Monday, December 22, 2014

DIY Vanilla Cupcake Bath Bombs | Gift Idea


A couple of years ago, I tried to make bath bombs for my mom for Christmas. I used all the right ingredients, and followed a recipe that I found perfectly, but the end result was a bunch of powder that didn't smell too nice, and wouldn't stick together. This year, I tried again using a foolproof recipe that I found on YouTube. I did a quick overview of the recipe itself in this post (I focused more on the presentation), but I would recommend checking out Wendytung's original video here to see a more in-depth recipe.
If you want to learn how to make deliciously scented, adorable bath bombs, then keep on reading!



You'll need:
  • 1/2 cup citric acid... I read that most people order this online, but I found mine in a local store.
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Cake decorating sprinkles
  • Vanilla scented fragrance oil
  • Icing colorant (Optional)
  • A spray bottle full of water
  • A bowl to mix the ingredients in
  • A silicone ice cube or candy mold
  • A small cookie cutter (Optional)


First, you'll want to add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl (citric acid, epsom salt, baking soda), and get all of the clumps out with your fingers.
Then, add in the oil and vanilla scented oil (however much you want for a nice scent) and mix it with your hands again. Start misting the mixture with the water in the spray bottle while you're combining it.
Once the mixture can for a shape in your hands without crumbling, it's ready.


Prepare your clean (and very dry!) molds by sprinkling some cake sprinkles in the bottom of each cavity.


Pack down a layer of the bath bomb mixture on top of the sprinkles. Make sure that you're really packing it down, or else it might fall apart. Then, once the layer is to the thickness that you want, add some more sprinkles in the centre. (optional) 

 
To the remaining mixture, add a little bit of icing colorant, and mix it in with your hands. Try not to touch the straight food colouring though, it could stain your skin for a few days. If you're worried, you can always use a spoon at first.

Once it's all mixed in, pack in a layer of top of the white layer and the sprinkles. This will cover up and hide the second layer of sprinkles, making them a surprise when it fizzes through the bathtub.

Let the bath bombs sit in the mold overnight before plopping them out to let them sit out and dry completely.


With the leftover mixture, I pressed it all into a small cookie cutter a few times to make five smaller, duck-shaped bath bombs. Just pack the mixture into the cookie cutter, then push it lightly out of the other side to let it dry on a plastic sheet protector or newspaper. Flip them after a few hours just to let them dry out completely.

There you have it, easy-to-make bath bombs that will impress all of your friends and family! Even my dad was impressed when I demonstrated to him a small amount of fizzing, vanilla-scented goodness.

Have you ever tried making bath bombs? Let me know about your experiences :)

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