As a treat for myself and my two little girls I decided to make some bath bombs today. In celebration of the herb of the year 2012, and because it is so gentle on my little one’s skins and beautifully florally, I decided to make them with Rose essential oil and rose petals. They really came out beautiful and I cannot wait to see them fizz all their good stuff into the bath this evening!
Here’s how I did it:
- 1 cup Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
- 1/2 cup Citric Acid
- 1/2 cup Cornflour
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
- 2 3/4 tablespoon base oil (I used Grapeseed, but Almond or Avocado or any other would be good too)
- 3/4 tablespoon water
- 65 drops of Rose Essential Oil
- Colouring (use cosmetic grade) optional
- Rose petals (washed, dried and pesticide free) optional
- Mix the dry ingredients together, making sure it is well processed with no lumps and a good distribution of everything.
- Mix the liquid ingredients together in a small glass jug (you’ll get a sort of oil-water suspension, but won’t get a perfect mix – don’t worry!)
- Slowly, in a thin stream, add the liquid to the dry ingredients while continually stirring through with a whisk. Make sure that the dry ingredients don’t fizz and bubble in reaction to the wet mix (if it does, just quickly try to mix the fizzy bit into some dry bits.
The resulting mixture should resemble damp sea sand, it won’t be soggy and it won’t be dry.
- Tightly pack the mixture into your moulds and let it set for a few minutes (about 5 minutes is sufficient)
- Tap out onto wax paper and let dry for a few hours.
- Pack in a dry place until use (any bit of moisture will start to react with the bath bombs).