Words: Danielle Williams
As I was putting together the upcoming Winter 2019 Issue of Willow and Sage, I had the opportunity to experiment with making bath bombs. Bath bombs are hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients and oils which effervesce when wet. They add scent, bubbles, or color to your bathwater. These fizzy products are all the rage, and I’ve been known to buy a couple and give them away as gifts. So, why not learn the ins and outs of making them at home where I could customize the recipe to each recipient?
After purchasing the materials I didn’t already have in my cabinet, I searched Google for tips and tricks before getting my hands dirty. I mixed together the dry ingredients and slowly whisked in the wet ingredients so the mixture wouldn’t start fizzing prematurely. I packed the mixture into both halves of the metal mold and held it together for a couple minutes before releasing the bomb and letting it harden for 24 hours. All in all, it was an enjoyable process and an easy DIY, but I did learn some helpful lessons I’d like to share.
• Don’t be afraid to add more liquid to the mixture. If it’s feeling too dry and isn’t holding its shape, keep adding more witch hazel or water ½ teaspoon at a time until it’s the correct consistency.
• Don’t freak out if the bath bomb crumbles after releasing it from the mold. As I was figuring out the best technique, I had a couple failures before the successes.
• Do make extra. It’s helpful to have a couple additional bath bombs just in case.
• Do let the bath bombs harden in the mold or a similar container. I found this helped them hold their shape.
• Don’t worry about them looking perfect. I preferred the organic look.
• Do experiment with different essential oil blends. These blends can be customized to fit your mood and needs.
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Do you have any additional tips for making bath bombs? Share them with our readers in the comments below!