Making bath bombs its easy and fun and can be a fun activity for you and your kids. It only takes half an hour to make them and 2 to 3 hours in the fridge to set.
You can experiment with colors, flowers, and herbs from the garden, and use a lot of different shapes.
If you do decide to make this an activity with your kids, please bear in mind that bath bombs are not edible, there are safe to use in the bath, but not to eat.
- 100g bicarbonate of soda
- 50g citric acid
- 25g cornflour
- 25g Epsom salt (optional)
- 2 tbsp oil – such as sunflower, coconut or olive oil
- ¼ tsp essential oil
- Mica powder
- orange peel, lavender or rose petals, to decorate (optional)
You will also need
- mixing bowl
Put the bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour, and Epsom salt in a bowl, then whisk until fully combine
Pour the base oil, essential oil, and mica powder in a small bowl. Mix well, combining the oil with the colouring as much as possible.
Very slowly add the oil mixture into the dry ingredients a little at a time, whisking between each addition. When all the oil is added, add a few tiny drops of water, and whisk again (it will fizz when you add the water, so mix it in quickly). You’re looking for the mixture to slightly clump together when pressed in your hand and keep its shape – it shouldn’t be too wet.
If you’re adding peel or flower petals to decorate, drop them into the bottom of your chosen mould. Pack your mixture tightly on top, pressing down and smoothing out the top with a teaspoon.
Place the mould in the fridge and leave your bath bombs to dry for 2-3 hrs, then carefully remove it. It’s now ready to drop into the bath – watch it fizz away!