Firstly, I tend to wing things, I’m fairly sure there are recipes out there that aren’t mushy like mine, but I prefer to mould mine this way. I don’t have moulds so hands had to do. You will need:
Baking Soda 2 parts
Citric Acid 1 part
Essential Oils – I used patchouli, geranium and rose.
Carrier Oil – I used coconut oil and about a teaspoon for what I made.
Mini Cake Cases
A Mixing Bowl/Jug
Dried flowers to decorate
food colouring if you want to colour them, I forgot so mine are natural 😉
As I needed a few as gifts, I guessed the amount and it worked out pretty well. I got 14 bath bombs from 6 dessert spoons of baking soda and 3 of citric acid (I’d recommend using a more accurate measure but I cook like this, what can I say).
I’m sure you all know how to add bicarbonate of soda and citric acid into a jug but just to show you the differences in textures before and after I have put it in. Next you add the oils and need to mix them well, patchouli needs to be almost crushed in as it’s thick.
Then start adding water, I recommend a spray bottle, typically I couldn’t find one so I trickled it in, mixing vigorously (not what I’d recommend to be honest lol). Again, this worked fine and I ended up with the image below, you’ll notice it is clumping together.
I then moulded them by pushing rather than rolling. I did this by hand.
I then put it into a case and pushed some petals into the top.
Mine tend to puff up a bit, so I just push the petals in a bit more to make sure they stay there, I suspect that they aren’t meant to puff up, maybe I add too much water when I make them, but they work so I just make them anyway 🙂
They took me about 10 minutes to make 🙂
The mixture can get a little hard quite quickly but if you keep mixing it you can keep working it 🙂