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« on: July 26, 2006 06:40:15 AM »

I'm really pleased with this batch of bath bombs. I made them as demos for my youth craft class using the craftbits.com recipe (without the added water) and some flexible ice cube trays from Ikea and Superstore. The yellow are pina colada scented, the blue are blueberry scented, and the pink are strawberry shortcake scented. The only problem is that now I'm addicted to buying scents!


The whack o' bombs!


The happy sun bath bombs!


The cutie flower bath bombs!
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2006 06:53:22 AM »

oooh I love them! very cute
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2006 08:29:59 AM »

those are adorable.. i like the little suns!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2006 01:29:45 PM »

WOW.  Those are so fun.  I bet they're fun in the bathtub.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006 01:25:32 AM »

ooh i have some of those trays, i will have to try this!
i've never made bath bombs before, did you use the basic recipe?
would you reccomend adding water or no?
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2006 05:56:35 AM »

Thanks for your kind words. I am so pleased with them!

I used a basic recipe of:
3/4 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1 tsp oil
colour & fragrance

I found that the tiny bit of oil from the fragrances and the tiny bit of water from the colours were enough to make the bomb stick together. I did worry that they might fall apart over time, but a week later they are still going great! My group made 6 batches of this recipe yesterday, and the only ones that didn't work belonged to the girls who refused to get their hands in there and get messy! So that's pretty much my suggestion -- drizzle the oil and the colour and the fragrance oil over the bombs, use that as a liquid, and get your hands messy!

As for the moulds, I love using them. I like making the small balls, but the moulds are so easy. About 45 minutes in the moulds and they are ready to pop out and use!
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2006 10:13:15 PM »

They are so sweet !!!.... I love the pinacolada ones.. I assume they are the pineapples.. yummy..

Thanks for mentioning the recipe on my site too..

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Chocolate bath stuff is my new craze/phaze/addiction...

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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2006 04:57:56 PM »

where can you get citric acid, Not sure if thats a stupid question or not  Huh
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2006 05:02:23 PM »

where can you get citric acid, Not sure if thats a stupid question or not  Huh

Bulk spice shops - I live near Milwaukee, there's a place here that you can buy it in bulk.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2006 05:06:32 PM »

i kinda wanna eat one.
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2006 05:09:41 PM »

Might taste a bit odd  :-)
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2006 09:15:44 AM »

I have learned something new recently...for those who have trouble getting bath bombs to work...use ANHYDROUS citric acid. Most shops sell only this type, but the shop near me sells both types and it's hard to get them to work with the monohydrous citric acid. (The monohydrous is 1/2 the price of the anhydrous, so obviously we're going to go for that one, right?) I'm fairly sure the U brew places are monohydrous...

As another note, I've been making these without the oil, just using the colour and fragrance to hold them together and it's working well. The oil is a good thing if you want more moisturizing, but make sure it is a long lasting one. For instance, grapeseed is a terrible choice (and the one I used!) because it will go rancid in as little as three months. Something like olive or castor oil will last a lot longer (up to a year). But I suggest trying a small batch with just the fragrance and colour...It works for me!

(I still have a few of these bombs from July, and although they still fizz like crazy, they smell really off because of the grapeseed oil.)
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2006 10:46:51 AM »

Hi, I finally gathered all my ingredients today for the recipe on craftbits.com and when it came to measuring out the baking soda, as I live in Iceland, I wasnt sure if I got the cup right!
I converted it online and got 354g, to me it seemed like I had WAY too much dry ing and not enough wet, I just added more wet until it seemed right, but could someone tell me what 1 1/2 cups is?

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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2006 11:02:02 AM »

1.5 US cups = 344.88 grams
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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2006 10:14:28 PM »

1 cup is 250 ml, so 1.5 cups would be 375 ml, at least in metric terms for Canada. I don't understand using grams here. Grams are weight, cups are volume. So for the recipe I posted below, you could use 175 ml of baking soda to 62.5 ml of citric acid. The other recipe I like can be found at Voyageur. It includes corn starch, which is nice if you want softer water, but I just leave it out. I don't like it in our baths here.

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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2007 05:11:43 PM »

Those are so cool...they look like candies!
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2007 01:13:09 PM »

I'm really pleased with this batch of bath bombs. I made them as demos for my youth craft class using the craftbits.com recipe (without the added water) and some flexible ice cube trays from Ikea and Superstore. The yellow are pina colada scented, the blue are blueberry scented, and the pink are strawberry shortcake scented. The only problem is that now I'm addicted to buying scents!

I would be careful using just any old fragrance... it might irritate someone's skin...

where can you get citric acid, Not sure if thats a stupid question or not  Huh

You can ask your drug store to order citric acid for you; I found mine in small 3/4 lb bags at Nature's Pantry (like Wild Oats).
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2007 01:14:47 PM »


where can you get citric acid, Not sure if thats a stupid question or not  Huh

You can ask your drug store to order citric acid for you; I found mine in small 3/4 lb bags at Nature's Pantry (like Wild Oats).

you can also try a bulk spice house - I have one in Milwaukee that cells the citric acid by the pound (or partial - you buy how much you want)
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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2007 05:56:19 AM »

As note, since this topic has come up again, I've changed my recipe a bit. In the last batch, I used
1 cups of baking soda
cup citric acid
2 tsp of oil
Colour (as much as I wanted)
Fragrance (2 grams or 5 ml for 1 cup of mixture)

To break it down: a 3:1 ratio of baking soda to citric acid with a titch of oils to moisturize.

For the oil I tried sesame (lovely), soy bean (lovely), and melted shea butter (2 tsp, with 1 tsp soy bean oil), mainly because I wanted to be seriously luxurious! I went for oatmeal, milk & honey (Brambleberry), Rice, Flower & Shea (again, Brambleberry), and Black Raspberry Vanilla (Voyageur). So where I previously left out the oils, I have included them again to offer some winter moisturizing! I can't wait for summer as the local Wal-Mart and Superstore start offering nice ice cube trays again, which are simply awesome for making bombs.

As a note, if you want some bigger bombs, check out the Easter egg molds out there right now. You can get a big bag for about $3.00 and I think there's usually 50 or so in there!
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2007 04:14:40 PM »

wow, good job!
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« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2007 01:35:57 AM »

they look great! you've done an awesome job!
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« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2007 07:38:22 AM »

those are adorable! i've never seen those molds before, have to keep my eye out!
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« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2007 12:59:04 PM »

 Never thought of using those flexible trays for that! Thanks for the heads up! I've got a billion of those.
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« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2007 04:59:16 PM »

ummmm, what is a bath bomb? I thought you put them in the water and they dissolved like salts, but if they're still going strong after a week, I'm confused as to what they are.....maybe I'm just being dumb cuz it's been one of those days but could someone tell me what they are?

yours are really cute. i love the colors and molds. can u use just anything for the molds?
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« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2007 05:19:51 PM »

A bath bomb is thrown into the tub and they fizz and dissolve and add lovely moisturizing oils to the bath tub. By saying "going strong after a week" I meant that they didn't fall apart as I had feared.

For the molds, you can use chocolate molds (hard plastic) or ice cube tray or muffin molds (silicone). You can also use things like styrofoam cups and peel the sides away, plastic Easter eggs, meat ballers, or even use your hands to crush them into ball shapes. Everything turns into a mold when you are making bath bombs!
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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2007 05:43:36 AM »

OK. That's what I thought. Thanks for clarifying though! I can't wait to make some. I've just gotten into this area, and I"m excited! In case you guys didn't know, there's a relaxation swap that's being discussed. I think all of these would be awesome for that! Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: June 21, 2007 02:21:45 AM »

The ice cube portions are great. You can toss a few in at different places for a bath. OR clean out that old dishpan and give yourself the yummiest foot bath ever! Just takes one of that size. But it's an easy way to pamper yourself without the time of a full bath.

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« Reply #27 on: July 27, 2007 02:41:49 PM »

the recipe for bath bombs seems quite simple.  I've been thinking about making bath products as Christmas gifts this year, so I'll have to give this a shot! Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2007 10:22:19 PM »

Those are so cute! I want to make them as gifts for a bridal shower... I just need to get some of my friends engaged, lol.
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