Let’s take a quick peek outside my window, shall we….
Notice, if you will, all of the snow!!! And no I don’t want to hear about how you’re from Michigan, and this is nothing compared to the 12-foot snow berms you were driving through last winter 😉 This girl likes things in the 70’s. Always and forever. Don’t ask me why I live in Utah. But being the winter whiner that I am, bath bombs are one of my favorite winter treats to enjoy and also to share.
This bath bomb recipe is simple and uses no colorants or embeds, so it’s easy to throw a handful together for gifts for the girlfriends. While it may not have any colors, it leaves nothing to spare in terms of luxuriousness. It smells wonderful and will leave your skin feeling sooooooo soft and smooth. It also comes with a little poem that you can attach for those who you think need to feel a little extra love this time of year. So without further adieu, I give you the recipe:
Snowball Winter Bath Bombs
A winter bath treat to make all of your friends and family feel warm and loved.
- 18 oz Baking Soda (, sifted)
- 9.5 oz Citric Acid
- 2.5 oz Sea Salt
- 0.5 oz Cream of Tartar
- 0.5 oz Powdered Goat's Milk
- 1 tsp Cosmetic Glitter (, NOT crafting glitter)
- 0.9 oz Cocoa Butter (, melted)
- 0.7 oz Grapeseed Oil
- 0.3 oz Aloe Vera Liquid
- 0.2 oz Polysorbate 80
- 1 oz Crafter's Choice Mother's Love Fragrance (, or your fragrance of choice)
Sift any dry ingredients that are lumpy prior to mixing. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl thoroughly. Use an electric mixer if possible.
Melt cocoa butter. In a separate bowl from the dry ingredients, combine all of the wet ingredients. Mix well.
While mixing the dry ingredients, slowly add the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined and it has the consistency of wet sand.
Mold with metal sphere molds in the size of your choice. Set aside to dry for 24 hours before packaging for gifts.
First, the dry ingredients should be sifted if they are lumpy. If you look at the picture below my goat’s milk powder and cream of tarter, look a little lumpy, but they are so soft that they break up easy when mixing. The ingredients you need to be sure get sifted are the baking soda and citric acid. These two ingredients are what cause our fizz reaction, so we need them to be perfectly dispersed throughout the mix.
When purchasing your glitter for the Snowballs, please make sure it is cosmetic glitter. NOT – I repeat – NOT crafting glitter. Crafting glitter is larger fragments of plastic, glass or metal that can scratch and irritate your skin. Not something you want to be soaking in. Cosmetic glitter is made of skin-safe synthetics that are cut much smaller and without sharp edges. The kind of cosmetic glitter I use is from Crafter’s Choice, but there are plenty of options available if you just shop around a little.
The fragrance oil I’m using in this recipe is called A Mother’s Love from Crafter’s Choice. I love how comforting this scent is to me. It goes perfectly with the message that I’m pairing with this gift, which you will see later on in the post. Feel free to use a fragrance oil of your choice. Just be sure to use the appropriate amount based off of it’s usage rate.
The aloe vera gel in this recipe is a fabulous addition because not only is it a wonderful ingredient to soothe the skin, but it also acts like a super glue for the bath bombs. It makes them rock hard quickly.
You’ll want to mix everything for a solid two or three minutes. You’ll know the mix is ready when everything looks like the consistency of wet sand. Here is a GIF showing the consistency of my mix right before I turn off the mixer. See how it’s kind of packing together where the paddle is smacking it around?
Now molding the bath bombs is usually the hardest part for a new bath bomb maker. I had said many unfortunate things when I was first learning how to mold bath bombs into spheres. So here’s a little video of me demonstrating the molding of the Snowball Bath Bombs. In the video, I’m using the 2.7″ steel molds from Xen Bath Supplies for my jumbo sized bombs and the 2.4″ size for my smaller bomb.
Once they’ve dried, I like to brush a little more glitter on the outside to give them a bit more sparkle. I wish my phone could pick up the sparkle better on these because they are gorgeous!
Now for the poem I have for you to coordinate with your Snowball Bath Bombs. I feel like the gift of self-care is a very special one. So I hope this little note makes those you are gifting feel loved.
Pair the card with a cute foil cardstock and attach it to your bath bomb packaging. When packaging your bath bombs put them in some sort of plastic first if you plan on putting them in tulle or mesh baggies. The roughness of the tulle or other mesh will sand down the bomb as it’s being handled. I like to wrap mine in plastic wrap before putting them in cute packaging. You can also just put them in clear plastic baggies with the label stapled to the top.
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