reader. For more than five years I have read every post, and I admire Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, the sisters who own the site, for their business savvy as well as their crafty talents.

ANYWAY, fangirling aside…

There are a few bath bomb varieties listed on the Beautiful Mess site, and I chose the lemon and green tea because it sounded fancy. I got bath bomb molds, citric acid, and essential oils online, and the rest of the ingredients at the grocery store.

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Also I learned that epsom salt is not regular salt, so thank you for sharing your knowledge, incredulous store employee!

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Also it is a laxative; who knew?

Basically the dry ingredients get mixed together and the wet ingredients get mixed together and then the wet is added to the dry. The mixture is pressed into the molds and the two halves of the mold are removed as the bomb dries.

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It was pretty easy!

Tips:

  • The directions stress that you want the wet mixture to fizz as little as possible when it lands in the dry mixture –  I assume it uses up the chemical reaction that allows the bombs to fizz in the bath – and to avoid this by pouring very slowly. Look. I poured slowly. I poured a single drop at a time. Still fizzed. I have no idea how to avoid this. It took me a solid five minutes to add the wet to the dry and it fizzed all over the dang place.
  • Don’t put a lot of green tea in the bottom of the mold because it’s not actually sticky like the remainder of the mixture, and it will fall off the bomb as soon as it is tipped. I feel like I should have figured this out before it happened to me. The leaves feel more like a cute garnish than a central ingredient. Emma recommends using matcha powder if you don’t want to have to rinse the leaves out of your tub, but I feel like this might also be a good idea to ensure there is a significant amount of actual green tea in the bomb.
  • Pack the mixture in each half (like packing brown sugar into a measuring cup) so that it is slightly mounded above the mold before pressing the halves together. If the mold isn’t packed tightly, it increases the chance that the ball will collapse once the mold is removed.
  • Pack tightly. On my first attempt, the bombs came out kind of crumbly. On a second try, where I packed the bejeezus out of each side, the results were far more professional.

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Extremely pleased with my results, I texted a picture to my husband who was less effusive in his praise.

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thanks for your support honey

A few days later, my daughter helped me make some with orange oil, which I’m calling creamsicle. She was so excited to help and this is a craft a toddler can actually help with.

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First try (left) vs second try (right). The difference? The second try was more firmly packed in the mold.

Of course, I had to try one. I know, the things I do for you guys. Really, I’m a martyr. I filled the tub, turned on my current murder podcast (spoiler alert: the husband did it), and pitched in a bomb. I was concerned that all the fizzing during the mixing process was going to keep it from fizzing appropriately, but nope! Worked fine!

Promise Kept? Yes!

This recipe was easy to follow and my resulting product not only looked professional, but worked just like the store-bought version. It tinted the water a pretty green and made it smell all nice. I did have to jump into the shower afterwards to rinse the tea flecks off my skin, so I might either omit that next time or use the matcha powder instead. I also felt that the homemade bomb left more residue behind in the bath water after it was drained.

So with just a few fairly cheap supplies, it’s on! Bath bombs for everyone!

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