Growing up, my mom used to take long baths. Very long baths. As a child, I wondered how she could sit there for so long. Now I’m realizing that the bathroom was her only escape from four kids. And even if you don’t have kids, the bath is often the only place where phones and email don’t follow. I love an Epsom salt soak, and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I decided to try making a heart-shaped bath bomb. But I have to be honest — we’re due for a big storm here in New York, so there’s a good chance that these bath bombs won’t make it through the weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day to me. — Amy Azzarito
See the full how-to after the jump . . .
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 2 1/2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- bath bomb colorant (I used Gurlie Pink La Bomb)
- witch hazel
- essential oil or fragrance (optional)
- mixing bowl
- heart mold pan (silicone)
- spray bottle (filled with the witch hazel)
1. Combine the citric acid, Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl. Mix well.
2. Add a few drops of the colorant and your fragrance of choice. Mix in the colorant using your hands. (The bath bomb colorant will clump up, but it shouldn’t cause the bombs to fizz.)
3. This next step is the tricky one: You need to get the mixture moist enough to form into the molds but not wet enough to start fizzing. Proceed slowly, spritzing the mixture and mixing the witch hazel in with your hands.
4. Once the mixture sticks together when you squeeze it, pack it into the molds.
5. Let the mixture dry overnight. Then gently remove the bath bombs from the mold.
*Note: While some recipes might call for food coloring, it’s actually important that you use a bath bomb colorant. Food coloring could stain your bathtub.