What do you do to unwind after a long day? Or when your muscles are feeling tired and achy? My time tested, go-to remedy is a soak in a hot bubble bath. I grab my book and a glass of wine, and I’m good to go. And while it’s hard to improve upon that, I’ve just discovered a little bit of bath magic.
The bath bomb. And it seriously is... da bomb. (ha! you must’ve seen that coming.)
Would you look how pretty?!
Recently one of my sweet friends gave me a couple Lush bath bombs for my birthday. That same night I used a pink and purple one. Just dropped it in my bath and after a flurry of fizzing and bubbles, I found myself sitting in soft fuchsia water, filled with hot pink confetti hearts. And it smelled SO beautiful! I absolutely loved it. When I was done, I got out of the tub smelling lightly perfumed and feeling silky soft. Perrrrfect.
The rub? These little babies are spendy! Some almost as much as $10 a piece! That’s why I went looking for a DIY tutorial this week. Why spend all that money, when you can easily make your own? Seriously, so easy.
What you’ll need:
• 1/2 cup citric acid – Great tip: Pick it up at a brewing supply store! Much less expensive.
• 1 cup baking soda
• 3/4 cup cornstarch
• 1/4 cup sugar
• About 6 drops food coloring
• 10 to 15 drops essential oil(s)
• Candy heart sprinkles (or some other pretty, dissolvable sprinkles)
• Spray bottle with a fine spray – travel size works perfectly
• Silicone tray
Mix the first four ingredients and stir well to break up any lumps.
Add your pretty little sprinkles (I didn’t skimp – added about half the vial). Mix'm up.
I loved the confetti hearts in my last bath so much, I found my own :).
Next add your food coloring to the water in your spray bottle. I tried to get it orangy-pinky like an actual pink grapefruit, using my super saturated color gel.
Mist your mixture enough to dampen it, but not so much that it fizzes. And stir. You may hear some slight fizzing – just do your best to keep it to a minimum.
You want it to be packable, like wet sand. It took me a few minutes of misting and stirring. Once you can pack it with your hands, add the oil and stir. I used about 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil. I just kept sniffing it until I was happy with the strength. I love citrus scents, so that was my first choice. But if you prefer something calmer, try jasmine, lavender, chamomile, or nutmeg. Here's a list of essential oils and their purported effect on mood, if you’re into it.
Some local business love! A friend of mine, Shannon Meade, is a product consultant for dōTERRA, and offers Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils. Definitely check her out here: www.mydoterra.com/smeade. And contact her here: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. She’s a great contact if you’re in the market for high quality essential oils.
Now, get your tray ready by adding your sprinkles in first. Then spoon the mixture in and pack it down with the back of your spoon.
Let them dry overnight (mine took about ten hours) and be gentle as you remove them.
When you’re ready for a bath, just drop one in and enjoy your lovely little escape :).
And they make great, low-cost gifts! Who wouldn’t love these?