Friday, 10 July 2015

Easy DIY Bath Bomb and Sugar Scrub


Hello sunshine! Thank you for gracing us with your warm rays, please let us greet with appropriate enthusiasm. However, before we grab our straw hats a little prep work is in order. So, girls it’s time to admit it! You’re either a year round beauty babe or a secret hibernator, leaving any unseen bits untouched by a razor, (let alone a pampering body scrub or fizzing bath bomb)! If you’ve not had to flash a little leg since the cold snap, and have a slight suspicion that more than a little slap of moisturiser is required to do the trick, check out some uber fun DIY treats below!

Create a sense of calm and serenity with a personalised bath bomb. The best part about DIY bath treats is that everything from texture, size and smell is completely up to you!

-What You’ll Need-

-1 1/2 cups bicarbonate of soda
-1/2 cup citric acid powder (use fine grade, available from chemists or pool supply shops)
-Sieve
-Potpourri or herbal teabags such as chamomile, lemon, rosehip or peppermint
-An essential oil such as peppermint, lavender, geranium (Choose a scent to complement your mood. How about a soothing lavender for sleeplessness, or a floral scent for a quick pick me up!)
-Sweet almond oil (from chemists)
-Food colouring
-Rubber gloves
-Moulds from craft shops
-Step 1-
To make the base mix: sieve the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid powder into a large dry mixing bowl. This will make enough for four bath bombs.
-Step 2-
To make one bath bomb, transfer 1/2 cup of the base mix into a medium bowl and stir in the contents of a herbal teabag or other dry ingredient such as potpourri. Set aside.
-Step 3-
In a small bowl, combine 6 drops of essential oil of your choice, 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and 8 to 12 drops of food colouring, you can adapt this until your desired colour is reached.
Pour this mixture into the bowl containing the 1/2 cup of base mix and stir quickly with a teaspoon so things don't start fizzing!
-Step 4-
Wearing rubber gloves, continue to combine the ingredients with your fingertips until it starts to clump together when compressed in your hand. It's essential you do this with your fingertips, not a spoon, so the liquid is distributed evenly. The mix is now ready to go into a mould.
-Step 5-
Wipe a little sweet almond oil inside the mould then fill the mould with the mixture, packing it in firmly. Make the other bath bombs with the remaining mixture, working with 1/2 cup at a time.
Leave the bath bombs in their moulds to set for at least 24 hours (36 hours is even better). After they have set, turn each mould over and bang it firmly once on a flat surface, then voilĂ  your creations are ready to meet the tub!
-Tips-
 To give your bombs a pretty, textured look, sprinkle extra herbal tea or potpourri into the moulds before you press in the mix.
·         Wrap individual bath bombs in clear cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts.
·         Remember, hot water activates the fizz in the bombs, cold water doesn't work.


Now that your bath bombs are ready to let you melt into me time bliss, you’ll need a sugar scrub to ensure you feel nothing less than silky smooth after your well-deserved pamper evening.

-What You’ll Need-

-Sugar (use amount needed to fill your desired container, usually a cup will do)

-Peppermint oil (15 drops for 4 cups)

-Sweet almond or jojoba oil (1 cup, but add until you reach that sugar scrub consistency)

Optional: Soap colorant (add drops and mix until desired colour)


-Step 1-


Pour in all of the above ingredients. Yes folk that’s really all it takes! If a look of amazement (and relief) has crossed your face, you are not alone. The luxurious texture and rich smells of our sugar scrubs could have you thinking that lots of prep work is in order to concoct such a skin loving potion, but simplicity really does triumph here. The sugar exfoliates, whilst the oil acts as a carrier to dilute the peppermint oil and in turn moisturises the skin! All you’ll ever need from a good scrub in just a few ingredients.


If like me you find eye catching aesthetics a real pleaser, you might like to separate the mix and add a few droplets of soap colorant. In the Christmas holidays this technique works fantastically well by layering your scrub in a colour sequence of red and white. Perhaps a yellow and white mix would sit pretty on your shelf come spring, and a bright pink would be a great colour splash for summer?

However you chose to adapt these steps, you’ll be sure to have a blast preparing and using your personalised finished product!

-Tips-

Being oil based, you will need to stir the scrub periodically to avoid the oil settling at the bottom of your container.
Do not use any of the listed ingredients if allergic.
Discontinue use if irritation occurs and consult a doctor.

Wishes,
Penny
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3 comments

  1. They look so cute! I always thought that it is super hard to create a bath bomb. I should give it a go! Find me at https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/igaberry-13323143 & www.igaberry.com Have a lovely day, Iga xxx

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  2. the presentation is so cute and the food looks scrumptious

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  3. Definitely trying out your bath bomb recipe now! love the post

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