“When all else fails, take a bath.”
My friend, Robert, was telling about a visit from his granddaughter over the weekend. Seems the little one loves to take baths. Also partial to the hot tub. Cleanest little lady in town.
Robert introduced his granddaughter to bath bombs. Those are the colorful, spherical inventions that a person throws into the tub so they can watch the water fizz! A party in the tub! You are a good grandpa, Robert. You’re also now aware of how much each bath bomb can cost.
So Robert asked, “Do you think Grandma Pat can find a recipe for bath bombs?” I was off and running. Went to my friend, the Internet, and found a plethora of recipes for bath bombs. I decided to try three of the recipes.
My kitchen soon looked as if an actual bomb had gone off. I made half batches. Half batches make a lot.
I decided not to purchase the plastic spheres to make official looking bath bombs, but instead press the mixture into my mini muffin tin. Two of the recipes were done that way. For the third, I decided to use the mellon ball maker. They would be tinier but would be way easier, I thought.
1 3/4 cup baking soda
1 cup citric acid
2 cups corn starch
spritz bottle filled with food coloring tinted water
Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Lightly spritz (5 or 6 spritz) the dry ingredients with the tinted water, mixing well after each spritz. Continue to do this until the mixture holds together when squeezed. This took longer than I thought it would.
Add a few drops of essential oil if you want the bath bombs scented. Mix well. Press into molds or a mini muffin tin. Allow to dry for 3 or 4 hours. A half batch of the above recipe made 24 mini muffin sized bath bombs.
The light colored bath bombs in this pic are from the above recipe. The pink bombs are from the recipe that follows.
1 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
1/2 c corn starch
1/2 cup light oil, such as canola or olive
food coloring, optional
essential oil, optional
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Dump in the rest of the ingredients. Mix together (hands or a fork work well) until blended. Press into a mold. Allow them to dry overnight. Done! I really liked this recipe because of the simplicity. Be aware, however, that the oil could make the tub a bit slippery.
And then it got really interesting because of my brilliant idea!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup epsom salts
1/2 cup citric acid
2 T coconut oil, the liquid kind
3 t water
Mix wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Slowly add wet to dry while stirring with a fork. The dry ingredients may start to fizz a bit but don’t panic. I will tell you when to panic.
Continue to mix until the mixture holds together when you squeeze it. Now you’re ready to form genuine bath bombs.
At this point I could have put the mixture into the mini muffin tin, but I thought, “What the heck. Why don’t I simply form half balls with my mellon baller and place them on a tile to dry.” Seemed like a good idea at the time.
After about 5 minutes I noticed that the half balls were swelling. They continued to swell until I had to get a second tile and reposition them in order to give them enough room. But this was not the end. (It might be time to panic.) The swollen half balls then began to collapse until they looked like cookies.
I decided to allow them to dry and test them for fizziness or put them on a cookie plate for a hilarious practical joke. Fortunately, my evil twin lost the argument.
Once dry, I found that in spite of their transformative phase, they fizzed. So now I am the proud inventor of the bath cookie! The excitement never ends!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.