PROJECT #005: BATH BOMB RECIPE FOR HUMID CLIMATES
I live very close to the ocean. No, I mean, very close to the ocean. Practically inside the waves. So it’s extremely humid all the time, and impossible to make bath bombs. At least, not with any recipe I could find, so I had to invent a new one because I reeally wanted to make some heart shaped Valentines bombs. So, if you too are an undersea creature who has had dismal results with your bath bombs, please try this waterless recipe with only 3 main ingredients, and enjoy being part of our special club.
Note: This recipe will only work for very humid climates, and will need added moisture in drier environments.
What I learnt:
Most recipes call for a few milliliters of water spritzed onto the dry ingredients and mixed in, but in my experience, if I so much as showed my mixture a photo of water, it would react and start fizzing.
To aggravate things, I discovered the oil I was using is in fact a humectant, which was just helping my bombs suck up even more moisture from the air, and although they did set well, I was left with these crispy little biscuits that didn’t fizz at all – they just crumbled disappointingly in the water.
On to my recipe, using zero water and the right oil…
What you’ll need:
- 100g Sodium Bicarbonate (2 parts)
- 50g Citric Acid (1 part)
- 10-20 ml Coconut Oil
- Silicon mold
- Rooibos tea
- Powdered food colouring
Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl. Work the mixture with your hands. Make sure there are no clumps, and that it is well mixed. Add some powdered food colouring in teeny amounts at a time, and mix thoroughly.
Start adding coconut oil in small amounts. Use 1/4 teaspoon at a time, and work it in thoroughly with your fingertips. The oil might be buttery to start off with, but will soon turn liquid once you start working with it.
Squeeze a ball of the mixture in your fist. You’ll know it’s the right consistency if it stays together in a clump when squeezed. Stop adding oil at this point and pack the mixture into a mold. If you are adding Rooibos tea, sprinkle a thin layer in the mold before packing it.
Compress the mixture very firmly into the mold. Keep packing a compressing, until the bomb is the size you want, then pack and compress it some more!
Leave your bombs in the mold to dry out. The longer you leave them, the harder they will set. Mine were firm enough to handle after an hour, but I left them overnight to be safe.
Once they’ve set, seal your bombs in air-tight shrink wrap and remember to use them soon, as old bombs lose their fizziness.
You can fuse different shapes together by (carefully) wetting one surface with a finger dipped in water, and laying it on the second shape; then allow to dry thoroughly. I used little lollipop molds for the half-spheres, let them dry and then tapped them on the back to release the bombs.
There are so many ways to decorate, colour and scent your bath bombs, but with this recipe don’t add anything water-based that might make your ingredients start reacting. I also wouldn’t add something that isn’t beneficial to your skin, seeing as you’re going to be soaking your entire body in it!
WAIT, IS THIS RECIPE SAFE FOR MY SKIN?
Yes. Even better, it is good for your skin!
Citric Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which can help enhance skin cell turnover. It’s like a natural exfoliant, without the scrubbing.
Sodium Bicarbonate has been proven to help soothe the irritation caused by yeast infections, episiotomies, hemorrhoids and other similar ailments. It can help soften the skin and promote healing.
Rooibos tea has natural antioxidants in it that help clear the skin and delay the aging process. It also helps ease symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, rash, and acne. It is known for its soothing effect on the skin and senses and is a good way to wind down before bed.
Coconut oil is known to help reduce scaring, stretch marks and preserve skin elasticity. It helps to soothe rashes and burns, remove makeup and smooth frizzy hair.
Watch them fizz!
Here’s a short video of the bombs fizzing. I experimented with some colour too, making a pink one with blue inside it, for that magical-unicorn-bubbles effect…
Are Sodium Bicarbonate and Baking Soda the same thing?
What can I use instead of coconut oil?
An anti-humectant oil, like Palm Oil or Shea Butter.
Can I add essential oils?
Yes, if they are skin-friendly. 1-2 drops are enough.
How many bombs will this mixture make?
It depends on the size of your molds. I got six 25g bombs from this mixture, sized 60 x 50 x 10mm
I hope this helped those of you who were battling against humidity! ~ Jessie
Need some ideas for decorating and packaging your bombs? Check out my bath bomb board on Pinterest.