Whoever you are, and whatever you do, it's safe to say there's nothing more relaxing than a deep and satisfying soak in the bathtub.
However, when it comes to preparation, our bathtime ritual is a very personal thing indeed. Some of us like a boiling hot bath, others like it cool. Some prefer it overflowing with bubbles, while others prefer their water clear.
One bath time preparation that is taking the world by storm is the bath bomb.
What is a bath bomb?
Bath bombs are hard-packed, powdery balls (although they can be moulded and shaped into just about any shape and size you desire), containing a number of different base ingredients. They are designed to be dropped into your bath (don't do this from a great height!) where they start to fizz and evaporate, releasing a riot of essential oils, aroma and colour for you to enjoy.
You can, of course, buy them from many High Street shops or market stalls, but with the right ingredients and a little preparation, you can actually create your own bath bombs. They make great personal gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day or Christmas, and provide a fun activity to share with your children or grandchildren.
How to make homemade bath bombs
Our Stylist Emily has been hard at work making her own bath bombs, so why not watch this video at the top of the page to see how easily they can be made.
Homemade bath bomb ingredients
All of the ingredients below can be purchased from any good hardware store:
- 300g bicarbonate of soda
- 100g citric acid
- 15ml fragrance or essential oils (of your choice)
- A few drops of food colouring (of your choice)
Although the ingredients listed above are usually tolerated by most people, some additions such as fragrances and food colouring may have the potential to cause irritation. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, it may be best to avoid bath bombs altogether.
Homemade bath bomb instructions
Making your own homemade bath bombs is really easy, and the great thing is, you can experiment with different fragrances, essential oils and food colouring to produce your very own, personalised creations.
- Step 1 - Pour the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly
- Step 2 - Add your food colouring, mixing in quickly and thoroughly to avoid the mixture fizzing up
- Step 3 - Add your fragrance/essential oils and mix in quickly and thoroughly
- Step 3 - Add a little water and keep mixing. The mixture should start to hold together when squeezed in your hand
- Step 4 - Tightly pack the mixture into some form of mould or container (baking moulds, washed yoghurt pots and ice cube trays make ideal containers)
- Step 5 - After 20–30 mins your bath bombs should ready and can be taken out of their moulds, but we would recommend leaving them a little longer if possible
So there you have it! Your very own homemade bath bomb!