Continuing on with my DIY Christmas presents, I thought I’d make some soothing bath bomb powder to hand out to a few lucky people in my family! Bath bomb powder has the same ingredients as a bath bomb but I just skipped the last step of moulding it into a ball or shape. The only drawback to this method is that it doesn’t fizz as long in the water. I like having it as a powder though because it’s quicker to make and whoever is using the powder can ration out how much they would like to use in their bath at one time. There are so many different bath bomb recipes out there that it can be hard to choose which one is best. The basic bath bomb has two base ingredients: 2 parts baking soda to one part citric acid (that’s what creates the fizz when mixed with water). The ingredients you choose to add to that base are just bonuses!…however they should be fairly dry so that your mixture doesn’t start to fizz before you’re ready to use it! You also want to consider that it’s going to be in contact with your body so choose ingredients that are known to be safe and gentle on skin. Below are the ingredients I used:
(For me, this batch filled 2, 1-pint mason jars about halfway.)
1 Cup baking soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid (this was hard to find…I got it at a natural foods store but when I wanted more I started ordering it off of Amazon.com The brand I like is “Now”)
1 Tb. Epsom salts
1 tsp Shea Butter
1 1/2 Tb. Sweet almond oil (you could use sunflower, apricot or a “carrier oil” as some people call them)
20-30 drips of essential oil for scent (I only used 20 drops of Sweet Orange Oil from “Eden’s Garden” because I heard that citrus oils can irritate sensitive skin. This one smells like orange peels…can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing but it’s good for now)
Dried rose petals. (I bought them online at Amazon.com from “aworldofpleanty”)
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. I used a whisk.
Now for the cute packaging:
Firstly, I bought some clearance Christmas fabric from Joanne Fabrics and traced the lid piece of the mason jar on it. I pinned a few layers of fabric together to cut out 4 circles at a time. I placed the fabric circles on the lid before screwing on the band. Quick and cute!
To make the gift tags, I bought these craft gift tags at Michaels and used an ink pad and stamps that I already had to add detail.
What I didn’t have was one of those clear acrylic stamp blocks you’re supposed use with this type of clear stamp so I had to be creative and use the metal top of the mason jar. I got a bit of ink on my finger nails but, meh…
I wanted a quote that went with Christmas and baths so I chose “…and to all a good night” (the last line of “T’was The Night Before Christmas.”) On the back of the tags I wrote out the ingredients used. Oh…and I tied them on the jar with some silver elastic I had. Hopefully after the holidays we can all get a chance to relax in the tub…with some homemade bath bomb powder of course! Happy Holidays! xo