A fun twist on bath salts is making fizzy bath bombs, especially for kids. This basic recipe can be moulded into various shapes, sizes, colors, textures, aromas, or even with a toy inside that is fun to discover.
My toddler recently fell in love with throwing snowballs so I wanted him to have a fun winter bath. He decorated craft foam holiday shapes that I cut out (we’ve been playing with new themes monthly), enjoyed a drop of blue food coloring in the water, and loved exploring these bubbly bombs infused with essential oils.
You Will Need:
- 1 1/2 cups sodium bicarbonate aka baking soda [Sometimes I do 1 cup baking soda plus 1/2 cup Epsom salt instead]
- 1/2 cup citric acid (I use this kind)
- high-quality essential oil (I only trust this brand)
- sweet almond oil (I buy at my local natural store or here)
- glitter (optional)
- food coloring (optional)
- mould of choice and/or possibly ice cream scooper
- rubber gloves (optional…I’m a rebel and don’t use them because I’ve never encountered an issue)
- Mix baking soda and citric acid together in a bowl. Could add dry glitter here too if desired.
- Add 5-10 drops of your choice essential oil. Add food coloring here as well if you are using.
- Add a teaspoon of almond oil at a time while mixing with hands until consistency clumps together well in your hand. It should feel similar to a kinetic sand. It almost feels like you need more moisture, but when pressed together it holds its shape well enough to dry together.
- Rub a little almond oil on your molds or inside an ice cream scooper and begin moulding to your preference. I don’t have a perfectly round scoop or ball mould, so I just have fun making rough-looking snowballs with my hands, and set them to dry on wax paper, cookie sheet, muffin tins, etc.
- Let set to dry for 24-36 hours. Can speed up a little in an off-oven with just oven light ON, or even 200 degrees for a short time.
- Carefully remove from moulds and enjoy in warm/hot bath water.
- If making different colors, scoop out 1/2 cup of Step One into a different bowl before resuming Step 2. I did this and tried a batch of blue ones. Well, these were more blue muffin bombs rather than snowballs.
- I originally thought a peppermint bomb would be fun, but didn’t want it to energize my son before bed. I prefer using Peace & Calming, Gentle Baby, or Lavender essential oils for him.
- You could replace sweet almond oil with jojoba oil, shea butter, or cocoa butter. I love how soft the sweet almond oil makes our skin feel though.
- You could add fresh herbs or teas, or even a toy in the middle before moulding to spice up the fizzy fun.
- These make a great gifts individually wrapped (Saran?) or in cute containers. Picture sweet blue, pink, and white snowballs with a label: “You are snow special” 🙂
- This basic idea is very similar to making cleaning “bombs” as well like toilet bombs and dishwasher tablets, so once you get the idea of making your own products…it’s easy to maintain!
Kids and adults alike love very versatile bath bombs! Let me know how you make yours!
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