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Lavender and lemon Christmas Bath Bombs

Lavender and lemon Christmas Bath Bombs

My kids and I love making handmade gifts for Christmas.  There is nothing nicer than spending time together crafting and creating handmade gifts and then gifting them to all of the special people in our lives.

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Bath Bombs are at the top of our "favourite handmade gifts to make" list.  They are very easy and quick to make.  A little messy (but really not too messy) and so much fun to do as a craft activity.  Everyone in the family can get involved and it's a great way to spend quality "family" time together.You can turn these bath bomb gifts into a little pamper pack for someone special by adding a little loofah, face washer and scented candle.  Christmas is such a busy time of year, so it is lovely to receive something that encourages the receiver to take time out and relax.  Make sure you keep a few for yourself too as I am sure that you are also in need of some time out.Kids love bath bombs too, you could gift it to them with a little bath toy or face washer.You can also gift these bath bombs as foot spa bombs for people who prefer this to a bath.Ingredients  Supplies

  • 1 cup of citric acid (granulated)
  • 2 Cups of bicarbonate of soda (sifted)
  • 1 tspn of pure essential oil of your choice (I used a lavender and lemon blend)
  • 1 tspn of food grade dye (this can be in powder or liquid form)
  • 1 tspn of oil (I like to use olive oil as it is great for your skin)
  • Spray bottle of water (you don’t need much just a little to spritz)
  • Silicone moulds
  • Rubber gloves
  • Large mixing bowl

 Method

  1. Pour the citric acid and then the bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl
  2. Make a well with your fingers in the centre of the mix and add your colour and essential oil.  It may fizz slightly, if it does just cover the fizz with some of the dry ingredient.
  3. With gloved hands start mixing your ingredients together Mix ingredients
  4. Keep mixing until all of the colour and essential oil is mixed through.  If the colour clumps just press it between your hands to disperse it and keep mixing.
  5. Pour the oil over all of your mixture (the oil will assist in binding the mixture together).
  6. Spray the water from your spray bottle (3-4 sprays) over the mixture.  It will fizz a little and become icy cold to touch.  With your hands mix the water through the mixture.
  7. Squeeze the mixture together in your hands, we want it to feel like damp sand. (You don’t want it too wet as it will grow in the moulds. You also don’t want it too dry as it will crumble when set). If it is too dry you can add a little more water.
  8. Once it feels like damp sand, press the mixture firmly into your moulds.  You may need to work a little quickly on this so that it doesn’t dry out.  If it starts to dry give it a little spritz of water.  Put into moulds
  9. Allow the bath bombs to set for approximately 3-5 days.  Once set you can gently press them out of their moulds and store in a cool dry place.
  10. If you are giving these as gifts you can wrap them in cellophane or place in gift bags.

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