Every now and again it’s nice to take an hour all to myself at the end of a long, busy day. Sometimes that “me time” involves catching the latest episode of Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey, other times it’s grabbing a few homemade bath bombs and taking a relaxing, steamy soak in the tub while listening to a favorite podcast.
Baths are so relaxing! Warm water, steamy air, alone time, a glass of wine…does it get any better than that? Well, yes. It can.
I’m not a big fan of bubble bath because I find all those suds irritating. It’s one of those “sounded good at the time” things that eventually becomes annoying. Not enough bubbles. TOO many bubbles. Can’t quite get the bubbles rinsed off. ENOUGH.
Know what’s nice? Homemade bath bombs. They add a little scent and luxuriousness without the added fuss of bubbles everywhere.
And, they’re also super simple to make! #notkidding
Sure, you can buy bath bombs. If you’re going to go that route, find Etsy shops that sell them (and then at least you’re supporting a small business), or peruse shops like the ones we have in downtown Frederick, where homemade soaps and bath accessories from local artisans are plentiful.
That said, I’m serious when I say that making these homemade bath bombs was a breeze. This coming from a girl who has a Pinterest board titled “I’m not crafty, but if I was….”
For my homemade bath bombs, I used candy molds to make small disks that look like…well…little candies. (Shocking.)
I also pulled out a mini muffin tin to make bath bombs that were a little bit bigger. Truth be told, a small ice cream scoop and a wax-paper-lined baking sheet would do the job just fine, too!
SO, one short, inexpensive trip to a local craft store, and about 30 minutes of “craftiness” at home was all it took to pull these scented beauties off. Perfect.
(Because that’s about all the time and patience I have for a project like this.)
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 1/8 cup cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon water
- 3-5 drops natural food coloring (optional)
- Candy molds (optional)
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl with a whisk.
- Combine the wet ingredients in a separate small bowl.
- Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until it gets clumpy.
- Press the mixture into the candy molds OR use a small ice cream scoop to form half-spheres and then set them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Place the molds in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
- Gently pop the homemade bath bombs out onto a paper towel and continue chilling them for another hour.
- Store the homemade bath bombs in a zip top bag or in a mason jar with a lid.
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