I don't know why it is, but there is something extremely gratifying in creating something that fizzes. Whether it be a science experiment as a kid or even just using lemon juice in baking soda (to clean my lululemon mat)...it's cool.
I've been testing out recipes for my new book due out in spring 2015...lots of bath salts soaks and scrubs and then my editor asked me to do some bath bomb recipes as well. Well, I had never made one before. I viewed it sort of as baking and I'm more of a "non-measuring" type of girl. The challenge scared me a bit.
What if it wouldn't fizz?
It took me three times to get it right. Like I said, I'm a not a baker...eventually I realized I couldn't trust the recipes I'd been hoping would guide me in the right direction. Common sense had to come into play and I learned you have to add a lot more of the stuff that makes it fizz...if you want it to fizz.
The last batch took off like a motor boat in my tub, buzzing all over the place and leaving gentle pink waves behind it. Pretty cool. This made me very happy.
Now, most of the recipes I came across advised using food coloring to make your bath bombs different colors. I knew I wasn't going to go that route because of all the toxic chemicals in food coloring so I went to the local health food store in search of natural food coloring...is there such a thing? Apparently not. They said they haven't been able to find anything up to their standards. Luckily I had some beet powder at home (I was hoping to use it as a natural blush, but didn't work) and added that instead for its pink hue. It worked! And it smells good too.
So without further adieu, here is my first natural bath bomb recipe:
- 3 tablespoons of citric acid
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of corn starch
- 2 tablespoons of epsom salt
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of beet root powder
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 1/4 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- Mold for bath bomb
- Two bowls
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- In a separate bowl, mix water, coconut oil and essential oil.
- Pour liquid a little bit at a time into the dry ingredients and mix. After the mixture begins to clump together, fill mold as much as possible as this will help hold it together. *You may not need to use all of the liquid if the mixture is already clumping together.
- Once the mold is formed, just tap out the bath bomb and let dry for 12 to 24 hours (avoid leaving in a room with humidity).
I tried making this without a mold and the mixture didn't hold together. Since you don't want to oversaturate the mixture (because then it won't dry, attempt #2) I found it essential to use a mold to form the bath bomb. Makes it so much easier, plus they look much nicer. You can find a ton of molds in the link below.
The beet root powder is only for coloring purposes and doesn't affect how the bath bomb works. I bought mine at Mountain Rose Herbs.