bomb bib-bity

21 03 2007

I spent Friday afternoon making bombs in my kitchen. Bath bombs that is. I took pictures of the process.
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1c. Baking soda
1/2c. citric acid*
2 1/2 tbsp. oil (I use olive oil – not pictured)
2 tsp. essential oils or fragrance oils
3/4 tsp water
2-3 drops color (I use food color – not pictured)
1/2 tsp Borax** (optional)
witch hazel in a spray bottle

*Citric acid can be bought online from several places. I found that Craft Lobby had the best price, especially for molds! Plus they were the only ones who would ship to me without charging me twice what the purchase cost. I think it is also sold with canning supplies, at nutrition type stores and wine/beer making supply stores.

**Borax is to soften the water. Its a natural detergent sold on the laundry soap aisle of the grocery store.

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1. Mix the dry ingredients (baking soda and citric acid) in one bowl and mix everything else (including borax) in another bowl.

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2. Slowly pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Mix as you pour. If you get the mixture wet too fast, the fizzing will start. Chances are that you will not use all of the wet mixture. I only used about half.

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3. When mixed together, the texture should be a little grainy, only slightly moist. If you squeeze it in your hand, it should stay clumped together.

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4. Pack it tightly into a mold. You can see I used a rounded measuring cup. I have also used plastic easter eggs, plastic fruit cups, and soap molds. You can buy molds that snap together to form a sphere shape, but they’re hard to find.

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5. Flip the mold over, and tap it out. Spray very lightly with witch hazel. This helps form a crust to keep it from crumbling. If you spray too much though, they will be ruined. If you mess up, just repack your mold and tap it out again. I always line the area I’m working on with waxed paper for easier cleanup. Your house should be well ventilated while working only because the smell can be overwhelming for a few days. Hey, fragrance is better than smelly boys, right?

Let it dry as long as can, overnight if possible, then wrap tightly with saran wrap.  I’m not sure how long they last.

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Here is one all wrapped up and package pretty. I gave them out as favors for a baby shower I hosted this weekend.

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Here they are all together.

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I also made melt and pour soap. Much easier, but just as much fun! It really is as simple as melting and pouring. I added fragrance and coloring as well though.

And here’s what I made for the baby shower until the real gift can be made:
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The real gift will be a quilt. The fabric is taking to get here though. So I made three bibs, quilted patchwork, embroidered linen, and patchwork on linen. The embroidery design is based on one I found from this image over at Hoop Love. I had to move stuff around to better fit on the bib.




2 responses

21 03 2007
jennifer w.

“The real gift?” I would be on cloud 9 just to receive those bibs as a baby gift!

Love the bath bombs, and that you used plastic eggs (how clever!) I need to try those one of these days.

26 04 2007

hey there emy,

i’m an editor at BUST magazine in new york and would love to talk with you about your bath bombs. i couldn’t find your contact, would you mind getting in touch with me? my email is

thanks so much!

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