words and image: Catherine Frederick
Does the mere thought of back-to-school leave you feeling frazzled? I’ve got just the DIY for you! Whip up a batch of these homemade bath bombs, drop one in a nice, hot bath, and soak your cares away. These make great teacher gifts, so make a batch for yourself and your teacher friends too!
(makes 2-3 bombs)
- 4 oz. baking soda
- 2 oz. corn starch
- 2 oz. citric acid
- 2 oz. Epsom salt
- 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons water
- 1 teaspoon essential oil
- (I used lemongrass,
- lavender, and eucalyptus)
- 1 ¼ teaspoon coconut oil
- 1-2 drops food coloring (optional)
- Mold (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
Whisk baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, and Epsom salt in a bowl, removing all clumps. In a small bowl, melt coconut oil in microwave. Add water, essential oil, and food coloring to the melted coconut oil.
Slowly add wet mixture to the dry ingredients, whisk to remove large clumps (adding wet mixture too quickly will cause the dry mixture to foam or fizz – this is a no-no).
Using your hands, take a small amount of the combined mixture and press together. It should pack like wet sand. If it’s too dry, add a ¼ teaspoon more water until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
Fill each side of mold until just overflowing. Press sides together and gently remove one side of mold. Place the other side on a baking sheet and let dry for 10-15 minutes before removing other side of mold. Allow finished bomb to dry for 10 hours, or overnight. Once dry, place in a container, or in individual clear bags to give to friends.
*Note, to make the two-tone colored bombs, mix up batter in two bowls and add food coloring to one bowl, leaving the other white. Alternate the colors in each side of the mold.