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)
*please always be careful when using essential oils and follow the instructions on the label
Some items that may help you to make your bath bombs:
Bath Bomb How To
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!!
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!!
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.
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!
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