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Bath Bomb Recipe – Gifts Kids Can Make

| September 11, 2013 | 27 Comments

Bath Bomb Recipe for kids

We have been planning to make Bath Bombs since the beginning of the year. After all, they are such a great gift for Mother’s Day. But clearly didn’t get round to it (again – so much to do, so much to make, not enough time!). One of the reasons, is that many Bath Bomb Recipes use Citric Acid and I just hadn’t had the chance to get hold of some. But you don’t need citric acid to make bath bombs. A Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric Acid contains that magical ingredient Tartar (also used for making playdough nice and smooth). So if you are a DIY household and have some Tartar in, you can make bath bombs with the kids – a great gift for friends and family in the run up to *cough* Christmas. Check out Me and My Shadow for the “traditional” bath bomb recipe.

Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric Acid:

  • 2 cups bicarbonate of soda (sometimes called baking soda)
  • 1 cup cream of tartar
  • 1-2 table spoons of olive oil or plain oil (the oil gives it a nice soothness in the bath)
  • food colouring
  • essential oils (we used lavender)
  • dried lavender (optional)
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Ice cube trays (silicon best)

 Bath Bomb How To

Bath Bomb Recipe without Citric acid

1) Mix your bircabonate of soda, tartar, oil, essential oils and food colouring until you have a colour you are happy with. As food colouring is “wet” it will form little dropplets and you just have to persevere in mixing it in. It will still look quite powdery.

2) Give it 2-3 sprays of water. It will start to sizzle as the bicarbonate of soda reacts with the water. But start mixing it and it will feel a little more “solid”, a bit like wet sand. When you can indent your spoon on the mixture and leave a nice “shape” behind without it crumbling too much you are ready to transfer to your ice cube trays. You can add a couple of sprays of water, if it isn’t lumpy enough yet. Using a SPRAY bottle really is important (we used a cleaned out cleaning bottle), as this disperses the water evenly and avoids, the bircab to just sizzle away in one part of your bowl!!

Bath Bomb How To

3) Mix in some lavender. We go carried away and added quite a lot. Less is more as a) you don’t want your bath bomb to fall apart and also, you WILL have a bath full of lavender at the end!!

Bath Bomb Gifts Kids Can Make

4) Fill into your icecube trays (silicon REALLY IS BEST, else it is VERY HARD to get out in one go) and press down hard.

5) Let dry for 1-2 days. They get harder over time.

Gifts Kids Can Make - Bath Bombs without Citric Acid

6) Remove gently and done. If you find, they break apart, you didn’t add enough water spray to begin with. You can crumble it all again, spray with more water and start again.



7) Have a nice relaxing bath! See our bath bombs in action!

This week I am featuring Craftulate and their home made spice play dough!

SpiceDough

 

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  1. These are great, totally on my to do list now :) You could have so much fun creating different scents too!

  2. oooh they look amazing, and I bet they smell delicious.

  3. Red Ted Art says:

    I particularly liked how lovely the kids smelt when they got out of their bath!!

  4. Where do you find Tartar (cream of tartar over here) in such large amounts?

    • Red Ted Art says:

      I found a 170g pot at our local supermarket – which was enough for our ice cube tray of bath bombs. If that fails, places like amazon always good? Sorry!

      • Anonymous says:

        Er, cream of tar tar is too expensive and I cant get a hold of Citric Acid. Any suggestions for me to replace those two?

        • Red Ted Art says:

          I don’t know of any recipes that don’t use either of those ingredients! Sorry. Though I did manage to get Citric Acid off Amazon? Worth a try?

          • Sharon Plessier says:

            You can get all three, citric acid, cream of tartare and bicarb from the soap kitchen. wwwthesoapkitchen.co.uk

            Don’t know what international shipping prices are though. You’ll need to email them, they use UPS

  5. Coombemill says:

    Maggie you are a never ending source of wonderful ideas. This is a lovely gift idea.

  6. Pinkoddy says:

    What a fantastic idea – and nanny will prefer something the children made rather than some token gift she didn’t even want. I have pinned and google plused this so I don’t lose it. Thank you for sharing.

  7. mummiafelice says:

    This is such a brilliant idea! Thanks for this – another great Xmas gift idea :)))

    Thanks for linking up to Homemade Thursday xxx

  8. Claire Delaney says:

    Hello,

    How many bath bombs would you say the ingredients above make? I would love to do this with my pupils :)

  9. emmie jo says:

    how long do these keep for as thinking of making them as a gift but need to start soon to make enough for the many many people. wish i had this last yr for my sons teacher for christmas not sure his new male teacher will appreciate the lavender scent! may have to experiment for a manly scent.

  10. These are so pretty! They remind me of heart shaped snowballs.

  11. Natalie Saunter says:

    can i ask how much is a cup only the tubs are 200g does that mean for bicarb 2 of these tubs plz

    • Red Ted Art says:

      So long as you keep the quantities the same RELATIVELY to each other it doesn’t matter? I used a small ish tea cup. And just made sure I use the same tea cup to measure it all out…

  12. Kristin says:

    These look fabulous! My daughter & I are going to make them as gifts for her to give out :). I am wondering when the Olive oil should be mixed in, as I see it listed in the ingredients but not in the directions.

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