There’s nothing like a good bath – accompanied by a good book and maybe a glass of champagne – to relax the senses after a long day. And as someone who has made an art form out of the soak, I’ve usually got unlimited quantities of bath bombs, crystals, masks and more.
But after a summer clean out inspired by a sudden disdain for ‘clutter’, I was all out. So I decided to learn how to make my own. And the fantastic CSIRO website had all the answers in their great DIY science section, which teaches kids about everything from space and biology to the brain.
But I was only interested in DIY pampering. And here’s the recipe I found . . .
* Food colouring
* Flower petals or body glitter
* Sweet almond oil
* Scented oil such as lavender oil
* 10 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
* 3 tbsp citric acid
* 2 large mixing bowls
* 1 large muffin tray
* Rubber gloves
Grease the sides and bases of a large muffin tray with a small amount of almond oil. Place citric acid and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl. Mix together well to form the base mixture. Scoop out about half a cup and put it in another bowl. This will make about one or two bombs (depending on the mould size in your muffin tray). You could also use old plastic containers or anything that will hold a shape. Add the flower petals or body glitter to the base mixture. In the small glass jar, mix 6 drops of scented oil, 5 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and about 10 drops of food colouring. Gradually pour the oil mixture into the half cup of base mixture. While wearing rubber gloves, quickly mix it all together. The mixture is ready when it stays together in your hands without crumbling too much. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tray. Press down firmly. You can use the rest of the mixture with other types of scented oil or food colouring to make more bath bombs. Leave them in the tray to set for a few days. Carefully up-end to remove from moulds. Run a bath, hop in and drop a bomb. Watch it fizz!