MISSION: BUILD A BETTER STRESS-BUSTER

Make your own bath bombs in 6 easy steps

There's nothing like a warm soak in the tub with a soothing, fragrant bath bomb to melt away the stress of a hectic week. But what if your favorite bath store doesn't have the scent or ingredients you crave in a bath bomb? Then you can make your own—and it takes just minutes to whip them up!

To show you how, we've recruited bath bomb expert Anne-Marie Faiola, owner and operator of Bramble Berry, Inc. Anne-Marie started her soap and toiletry supply business in her kitchen 10 years ago and is now one of the largest vendors of this kind in the nation. You can learn more about bath bombs as well as soapmaking from her instructional website Teachsoap.com.

Here's Anne-Marie's easy 6-step recipe for making your own bath bombs:

What you need

• 1 cup citric acid 

• 2 cups baking soda

• Metal or ceramic mixing bowl (don't use plastic since it will retain the fragrance)

• Witch hazel in a spray bottle

• Optional: Coloring of your choice (such as food coloring, mica, oxides or try Bramble Berry's new La Bomb colorants, which are bright, water-based colorants specifically for bath bombs and are less likely to stain your tub)

• Optional: 1/4 ounce to 1/2 ounce of fragrance oil of your choice (try one or more of Bramble Berry's essential oils]

• Optional: Herbs or flowers of your choice

• Optional: One to two tablespoons of moisturizing oils, such as almond or avocado oil (Note: These oils will make your tub slippery, so be careful!)

• Bath bomb mold


Instructions

Step 1. Blend the citric acid and baking soda extremely well, eliminating all clumps. If you don’t blend well, you end up with a grainy bomb. You can use an electric blender, mixer or fork. If it gets too dusty, spritz in a little witch hazel to dampen it down.

   

Step 2. Add your colorant. Food color tends to speckle. Dry pigments, such as mica or oxides work better. Bramble Berry's La Bomb colorants are specifically formulated for bath bombs and are less likely to stain your tub than other colorants. Don’t add too much color though. The brightness shows up once you add the witch hazel.

Step 3. Add fragrance oils to suit your personal aroma preference.

Step 4. This is the tricky part. Using the spray bottle, spritz the witch hazel onto your batch while stirring it with the other hand. The moment your batch sticks together when squeezed in your hand, it's ready to be put it in the molds.

Timing is critical at this point. If you wait too long to put the batch in the mold, the mixture will get hard. If you spritz too much, the mixture will be too wet and “grow” (start the fizzing reaction).

Step 5. Put the bombs in molds. Be sure to pack the bombs as hard as you can, removing all the air. Dense, heavy bath bombs are less likely to crack and last longer in your bath.

Step 6. Wait a few minutes, then tap the bath bombs out of the molds. Let them air dry for three to four hours.

 

Once they're dry, they're done and ready to be put into your bath!


 

Make your own bath bomb recipe

You can mix and match fragrances, herbs and oils to create your own signature bath bomb. To get inspired, here are a few of Anne-Marie's favorite recipes:

Crushed lavender buds and lavender essential oil

Vanilla fragrance and cinnamon spice

Chocolate fragrance oil and cocoa powder

Dried and grated orange rinds and  citrus fragrance

 

  

 

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