Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Go To Bath Bomb Recipe


There are Basic Bath Bombs which add a great fizz and fun to your bath but, not much else. Yes they smell great and yes they do have the skin softening qualities from the baking soda, they usually have a little (and I mean little) moisturizing oil but, they don't pack a huge punch of moisturizer.


I developed this recipe because I love the fizzle of a bath bomb but, the silkiness of a bath melt. Because I do not--- and I mean can't stand to put on moisturizer I will soak in a bath full of butters and oils to keep my skin sufficiently hydrated.

Moisturizing Bath Bombs (Megs Go To Recipe)

 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Baking Soda
3 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay
4 Tablespoons Sweet Almond oil *(see substitution below)
1 oz Fragrance oil (I used Cranberry and Fig Fragrance Oil) or 7-15 drops of essential oil
Mica or Liquid Coloring if desired** (I used Mica - Brilliant Red Glitter)
1 Cup, plus 3 Tablespoons Citric Acid
4-10 Sprites of Witch Hazel in a Spray Bottle
* Substitutions for Sweet Almond Oil can be any other moisturizing oil such as Jojoba, Grape seed, Coconut or Walnut Oil. You can also melt down butters and use any of them for example Cocoa, Shea, Mango, Sweet Almond, Pistachio, Avocado or Ucuuba Butter.
** The water in food coloring will make the citric acid react so be sure to not add too much and to mix quickly if adding after the citric acid has been incorporated

Tools:

Disposable rubber gloves
Mask (if you are sensitive to airborne powders)
Sieve
Large Mixing Bowl
Spray Bottle
Plastic Christmas Bauble Decoration
Sheet pan
Towel
Wax or Parchment Paper


Directions:

1.       Sift the Baking Soda and Kaolin Clay into a large mixing bowl. If you are adding a powdered Mica coloring add now. Mix the powders with your hands (make sure to wear your gloves to save your nails!) until combined and there are no more lumps.
2.       In a separate small bowl mix the Almond oil and Fragrance together.
3.       Add wet ingredients to the dry mixture. If you are adding a liquid or food coloring add now. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are combined.
4.       Sift in the Citric Acid and mix until well combined (30-40 seconds). The mixture should be the consistency of wet sand and hold together when squeezed tightly in your hand.  If it is too dry add a few sprays of Witch Hazel or Water and mix quickly. You want to mix quickly because this will activate the fizzing in the Citric Acid and you don’t want it to react too much yet. Depending on the humidity in your climate you will need more or less sprays. Just use a couple at a time and mix quickly and thoroughly, testing after each addition until the mixture stays together.
***Do Not Add Too Much Liquid! If you add too much your bath bomb will react and when it is setting can react like this Bath Bomb. I exaggerated to show what can happen (used about 30 Sprays).



5.       Once your mixture is holding together get your plastic Christmas tree decoration and over fill each side. Press the Mold together; add firm pressure to get the Bath Bomb to hold its shape. Run your finger along the seam to give it a nice smooth line. Release the Mold and set on a sheet pan lined with a towel and some wax or parchment paper on top.
6.       Let the finished Bath Bombs fry over night.
7.       Store in an air tight bag or container until ready to use or package for a gift.


Caution:  the amount of butters in this Bath Bomb will make your skin moisturized but, in turn will leave your bath slippery. Please be careful getting out of the bath.

36 comments:

  1. No joke, I check your blog everyday for bath bomb updates!! Way too excited about this!! Your bombs are perfect (never actually used one) but they are stunning! I am going to give these to my kids' teachers for Xmas, so I cannot "pin it" openly - YET! Everyone needs to see these, but not before Xmas. THANK YOU for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure! So glad your liking them. I have a lot more posts to come and a video for this one as well. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

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  2. About how many of the bombs did you get out of this recipe and how big is it? Excited to try this!

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    1. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner Melissa some how missed your question.

      I got 5 medium Bath Bombs out of this batch using the medium size mold. There are three sizes I have found.

      I like the smaller (60mm) bath bombs when I'm using essential oil because, the essential oil tends to be a stronger scent and more expensive so you can get away with using less in your bath.

      The medium (80mm) I use when I'm making them with fragrance oil.

      Finally the large (100mm) I use when making Detox Bath Bombs and Bath Bombs for kids. The Detox I make large because you need that much of the ingredients to actually work at detoxifying. They kids one I make Large so they fizz longer and also because I don't add very much fragrance or oils to these so they don't bother there delicate skin.

      Hope this helps!

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  3. These look awesome! How do you add the salt or oatmeal to them?

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  4. Love everything you make.. thank you for sharing :) but how do you make the tangerine oatmeal bath bombs??

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  5. This is awesome - I am loving all of your great recipes! I'm stoked to try them...this is the best resource I've found for bath bombs! Ty!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa, I'm so glad to hear you like them. I hope to keep up the good work with the next batch of tutorials coming in December.

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  6. Hello! I can't wait to try these recipes you post! But just curious, where do you get your essential oils? Thanks! :)

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    1. Taylor,

      So glad your going to try some of the recipes, hope you like them.
      I get my essential oils from two different places newdirectionsaromatics.ca and also saffireblue.ca. I prefer the Oils from new directions aromatics but, sometimes they are out of something I am looking for so I will get them from Saffire Blue while placing my supply order. However if I lived in the United States I would definitely check out brambleberry.com I have heard good things about their essential and fragrance oils but there shipping to Canada is ridiculous so I haven’t purchased from them.

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  7. Do you have a post with just your different fragrance recipes? I'm trying to learn ratios for a good fragrance. Love your posts so far! Happy Crafting

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment! I don't have a post dedicated to Fragrance recipes as of yet, I tend to use a different one for each of my products. I'll have to put something together in the future.

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  8. Would you mind giving me the recepie for the detox bath bomb. Me and my daughters are making bath bombs for Christmas

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    1. I have just filmed the video for this Mariah and will be uploading it soon. I have made two different Detox bath bombs and hope you and your daughters enjoy them!

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  9. Where is the tutorial for you detox bath bomb?

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  10. Can this be made without the clay? Ive used sea salt and Epsom salt together in one recipe.

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  11. i just made these and they turned out perfect!!! thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked them!

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  12. so do you know about how much each one costs? it sounds kind of expensive if its 1 oz of oil for 5 bombs. Or do you mean .1 oz?

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  13. Hi i was wondering if you knew which witch hazel to use? with or with out alcohol or does it not matter?

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  14. Hello! Thanks so much for the recipe. Is it possible to make without the clay?

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  18. Hi! Begging bath bomb maker here! My current set of bombs called for Kaolin Clay as well but found it dried out fast with even a table spoon of it. Can this be omitted from the mix?

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  19. I sell bath bombs on etsy and occasionally I have ones that get to customers that have crumbled, I haven't used the clay in my recipe yet, but I did order it and I wanted to know how much of a difference will it make as far as holding its shape?

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  20. Love this, definitely going to try this and write a review on my blog

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  21. Love this, definitely going to try this and write a review on my blog

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  22. 1 Oz of fragrance oil seems like it's a lot, was that a typo?

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  23. They are being diluted in a bathtub full of water, so is not a high percentage

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  24. Evening primrose oil is thought to help mitigate the side effects of numerous regular skin conditions so this is the reason evening primrose oil is frequently added to skincare items like bombs for the shower. wholesale bath bombs

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  25. I've heard Kaolin clay can help stabilize the bath bomb but I've also heard it can dry out the bomb. What is the truth? What's been your experience so far? I want to ship one to my sister-in-law as a present. Do you think the addition of the clay will help hold the bomb together?
    Thanks! This is a fantastic recipe and tutorial!

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    1. Thanks for your message Jannie, I'm so glad you like the tutorial.
      I find the Kaolin clay helps to firm up bath bombs and products in general when there are a lot of oils involved. The addition of the oils makes the product less sturdy. If you are worried about the bath bomb lasting during shipping I would suggest reducing the amount of oil in the recipe. Use 1-2 Tbs of oil or melted butter and about 15 drops of essential oil. This will result in a much firmer bath bomb.

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  26. Did you ever make the detox bath bomb video with recipe? I'm very interested in these

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  27. I need help ! I made these bath bombs and they dried very sandpaper- like (small bumps) and did not fizz great in the tub. Kind of sunk to bottom with lack luster fizz. What did I do wrong ? Too much moisture?

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  28. Do I need to put Kaolin clay in to the mix can I use something else?

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