-By Ivie Dotson
I am one of those people who fears “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate”. I won’t go into all the reasons and ways I avoid this chemical, here, so suffice it to say, I don’t like it in my shampoo, and I certainly don’t want my kids dumping it in their bath as “bubble bath”.
I was thrilled to find a fun and even healthy alternative. Making “bath bombs” with my children has become a favorite activity. They fizz and bubble like crazy around the bathtub, leaving the bath full of healthy oils and minerals.
There are many recipes online, all slightly different. I have made several versions, but I prefer one without cornstarch, as I have heard from various sources that it feeds candida.
I order all the ingredients from amazon or buy them at Costco:
2 Cups (16 oz) baking soda See here for health benefits of baking soda
1 Cup (8 oz) citric acid See here for the uses and health benefits of citric acid
1 Cup(8 oz) Epsom salt See here for the awesome health benefits of Epsom Salts
3 T fractionated coconut (you can use many other oils also) benefits of Coconut oil
If you are molding your bath bombs, add two T of water slowly at this point. Actually, I just use a spray bottle and spray a little water into the bowl.
If it starts to really fizz, you are using too much. You just want a small amount to help it stick together. You can add a few drops of food coloring if desired with the water.
There are many things you can use for molds. A clear plastic Christmas ball (available on Amazon) works great.
Let them dry for a day or so before putting them away.
There are times I don’t even use molds (or when they just fall apart for some unexplainable reason) and fill a pretty container and just scoop some out for the bathtub.
The kids love the way they fizz around the tub. I love using these in my bath, and they way they make my skin feel afterwards. I love them in the winter when a hot bath feels so good, but also in the summer when my skin is dried out from too much time in the sun . They do wonders for my poor feet that spend hours in the garden in Chacos. They take very little time, but make a fun, and healthy addition to the bathtub. Well worth the time.