The first thing you’re going to need for your project is some Epsom salt – you can find this at like Big Lots, the Dollar Tree, I think you can even find it at the grocery store but I’m not entirely sure, you probably want to look around the first aid health section, this cost me $1 and I’ve seen them with lavender and if you pick it up with lavender it will smell even better. So Epsom salt, it’s really good for soaks, for minor sprains and bruises apparently, but it’s really good if your body’s like really sore, it’s really good to soak in it, they even offer suggestions for every season and it’s a dollar, it’s made to help your body.
Bath Bomb Ingredients:
I recently received a suggestion from a friend to use rock salt, but I decided Epsom salt would be better because it’s actually specifically made for you to soak in the water. So that is the first thing you’ll need, next you’re going to need baby oil gel, also I got this at the Dollar Tree for a dollar and this comes with lavender and chamomile, and it smells really good, it smells like babies. So yeah you can get the baby oil, baby oil gel is fine. You’ll also need some food colouring, a bowl and a spoon, and a napkin to cover your work station, and lastly you’ll need a container of some sort, my container I’m just using like little Zip-Loc baggies, and they have a cute little penguin and it says “Let it snow”, and the reason I got this first of all it’s so much cheaper, you get 40 bags for $1 so I mean you can’t go wrong, and the other reason I got the baggies is because it’s portable, it’s a lot easier to like… I don’t know, if you’re travelling you can just put this is a suitcase, wrap it up in a Zip-Loc bag so it doesn’t spill and it’s fine. Whereas a big container it’s kind of harder to store, it can break, and also if you take this in the shower it’s already sealed you just pour it while you’re in the bath and you toss the bag and it’s probably not the most environmentally friendly thing to do but it’s so much easier so that’s why I use that.
The Production Stage:
So my bowl is dirty because I just made some not too long ago and I’m being lazy and I’m going to reuse the same bowl because I’m gross like that. So the first thing you’re going to do is just pour a little bit of Epsom salt and you really don’t have to measure, just pour until you think that’s enough for you, I think these are great for gifts, great for yourself, it’s super, super cheap.
So the next step is to crush the little bumps in the Epsom salt if there are any, then you’ll want to take a little bit of the baby oil and add it to the mixture. Next you’ll want to mix it altogether.
I’m actually going to use the same colours that I’ve had already in the bowl previously, (pink), and it’s already changing my salt to pink. This is optional, you can also have a scented body oil, I have lavender here and I will be using it, but it’s totally optional if you already have like a gel or the baby oil that has a scent in it, you really don’t need anything unless you want to. So the consistency that you want is something kind of like slushy but not wet and not something so powdery that it’s not sticking together. So you kind of want a perfect consistency if that makes sense. And mine is actually a little bit too firm so I’m going to put just a tiny bit more baby oil.
Adding Colour To Your Bath Bombs:
Now the next thing we’re going to put is food colouring, and I really, really want to stress that when dealing with food colouring in bath products or health and body products you really, really want to make sure that you first of all be careful if you have very, very sensitive skin, because this is meant for food, the FDA has not approved this for beauty products and whatnot, and it’s not that you can’t use it, it’s not that it’s harmful for you but it’s something that you need to be cautious of it and it’s also very important not to put this in your eyes, I mean like everything, don’t put it in your eyes.
So I’m going to take this colour and I actually got the neon pack so I’m probably going to take one drop of that, and this is kind of like a reddish colour, going to mix it… so after mixing it, it should look like this if you used red, next I’m going to take one drop of purple and what I do stab it a few times to mix it really well, so it’s really loud, really noisy, but it gives it this really nice pretty colour.
After you have mixed your Epsom salt you’ll want to take the container of your choice – I’m going to use a penguin mold – and you’ll want to scoop it in here, it’s seriously that easy. This is probably the easiest thing I’ve done that has to do with health and body products, it is super easy, anyone can do this I think. This is a great idea, for maybe like with kids, not kids, but like, well yeah, kids, like 8 and up, cause I know a lot of girls like to do this, they would love to do this, this would be such a great… you know when they’re off from school you can have a girls night out, or in actually, and they can all make this, this would be so cute, and it would be like their goodie bag.
Bath bombs also make great Christmas presents as they are super cheap to make, I bought all the ingredients for less than $5, so you can probably give these away, give like 8 or 10 of these away for around $1 each and that will still cover the costs of everything you’ve used today.
I hope you guys enjoyed this, have fun and please let me know how you get on in the comments section with your own bath bomb creations.
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