DIY Bath Bombs

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To help ease the pain of having to give away our rooster, Herb, I thought a nice, long soak was in order. And what’s better than a warm bath? A warm bath with a bath bomb to soften and scent the water.  Better yet, you can make them yourself and have plenty on hand for easing the pain of losing a chicken…or whatever. Here’s what you’ll need:

photo (46)Baking soda, fruit preserver (like Fruit Fresh), corn starch, a spray bottle filled with water, and the essential oil of your choice (I went with lavender). Using a glass or porcelain bowl (NOT metal), mix together six parts baking soda, two parts fruit preserver, and one part corn starch. Use a fork to blend the dry ingredients well.

photo (45)Next, add 25 drops of your favorite essential oil. If you choose to combine scents, make sure you add the equivalent of 25 drops between the oils you’re using. Blend together with the fork. It will look a little lumpy, but that’s ok.

photo (44)The next step is a little tricky, but with patience you’ll knock this out in no time. Using the spray bottle, spritz about 5 pumps of water on top of the mixture.

photo (43)Then use the fork to incorporate the water. Repeat the process until the mixture starts to create loose clumps. Every once in a while, grab a handful and see if it will hold together.

photo (42)If it doesn’t hold together, repeat the spritzing process until it does. Don’t add too much water, though, or it will start to fizzle, and you want to save that part for the tub.

Form the mixture into balls. They’ll be lumpy and will look wonderfully hand-crafted.

photo (41)Here they are with all the other hand-made bath goodies we’ve already made. They kind of look like meringue cookies, don’t they? For those keeping score at home, now we have lotion bars, bath salts, body scrub, bath bombs, and a paaarrrrtridge in a peeeeeaar treeeeee. Put it all together and you have the mother of all gifts for the holiday season that are fun to make and would be well-received!