I can’t believe it’s been so long since I made bath bombs. Shame on me. When I was about 12, bath bombs were the height of pampering and luxury in my pre-adolescent world. I might get one or two for Christmas and a birthday, and I would horde them for months until I felt I was sufficiently stressed to warrant pulling on into use (oh, to think being 12 was stressful—what was it, a particularly irksome book report?).

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Once I started making all my own bath products, bath bombs were one of the first things that came to mind. I mean, there was no way they were worth the exorbitant prices they somehow commanded at those little stalls in the middle of the mall hallways. I was right, of course—they are mostly baking soda and salt, with citric acid for the fizzy reaction, plus colours and fragrance. And that’s it, really.

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Anyhow, I felt it was high time to bring bath bombs back to the forefront of my DIYing, and I decided to start off with these pink-hued, rose-scented beauties. Heather gave me the idea to use my abandoned lip stain colourants as bath bomb dyes, and it worked brilliantly here, so expect to see more pink bath bombs in the future 😉

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I chose rose, lavender, and cardamom as my essential oils to create a lightly spiced floral scent that’s exotic and luxurious, but not overpowering. It’s also wonderfully relaxing, and leaves your bathroom smelling like what you might imagine the Taj Mahal smells like.

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Rose Spice Bath Bombs

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1 tsp beetroot powder
2 drops rose absolute or 15 drops diluted rose absolute
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops cardamom essential oil

1/2 cup Epsom salts
1 tbsp Turkey red oil

Mister filled with witch hazel

Blend the baking soda, citric acid, beetroot powder, and essential oils together in a food processor and transfer to a large, wide bowl.

Blend the Epsom salts and Turkey Red Oil together in the food processor and transfer to the bowl with the baking soda mixture, stirring the combine.

Now it’s time to add just enough liquid to get the mixture to hold together in a mold. Not too much, though, or it will react in the bowl/mold, not in your bath. That’s why we’re using a mister (it’ll spread the moisture better) and witch hazel (for some reason the reaction isn’t as vigorous when you use witch hazel, plus they dry faster, apparently).

So, spread your mixture out in your bowl so you have as much surface area as possible, and spritz. Then stir thoroughly. And repeat until you can grab a clump of the mixture and it will hold together after a firm squeeze.

Once the mixture will hold together, pack it into a mold of your choice (I like a 1/4 cup measuring cup), and then tap it out onto a sheet of wax paper. Let dry overnight, turning once.

To use, drop in a hot bath and enjoy!

I chose Turkey Red Oil because it self-emulsifies in water, meaning no weird floating blobs of oil in your tub, or oil slicks afterwards. If you don’t have it feel free to substitute any liquid carrier oil like sweet almond, grapeseed, safflower, or olive.

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