How to make bath bombs as homemade Valentine's Day gifts

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How to make bath bombs as homemade Valentine's Day gifts
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Looking for a fun and easy homemade Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart? Why not make some bath bombs complete with a hidden "love token" hidden in the middle? You can then take a bath for two and follow the romantic (or sexy) instructions on the note when it's revealed.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dry ingredients:
  • 2 cups citric acid
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sea salts
  • ¼ cup whole milk powder
  • Wet ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp. vitamin E oil
  • 4 tbsp. essential or fragrance oil
  • 1 tsp. colorant
  • Wax paper
  • Large metal mixing bowl
  • Small peices of paper
  • Measuring spoons you'll only use to make bath bombs--no food contact
  • An eye dropper if your fragrace oil doesn't have a dropper top
  • Clear tape
  • A heart-shaped mold deep enough to make a bath bomb in
  • A pen
  • A garbage bag
  • A cookie sheet

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Instructions

  1. 1

    You'll need to go shopping for your bath bomb ingredients. Your best bet is to shop online. Some of the ingredients are very hard to find in regular stores. Instead, order from a reputable online store specializing in bath product ingredients. Check the resource box at the end of this article for a link.

  2. 2

    Write out approximately nine "love notes" to hide in the middle of your bath bombs. You can make them coupons for a kiss or back massage or make them a little naughtier with instructions on what to do in the tub when having a bath together.

  3. 3

    Now cover your notes completely with as many pieces of clear tape as it takes to seal the note. Remember, these will be immersed in a tub. Protect them well so you can read them once the bath bomb dissolves.

  4. 4

    Next you'll need a clean and clutter-free workspace for your homemade Valentine's Day gifts. A kitchen counter or table works great.

  5. 5

    Place a large plastic garbage bag over your work surface to make clean up a breeze afterwards.

  6. 6

    In a large metal bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together. Use your clean hands to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.

  7. 7

    Next add all the wet ingredients except the fragrance or essential oil and the colorant. Knead this mixture thoroughly until the all the dry ingredients are moist. A good way to check to see if your mixture is moist enough is to take a handful of the mixture and squeeze it in your fist. If, when you open your hand, the mixture holds together in the form of the inside of your hand without crumbling, it's moist enough. If it crumbles, add another tablespoon of the grapeseed oil.

  8. 8

    Once all your dry and wet ingredients are mixed together you're ready to add the fragrance to your handmade Valentine's Day gifts. Drizzle the fragrance or essential oil over the mixture. Then work it in with your hands until the oil is evenly dispersed throughout the bath bomb mixture.

  9. 9

    You're now ready to add the colorant. Drizzle your colorant over your bath bomb mixture and use your hands to mix quickly! Because the colorant is water based, it will cause your bath bomb mixture to begin to fizz (like it does in the tub) so you want to mix the colorant into the mixture as quickly as possible to stop the fizzing action.

  10. 10

    Now it's time to start creating your homemade Valentine's Day gifts. Take your heart-shaped mold and pack it half full with the bath bomb mixture, leaving a slightly hollowed-out portion in the middle for your love note. Be sure to press the mixture down very firmly. The firmer the bath bombs are packed, the better they hold together and the longer they last in the tub.

  11. 11

    Place a love note into the middle of the bath bomb so that no part sticks out beyond the heart-shaped mold.

  12. 12

    Finish filling up the mold until the bath bomb mixture is packed tightly. Make sure it's even with the top of the mold.

  13. 13

    If you have more than one mold, you can choose to fill them all up with bath bombs. Then tip them over to release the bath bombs out of the mold and onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet or release them one at a time right after making them.

  14. 14

    Continue creating the bath bombs until you use all the mixture.

  15. 15

    Allow your bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours. 48 hours is better.

  16. 16

    Once they're dried, wrap each one in saran wrap held with a piece of clear tape at the back. This protects your bath bombs from moisture in the air and helps them stay fresh until they're ready to be used.

  17. 17

    Place all your bath bombs in a decorative bag or basket and present your homemade Valentine's Day gifts to your sweetie.

  18. 18

    Enjoy them by picking one and placing it in a bath for two. You won't know which love note is inside but you'll have to follow its instructions once it appears after the bath bomb fizzes away.

  19. 19

    Store your bath bombs in a cool, dry place.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you scent your bath bombs with a scent that both you and your sweetie will enjoy. A mixture of vanilla and cinnamon is a sensual, delicious combination that almost anyone enjoys.

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