Monday, 3 September 2012

Making Bath Bombs

I am not really a bath person but my Mum is so I like to make up salts and herbal things for her. This time my experiment included making bath bombs for the first time. I’m thinking if I get them down pat, creating ritual bath bombs to sell would be an idea.

The recipe I followed was from a show called “Grow Your Own Drugs”; I adapted it to suit me and went ahead with some fizzy fun!

From Grow Your Own Drugs

Ingredients:

5 to 6 Fresh Flowers or 1 – 2 tbsp dried
1 tbsp Citric Acid
3 tbsp Bi-Carbonate of Soda
10 drops essential oil
1 tsp vegetable or almond oil
Large biscuit cutter for shape

Salt can also be added for a more therapeutic bomb, just add extra liquid as needed to combine.



Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Once oven has reached that temperature, turn off heat and place the fresh flowers, hanging upside down, from a rack in the oven to dry for about 2hrs. When dry, remove the flowers from stalks and set aside.

2) For the next stage you need to make the bowl you are using, and your hands are completely dry – otherwise the bomb will start fizzing. In a glass bowl, mix the citric acid and bi-carb together. Add a few drops of the essential oil and 1 tsp of the dried flowers, along with the vegetable or almond oil. Mix everything together with a metal spoon.





3) Place the biscuit on top of a piece of non stick baking paper. Put the mixture in the biscuit cutter and press down with the back of a spoon. The oil will need to evaporate so the bomb can set as a dry, hard block – let set for a minimum of 30 minutes and preferably overnight.



STORAGE: Store in aluminum foil to keep out moisture.



They worked brilliantly, fizzed to perfection and the scent was just right. I am definitely going to keep making them because it was just so much fun – and actually really quick too. It’s not a time consuming craft and it lets you get in touch with your inner child, seriously, you’ll feel like a kid again. The best thing about making bath bombs is that they can have larger magical implications such as use for ritual, spellwork, herbal works, whatever your mind can imagine them being for!


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