Adventures In Bomb Making

Okay, so how this all begins is I had received a beauty subscription box that contained a box of bath bombs a while back.  My son and I loved them.  However, there were two problems.  The first problem was that they had artificial dyes and fragrances, which I did not like.  The second problem was that bath bombs come with a hefty price tag.  I decided to buy off of amazon a bath bomb kit https://www.amazon.com/bMAKER-Complete-Therapeutic-Essential-Colorants/dp/B01FY8ISJC/ref=lp_14181164011_1_2_a_it?srs=14181164011&ie=UTF8&qid=1485394085&sr=8-2&th=1

It was awesome. My 6 year old loved making them with me.  After the initial batch, we wanted to make more.  The tricky part is, the recipe called for citric acid and that is not something I have lying around the house.  I decided to search for alternative recipes.  We tried two different ones out. One definitely had more success than the other, but the original citric acid recipe was for sure the most successful.

My first recipe base called for: 1/2 cup of baking soda,

4 drops of essential oils

4 drops of lemon juice

8 tablespoons of witch hazel

spray bottle to add till wet sand like texture so compacts

This recipe was way to small for my large mold so I doubled it right away.  As you can see in my picture, I also added the organic supergreens powder.  The spirulina and chlorella make good natural colorants.  The mixture also contains, nettle leaf, wheat grass, barley grass, burdock root, horsetail, alfalfa leaf, kelp, ginger root, nopal, oat grass, dulse, dandelion root, kale, parsley, spinach, and broccoli.  That is a whole lot of nutrients to be bathing in!  I used equal parts of Ylang Ylang essential oil mixed with Lavender essential oil which made it a very relaxing aroma.  As the bombs were setting, I did have a couple crack, but others stayed perfectly fine.  They all came from same batch so not sure why some were good where as others were not? Overall I would say they turned out pretty well.

The next batch called for: 1 cup of baking soda

1/2 cup of corn starch

4 tablespoons of cream of tarter

1/2 cup of epsom salts

2 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil

3/4 tablespoon of water

Now from my experience, I thought immediately the 3/4 tablespoon of water was not nearly enough it was way to dry to pack so I added more.  I ended up adding 10 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil and 10 drops of Lemon essential oil, for an uplifting citrus smell. I ended up adding tumeric as my natural food colorant and tumeric has many health benefits as well such as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant just to name a few.  At first the bombs looked good.  But, by the next day, those orange babies were cracked to pieces.        

 

Both recipes smelled fabulous, and the first base worked better than the second.  Even so, next time I plan on just ordering citric acid from amazon to do the original recipe my kit came with.  They turned out much better!  I am all for trying the same add-ins with that base though, I was pretty happy with what I came up with in that department.

 

 

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