Friday, 27 April 2012


PERFECT BATH BOMBS

Put your bowl and Sieve on the scales and weigh out 250g Anhydrous Citric Acid then add 750g of Bicarb making a total batch of 1000g... Sieve it and give it a good stir mixing the Citric and Bicarb well in...
Measure out your fragrance and colour... Using you spoon make a little dent and pour your fragrance oil in (in one place) pour your colour on top of the fragrance oil and using the back of your spoon against the side of your bowl blend in to a small amount of your mixture... as it blends into a nice even colour start blending it into you whole mixture... This gives you and even colour no blotchy bits!
Then start spritzing with clean fresh water just 2 or 3 spritz at a time and blend in well with the back of your spoon... Spritz again 2-3 squirts! And so on but make sure that you are pressing the mixture hard with the back of your spoon against the side of your bowl NO STIRRING!!! Stirring does not work with bath bombs you really do have to use the back of your spoon against the side of your bowl and force the water into your mixture... Your mixture is ready when you can pick a small handful up and squeeze it and it stays in place... When you squeeze it, it should feel slighty cold and damp... Do not be tempted to add more water as this will just make the mixture bubble up in your mould...
This takes an awful lot of elbow grease which is why I have tennis elbow after 7 years of making bath bombs 7 days a week lol!!!
Now for moulding...
If you are using a silicone mould just fill them up pushing in as much mixture as possible and leave over night to dry then just push them out of your mould...
If using hard plastic moulds for example round moulds... Push as much mixture in as possible and press together hard... Take one half of the mould off and leave the other half in the mould and put to one side to dry over night then you should be able to hold the half out of the mould to gently release the half still in the mould!
For my cupcakes bases I have hard plastic moulds on a sheet... Secret tip... Using scissors cut the moulds out of the sheet so you have for example 4 single cupcake moulds rather than 1 sheet with 4 cavities... Then pack your mixture in the mould flatten the bottom and bang the mixture out onto a piece of greaseproof paper... But DO NOT TOUCH (Kelly! <3) I put my greaseproof paper onto a tray so once they have been banged out of the mould I don’t have to touch them... again just let them dry over night...
Troubleshooting...
If your mixture has clumps of colour you haven’t blended it in enough keep going blend more!!!
If you are not using liquid colours for example micas you will need more water.
If your mixture has bubbled up in your moulds you have put too much water in your mixture... Not much you can do but don’t waste the mixture break it up and use it as fizzing bath crumble...
If your bath bombs crumble you don’t have enough water... Quickly put back into your bowl and spritz again with a little more water and try again (you have to be quick though)
Hope this helps... have fun X

Friday, 23 March 2012

Perfect Piping of Mallows & Truffles

Well here it is my recipe and tips for piping Bath Bomb Mallows and Truffles with Butters...
100g Citric Acid
300g Sodium Bicarbonate
Colour
Fragrance
150-200g Shea Butter (Melted)
I don't measure exactly my Shea butter I melt a jug full as any left over will be used for the next batch...
1. Get your cupcake papers set out ready as time is of the essence when making mallows/truffles...
2. Pop your jug of Shea Butter into the microwave and slowly and gently melt it... Try not to let it get hot.
*If your Shea is hot when you add it to your mixture it will expand and won't be pipeable (But perfect for Bath Muffins that you do want to rise)*
3. Measure out your Citric and Bicarb then slowly add your cooled (but still liquid) Shea butter blending it in a bit at a time... I use the back of my spoon and push the mixture on the side of the bowl... Just keep going until you have a nice creamy mix (but not sloppy) and then I add just a little more as there nothing more annoying than it setting in the icing bag.
*You do have to be reasonably quick as it does set quite quickly*
4. Once you have a nice soft creamy consistency spoon it into your icing bag as quickly as possible and start piping...
*If you want to add colour or fragrances it does become a bit more tricky as the mixture reacts differently.
Mica's and powdered colours definitely work better but if you want to use water based colours and fragrance blend them in to the bicarb on its own and let it dry out for an hour... Then add your Citric and Shea Butter as before*
Add your decorations as quickly as possible as again the mixture does dry out quickly...
Good Luck and please let me know how you get on <3

Sunday, 18 March 2012

thesoapycauldron.co.uk

These look absolutely fabulous... made by Sam at the Soapy Cauldron (which is not too far away from me)
Blueberry Blast Bath Truffles made with Pure Cocoa Butter (my favourite butter)
These are so pretty and at some point I will get over to Sam's shop and definitely try these out...

Saturday, 17 March 2012

bareandbeautiful.co.uk

Here we have one of my new Bath Bombs... 
This baby is a Bath Bomb Pop... Scented with Apple & Raspberry Oils it smells delicious...
Just remove the stick and twist the top off... Drop the bath bomb base into a nice warm bath... It will fizz away releasing the fragrance... Then you can either discard the topping or some people like to use it as a gentle sugar scrub...

beautifulbubbles.co.uk

This has been made by the lovely Claire at Beautiful Bubbles...
A Spring Bouquet Soap Cupcake (Cold Process) 
This is just beautiful I love these colour's it is just a gorgeous Cupcake...

iamhandmade.com

Asian Pear and Lily Pure Silk Soap...
I have just ordered this gorgeous soap from the lovely Celine...
I am so looking forward to trying this... I am far too impatient to make Cold Process Soaps it is a definite art and Celine is a fabulous soap artist...

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Purely Aromatic

Gorgeous Candles and Wax melts made by Purely Aromatic...
My absolute favourite are the Very Vanilla Wax Melts the scent last's for ages...
Which reminds me I am running low and must place an order soon :)
www.purelyaromatic.co.uk