Gift Idea: DIY Bath Bombs

December 16, 2018

All I want this time of year is warmth and relaxation, and nightly baths complete with a bath bomb is one of my favorite, most extra way to accomplish that. But store-bought bath bombs can add up real quick, so earlier this week I decided to make some for myself and to gift to some of the ladies on my list this year. I got so many questions about how to make them after posting them on my Instagram, I figured I'd share the recipe with y'all just in time for you to make them as last minute gifts for your girlfriends, sisters, mom, grandma, secret santa, or just to keep for yourself.

 

They make the perfect stocking stuffer or little gift addition for anyone on your list who could use a little extra self-care and comfort this winter and they take less than 10 minutes to make! Major score. The essential oils relax your mind and body while the salts and oils help soothe dry winter skin. Plus, adding coloring and dry flowers will make anyone feel like they're getting a spa treatment in the comfort of their own tub. 

 

 

Ingredients: (I used medium sized ice cube trays and this made 8 cubes)

 

8 ounces of baking soda (softens skin and reduces irritants)

4 ounces citric acid (what makes it fizz)

4 ounces corn starch (reduces irritants on skin)

4 ounces Epsom salts (helps detox for smooth skin)

2 tsp. water

2 tsp. essential oils (I used lavender for relaxation but you can use any scent you like)

2 tsp. almond oil (softens skin)

Ice cube tray (Any size you like will work. You could also use a cupcake tin, or any other shape mold you like.)

 

Optional: 

Food coloring

Dried flowers 

 

Instructions:

 

1. Mix the baking soda, corn starch, and epsom salts together in a large bowl.

 

2. In a small bowl, mix the water, essential oil, almond oil and food coloring if you are using it.

 

3. Add the small bowl to the big bowl and mix well, until the consistency is dry/moist sand-like. (think flour consistency) This will take a few minutes to make sure you crush all the wet chunks and mix it together well. If it's your first time making these, using color is a good way to help tell when your mixture is throughly combined. You'll know you're done mixing when you can hold a squeeze a small clump in your hand and it holds together.

 

4. Add the citric acid and mix well. 

 

5. Add your dried flowers if desired.

 

6. Pack the final mixture tightly into the mold you are using. Wait 24 hours for the bath bombs to set and you're done! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. 

 

 

I hope y'all have an amazing holiday season full of love, happiness, and all of the extra self care. (; 

 

Xo, Ana 

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