Sweet-Smelling Hand-made Bath Bombs

 Hand made bath bombs on rack in antique claw-foot tub

After a long day, one of my favorite things to do is take a bath. It warms me up after a cold day here in Colorado, or just provides me a short time of privacy and relaxation. It's often the only time during a day that I'm not working on a project (at least in my mind), and I can start to wind down.

A few years ago, I bought some bath salts and bath "bombs" that I just loved. The packaging was so cute that I almost hated to use them, but I did of course, and then vowed to find a way to make some for myself and to give as gifts. There are a lot of "recipes" for making these which is great if you want to make a lot of them but recently I was short on time and wanted to make a few for my friend's birthday, without buying all of the products separately. 

I purchased a kit from the craft store, manufactured by Life of the Party Products and I admit that even with the kit, it takes a bit of time to mix up the ingredients and prepare these bath bombs. I did love the result and would highly recommend this kit. It has everything you need, including the mold, fragrances, and dyes. All you need is a measuring cup, bowls, and water! The kit makes six bath bombs. It includes molds that can be re-used and enough fragrance and dyes to save for future projects. 

You'll need to cut the plastic molds the kit provides but you can re-use them over and over, so if you plan to make more, don't throw these away!

The instructions are included in the kit but there are no photos in the kit showing how to mix and separate the ingredients, so here are a few "visuals." Whether you decide to purchase the kit or buy the ingredients yourself, I always think photos help!  Just make sure to separate your ingredients and mix in the order they recommend.

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The kit provides the main mixture all ready to go but you'll need to add fragrance to your liking. The kits come with different fragrances. 

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After adding the fragrance to the main mixture, separate the mixture into six bowls (since you'll be making six bath bombs).

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After mixing fragrance, color and water, you'll have something resembling a dry bread mixture. You'll then add the citric acid and stir completely.

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Over-fill two separate molds with the mixture.

Press two molds together tightly and then separate.

Set your bath bombs on wax paper or other non-stick surface to dry overnight...and then enjoy!

Are you ready to try your hand at making your own bath bombs? Please share any tips you discovered along the way! Please click here for more crafts & DIY inspirations.