Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How tos-day Citrus Bath Bomb - Monthly Bath Recipe

Thought I would make this months bath recipe a how to, both because it is a Tuesday, but also it is getting close to gifting season and you can make these to give as gifts this fall.  They are great for a hostess, a family member, friend, teacher or anyone else who works hard for you (including you!)

To make them gift-able, wrap in colored cellophane or package in a glass jar.

How to - Citrus Bath Bombs

Mix together 1 cup baking soda,1/2 cup citric acid (I get mine through the mail - Etsy, Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs, etc) 1/2 cup corn starch in a large bowl. Work out the clumps with your hands or a wooden spoon.

Now add in the 1/2 cup Epson salts and mix to combine.

You will need to use your hands to work in the Vitamin E as it easily clumps in the powdered ingredients.  This is a skin enricher and makes the bath bomb soothing to your skin.

Add some fragrance if you choose.  100% pure essential oil is best, add it by the drop and mix in carefully so it does not clump all in one place. You need to add at least 60 drops, but can add up to 120 drops depending on how strong you want the scent.

Here are a few choices and the benefits so you can decide what works for you:
     Grapefruit - anti-inflammatory and stress-fighter
     Eucalyptus - reduces inflammation, helps respiratory issues
     Lavender - anti-inflammatory, relaxing, reduces anxiety, improve brain function
     Lemon - rejuvenate energy, improve skin
     Lemon Balm - anti-inflammatory, skin health promoting, antibiotic
     Lemon Grass - reduces inflammation, repels bugs, fights bacteria
     Orange - decreasing wrinkles, easing anxiety, increasing circulation
     Rosemary - anti-oxidant, improves memory
     Thyme - increases circulation, balances hormones, kills germs

Now comes the tricky park.  You want to bombs to stick together, but if you add water they will fizz now and not later when you add them to the bath. So instead you use a spray bottle filled with Witch Hazel.  Spritz the mixture in the bowl a couple of times, then mix with your hands to get the moisture worked into the dry ingredients.

Spritz again.  Mix again.  Continue this process until the mixture clumps in your fist.  

Now it is ready to be pressed into the molds.  

Allow to dry in the mold for 24 to 48 hours depending on humidity, then unmold.  Store in a tightly sealed jar to hold back moisture.

TO USE: Add one bomb to bath water after tub is full.  Slip into the water and enjoy the fizzy joy and aroma.

Bath Bomb Recipe

 1 Cup Baking Soda
 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
 1/2 Cup Coarse Epsom Salt
 1 1/2 Tablespoons Vitamin E Oil (3 droppers full)
 5 to 7 mL Essential oil of your choice (Skin safe fragrance)
 Witch Hazel as needed

1. Measure out the Baking Soda, Citric Acid and Corn Starch and pour into the bowl. Work the powders to remove any clumps.
2. Add the Coarse Epsom Salt to the powders and mix until combined.
3. Add the Vitamin E Oil to the dry ingredients and mix using your hands until there are no more clumps.
4. Add Essential Oil and mix until well incorporated.
5. Spray the mix with Witch Hazel (between 10 and 15 sprays, 2 at a time.) Mix in with your hands until the mixture clumps in your fist.
6. Press your mixture into a silicone mold as tightly as you can. 
7. Allow to set over night.
8. Remove from molds and enjoy a nice relaxing fizzing bath.

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