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« on: December 13, 2008 09:14:32 PM »

I thought I did everything right. I followed a recipe, put it it n a mold for 15 minutes, tapped it out, and left it sitting out. It looked perfect. Almost an hour later, it looked like it exploded or melted!
I had mixed 1 1/2 cups baking soda with 1/2 cup citric acid, added a few drops of color, spritzed with witchhazel while mixing. and put it in the mold. Did I do something wrong?
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2008 11:06:19 PM »

So did they just lose their shape and fall apart, or does it look like they really kinda blew up?  The witch hazel can start the baking soda and citric acid to start reacting with each other. To get around that I don't use witch hazel in my recipe, so I'm not really sure why that happened. Maybe someone else will know.

My bath bombs and simplyorganic's cupcake bath bombs are both on the tute list at the top of category.  I also unmold mine immediately and let them dry on wax paper (paper towel sticks to em) for 12-24 hrs.
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2008 05:21:07 PM »

Sounds like there was too much liquid and they activated.
I second giving MareMare's recipe a try. It's great! Really, it's the only way I make bath bombs now.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2008 07:39:05 PM »

They looked like they had exploded/melted. It must have been too much witch hazel.. I wish I hadn't bought the $8 bottle of it now! Thanks for pointing out the tutorial. I will give it a shot.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2008 07:43:04 PM »

Aw bummer! I bought a ton of witch hazel a while back, thinking it would work like rubbing alcohol to spritz the bubbles out of mp. Not so much! But you (and me lol) can use it for a face astringent!
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2008 07:31:03 PM »

How much witch hazel did you spritz? I usually only use water, but with the recipe you provided I would probably only use about 6-7 spritz of water. It will vary depending on how humid your climate is, but I would definitely recommend trying it again. Don't get discouraged if your first few attempts fail. You will start getting the hang of it!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2009 12:53:42 AM »

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I don't know how to say it in English, but I guess you used "monoidrato" citric acid, and not "anidro" citric acid.
It means, more or less, that in the monoidrato the molecule has some water. You can put it in the cooker for a few minutes at 80c, on cooker paper.
If it loose weight, that should be the problem.
The lighter powder lost the water in the molecule.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2009 01:26:09 PM »

I know this is a late reply, but I have had that problem in the past. Much like a previous poster, I tried MareMare's recipe and they came out mah-velous. Her recipe IS the best!
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2009 02:55:12 PM »

Yep, for me, lazy is always better  Grin  A bath bomb without having to spritz witch hazel? Oh yeah!   Grin
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