DIY: Pink Himalayan Salt Bath Bomb Recipe

Nothing beats kicking back in a bathtub full of hot water with a deliciously scented bath bomb - but those bombs can be expensive! DIY your own and you can make them for a fraction of the cost of the ones you find in shops. Best of all, you can use whatever scent you want. Here's how.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 1/4 cups citric acid
1/2 cup fine pink powder Himalayan salt
1/4 cup shea butter
up to 0.4 oz essential oils
1 tsp Polysorbate 80
1/4 cup dried lavender
witch hazel

EQUIPMENT

Rubber gloves
Double boiler or microwave
Bath bomb molds
Sifter
Spray bottle (for witch hazel)
Tray lined with bubble wrap
Plastic wrap

Instructions

  1. Checking at 1-minute intervals on medium heat, melt the shea butter either in the microwave or in a double boiler.
  2. Cool the melted shea butter for 10 minutes, then add the polysorbate and essential oil blend. Stir well.
  3. Put on rubber gloves, then sift the baking soda and citric acid into a bowl to remove lumps.
  4. Stir in the Himalayan salt and dried lavender.
  5. Knead the melted shea butter/essential oil mixture into the dry ingredients.
  6. If the mixture won't hold together well, spritz with witch hazel, mixing between sprays, until the mixture has a consistency similar to damp sand and holds together when pressed into a ball. Use your hands (wearing rubber gloves!) to get a better feel of the texture. Witch hazel can be substitute with isopropyl alcohol if preferred.
  7. Overfill both halves of a bath bomb mold with the mixture, creating a high heap in the middle of each half.
  8. Push the sides firmly together without twisting and wipe away any excess. 
  9. To remove the bombs from the molds, gently tap each side with a spoon and remove one side of the mold. Turn the bath bomb over and lift off the other half.
  10. Handle the bombs extremely carefully - they are very fragile at this point.
  11. Place each bomb on the bubble-wrap-lined tray. 
  12. Let them dry for 24 to 48 hours in a dry environment (not a bathroom or other moist area). Then seal each bath bombs in plastic wrap/clingfilm and store in an airtight container.

 

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