30 Days of Pinterest – Day 8
Since trying my hand at candles earlier this month, I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about different D.I.Y. bath & body products. This past weekend, I took the trip down to Bellingham to a cute little store known for it’s delicious and authentic smelling cosmetic grade fragrance oils – Otion Soap Bar! Located in the quant old Bellingham district, Otion is a full service soap, candle and body product ingredient shop that has everything you need to make delicious, luxurious and natural bath products! In addition to their sweet smelling scents (like Butterscotch & Snickerdoodle), they also carry a wide variety of essential oils, lotion and chapstick containers, as well as a large selection of soap and floating candle moulds.
The Project Process:
Since I know very little about bath products, I decided to ask them for assistance instead of going directly from the pin that I had saved to my Pinterest board a few weeks before. They started me off with the most basic bath bomb recipe which included the following ingredients:
- 1/3 Citric Acid
- 2/3 Baking Soda
- Witch Hazel
- Essential Oil of Your Choosing (I chose to use eucalyptus and rosemary)
Since I already had the baking soda and rosemary, the ingredients for this project cost me an extra $15 – but a little goes a long way. Since the point of my 30 days of Pinterest is to be more experimental, I decided to do a smaller batch with this pin as well. This way, I’m testing the waters, but still leaving enough of the ingredients left over for when I want to try it again.
After measuring out the baking soda and citric acid (which I’m told can also be found in the canning section at Walmart or Superstore), combine in your bowl. Then, when you think you’ve mixed the contents enough, mix a little bit more. You want to make sure that you’ve thoroughly combined the two for optimal fizz effect later on.
Next, add a few drops of whichever essential oil your heart desires. Some people tell me they find eucalyptus to be too medicinal smelling, but I honestly can’t get enough of it! It always reminds me of the spa whenever I catch a whiff of it.
The next part is the really tricky part. The girls at Otion gave me a Basic Bath Bomb instruction sheet, and even this sheet states how important this next step is to get right! Pour your witch hazel into a spray bottle and get ready to add a few spritzes to the powder mixture. You want to add just enough that the mixture clumps together, but not enough to cause the mixture to fizz. If you add too much water, it causes the mixture to “grow” as it starts the fizzing reaction, and will make it harder to form into your mould.
Now it’s time to smoosh your mixture into whichever mould you have. Since I was attempting to use the tools I currently have, I used a small sauce dish as a mould for my half circle bomb. I didn’t even realize until afterwards, that I could have made two moulds and joined them together like traditional bath bomb moulds!
It’s worth it to note that the more you compact your moulds, the better product you are going to get when you use it in the bath later on. More product = more fizzies when they matter! Let them sit for a few minutes in the mould and then carefully remove them later on. Once approximately 3-4 hours have passed, the bath bomb is all yours to have a bit of alone time!
Although I left my bath bomb plain, there are two ways that you could add colour if you desired. The recommended method is to use colour mica powder (available at Otion), and combine with the citric acid and baking soda. However, I speak from experience when I say that trying out a new hobby can be extremely overwhelming. Had I purchased absolutely everything I needed/wanted from that store, I may have walked away a poor woman! That being said, you can also add a touch of food colouring to the witch hazel and shake to mix before adding to the dry mixture. This incorporates a bit of colour in your bombs, while still allowing you good control with how dark the colour gets.
I learned from trial and error on this one, and I think next time I make them I will use a little less witch hazel when mixing everything together. I haven’t had the opportunity to give it a try yet, but if the fizzing leftovers in the sink are any indication of my success, I think they are going to be amazing!
I’d love to know if any of you out there make bath bombs? I’ve heard of adding coconut oil, almond oil or shea butter to the bombs, and I’m looking forward to experimenting with a few different items in the near future!