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Scrubalicious Bath Bombs

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Good evening, everyone!

Today I’ve got a tasty treat for you… a lil’ DIY bath and body project that I’ve been dying to try. Bath bombs! What better way to bring a little romance into your life this Valentine’s Day than soaking in a rich and luxurious bath, right? That’s what I was thinking, anyway. Due to the difficulty I had finding one key ingredient, what started out as a quest to make my own bath bombs ended up as a surprisingly pleasant body scrub. Don’t worry, though, I’ll go ahead and give you guys the full ingredients and recipe and see what you can come up with! :)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons of liquid (I chose rose water, but you can brew your own tea or cook up your own herbal concoctions)
  • 2 tablespoons of epsom salts (or, as I used, Himalayan salts)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch (Maizena as it’s called here in Holland)
  • 1 cup baking soda (bicarbonate of soda for Dutch locals)
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • Several drops of essential oil (optional)

So, the citric acid is what makes the bath bombs fizz… and, of course, I couldn’t find this essential ingredient anywhere around these parts. It was available online, but I didn’t think it was worth the fuss of placing an order for something I thought that I might be able to do without. I read somewhere that since Jello contains a hefty amount of citric acid it could be deemed a worthy replacement. Well, my 1/2 cup of strawberry Jello didn’t do the trick. It did, however, make a very nutritious and nice body scrub. The combination of the ground salts and coconut oil left my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized, while the subtle strawberry and lavender scent helped relax the mind.

Let’s get this party started! In a medium bowl mix together your dry ingredients (ground salts, baking soda, citric acid, and corn starch). Using your hands, mix in the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until you achieve a somewhat chunky sand-like texture.

Now it’s time to slowly stir in spoonfuls of your liquid of choice. Oddly enough, this step turned my bath bomb batter blue… go figure! Stop adding liquid once you’ve reached a mold-able stage.

Tightly pack your bath bomb batter into whichever molds you choose. I used small and simple silicone molds which were wonderful! The more detailed your molds are, the more difficult it will be to remove your bath bombs in one piece.

Let the bath bombs dry overnight before trying to remove them from the molds.

Once they’re hard and dry, they should pop out easily, leaving you with a lovely little selection of sweet smelling bath time treats!

If your weather is going to be anything like ours on Valentine’s Day, perhaps a nice warm bath will be the perfect way to relax both your body and mind.

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