Entrancing Bath Bars
These dazzling bath bars stray from the conventional shape of the classic bath bomb. Add any decorative dry botanical you please for a splash of colour, and stack them into beautiful glass jars.
Tie with a ribbon or rustic jute string for a fully eco-friendly gift.
This recipe makes approximately 16-20 bars, depending on the type and size of mould used. Incredibly cost-effective, this recipe can easily be scaled up to make multiple gifts plus a little extra for yourself!
Yields: Approximately 16 -20 bars depending on mold
- 1 cup Citric Acid
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 1 cup Cornstarch
- 1/4 cup Epsom Salts
- 30 mL Earth's Aromatique Hydrosol of Choice (or water in spray bottle)
- 50 - 70 drops Essential Oil (we like a blend of 40 drops Lavender, 15 drops Orange 10 drops Rose Geranium, 5 drops Ylang Ylang)
- Colorant (1/2-1 tsp) Spirulina, Beet root powder, or Mica.
- Botanical Accents (1 tsp.-3tbsp) Red clover, Spruce tips, Hibiscus petals, Butterfly pea flower, Whole rosebuds, Cone flowers, or Chamomile flowers.
- Salts (1tsp - 3 tbsp) Epsom Salts, Himalayan Sea Salt, or Black Hawaiian Salt
- Prepare Molds: If you want botanicals or salts on the top of your bars, place a small layer (i.e. Epsom Salts) to cover the bottom of the mould, or add just a few flowers or botanical pieces.
- In a large bowl, mix the first four ingredients together. Blend well to avoid clumps. To the bowl, add essential oils and colourants (if using). If you would like botanicals dispersed through the bars, add them now and mix.
- Using hydrosol or water in a spray bottle, spray two spritzes at a time, and stirring well in between. The objective is to add just enough moisture to bind the mixture together, and not so much that it sets off the chemical reaction that we want to save for the bath.
- Stop spraying when the mixture looks like very dry pastry. When squeezing in your hand, it should keep its shape. Work quickly to prevent mixture from drying out. You have used too much moisture if the mixture starts to expand, or the spatula and bowl are wet.
- Add mixture into moulds and press in as hard as possible. This will make for a harder and more durable bar. Be especially attentive to the corners of the mould.
- Leave in mould and let dry flat for 3-4 hours. Gently press mold to release. Store in a glass jar or your favourite sealable container.
These bath bars stray from the conventional spherical bath bomb and are easily customizable with your botanical of choice! The recipe is easily scaleable so you can make as many or as few as you'd like!
Inspired By: https://www.homeyohmy.com/diy-rose-bath-bomb-bars-printable-label/