Basic Bath Bomb Recipe
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Salt
From there you can create everything from bath bombs to toilet cleaners depending on what you add to it.
For this recipe I added:
1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder
10 drops Jojoba Oil
10 drops Grapeseed oil
10 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
10 drops Burnt Sugar fragrance
3 drops Vitamin E
After Mixing all oils and dry ingredients thoroughly you want to use a fine misting spray bottle with water to carefully spray the powder as you mix it. When you start to feel resistance as you mix and it begins to look like damp sand it should be ready. You want enough liquid to hold the mixture together but not to start a chemical reaction between the Citric Acid and the Baking Powder. It just needs to barely be holding a shape for it to set properly. Use a spoon to add the powder to your mold, cupcake pans work well for this, mix in you colorant and anything you want embedded in layers then apply weight and compress the powder into a solid. For my colorant here I used 1/2 of a teaspoon of Beet Root Powder but you could also use a small amount of food coloring or clay.
If I am using a cupcake pan I place the palm of my hand over the top of the bathbomb and use all of my body weight to press down on each one, add more as it compresses until you have it level with the top of the pan.
Leave the bath bombs in their mold until they are completely dry. Moisture can cause slow chemical reaction and warp the shape of the bomb. I usually leave them in the mold over night and pop them out the next morning. Keep them in an air tight container until used.
I just got my supplies in so I am happily making Cucumber Oak Soap and Cedarwood Sage soap.
1 oz Stearic Acid
.5 oz Sunflower Oil
.25 oz Shea Butter
.25 oz Emulsifying Wax
4 oz Distilled Water
.5 oz grated Soap
3-5 drops Essential Oils (optional)
In a double boiler add everything except the Distilled Water and Soap until completely melted, remove from heat. Add grated Soap (I used honey melt and pour glycerin soap) and mix gently until dissolved. Add water and wisk for several minutes until mixture becomes smooth. I used three drops of Cedarwood and two drops of Bergamot for my scent. I also use a preservative, that get’s added last then wisk for another minute or two. Pour into container and let cool to room temperature before sealing.
Yucca Root Hair Wash
2 tbs Dried Yucca Root
2-3 cups Water
2 ml Nettle Extract
2 oz Aloe Vera Juice
In a sauce pan add water and yucca root and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and steep until water is luke warm then strain out the root and add the nettle and aloe vera.
This is a soapy feeling liquid due to the high content of saponins in the yucca root that will foam when shaken up but will not lather when applied to your hair. I don’t really notice any smell from it, perhaps a faint earthy desert smell, I notice the smell of aloe vera more. It might be bothersome but You can add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Lavender, Rosemary or Tea Tree are all great for hair and scalp.
I used about 3/4 of a cup in my hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I followed up with a peppermint, rosemary, tea tree ACV tea rinse. My hair is much softer and exceptionally tangle free. Since there is no preservative to keep this from going bad I froze the remaining liquid in an ice cube tray for later.
I got large sealable tea bags and made these, I used my flat iron to seal them. Ensure you leave enough room for the oats to expand when wet.
Lavender Oatmeal Bath Tea
1 tablespoon Lavender Flowers
1 tablespoon Oats
2 tablespoons Epsom Salt
Calendula Oatmeal Bath Tea
1 tablespoon Calendula Flowers
1 tablespoon Tea Leaves
1 tablespoon Oats
2 tablespoons Epsom Salt
I think my first venture into soap making went well. I started with seven pounds of melt and pour soap of various sorts and ended up with 31 bars of soap plus samples. At first I just wrote out a giant list of what I had on hand that could be added to soap. I narrowed down the list and made 3-6 soaps of those kinds, I found that paper disposable loaf pans in the baking aisle worked well for me as molds for my soap. After those ran out I had a handy Tupperware container that was just the right size for the individual soaps. I then I made individual soaps with the rest of my supplies, trying a large portion of the list of ideas I had made. Some of the ingredients like the Lavender and the Sage I grew/picked and dried myself. Overall I ended up with the following.
3 Rosemary Calendula soap with oatmeal
3 Cranberry Oatmeal
6 Cinnamon Coffee with Goat Milk and Honey
5 Orange Clove Black Tea Soap with Honey
5 Mango Soap with Honey and Shea
2 Lavender Rosemary Soap with Honey
1 Pikake Flower Soap with Goats Milk (center)
1 Sage Eucalyptus Hemp Soap
1 Cacao Oatmeal Soap with Aloe
Also I made:
1 Tea Tree Eucalyptus Hemp Soap
1 Grapefruit Bergamot Soap with Aloe
1 Pikake Flower Kaolin Clay Soap with Honey and Aloe
1 Cinnamon Clove Oatmeal Soap