by Paul Duxbury
Bath bombs are
easy to make and provide a delightful fizzing adventure in the tub.
If you do not know what a bath bomb is, it is a sweet scented mixture
of citric acid, baking soda and other ingredients that fizz when you
plop them into your tub. As your bomb fizzes, the scent is released
filling the room with a comforting aroma that lasts for hours.
To make bath bombs,
you will need 1/3 part citric acid, and 2/3 part baking soda as well
as some witch hazel in a spray bottle.
First, mix the
baking soda and citric acid together well, so that they are blended
well. Next, add colorant if desired (you can use dried herbs for colour,
just a pinch or so) and enough fragrance to scent the mixture well.
Now, grab your
witch hazel, and work fast as the mixture will start fizzing once you
start adding the hazel. Spritz
with one hand, and stir well with the other hand until the mixture
is thoroughly wet with a consistency of play dough.
Now firmly press
your mixture into molds (ice cube trays work well), then let your bombs
sit overnight until dry. If your bombs fizz in the molds, just continue
pressing them down, This just means that you used too much witch hazel
resulting in a mixture that was too wet.
Over time you
will know what consistency is best for the humidity in your area. Until
then, practice makes perfect. The more you pack your mixture into your
mold, the longer lasting and harder your bombs will be.
Your bath bombs
can be used for yourself, as gifts to family and friends or sold to
make some spare cash.
A nice way to
package your bombs for gift giving would be to wrap them in cellophane
and place a few in a large coffee cup, along with a sealed bag of hot
cocoa, tea or coffee and a small candle. Wrap this attractively in
colourful wrap, add a bow, and you have a mini spa treat that is sure
to please anyone.
Paul is Head of
Training for a major UK Charitable Organization with a wealth of experience
in personal development, management development, e-learning and operational
In addition he
owns PK eBooks (http://www.pk-ebooks.co.uk) and has just published
a Guide to Making Soaps and Candles which can be found at http://www.pk-ebooks.co.uk/making_soaps_and_candles.htm
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