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Making your own homemade bath bombs is easy! This Valentine’s Day we are making these as a fun family activity and gift to give to those we love!
Here is what you need:-1 cup baking soda -1/2 cup corn starch-1/2 cup citric acid-3 T Wyndmere unscented bath salts-3 T lemon zest -30 drops Vanilla Absolute -15-20 drops Lemon essential oil -2 T coconut oil -3/4 t water-mold of choice-You’ll also need a large mixing bowl, a small bowl, measuring cups and spoons, and a whisk.
First mix the DRY ingredients. In a large bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, bath salts, and dried lemon zest. Whisk thoroughly to mix. Set aside.
Next mix the WET ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the Vanilla absolute, Lemon essential oil, coconut oil, and water. Whisk thoroughly to mix.
Now whisk the wet ingredients from Step 2 into the dry ingredients bowl from Step 1. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
Working quickly, test the mixture to see if it will lightly stick together: Squeeze a small handful of the mixture and if it lightly clumps/sticks together, that is good. Proceed to the next step. If the mixture does not hold together, use a water bottle to spritz the mixture with a tiny bit of water. Whisk the mixture again and test. Repeat until the mixture lightly holds together. **DO NOT add too much water or the mixture will begin to fizz** This means the ingredients have been activated and unfortunately, you may have to start over with all new ingredients.
Once the mixture lightly holds together, press it into the mold. Pack it tightly, but do not overfill the mold. If you are using round plastic ornament molds, press each half of the mold together until it closes.
Allow bath bombs to dry at least 6-8 hours or overnight inside the molds. Carefully remove bath bombs from the plastic molds and allow more drying time if they are not fully hardened and dry to the touch.
For a Rose-scented version, sub in Rose for the Lemon and Vanilla EOs and rose petals for the lemon zest!
There are several different methods of extraction used to obtain the essential oil of a plant. Today we want to talk about two of the most common methods - steam distillation (which is mainly used to produce essential oils) and solvent extraction (which produces absolutes, like our Jasmine Absolute).