Welcome to Week 2 of #FestiveFriday – I am reliably informed that there are now only six weeks until Christmas so I am very keen to see all your creative Christmas ideas, do share any on the Linky at the bottom of this post! This week we have been making bath bombs, they make excellent teacher gifts, teenagers adore them and they are a lovely addition to any festive hampers you are making (for more hamper ideas do check out Sandy Calico’s post – she linked it up for last week’s #FestiveFriday and it’s FABULOUS!)
We decided that we would make bath bombs fragranced with peppermint oil and leave them white to look like snowballs. It is very easy to put too much water into bath bomb mixture and start the reaction between the bicarbonate of soda and the citric acid which can result in your bath bomb ‘growing’ a bit before it sets properly. That is exactly what happened here but, by a glorious happy accident, we think it makes them look much more like snowballs – hurrah! They still work if you’ve been a bit heavy-handed with the water but don’t go too far or you’ll have a volcanic reaction in your kitchen!
To Make Bath Bombs You Will Need
300g bicarbonate of soda
100g citric acid
Water in a misting bottle
Essential oils (if you are giving your bath bombs as gifts do suggest that any pregnant women check with their midwives that the oils you have used are suitable for use in pregnancy)
Optional extras such as food colouring/cosmetic colours, cosmetic glitter, dried flower petals, spices etc. You can also add a few drops of almond oil for lovely soft skin but do warn the person you give them to as the oil can make the bath a bit slippy! If you are adding petals and spices do go easy, think about the plughole!
Bath bomb moulds (you can buy these online or you can use silicon ice cube trays)
A pie or bun tin to store them while they dry and stop them rolling away!
How to Make Snowball Bath Bombs
- In a large bowl mix together your bicarb and citric acid
- Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, stirring well after the addition of each drop
- Sprinkle in some silver cosmetic glitter
- Spray some water in one squirt at a time, mixing well after each addition
- Your mixture is ready when it is just holding together when pressed in your hand
- Spoon the mixture into your moulds. If you are using a mould in two halves pile more than you need in each half and press together firmly, brushing away the extra as it squeezes out. Gently unmould your bath bomb and place it in a pie tray to dry. Repeat until all the mixture has been used up. If you are using ice cube trays you can leave your bath bombs in the mould until they are dry and then carefully turn them out. Maggy at Red Ted Art made some lovely ice cube tray bath bombs without using citric acid – you can see them here.
- Package them up prettily and give them away!
For a more grown up version of these bombs I have been making these gorgeous Satsuma and Spice Bath Bombs.
How Does Festive Friday Work?
Festive Friday is a weekly Linky for all things Christmas and runs from now until Boxing Day. There is no long list of requirements, it would be lovely and polite if you mentioned me in your post and gave me a little link – if you do I’ll give you a kiss under the mistletoe and share a glass of sherry or two, if you don’t I won’t poke you with the holly or snatch back the mince pies! Please link up any lovely Christmas posts, past or present and help me to build a resource for Christmas lovers everywhere!
I also run a collaborative Festive Friday Pinterest Board and will be pinning all those who join in on a Friday (with a full credit and link of course!).
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