Bath BOMBS! If you have ever thrown one in the bath with young kids, you will know how much fun they will have with them. My oldest child’s mind was totally blown the first time I showed it to him. He kept spacing out and muttering “it popped” for days after his first experience, and ever since he has loved them.
But we can’t always buy everything the kids want, especially not a whole year supply of fizzing fun. Luckily, with this recipe, you can make four bombs for much cheaper than the store-bought ones, and without all the long chemical names you cannot pronounce going into the water and occasionally into your children mouths.
Homemade bath bombs make a great rainy day or lockdown activity for you and your child. Let them practise their mixing and pouring skills while teaching them about combining colours and scents. Just make sure to think ahead and add ingredients to your next shopping list.
Surely something like this requires a PhD in chemistry to pull off you say? Not at all, just follow my easy guide and you will be whipping up a batch in no time!
These bath bombs have a few added benefits too. The science behind scents has been around for a long time now: calming lavender to soothe the savage child, or menthol to clear the airways if your little one is a snot machine. There are many options to choose from, and they will come out smelling great too.
I like to use coconut oil as base oil because it has some wonderful effects on the skin, hydrating and even anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for irritated, chafed skin, it even helps with eczema
To make these bombs even better put a flower or one of your kids' small plastic toys at the bottom of the mold before adding the mixture for an element of surprise while it fizzes in the bath.
DIY Scented Bath Bomb
Making bath bombs is a great indoor activity that kids will love.
100g baking soda
50g citric acid
25g Epsom salt (optional)
2 tbsp base oil of your choice (coconut, olive, sanflower, etc)
A few drops of essential oil
A few drops of food colouring
Two mixing bowls (large and small)
You will also need
Whisk together baking soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt in a large bowl until fully combined.
Combine base oil with essential oil and food colouring in a small bowl. Mix together as much as possible.
Very slowly add the oil mixture in the dry ingredients a little at a time, whisking between each addition.
Pack the mixture tightly in the molds of your choice pressing down and smoothing out the top with your thumb.
Leave to dry in the molds uncovered in a cool, dry place away from the humidity for approx. 4 hrs or overnigh if time allows.
When set carefully remove from the mold by gently peeling off the silicone cup or fliping plastic/onigiri molds upside down and taping with the tablespoon to demold.