Bath Bombs

It started with a trip to the library that resulted in a hefty pile of books on soapmaking at home and considering it is school holidays, I thought the activity might be a nice way to pass some time for my daughter. They are actually surprisingly easy to make, and create an exciting fizz in the bath water! You may find you already have the ingredients in your pantry, if not, they are easily found in the baking section of supermarkets. .

The recipe we have calls for the following ingredients:

1 cup baking soda (bi-carb soda)
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup cornstarch (cornflour)
10-15 drops fragrance oil of choice
4 drops of liquid colourant
(although I think perhaps we somehow had slightly more!)
Assorted chocolate moulds, spray bottle, bowls and spoons

Basically, all you do is mix the dry ingredients together and then scoop out about a third of this mix into a smaller bowl. Add the fragrance oil and colouring and mix well (we used honeysuckle oil and yellow colouring), then add this back to the main mix and stir well. To make the bombs, put a small amount of the mix into the smaller bowl and spritz lightly with a spray bottle of water. You want the mix just slightly damp, NOT WET, as the soda will start to fizz. If it becomes too wet and starts fizzing, just add more of the powder mix. The mix should hold together when squeezed between your fingers, but still be crumbly. Now, fill the moulds, one at a time and then unmould onto a thin piece of cardboard.

Gently slide the moulded bath bomb onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper and allow to dry overnight

My 10 y.o daughter did most of these bath bombs and loved seeing them pop out of the moulds.
Looking forward to trying these out in the bath soon!


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