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DIY Bath Bombs for Limited Budgets

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


In these days and times, every woman is looking for a little bit of relaxation and bath bombs seem to be a common choice to unwind after a hard day’s work. At the same time, the price of the best bath bombs can be up to twenty dollars for a single ball. For many women, this is simply not within their budget and they either choose to go without out or settle for inferior products that don’t have the same calming and soothing effect as their higher-priced counterparts. However, the truth is that quality bath bombs can be made at home with only a little bit of effort and the results will be twice as sweet for a woman who knows that she has saved money and can enjoy the most relaxing bath possible.

The first step for a woman that wants to make her own bath bombs is to assemble the necessary ingredients. The basic components of a bath bomb are mostly household items and can be found at the majority of grocery stores. Baking soda, witch hazel and standard food coloring will need to be purchased, as well as citric acid. If citric acid cannot be found from a local supplier, there are several Internet companies that will deliver a five pound quantity that will make countless bath bombs and will probably last the whole year, all for less than the price of one store-bought bomb. The remaining ingredients depend on personal preference, but should include a fragrant oil as well as a favorite herb. The tricky part may be in making a mold, but rubber ice molds are a great purchase that will last a long time without needing to be replaced.

To start, two parts of the baking soda will need to be combined with one part of citric acid. The amount depends on how many bath bombs a person wants to make, but it is a good idea to make a large batch and then have them for many months in advance. After the citric acid and baking soda are well blended, the coloring and witch hazel can be added and more mixing should incorporate these elements as well as the fragrant oil of choice. When the witch hazel is added in short sprays, the mixture will start to harden. The mixture should be stirred as the witch hazel and any other herbal components are added and then quickly transferred to the molds. After three to four hours, the bath bombs will be dry and ready for use.

The secret to making quality bath bombs is to choose the right fragrance and herbal components. A combination of lavender essence and thyme is a common choice, but some women may prefer more intricate combinations. Another option is to use a peppermint oil and then add dried mint leaves that will bring a freshness and powerful aroma to the bath. In spending just a few hours in making a batch of bath bombs, a woman can be set for the year, with a product that is much better and much cheaper than those that are purchased in stores.

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