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Pink clay and salt bath bombs

Difficulty: Beginners
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 6 bath bombs

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Baths are a wonderful way to detox and rejuvenate your skin. These bath bombs contain the benefits of cleansing pink French clay and detoxifying Himalayan salt, combined with an uplifting and soothing blend of litsea cubeba, ylang ylang, bergamot and lavender to leave your skin looking radiant and feeling soft and smooth.

All ingredients are available from Pure Nature, who also stock the bath bomb molds in two sizes, the larger one is the one we used here, which is perfect for an adult sized bath.

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ONE: Using the standard 2:1 formula, add two cups of baking soda and one cup of citric acid to a bowl.

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TWO: Add 1/2 cup of pink Himalayan sea salt and 2 tablespoons of pink French clay.

Next, put on disposable gloves to protect your hands and nails (baking soda and citric acid ruin your manicure!), and using your hands, combine everything and break up any clumps.

THREE: Then measure out and add your essential oil blend. I used 2 ml of litsea cubeba (may chang), 1/2 ml of ylang ylang, 1/2 ml bergamot and 1 ml of lavender essential oils. Mix the essential oils well into the bath bomb mixture.

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FOUR: Using a spray bottle, spritz some water and start mixing it in immediately. Keep mixing and spritzing until you reach the right consistency. It should still be powdery, but when you squeeze some of the bath bomb mixture in your hand, it should hold its shape.

FIVE: Scoop the bath bomb mixture into your half molds and fill them a little bit more than it can hold. Push down with your palms to compact the mixture. Then press two halves together and twist them so that both halves will hold. Gently remove one of the half molds and then, carefully, place it on a baking sheet and remove the other half mold.

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SIX: Leave the bath bombs to harden completely overnight in a dry, warm place. I like using my hot water cupboard for this, because it’s the driest place in the house. Because of the clay, they might take a little longer to dry than usual. Once they’re solid, wrap them in cellophane or put them in a little cellophane bag, to keep them dry. Bath bombs should be used within 3-6 months, because they will lose their fizziness over time.

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Pink clay and salt bath bombs

  • Difficulty: beginners
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup fine pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons pink French clay
  • 2 ml litsea cubeba (may chang) essential oil
  • 1/2 ml ylang ylang essential oil
  • 1/2 ml bergamot essential oil
  • 1 ml lavender essential oil

Directions

  1. Combine the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl.
  2. Add the pink clay and Himalayan salt.
  3. Measure out and add the essential oils, and, wearing gloves, mix well with your hands, breaking up any clumps..
  4. Spritz with water and keep mixing until you have reached the right consistency. It should be still powdery, but hold shape when you squeeze the mixture in your hand.
  5. Scoop the bath bomb mixture into the half molds and firmly press to compact. Press two halves together and twist to hold shape.
  6. Gently remove them from the mold and place on a baking sheet.
  7. Leave them to dry overnight before wrapping. Note, because of the clay, they may take a little longer to dry!

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New Zealand lavender bath bombs

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 3-4 full bath bombs or 7-8 half bath bombs

Lavender is not something you usually associate with New Zealand, so it comes to a surprise to many to hear that there are several dozen commercial lavender growing farms here in New Zealand, some with tens of thousands of plants. Continue reading New Zealand lavender bath bombs

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Shea butter and rose shower smoothie

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 2 pots (250 ml)


Shower smoothies are whipped up foamy bath butter bases with added nourishing and conditioning ingredients, such as butters and oils, which makes them particularly mild and moisturising to your skin. They are also extremely convenient, because they cleanse Continue reading Shea butter and rose shower smoothie

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Rose and shea butter bath bombs

Difficulty: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 3-4 bath bombs

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A dear friend of mine had her 40th and I wanted to make her something special. Looking after kids all day, both as a mum and as her job, I felt she deserved a bit of a treat. What could be better than a long soak in nice, warm bath with a glass of bubbly, and listening to Coldplay? These luscious rose and shea butter bath bomb are just perfect for that.

According to Valerie Ann Worwood, in Aromatherapy for the Soul, the fragrance of rose vibrates with the energy of universal love, and encourages contentment, happiness, inner freedom and completeness.

To make these lush bath bombs, you will need baking soda, citric acid, shea butter, polysorbate 80, rose fragrance and rose petals, as well as your bath bomb molds (or alternatively you can use a muffin tray).

ONE: Combine your baking soda and citric acid in a bowl and mix with your hands. Make sure you break up any clumps.

TWO: In a small heat proof bowl or cup, heat some shea butter in your microwave until completely melted. Add two tablespoons of liquid shea butter to your baking soda/citric acid mixture.

THREE: Measure out your polysorbate 80 and fragrance and also add it to your mixture. Polysorbate 80 will make sure that the shea butter will be dispersed into your bath water, rather than float on top of the water.

FOUR: Spritz one or two squirts of water and start mixing everything with your hands to combine all the ingredients. I always wear gloves, even if I’m not mixing in any colour, because I find that my hands get really dry working with the raw mixture. Plus, if you’re wearing nail polish, the gloves will help protect your manicure! If you find the mixture isn’t holding well enough, spritz some more water, but be careful you don’t over-wet your bath bomb mixture. If it starts to fizz, you’ve definitely overdone it, and start adding baking soda and citric acid in a 2:1 ratio, until it stops fizzing.

FIVE: If you haven’t done so already, prepare your bath bomb molds. In one half mold, add a few rose petals to the centre of the mold and scoop the bath bomb mixture on top of them. Press the mixture into the mold to compact it. Next, fill the other half mold, but without adding any rose petals, and slightly overfill to help the two halves stick together.

Press the two halves together firmly without twisting them. Very gently remove one half (a light tap helps loosen the mold) and leave to dry for a few hours.

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After a few hours, carefully remove the bottom half mold, and place the bath bomb on a baking sheet. Leave to harden overnight in a warm, dry place. This is particularly important, if it’s a humid day, like we often have in New Zealand. I like putting mine in the hot water cupboard, which is the driest place in the house, and which ensures that my bath bombs always turn out. Enjoy!

Rose and Shea Butter Bath Bombs

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon polysorbate 80
  • 6 ml rose fragrance

Directions

  1. Combine the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl and using your hands mix and break up any clumps in the mixture.
  2. In a separate small heat proof bowl or cup, heat the shea butter in the microwave on high until fully melted and add to the mixture.
  3. Add the polysorbate 80 and fragrance.
  4. Mix everything with your hands and if necessary, spritz some water to reach the right consistency.
  5. Scoop into your bath bomb molds and let harden overnight before removing.

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Easter bath bomb chicks

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 1 hr
Yields: 6 bath bombs

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Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate, although I wouldn’t say no to chocolate, but it’s nice to get something different for a change. Especially if you have little ones, and they get more chocolate than they could (or should) ever eat! These Easter bath bomb chicks are easy and fun to make. They’re actually white bath bombs, which are then painted over with mica!

ONE: Using the standard 2:1 formula, add 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of citric acid to a bowl.

TWO: Melt 20 g of coconut oil in the microwave and add 20 ml of polysorbate 80. Add to the dry ingredients.

THREE: Next, add your chosen fragrance. I’m using pink grapefruit essential oil, which is a big favourite with kids. You can buy pink grapefruit essential oil from Pure Nature.

FOUR: Now mix all the ingredients together. Note that we’re not adding any colourant, instead we’ll be painting the chick later, so that we can leave the egg white. Another option would be to do it the other way round: make the bath bomb yellow and paint the egg white.


FIVE: If necessary, spritz the bath bomb mixture with witch hazel or water to get the right consistency. It should still be powdery, but if you squeeze it in you hand it should hold together. Once you have the right consistency, scoop the bath bomb mixture into your mold and press firmly to compact.

SIX: Let them dry in their molds for a few hours, then gently tap to remove them from their molds. Place them on a baking sheet and leave to harden completely overnight in a dry, warm place.

SEVEN: The following day, prepare the mica for painting. I’m using magic yellow mica, orange saffron mica, and dark purple mica. These are all available from Pure Nature.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of mica to 1 teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol and mix it to create a slurry.

EIGHT: Using a small paintbrush, paint the chick yellow, the beak orange and the eye purple.

NINE: Leave to dry for a few hours before packaging.

Easter Bath Bombs Chicks

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 20 g coconut oil
  • 20 ml polysorbate 80
  • 10 ml pink grapefruit essential oil
  • Magic yellow mica
  • Orange saffron mica
  • Dark purple mica
  • Isopropyl alcohol

Directions

  1. Combine the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl.
  2. Melt 20 g of coconut oil in the microwave and mix with 20 ml polysorbate 80. Add to the dry ingredients.
  3. Add 10 ml pink grapefruit essential oil.
  4. Using your hands, mix everything together.
  5. If necessary, spritz with witch hazel or water to get the right consistency. Scoop the bath bomb mixture into the molds and firmly press to compact.
  6. Let them dry for a few hours, then tap to remove them from the mold. Leave to harden completely overnight.
  7. Prepare the mica, by adding 1/4 teaspoon of mica to 1 teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol and mix to create a slurry.
  8. Using a small paintbrush, paint the body of the chick yellow, the beak orange and its eye purple.
  9. Leave to dry for a few hours.