Hello my loves!
Confession time: I am super, super into Valentine’s Day. I’m obsessed with anything kitsch, and so V-day is pretty much my holiday soulmate. I love the cheesy puns, the over the top declarations of feelings, and the abundance of baked goods.
As the patron saint of Singledom, I love having my best girlfriends over for a Valentine’s dinner/drinking sesh. Making and giving gifts is the best, so this year I thought I’d get my DIY on and make something cool for the best people I know.
Since I am way too poor to afford a Lush Love Locket (I WANT ONE SO BADLY I EVEN HAD A DREAM ABOUT IT), bath bombs seemed like a worthy project. I trawled the interwebs, and here’s the method that I ended up using…
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups Bicarbonate of Soda
- 1 cup Epsom Salts
- 1 cup Citric Acid
- 1 TBsp Essential oil in your chosen fragrance (I used rose essential oil from Wellness Warehouse)
- 4 TBsp oil (I used a mixture of coconut, argan and avocado oil. Olive oil works well too!)
- Rose petals (or anything you’d like to add for decoration)
- A mould (I used a heart-shaped one from Clicks)
- Spray bottle full of water
- Spray and Cook
- Wax paper
What to do:
1. Chuck the Bicarb, Epsom Salts and Citric Acid into a bowl. Give it a stir to get it all combined. In a second bowl, combine your fragrance and oil.
2. Drizzle a tablespoon of the oil mixture into your dry mixture. Spritz it with your water spray bottle a couple of times, and then mix well. The mixture will fizz a tiny bit, just make sure you’re not adding so much water that it gets overexcited. No one likes a bath bomb that peaks too soon. Continue doing this tablespoon by tablespoon, until the mixtures are completely combined.
3. Add your decoration. I used dried rose petals, but you could add bits of lavender or confetti too. For major brownie points, you could even place a laminated love note in the middle. I reeeeally wanted to add glitter to mine, but wasn’t sure if it would give everyone bajingo infections :/ Will research before next year!
3. Check your consistency. If you squish it into a ball, the mixture should hold its shape. If it crumbles, add some more oil. If it oozes out of shape, add some more dry ingredients. I put gloves on for this step, because getting citric acid in any cuts/scratches is really painful!
4. Spray your mould with Spray and Cook. Then grab a handful of your mixture and pack it into your chosen mould. Pack it tightly, or the whole thing will fall apart later. Smooth over the back of the bomb with a spoon.
5. Pop your bath bombs out of their moulds onto the wax paper. Let them dry in a cool place (temperature-wise, not a club) for about 24 hours until they’re rock-hard. Ta-dah, you are Martha Stewart!
What are you guys up to for V-day? Are you doing any DIY’s for loved ones? We’d love to know, tweet us at @smudgedbeauty!
Lots of cheesy, over the top, pun-filled love,