Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuestorial - BOMB Stress AWAY!

Once a week I take 45 minutes to exit the stress of my week...
I set myself up a soothing bath...grab the latest DIY magazine and (most times) bring a cup of tea, or a beer, or a glass of wine in the bathroom with me. (or all three...ha ha)
It's my once a week ritual that has been helping to keep my stress from eating up my creative soul.

This all started when I went to Lush with my Mom a while back...but at over $5 per bath bomb or bubble bath...I just couldn't keep up with the cost of my baths. So...I decided to learn how to make my own aromatherapy baths. I also wanted to make something that was good for the environment...it's nice to know that what goes down the drain after my bath won't hurt the environment.

Making them is SUPER easy...so easy, that Sunday night I made a half dozen of these with my boyfriend's daughter who is 6 years old. She is very excited about taking baths this week. I guess if your kids hate taking baths - you could try to do this to get them a little more pumped about gettin' in the tub.

Finding the ingredients in San Francisco...surprisingly NOT easy (for me) so I did write down some tips for finding all of the bits and pieces here in San Francisco...which hopefully will help you out wherever you are.

1 cup Baking Soda (This is what will make it fizzy)
1/2 cup Citric acid
1/2 cup Corn Starch
2 Tablespoons Witch Hazel
3/4 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons Essential oils
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 drops food coloring (optional)

Here's how I did it.
Put all the dry ingredients in one medium size bowl
put all the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
combine the two once measured...

put your mixture into molds. Fill the mold all the way up and then press down firmly to make sure the mixture is solid and will not crumble once dry.

keep your molds out of reach of yourself for a few days...then release from the molds and put into an air tight container for use later!

To use: fill up your bath with water... drop in a few bombs and watch them fizz away all the stress of your day.


- Finding the molds shouldn't be an issue...but if you want something Fun... you can make a bunch of mini bombs in those crazy rubber ice-cube molds that come in every shape you'd ever want.

- Pay attention to the details of the recipe: Normally, I'm the lazy kind of DIYer and I usually just dump everything in all at the same time...but since this recipe really is combining chemicals together...I take the separation of dry and wet a lot more seriously. I don't want to fizzle out my fizz by putting the wet ingredients in too quickly.

- What if your bombs never set in the molds and they crumble all over the place? NO worries! Thing is...you could just put all the good stuff you made above and just put it all in an air tight container if you wanted pretty much...spooning it into your bath instead of pressing it into a mold will work just lovely as well. Don't you worry...you'll be fine. However, if you're gifting these...perfecting the molds is a plus. I bought some cloth bags for cheap which make great companions to the bombs.

- Finding Citric Acid - the hardest to find. This was the hardest thing to find for me. the recipe I had found said that you could get this at any craft store or drug store. no...no you can't. But then someone said to me that citric acid is in foods, so I should try a food supply place. The light bulb went off. I ended up purchasing it at San Francisco Brewcraft. I got 5 pounds of it and when I got home I felt so silly since you only need 1/2 a cup. ha! If anyone needs any...I have some extra to go around, clearly.

- Essential Oils and you! A while back I found this gem of a place called The San Francisco Herb company. You know all those bulk teas you see in stores? Yeah...they pretty much all come from here. So knock out the middle man and check out this place. I got my essential oils from here because if you're a business, they GIVE YOU A DISCOUNT! Hollar at my money saving techniques...what what! ha ha... but really...they have pretty much all of the oils you'd want to see there since they also have pretty much anything you'd want to put in a killer potpourri. For just under $20 I got myself some vanilla, peony, jasmine, honeysuckle and spearmint. I have been able to use my oils many MANY times since then...a little goes a long way.

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!


KK said...

I can't wait to make bath bombs! I too need to make my baths more cost-effective. ;)

Katy said...

I for sure did...a $15 bottle of wine and a (Average) $8 bomb, or fancy bubble bath with my DIY Mag...phew,it was starting to add up! :) ha ha

Gabrielle Lessard said...

Thanks so much! This may not be any less expensive, but I use citric acid as 'pickle' for my metals. It is sold by Otto Frei under the trade name 'citri pickle'

Heather G said...

Great post! I shared this on my DIY blog http://athomediy.blogspot.com/2011/07/stress-begone-sf-etsy-way.html

Katy said...

thanks heather for sharing on your blog! :)

nerd JERK said...

What a rad tutorial, Katy! Thanks so much for helping us all relax a little bit more. :D

Katy said...

Thanks Steph!! I super appreciate it...these are really fun to make and I guess I felt like it was time for me to share this little wealth of knowledge with the world.

Rachel J said...

I've always wanted to try making these, thanks for the recipe!

Meghan O said...

Oh Yes Please. I second your motion on getting into a weekly DIY bath routine... already I was addicted to the soap making habit, I spent a mere $60 at Bramble Berry .com or something, for some meltable soap and an entire box of essential oils...it's been like over 8 months, and I make a new batch every 1.5 months. With a simple '12 baby bundt cake' silicon mold, this whole process takes like 20 minutes...I add in coffee/chai/ground oatmeal from SF Herb Co.. great place, and try to make really weird combos that I look forward to trying. My fiance loves this... but hint: whole Fennels in the soap... ouch. ;) food processed fennels in the soap:... double ouch. ;)

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