Making Bath Bombs and Bath Salts with Friday’s Guest, Cath Penwarn
Making bath bombs and bath salts is messy fun so it pays to collect all your bits and pieces before you start.
- small baby food jars with lids,
- paper for decorating the lid,
- clear plastic cookie bags for your bath salt gifts,
- a pencil to trace with,
- a jar of citric acid (to make two),
- baking soda,
- flower blossoms (I used rose and camomile flowers, sourced from our local tea shop),
- essential oils such as lavender and peppermint,
- witchhazel from your local supermarket decanted into a spray bottle
- a bag of pink himalayan salt.
You’ll also need something to work in such as those silver roasting trays from the supermarket, and small foil muffin moulds to make the bath bombs.
To make the bath bombs, fill your container with 1/3 cup of citric acid and 2/3 cup of baking soda.
Add a small handful of flowers to your mix. You might go half and half, or choose rose for one mix and camomile for another mix as I’m doing below.
Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the container, then begin to stir the mixture around using your fingers.
The fun part is spraying the witchhazel. As you spray, the salts will begin to fizz. Keep spraying until the mixture begins to stick together and feel damp.
When it feels like playdough, push the mix into one of your silver foil muffin pans. Your mix will now begin to sprout and fizz and expand upwards, like bread dough. Use your hands to push the mix down, and down again, until the fizz begins to settle.
Once it calms down, leave the bath bomb to sit and consolidate. It will take up to 3 hours to harden. Then it is ready for you to use in your next hot bath. I guarantee you’ll come out with youthful skin that just glows, not to mention smelling of a flower bed.
Bath salts need to be stored in a pretty jar. First, we can decorate the lid of our jar. Trace around the lid with a pencil on a piece of pretty paper.
Find an object that is about 1cm wider all around than your lid. This cardboard tube works well. Trace around it on the paper as shown.
Use a pair of scissors to make indents from the outer line to the inner. Fold up these flaps, then glue the paper to the lid of your jar. Instant pretty gift wrap.
To make the bath salts, we first need to find a container. I like to recycle so I simply turned the containers from the bath bombs inside out. This gave me an instantly clean container. In here, place 1 and 1/2 cups of epsom salts, 1/2 cup pink himalayan salt, 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda, a small hand scoop of your favourite flower (maybe a mix of both), and a drop or two of your favourite essential oil.
I also like to use herbs in my bath salts. They give a different quality of experience, savoury rather than sweet almost. I love basil, mint and rosemary but you can try just about anything.
Mix the salts around until they are well circulated then pour them into your jar. Close the jar with your pretty papered lid.
Any excess salts can be placed into the clear plastic bags and sealed with a ribbon.
Don’t you think these would make a delightful sensory gift for someone who likes handmade goodies?
I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do.
Thanks Cath. What an experience this was.
I’m sure lots of people will be making their own bath bomb and bath salt gifts this weekend.
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