Published on September 29th, 2013 | by HowToMakeBathSalts
How to Make Bath Salts Bath Bombs
How to Make Bath Salts “Bath Bombs” – if that title hasn’t got you confused I’m not sure what will. If you look at the pictures you can see it’s basically like a bath bomb, but it’s actually bath salts made into a round shape. Some call them bath salt snowballs. Me labeling this How to Make Bath Salts Bath Bombs has the advantage of being more confusing 🙂
I stumbled across this on Martha Stewart’s website – I thought I would share it for the picture. I really don’t like the recipe though – I’ll tell you why. First of all, it adds scent just to plain Epsom salt. Anyone who knows anything about how to make bath salts knows that Epsom salt will hold the scent in for a terribly short time – it’ll probably evaporate before you even throw this into the bath tub. Secondly, she uses basic food coloring. Some food coloring is water soluble. Some is skin safe. Some will stain your skin blue so you look like a character from “Avatar” for the rest of the week. Listing “Food Coloring” as an ingredient without any qualifications is kind of lazy in my opinion.
However – that shouldn’t detract from how fun these are to make 🙂 If you would like to learn how to make bath salts the *proper* way, or real way as I call it, I recommend you visit www.makebathsalts.com – they have a great collection of bath salt recipes. Anyway – here it is.
How To Make Bath Salts Bath Bombs
The bath “snowballs” can be tinted any color. You’ll need 3 to 4 days to make the bath balls because of the drying time between steps. Makes 2 large or 4 small balls.
To package the bath snowballs as a gift, use a glass kitchen canister to present the bath balls, which the recipient can then display on a vanity. Wrap the jar with ribbon, tying a bow at the top, and add a vellum gift tag threaded with cord in a matching color.
2 cups Epsom salts
2 tablespoons water
A few drops essential oil(s)
1 drop food coloring, plus more if desired
Special equipment: plastic pipette, large or small round bath-ball molds, storage jars
How to Make Bath Salts Bath Bombs – Instructions
STEP 1: Stir together Epsom salts and water in a mixing bowl. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired shade is achieved; stir until color is even throughout.
STEP 2: Spoon a generous amount of mixture (more than necessary) into 1/2 of a bath-ball mold. Pack firmly. Repeat, packing mixture into second half of mold. Press pieces together until they connect. Remove top half of mold very carefully. Let bath ball stand, mold side down, overnight (set ball on an overturned jar lid to keep it from tipping over).
STEP 3: Remove mold carefully. Invert, and let ball dry completely, 2 to 3 days more. Transfer to jars.