This weekend we went to the zoo. The day was so much fun! The Zoo was really quiet because the weather was a little iffy, I guess no one wanted to chance it or leave the house on a yuck day (which turned out to be a really nice day). I find it is way busier when I go during the week! Siena is at an age now where she enjoys seeing all the animals, I would even say probably more than Noah! So she got really excited, especially when we saw the penguins and the hippos, whom I have never seen in so much action!
At the end we thought we would treat the kids to a little toy or something from the gift store (it’s really me, because I’m a sucker for a gift shop!) We found some little fizzy eggs that you can put in the bath or a bucket of water and they have a little toy animal in them. I thought they were a cute little idea. They didn’t have any scent or benefit to them but the kids love the bath bombs from Lush so we knew it would be a hit, of which they were. But these little treats had me thinking, what If I created something just like it at home!
Hence, DIY bath bombs. There seems to be a trend on my blog of a lot of DIY bath products (check out coconut bath soak, coconut sugar scrub and coffee scrub) this is mostly because I love to make my own beauty products. Always have ever since I can remember, so I am THRILLED these turned out. Admittedly, they don’t fizz as much as your traditional bath bombs from Lush. Perhaps it was either A. Too much coconut oil or B. We handled the mixture too much. Noah had so much fun playing with the mix, it was almost like a sensory activity. Perhaps that had something to do with it. Either way I am excited to experiment more!
As I mentioned it was a fun little activity. I dare you to try it yourself and get your kids involved-if you’re feeling adventurous, it does get messy. I will also openly admit that I cleaned up a lot as we went and I was on edge most of the time, but in the end Noah had a great time helping mummy and he was even more excited when it came time to put them in the bath!
You can really experiment with all different colours, dried flowers and essential oils. I used what I had on hand which just so happens to be sleep inducing oils and dried lavender (it’s not a coincidence, I stock up!). Also, I hid one of the same toy animals from the zoo’s fizzy egg into one of the bath bombs to see how it would turn out and it worked great! I will be making more like this! It’s a great idea if your kids don’t like to bath! The coconut oil left the kid’s skin so moisturized I didn’t have to lather them up after their bath and they smelt so dreamy!
DIY BATH BOMBS
Makes 3-4+ bath bombs, depending on your mould sizes
- 1 cup of Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup of Corn Starch
- 1/2 cup of Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts
- 2 Tablespoons of melted Coconut Oil
- 2 Teaspoons of essential oil of your choice. (I used Aroma Fairy)
- 3/4 Teaspoon of water
- Food colouring
- Mould (I used an old christmas tree ornament and ice tray)
- Spray bottle with water
- Mix all dry ingredients together in one bowl and then mix all wet (excluding colouring) in another bowl
- Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, careful not to pour into one spot, you don’t want the mixture to have a reaction and spoil the fizzing effect in the bath.
- If you want to make multi coloured bath bombs then separate mixture into however many bowls for however many colours you want and then add your colour. (I just did two)
- If the mixture feels dry carefully spray water sparingly to the mix till it feels like it binds up enough. Then pack mixture into your mould.
- Once packed into mould tap the outside of the ball so the mould slides off, repeat both sides. Continue till you have used all the mixture you can.
- Once complete put in the fridge to speed the hardening process up, or you can leave over night to dry.
Let me know if you make them and what you think!