Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DIY Dreamsicle Bath Bombs

My favorite way to relax is by taking a soothing bath with either a bath bomb, Epsom salts, bubble bath, or some combination of the three. Unfortunately, a trip to Lush is at least an hour and a half drive to either Birmingham or Nashville, and more money than I should be spending on something that is just going to get washed down the drain after an hour of use.

I decided to problem solve by browsing various bath bomb recipes on Pinterest, and experimented with the common ingredients to find a recipe that worked for me. Dreamsicle has been a favorite scent/flavor of mine since I was in middle school, so I wanted to make a recipe that incorporated that.  The same recipe can be used with any essential oils- just switch out the orange/vanilla for your favorite scent!

The following recipe makes approx. 8-10 medium sized bath bombs.

You will need:


Step 1: In each bowl, whisk together the following dry ingredients:
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup citric acid

Step 2: In bowl #1, add 2 tbsp of liquid coconut oil and 1/4 tsp vanilla essential oil and mix thoroughly

Step 3: In bowl #2, add 2 tbsp of liquid coconut oil, 1/4 tsp orange essential oil, and red and yellow gel food coloring (amount depends on shade of orange that you want to use) and mix thoroughly

Step 4: Scoop mix into bath bomb molds using one of the designs mentioned below, or create your own.
  • Design 1: Use a spoon to scoop one scoop of the white mixture into the bath bomb mold, followed by one scoop of the orange mixture.  Make sure to pack the mixture in, and repeat until both halves of the mold are packed overflowing. Put the mold halves together and twist lightly over the bowl of orange mix until packed tightly, releasing extra mix back into the bowl.
  • Design 2: Pack one half of the bath bomb mold with white mix, and the other half with orange mix.  Make sure to pack the mixture into both halves as much as possible until they are overflowing.  Put the mold halves together and twist lightly over the bowl of orange mix until packed tightly, releasing extra mix back into the bowl.

Step 5: Carefully remove one half of the bath bomb mold from the bath bomb, and lightly release the bath bomb out of the mold onto the wax paper. Let the bath bombs sit and dry for 24 hours before completing the last step.

Step 6: After 24-hours of drying, you can use your new bath bombs, or wrap tightly in shrink wrap (or airtight container).

Orange essential oil has many great benefits including helping with body spasms and inflammation, preventing infections, and being a a natural sedative.  Vanilla essential oil has antioxidant properties, fights infection and depression, and is also a calming natural sedative.  As soothing as the dreamsicle bath bomb is, there is one more thing I love to add to bath time to make it the ultimate relaxation experience- music.

Now, when I take a bath its usually at the end of a long day and my phone battery (and music source) is nearly dead. Luckily, products like AncordWorks Bluetooth shower speaker exist. I can plug my phone into its charger in the bedroom, put on whatever music I want to hear in the tub, and it connects to the speaker via Bluetooth.  Its waterproof feature allows you to have the speaker attached to the wall of the tub/shower via a suction cup. Another bonus- when connected to your phone via bluetooth, you can answer phone calls (just in case you're waiting on a call put can't put relaxation on hold)..

The speaker is so versatile, that it can go anywhere you go.  It is heavy duty, sand/dust proof, and comes with a caribeaner so it can accompany you on camping trips, hikes, boat rides, or to the beach.  Don't want to burn your phone battery by using the bluetooth function when you are on the go? There is an included memory card that holds approx. 1,000 songs, or a USB port that you can utilize to play your music.  The speaker comes in three colors: orange, green, and black. If you're looking for any last minute Christmas gifts, this speaker is the way to go! 

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