There's nothing quite like a relaxing bath to unwind after a long day. When you want to make this rejuvenating ritual extra special, try adding a few gemstone bath bombs. They make your bath smell fantastic and they're really fun to use! Go ahead and light some candles, cue up the perfect soundtrack and get ready to enjoy some quality "me" time.
This recipe makes approximately 10-12 bath bombs. You can also make bath bombs without citric acid!
Mixing the Ingredients
In a large container, combine the dry ingredients. Mix these well and set aside.
In another container, mix the essential oils with the melted coconut oil.
Very slowly, combine the oils with the dry mixture. If you pour in the oil too quickly, the citric acid will begin to react and start bubbling.
Keep stirring in the oils until you have a thick mixture.
Coloring the Mixture
Use food coloring to give your gemstones a fun pop of color. Spoon small amounts of the mixture into separate bowls, and then add a few drops of color. Mix well until the mixture is all the same hue.
Create the Gemstones
Roughly mix together small amounts of each color in a clean bowl without pressing them together. The mixture should now have a crumbly consistency.
Push the mixture into the bottom of the mold, filling it up to the top line. Use the back of the spoon to pack it in as tightly as possible. Do the same with the lid of the gemstone mold.
Line up the top and bottom mold and push together. Any excess bath bomb mixture should squeeze out the top. Wipe this away until the surface is smooth.
Keep the mold in the fridge over night. Once the mixture is set, peel the bottom piece of the mold off. Carefully remove the top half of the mold. Using your fingers, brush off the excess from the sides and the top.
Now your bath bombs are ready! Throw them into your bath immediately or wrap them in a box or bag to create a completely unique gift.
Francesca Stone writes the DIY/Crafts blog Fall For DIY, a place to explore her hands on side and her lifelong love of making. Her work has been published in many magazines such as Mollie Makes and on Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. Stone also has a Bachelor of the Arts in textile design.