Saturday, July 2, 2011
Frefreshing Citrus Bath Bombs
Summer is here and all the poor sun-starved Washingtonians are outside savoring every minute of gorgeous weather. At the end of a long day kayaking, rock climbing, boating, hiking, biking, or ice-cream eating, a skin soothing citrus bath is the best way to wind down. Let's make bath bombs!
First, mix 1 part citric acid to 2 parts baking soda until all the clumps are out. Separate the batch in two to make different colors. I used yellow mica and coral mica. Scent with your favorite citrus fragrance to the strength you prefer. Try grapefruit, tangerine, orange, lemon, or a blend.
When all the lumps are out, start spritzing with witch hazel as you mix by hand. Not too much witch hazel or you will get a soggy mess.
This is the consistency we are looking for. As soon as the batch holds its shape in a squeezed handful, it's ready to be compacted in the mold.
Get your weight into it and push the mixture hard into the mold. The harder you compact it in, the firmer and longer lasting the bath bomb.
Hold a piece of cardboard on top of the mold and flip them over to get the fizzies out. Let them sit and harden on the counter (try not to touch them when they're fresh!). Drop them in the tub, relax and enjoy that citrus goodness.