DIY – Lemon-lime bath bomb

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I love the smell of lemon and lime. It is so refreshing. Lemon essential oil is used to lift the spirits and energize the body. Lime essential oil is used for its ability to cleanse and renew the spirit and the mind. Both are great for a tired mind and for relieving anxiety or depression. What better way to refresh yourself than with a lemon-lime bath!

What you need:

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup citric acid powder

3/4 cup cornstarch

1 tsp almond oil (if desired)

8-10 drops lemon essential oil

8-10 drops lime essential oil

yellow and green food coloring

witch hazel

 

Glass bowls are best, but you can also use metal or ceramic. Be warned that plastic bowls will absorb the scents from the essential oils!

Mix together the dry ingredients.  Run them through a sieve a few times to make sure there are no lumps and to help thoroughly mix them.

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Mix the oils and slowly add to the dry ingredients little bit by little bit. Be sure to start mixing immediately after adding the liquid as the powder will start to fizz. You want to stop the fizzing reaction as fast as possible to make sure most of the fizzing action will happen in the tub instead. I like using a fork to stir. Other people like a whisk, their hands, or even a stand mixer. Now spritz with witch hazel, just a few spritzes at a time followed by mixing well until it is the right consistency. It should pack well without crumbling but not be too wet. It should feel like moon sand if you have ever played with that – dry but packable…

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Divide the mix in half. Add yellow color to one half and green color to the other half. I used metal bath bomb molds as well as plastic Christmas tree ornaments as molds. I really like the metal molds much better. The plastic ones got etched up after only two uses. Pack yellow mix into one side of the mold and green mix into the other side; make sure they mound up a little. You want them tightly packed so that they will hold their shape when unmolded. Then press the two halves together firmly. If you did not add the almond oil you can take the bombs out of the molds immediately. If you added the almond oil, let the bombs sit in the molds at least overnight to fully dry. (This recipe made 6 bath bombs that are each 2.5 inches in diameter.)

Store in an airtight container until ready to use. Enjoy!

 

*Bath bombs should be used within 6 months.

 

 

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