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Save Money On Spa Treatments With This Simple Bath Bomb Recipe

May 26, 2008
The rise of the spa and leisure industry in recent years is no accident. Millions of people now enjoy the occasional spa treatment, but now you don't have to leave home to enjoy your own pampering spa experience! You can transform your own bath tub into a home-made spa by making your own luxurious bath bombs. When dropped in the bath, bath bombs release a pleasant aroma that helps you wash away your worries and relax in style.

So what is a bath bomb? A bath bomb is a colored ball (about the size of a tennis ball) that contains natural ingredients that "fizz" when placed in your bathtub. When placed in the bath, they fizz away, releasing skin moisurizers and delicate fragrances to turn your bath into a "home spa". You'll love using bath bombs yourself or gifting them to those you love.

Try this Easy Bath Bomb Recipe:

Bath bombs uses simple ingredients that can be found in almost any supermarket. Plus, they're easy to make.

Dry Ingredient List:

* 1 c baking soda

* 1/2 c citric acid

Wet Ingredients:

* 2 1/2 Tbsp oil (for oils use 1 Tbsp cocoa, mango or shea-butter melted)

* 1/2 Tbsp carrier oil (sweet almond, grapeseed or jojoba)

* 3/4 Tbsp witch hazel in a fine mister (or you can try rosewater or a mixture of rosewater and glycerin)

* 16 to 21 drops essential oil / fragrance

* 1/4 tsp or 1 large capsule Vitamin E oil to preserve the oils

* 1/4 tsp borax (an emulsifier)

* Vegetable or other natural color

You will also need ice cube trays, soap molds or a bath bomb molding tool to shape your bath bombs.

Instructions for combining the ingredients

Firstly, start by mixing the dry ingredients together. An electric mixer will help. Then add the dry coloring (but not too much, because the witch hazel will make the color show.) Don't add the witch hazel just yet.

Now you can add your favourite fragrance and the witch hazel. Using a mister, add it into the batch while continuing to stir. Once the mix begins to stick, the mixture can be transferred into the molds.

You're almost there! Simply put the bombs in the molds for a few minutes before tapping them out to dry. Bath bombs will air-dry in three to four hours, then they're good to go. The harder and drier the bath bombs get, the more reactive and fizzy they will be in the water.

Here are some of the countless variations to the basic bath bomb recipe: While baking soda and citric acid are staple ingredients, you can add half a cup of borax, cornstarch, sea salt, or epsom salts to create a totally different bath bomb. .

The recipes in this article are just the very beginning. Buy a recipe book such as "The Handcrafter's Companion" for some more great ideas and variations. These books make it easy for you to turn your bath into a "home spa", complete with your own homemade luxury bath bombs.
About the Author
Author Jane L. Church can show you how to easily make your own spa products at home. See the "Handcrafters Companion" website for more great bath bomb recipes you can make for fun or profit.
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