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How to make bath bombs?

Making bath balls yourself is very easy. They are a nice gift idea for Christmas – or you can use them to do something good for yourself. We’ll show you how to do it. In this article, we read about How to make bath bombs?

A warming bath is especially good in winter. It is even nicer when it bubbles in the tub. In the retail trade, there are so-called bath balls, also known as bath bombs or bath pralines. The fist-sized bath additives start to bubble as soon as you add them to the bathwater and give your bath water a whirlpool ambiance. They are often quite expensive and have questionable ingredients. You can easily make bath balls yourself. 

Ingredients for bath bombs:

  • 250 g baking soda
  • 125 g citric acid
  • 60 g cornstarch
  • 60 g organic coconut oil  or other fat
  • Essential oil (e.g. from Primavera online in the ** Avocadostore )
  • Food coloring
  • possibly dried flowers, lemon peel, loose tea, or other decoration

This is how your bath balls bubble

The combination of baking soda ( e.g. plastic-free with ** Memolife )  and citric acid  ( e.g. plastic-free with ** Memolife ) ensures the bubbly effect of the bath balls. It is important that you keep a ratio of 2: 1, i.e. twice as much baking soda as citric acid. The baking soda cleanses the skin thanks to its antibacterial and alkaline effect and the starch gives the self-made bath balls hold. The oil has a moisturizing effect. You can use almost any fat or oil that is suitable for personal hygiene. You can also mix oils, for example, 50 grams of coconut oil  (e.g. online at ** Avocadostore ) and ten grams of almond oil (e.g. online at ** Avocadostore ).

Make bath balls yourself: recipe for bath pralines

How to make bath balls yourself – in four steps:

  1. Use dry ingredients: For the bath balls, first mix the baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch together in a bowl. If you’re using powdered food coloring, add it now. If you are using several colors, spread the mixture over several bowls.
  2. Process liquid ingredients: Melt the coconut oil if it is not already liquid. Now stir it in a separate bowl with the essential oil and the liquid food coloring. The food coloring does not yet dissolve in this mixture, but it can be processed more easily later.
  3. Mix liquid ingredients and dry ingredients:  Now slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients (preferably with a teaspoon). If you mix everything too quickly, the baking soda will react with the citric acid and it will start bubbly. The consistency remains quite powdery. It is similar to that of wet sand that you can shape by hand. If it’s still too dry, you can add a little oil. If it got too moist, you can add cornstarch. 
  4. Shape balls or chocolates: You can use special shapes for the homemade bath balls  (available in the craft store) or shape them entirely with your hands. But you can also use cookie cutters (e.g. at ** Avocadostore.de ), ice cube molds, or silicone molds. Make sure that you press the “bath ball dough” firmly into the molds so that you get a stable bath praline. 

Decorate homemade bath balls

Let the homemade bath balls dry for a few days.

After you have formed the bath balls, you can decorate them additionally. It looks especially pretty when you decorate it with dried flower petals or other materials. You can decorate lemon balls with lemon essential oil, for example, with the dried zest of an organic lemon.

To do this, fill the decoration into the molds before you fill in the bath ball compound. You can also add decoration to the mixture so that it is evenly distributed.

Tip: By mixing different colors, you can make bath balls with gradients.

Place the homemade bath balls in the refrigerator for a few hours and then remove them from the molds. Then you’ll need to let them dry for a few more days before you can enjoy a bubbly bath. 

When your homemade bath balls or chocolates have dried for a few days, you can wrap them up nicely as a gift. We have put together some ideas for you: Wrapping gifts: 10 beautiful and sustainable ideas or you can simply enjoy a relaxing evening in the bubbling tub yourself.

Also read: how to make Spanish rice

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