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