Thursday, October 17, 2013

Begininng Bath Bombs


I think it was Talli Roland (I don't have the exact link, sorry) who lamented recently that bloggers were focusing too much on book promotion and not enough on personal details. I confess my blog used to be more personal when I first started it, but now I mostly talk about books, writing, or science. So today instead I'll share with you a few photos of a non-writing project: homemade bath bombs. Instead of paying six bucks for a fancy bath bomb in the mall, I purchased citric acid, some scents, a mold, and a couple other materials from Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies. Then, with the help of an assistant, I tried a very basic recipe, which you can find here. To the left, you can see my son measuring out the citric acid. We also used baking soda, a milk-oatmeal-honey scent, and witch hazel.






Trying to mold the bath bombs--it was hard to get them out of the mold, so I formed them by hand instead.















The bath bombs--or blobs--drying out. I must have moistened the mix too much, since the bath bombs flattened out after I took this picture. We'll give them a try tomorrow.


So, have you tried anything new at home lately? How did that work out?

8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I had to go look it up - I'd never heard of bath bombs before or knew what they did. Six dollars is really expensive for a one-shot fizzy bathtub. Much smarter to make them yourself.

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Alex! I think I need to practice a bit more before mine come close to the six-dollar kind, though.

Maria Zannini said...

Alex is so cute. I think he's following in his mom's footsteps. He looks like a little scientist.

I'm always making stuff around here, but never a bath bomb--though a hot bath sounds really good right now. :)

Pat Dilloway said...

Never heard of a bath bomb but I've recycled a bunch of old soaps into new soaps before. It's kind of messy but it saves a couple of bucks and it's good for the planet.

Sandra Almazan said...

Maria, all Alex needs is a little lab coat and goggles.

Pat, that's a good idea too.

Andrew Leon said...

I don't really ever bathe, so...
No, wait, that came out wrong! I never take baths, just shower, so a bath bomb wouldn't do much for me (except, probably, cause a slipping hazard). However, those look like they would be awesome for swimming pools!

Anne-Marie said...

Making bath bombs is just so much fun! I am glad that you are able to include your son in the process. Thanks for the link back! =)

Sandra Almazan said...

Andrew, that would take a lot of bath bombs to fizz up a swimming pool--unless it was a kiddie pool.

You're welcome for the link, Anne-Marie!

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