What a hilarious process this was!!! I was honestly stunned when, in the end, we wound up with actual, functioning bath bombs.
Zander and I followed this recipe from the NW Edible Life blog without any modifications. Although we didn’t have such beautiful molds, I had really high hopes that our bath bombs would turn out almost as gorgeous as Erica’s. Sadly, there is nothing gorgeous about our bath bombs. It is hard to even tell what they are supposed to be at first glance! However, we had a lot of fun making them, and Zander had even more fun using them in last night’s bath, so I consider this a win and will definitely try it again in the future.
Below is Zander’s mise en place “cooking” station, with pre-measured dishes of citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, epsom salts, water, natural plant-based food coloring, and the lavender/eucalyptus essential oil blend I add to his diffuser every night to help him sleep.
We used a metal whisk to combine all of the dry ingredients before adding the wet ones. I found that the food coloring and essential oils dispersed more easily in the dough when mixed first with the water. That last part needs to be done really quickly, so I commandeered the whisk when we added the liquids.
Once everything had been mixed, it took on the consistency of “cloud dough” and was really fun simply to run our fingers through and play with before adding it to the molds.
We started off using little heart-shaped silicone molds and an extra large muffin tin. We packed everything in very firmly just like the instructions said and did our best to smooth off the tops.
Much to my surprise, the muffin tins emptied perfectly onto our drying tray, but the silicone molds did not.
At this point, Zander had long since abandoned me to build Fort #247 of the day in our living room. I made the unilateral decision to pack some of the crumbled mess from the silicone molds into an ice cream scoop to see if that would work.
I also tried using a 1/4 cup metal spoon. Both worked reasonably well, but in the end, I decided to just hand-roll a few balls, thinking that I would prefer a classic round shape to the half sphere/half egg shapes I had created.
As instructed, I left the bath bombs in a safe place to dry overnight, but when I went in to take a peek about an hour later, I found that everything was sort of melting and expanding…
Determined not to give up, I grabbed a regular-sized muffin tin and some unbleached paper liners, then re-formed the gloppy mess above into 12 muffin-sized balls and patted them into the liners. I left for yoga, feeling satisfied that this was the perfect solution.
Approximately three hours later, I came back to find this!!!
The “bombs” looked as though they had all exploded while we were gone, and unlike before, they were already quite crusty at this point and definitely not pliable enough to re-shape into something else. So I just left them alone for a few more hours, then peeled off the paper liners and carefully pulled off the outer edges of the crazy exploded muffin tops (which we saved for home use).
When you look at them this way, it is arguable that they vaguely resemble actual bath bombs.
Zander and I chose the four “nicest” ones for a friend’s belated birthday gift.
I wrapped each one in plastic wrap (to keep it dry) and then in a square of tissue paper to try and make them look as pretty as possible. Who knows if they will make it to our friend in one piece via the US postal service? Regardless, I am pleased to report that we confirmed during Zander’s bath time that even the ugly broken chunks perform quite beautifully in the tub. :)