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Make Your Own Bath Bombs

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August 8, 2017

Bath bombs can add a little excitement to your bath time. They are mostly made from packed, dry ingredients, spiked with oils, dyes, and colorful additives. Bath bombs fizzle when submerged in water, creating a relaxing bathing experience. The simple science behind bath bombs is fascinating and can be explained in these helpful instructions.

Are you ready to make your own bath bombs? Listed below are the Mindful ingredients you’ll need. 

  • The dry base. For the base for your bath bombs use citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and Epsom salts. Baking soda and citric acid, which is known to even out skin tones, are the main ingredients for a bath bomb. They cause the fizzy reaction that makes bath bombs so popular. The cornstarch thickens the water and the Epsom salts relax sore muscles. 
  • Moisture. Adding a little moisture helps keep all the dry ingredients together. A little water or even tea can help pack the ingredients. Use coconut oil and almond oil to help moisturize your skin. You should also add essential oils to create a pleasant aroma. Eucalyptus oil can create a stress-reducing bath and a bath bomb with chamomile oil is the perfect way to relax before bed.
  • Additives. There are a few additives that can kick your bath bombs up a notch. Dried flowers, dried herbs, and citrus peels are just some suggestions for your bath bombs. You can use dried lavender and rose petals in your bath bombs for decorative purposes. You can use rosemary, which can treat skin conditions such as eczema, and lemongrass, which reduces muscle pain. You can also use the peel or zest of citrus fruits, such as limes or oranges, for a more energizing bath.
  • Color. Bathing in colorful water is half the fun, so if you would like to add some color to your bath bomb consider food coloring. However, there are some downsides that you should keep in mind. Colorful bath bombs can stain the tub—you’ll need to give the tub a thorough scrub down when you’re done. 
  • Molds. You can use practically anything for a bath bomb mold—plastic circular ornaments, muffin tins, and plastic Easter eggs. Be sure to firmly pack the mixture into the mold with a spoon—the mold needs to be filled evenly. Let the bath bombs sit in the mold for a couple of hours or overnight before taking your creations out from the molds.

Note: Bath bombs do loose their effectiveness over time. So it’s best to use your bath bomb soon after you’ve made them. If you plan on giving your bath bombs away as a gift consider writing down their creation date.

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