I am sure that many of you have tried making bath bombs at home. Those who had not should definitely give it a try. You can buy most of the ingredients if not all in a local grocery store and the process is actually pretty simple once you get a hang of it. It is worth your time since homemade bath bombs are more natural and safer than the ones you get in a store. They would make a nice gift for your friends and the loved once and you could even try making a small bath bomb making business.
Now let’s talk how to avoid the most common mistakes. Like I said making bath bombs is easy but if it sometimes does not work and something goes wrong do not give up right away and keep trying. I am going to help you to figure it out.
- CRUMBLING OR CRACKING
The trickiest part of making bath bombs is to get the right consistency. It should be too wet, it should not be too dry. If your bath bombs are crack it means that the mixture was too dry. You might want to add more liquid ingredients such as oils or give your mixture a few more spritzes of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Sometimes bath bombs crack after you remove them from the molds. In this case, the mixture was too wet and bath fizzies started expanding. The amount of liquid you put in the mixture is extremely important. The bath bomb mixture should shape well but still remain crumbly and once you squeeze it in your hands it should keep its shape.
2. TOO SOFT
If your bath bombs are too soft it means that it was too much moisture in the mixture. You might have added too much oil or witch hazel. You should also take into consideration that air humidity can ruin your beautiful bath bombs as well. If the air is too dry then it will prevent your bath fizzies from hardening. Adding a little bit of cosmetic clay, cornstarch will help the bath bombs to dry better and to become hard.
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3. NOT MUCH FIZZING
The bath bomb fizzing effect is produced by the chemical reaction of citric acid and baking soda. The basic recipe ratio is 1 part of citric acid to 2 parts of baking soda. If you do not get enough of fizzing you can increase citric acid to 1, 5 part. You can also try reducing cornstarch in your recipes. What I found to work good is to add citric acid at the very end of the bath bomb making process. Basically, you mix all the dry ingredients, then you add the wet ones, and then slowly add citric acid. In this way, your bath bomb mixture is not going to fizz prematurely and you get all of that fizzing effect in your bathtub and not in your mixing bowl.
In Part 2 we going to speak about other bath bomb issues such as bumps on the surface, bath bomb expanding, using colorants.