Dance Without Limits, Welcome to Ignite!
I love a bubbly bath so when Miss Beth asked me to share a congrats treat with you, I knew just what to share - Bath Bombs!
The dry ingredients are in your packet. You get to do the fun part! You’ll slightly dampen the ingredients and mold your bath bomb! Get ready for Bubbly Fun!
Bath bomb making is not an exact science and experts add a variety of ingredients to their bath bomb mixes, but we’ve stuck to the basics! Below are detailed directions and tips for making your bath bomb.
“Wonder Why” bath bombs bubble and fizz? Find out in our Science of Bath Bombs post. If your dancer wants to learn more Spa Science, join us at Ignite for a Spa STEAM Class in January. We’ll learn more chemistry and make everything you need for a winter spa day!
The dry ingredients for your small bath bomb are in your bag. I used 2-parts baking soda to 1-part citric acid and baking powder, mica powder colorant, and biodegradable glitter. You’ll add the oil and liquid to form the bath bomb. When you’ve finished your bath bomb, wait a day before using to allow it to allow it to harden- or put it in the fridge for a few hours if you just can’t wait!
Directions for molding your bath bomb
· Pour your dry ingredients into a small bowl.
· Add a teaspoon of oil to the dry ingredients. Liquid coconut oil is recommended, but you can also use baby oil, olive oil, almond oil, or a vegetable-based oil. Mix the oils into the powder ingredients with your hands. The mixture should begin to stick together when pressed between your fingers.
To moisten the mixture a bit more, you will add a small amount of water or witch hazel to the mixture. Using a small spray bottle, spritz a couple of pumps of liquid on the mixture and then quickly mix it in with your hands. If you don’t have a spray bottle, add the liquid a quarter teaspoon at a time. Try not to dump it on one spot because liquid activates the chemicals and causes the bath bomb to bubble and expand.
Keep adding small bits of liquid until it is still crumbly but sticks together when you press it into your palm. The bath bomb mixture will be ready when it feels like perfect sand-castle sand.
You’re ready to mold. Here are a couple of ideas for molding your bomb. For bath bomb newbies, a muffin tin and cupcake liner work well. Gently pack the bath bomb into the liner and let it stay in the muffin tin for a day to dry. Silicone molds or an ice cube tray also work. Or, you can mold it into a ball with your hands and gently place it on a towel on the counter
Let you bath bomb sit for 24 hours to dry. If you used a silicone mold or ice cube tray remove it from the mold after 30 minutes or so and carefully place it on a paper plate, or it might stick to the mold and not come out easily.
Drop your bath bomb in a warm bathtub and enjoy the colorful bubbles!
If you don’t have oil, you can moisten the mixture with just water or witch hazel. Slowly add one teaspoon of liquid and then spritz more onto the mixture as needed.
If you add too much liquid, the mixture will start to bubble and expand, and it won’t dry in the mold. If this happens, no worries-just spread it out on a paper plate to let it dry and pour it in the bath. It won’t bubble as long as a bath bomb, but it will still be fun!
If you want a scented bath bomb, you can add a few drops essential oil to the mixture after you add the oil. If you use essential oil, you may need to decrease the amount of water or witch hazel.
Enjoy your bath! I’d love to meet you at Ignite! Go ahead and sign up for a class today!