Ahhhhh! For reasons I won’t bore you with, I’m having flashbacks to my high school years when my family would go on a winter vacation to Myrtle Beach. I know, who goes to the beach in the winter? But we did, and I have really fond memories of those trips. We stayed in this great big hotel room, taking with us a tiny, Charlie Brown-esque Christmas tree, our presents, tons of board games and loads of movies. My family spent a lot of time in the room or at the indoor/outdoor pool (did I mention how cool it was that the pool was both in- and outdoors?!), just enjoying each other; but occasionally, we would venture out of the room to this fantastically tacky gem called Broadway at the Beach.
One of the stores became a staple of our trips because it sold fizzy bath bombs in all manner of sizes, shapes, and scents. My brother and I always got to pick out a gigantic ball of baking soda, go back to the oversized jacuzzi tub and enjoy the lap of luxury. It was delightful.
- 1-2 drops of food coloring
- 3 drops of vitamin e oil
- 4-5 drops of essential oil of your choice
- 2 cups of corn starch
- 1 3/4 cups of Baking soda
- 1 cup of citric acid (often found in the canning section)
- a spray bottle of water
- Mix all dry ingredients- corn starch, baking soda, and citric acid.
- Add the wet ingredients (food coloring, vitamin e oil, and essential oil) to the spray bottle of water. Note: If you can only get your hands on water, that’s okay too. The essential oil is only for scent purposes. The vitamin e oil has moisturizing power. And the food coloring is just for fun. You can make these bombs unscented and white if that is your preference.
- Begin the “spray and stir” phase by giving one spray of the water mixture and stirring it into the dry ingredients. Continue spraying and stirring until the mix starts to stick to itself. Go slowly, as over wetting the mixture could ruin it.
- Spoon the new mixture into molds. The mix may “muffin” over the edges of the mold, so use the back of the spoon to press it back down down. You have to press it down several times.
- After most of the bubbling over has stopped, allow the mold to sit still at room temperature for several hours.
- Then take a deliciously lovely bath with your new water-softening, moisturizing bath bombs.
What else do you do to enjoy baths (family-freindly answers only, of course)?