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It's been bath bomb mania around here. Every day I've been testing and trying out new ideas. I'm mainly obsessed with one design idea that has been floating around in my head for quite a while. BUT, I can't make it work just yet. Who can relate?
If I ever get it to a point worth sharing, you'll be the first to know, I promise 😉
In the meantime I'll share with you another neat project that kind of emerged from all this tinkering around. Funny how that works sometimes: you're so focused on this one thing and then all of a sudden a new idea emerges that has a complete different vibe to it. Creative chaos at it's best 🙂
This bath bomb recipe is basically 2 in 1 or maybe even BOGO if you will. Why? Well, with the exact same ingredients you can make two differently designed bath bombs. Pretty neat, huh?
I'm a sucker for this sort of thing. Mainly, because I don't like to waste anything and am an aspiring minimalist (if that's even possible with two kids ;). So, this project was right up my alley. I love how the bath bombs turned out a little rustic looking and the best thing: all natural colorants.
Let's dive right in. Shall we?
Ingredients for 3 yellow bath bombs:
- I cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- 2 tablespoon kaolin clay
- witch hazel
- 4 tablespoon calendula petals (finely ground up in a small food processor or coffee grinder)
- cornflower petals to garnish
- 20-30 drops essential oils: I'm using a blend of equal parts of sweet orange, ylang ylang and lavender - you can use whatever EO you have on hand and like.
Ingredients for 3 blue bath bombs:
You would use the same ingredients as mentioned above except that you would add 4 tablespoon of finely ground cornflowers and a couple of pinches of calendula petals to garnish.
- 2 sets of bath bomb molds
- spray bottle for spritzing
- Small plastic bags or air tight container for storing
Instructions for yellow bombs:
- mix all your dry ingredients together (baking soda, citric acid, kaolin clay, calendula powder and a handful or two of cornflower petals)
- add the essential oils and incorporate well
- prepare your molds by adding a pinch of cornflower petals to every other half
- spritz and mix your batter with witch hazel until it can hold it's shape when you squeeze it with your fist (to see this step in action, check out the video in this post)
- carefully fill the one half of the mold with the flowers in it and firmly pack the batter in to the top
- fill the other half of the mold slightly higher than the rim
- align the two mold halves and firmly press them together for 30 seconds
- let the bath bomb sit and harden in the mold for 24 hours
- unmold by gently tapping mold with a spoon, then twisting one half and lifting it up (to be honest, I had quite some trouble with this step, probably because it was a very humid day when I made them - I ended up using a knife to nudge them out of there 😉
Instructions for the blue bath bombs:
- follow instructions above, except add cornflower powder to your dry mix
- fill every other mold with a pinch of calendula petals and proceed
Until next time. Happy Tinkering!
How do you get the cornflowers to stay on the bath bombs? I made a batch of bath Bombs and used colored Eason salt as the garnish but when it dried they fell off.
Hi Angela, I’ve never had that problem. My guess is that your mixture might have been too dry and didn’t bind properly to the Epsom salt.