This post will offer you the knowledge to make your own special bath treats at home. They look good enough to eat! Or would make great gifts for your friends. I used a number of resources, and my own trial and error – to achieve what I believe to be the perfect recipe. Creating your own bath bombs saves you money, and provides you with the luxury to turn what is usually considered a ‘treat’ into something you can indulge in, on a daily basis. I have a bath every night before bed, while most see a bath as a rare pamper. This will give you a great excuse to spoil yourself on a regular occasion. You can also use this recipe to make your own bath bombs that aren’t cupcake shaped and without icing. This recipe is a great guide to make any shape, size, flavoured or coloured bath bomb. There are no rules, so have fun with it.

 

What you will need:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of citric acid
  • 2 cups of baking powder (500grams)
  • 1-2 tsp of powder skin safe colorant or a little less if using a liquid colorant
  • 2 tsp of fragrance oil – I used a marshmallow fragrance
  • ½ cup of Epsom salts
  • ½ cup of cornflower
  • 1 tbsp of grapeseed or sweet almond oil
  • A small amount of witch hazel in a spray bottle

Recipe will make 18 small cupcake bases

 

Tools:

  • Strainer
  • Electric mixer
  • A wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Tsp and Tbsp measuring spoons
  • A large bowl
  • A pestle or flattening tool
  • Silicone cupcake moulds or bath bomb moulds/press

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 50 degrees Celsius
  2. Place all dry ingredients excluding the Epsom salts and colorant through a strainer into the bowl. Removing any lumps from the blend. image2
  3. Add the Epsom salts and mix together with a wooden spoon.image3
  4. Next add the oils and colorant. Mix using an electric beater, until combined.image5
  5. Once the ingredients are mixed together, spray 4-5 times with witch hazel and mix again.image6
  6. Add mixture to your cupcake moulds, filling them to the very top of each mould. Then use the pestle to really pack in your mixture. Add more mixture on top as you go. If your moulds are not packed tightly enough you will find the bath bombs crumble easily. Take care in this step to really make sure the mixture is compacted.image7image8
  7. Once you have your moulds ready, put them in the oven for 20 minutes.image9
  8. Remove from the oven and leave your cupcake bases to cool and set till the following day.image10

 

It is as simple as that! Stay tuned for the icing. Which will be featuring in “part two” (the final instalment of this recipe). I am in the last stages of perfecting the icing recipe.

 

References/ resources used:

Originally inspired by the talented team at http://www.feelingsmitten.com

Trew, S. (2013) Making Natural Beauty Products, Penguin Group Inc, New York (14/2/15)

Marie, A. (2010) How to makeup cupcake bath bombs on Soap Queen TV https://vimeo.com/13144807 (25/ 2/15)