James asks…

does any one know a bath bomb recipe or any other bath recipe?

can someone give me a bath bomb recipe that doesn’t use citric acid or maybe a different type of bath recipe that doesn’t need bath salt?

Elisabeth answers:

That’s a tough one. All bath bomb recipes that I know of use citric acid. That’s what makes them fizz.

If not salt, you could try baking soda scented with essential oil. Milk baths are supposed to be good for the skin, so maybe powdered milk with some essential oil. Or a combination of baking soda and salt.

I once tried grinding up some oatmeal in the blender, since it’s supposed to be soothing for skin. I used it and it turned out fine.

You’re looking for something to put in the bath water? Or general bath/skin care products? I love making scrubs out of salt and coconut oil, but you could use sugar in place of the salt.

That’s about all I can think of. But here’s a site with a bunch of recipes. Maybe you can find something that suits your needs. Http://www.thesage.com/recipes/recipes.php3?.State=ListRecipes&cat=Misc Good luck and have fun.

Michael asks…

Does anyone have a good bath bomb/salt recipe?

Looking to make bath bomb fizzies or salts do you have a good recipe that isn’t too difficult to make?

Elisabeth answers:

Bath bombs are easy to make and provide a delightful fizzing adventure in the tub. If you do not know what a bath bomb is, it is a sweet scented mixture of citric acid, baking soda and other ingredients that fizz when you plop them into your tub.

As your bomb fizzes, the scent is released filling the room with a comforting aroma that lasts for hours.To make bath bombs, you will need 1/3 part citric acid, and 2/3 part baking soda as well as some witch hazel in a spray bottle.

First, mix the baking soda and citric acid together well, so that they are blended well. Next, add colorant if desired (you can use dried herbs for colour, just a pinch or so) and enough fragrance to scent the mixture well.

Now, grab your witch hazel, and work fast as the mixture will start fizzing once you start adding the hazel. Sprits with one hand, and stir well with the other hand until the mixture is thoroughly wet with a consistency of play dough.

Now firmly press your mixture into moulds (ice cube trays work well), then let your bombs sit overnight until dry.

If your bombs fizz in the moulds, just continue pressing them down, This just means that you used too much witch hazel resulting in a mixture that was too wet. Over time you will know what consistency is best for the humidity in your area. Until then, practice makes perfect.

The more you pack your mixture into your mould, the longer lasting and harder your bombs will be.

Your bath bombs can be used for yourself, as gifts to family and friends or sold to make some spare cash.

A nice way to package your bombs for gift giving would be to wrap them in cellophane and place a few in a large coffee cup, along with a sealed bag of hot cocoa, tea or coffee and a small candle.

Wrap this attractively in colourful wrap, add a bow, and you have a mini spa treat that is sure to please anyone.

What You Will Need:

For the Bath Salts Recipes –
# epsom salts or sea salt, or both, and baking soda
# food coloring
# 1 or 2 teaspoons of glycerin per jar – optional, but glycerin is an effective skin moisturizer and a nice addition
# essential oils – mandarin orange, lavender, sandlewood, and patchouli
# For the Decorative Glass Jars – four glass jars
# printable jar labels
# scissors and glue
# assorted embellishments, including several yards of orange or peach colored ribbon, small amount of lavender or mauve ribbon, ecru or white doily, raffia, tacky glue and household twine

General Instructions:
1. Collect your jars, remove labels, then wash and dry thoroughly.

2. For most bath salts recipes you can use your choice of epsom salts or sea salt, with baking soda, if desired, or a combination of all three. One good mix is one cup of epsom salts, with 1/4 cup of sea salt, and two or three tablespoons of baking soda.

A little more or less of each ingredient is fine for most bath salts. Epsom salts and sea salt are soothing for tired muscles, while both will gently soften the water for a luxurious bath experience. You could also add a tablespoon or two of finely ground regular oatmeal (not quick cooking) for silky, skin-softening water.

3. Fill each jar to the top with the combination of bath salts that you plan to use. Empty the salts into a mixing jar and add a drop or two of glycerin, if using. Add your choice of essential oil – how many drops you use is a personal preference, but start with two or three drops and see if you like the fragrance.

The same goes for the liquid food coloring; sometimes I use quite a few drops of food color to get the strong hue that I like, but so far it hasn’t stained the bath tub or anyone’s skin. Remember that the color and fragrance will be much diluted in the bath water. Stir the salts vigorously until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

For specific aromatherapy bath salts recipes, and how to decorate each jar, please see the individual instructions that follow:

# Mandarin Orange Bath Salts:
mandarin-orange-labelsm (2K)I used a small canning jar for this project, with a screw top one piece lid. I also used only epsom salts, adding about six drops of mandarin essential oil and about six drops of orange food color. The lid is decorated with 1/2″ orange ribbon, cut in strips to cover the top.

Coat the lid with tacky glue and lay the first strip going across the middle of the lid and extending over the rim just a little on both sides. Add ribbon strips on either side, each one overlapping just a little, until the top of the lid is covered. Take another strip and glue it around the lid rim, covering the edges of the top ribbons. Overlap the ends of the lid rim strip and glue down firmly. Cover these ends by making a small bow, then gluing it in place.

Screw the ribbon lid in place securely. Print out our free Mandarin Orange Bath Salts Labels and glue the front label centered beneath the ribbon bow, with the other label being glued to the back of the jar.


Robert asks…

Are there any bath bomb recipes without citric acid?

I’m making a diy kit for a friend who doesn’t have acesss to citric acid. Are there any recipes for bath bombs that don’t need it?

Elisabeth answers:

Hello! To answer your question… The answer is no! Citric Acid is a vital key ingredient for bath bombs. It is what gives the bath bombs their fizz when they are dropped into the water! There are numerous places on the net to order citric acid. You can also check for grocers in your or her area that are like a market type grocer… Aka.. Also known as kosher salt in some exoctic markets.

Bath bombs key ingredients are 1 part baking soda 1 part citric acid! You just can’t make the recipe without it! Hope this helps you!

Daniel asks…

Does anybody have the bath bomb recipe that was in Woman’s World Magazine between Aug.-Nov 2010?

I made them and they came out great…but lost the recipe. Help!!

Elisabeth answers:

That’s a lot of issues for people to go through considering that’s a weekly mag. Their are lots of bath bomb recipes online. Maybe one of them will be the same one. Worth a try at least.

Richard asks…

Can anyone please give me some beautiful bath bomb recipes/tips?


Elisabeth answers:

I’m not sure of any recipes but i do know that bath and bodyworks has great scents for the bath and here’s a tip since salts dissolve in hot water best maybe you should start your bath with hot water and while you wait you can drop the bomb in and put candles around and go pick out a favorite book and then get comfy in your tub.lol hope this helps

George asks…

How Does This Bath Bomb React? (Recipe Inside)?

Ok, I added the following ingredients into a bowl and mixed thoroughly.
40ml Tartaric Acid
40ml Sodium Bicarbonate
20ml Powdered Starch
1tsp Essential Oil (non-reacting ingredient)

I just added some colouring and oil until it was the right consistency and then rolled it into balls.

My question is, how did the 3 reacting ingredients react?

I didn’t list the oil as a main ingredient because I know that just held the bomb together.

Elisabeth answers:

This can only be a reaction between the tartaric acid and the sodium bicarbonate base, to produce carbon dioxide, which would give the appearance of a large amount of foam when wetted with water. I cannot see that the starch plays any role other than to act as a binder with the oil.
R-(COOH)2 + 2NaHCO3 ? R-(COONa)2 + 2CO2 + 2H2O

William asks…

Fizzing Bath bombs recipe?

it can NOT have citric acid and it has to take less than 24 hours if you can’t find bath bombs i will take bath salt and bubble bath recipes

Elisabeth answers:

You have to have citric acid for bath bomb!!!

Sandra asks…

i have a recipe for a bath bomb and it says to use corn starch.is it the same as corn flour??


Elisabeth answers:

Nope, corn flour won’t work.

Just about any store will carry corn starch.

I’ve use both Argo and Kingsford’s Corn Starch, for cooking. If you cook a lot you probably have some laying around.

Good luck.

Edit for Old man wrench

A bath bomb will release enormous tiny scented bubbles in the tub. A lot of people use Aromatherapy and take a bath at the same time.

Basically it makes the bath water smell nice.

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