Cheryl's Bath Bomb Tutorial
Mixing bowl, gloves, sifter, molds or meat baller, scent, colorant and witch hazel in a misting bottle. I also use an atomizer bottle with witch hazel in it. I use this to lightly mist the bombs after I turn them out of the molds to help harden even more. Mist on one side and leave dry about 12 hours, turn over and mist that side and leave dry for another 12 hours. Package them individually or any amount you wish together. Be creative, there are many ways to package these and make them look very elegant.
Sift your dry ingredients together and set aside.
Melt and mix wet ingredients. Pour into the dry mix.
Making sure you mix it (with your hands, not tools!) as well as you can.
You will get a slight clumping action while mixing the oil, not enough to hold the shape firmly though. This can be your guide as to how much spritzing you will do with the witch hazel.
(Beforehand, prepare a small spritzer bottle with straight Witch Hazel.) While stirring the mixture with one hand, start spritzing your mixture lightly. You'll get a slight fizzing reaction, don't panic, this is normal. Do not over moisten your mixture. Just enough so your mixture will clump in your hand when squeezed together and hold it's shape when dropped back into the bowl.
This is where I add my scent (I used Suz's Angel) and colorant to the mixture. Blend well with your hand to incorporate the color and scent.
Now your ready to pack into molds. (About half way through packing into molds, you might need to spritz the remaining mixture again, just enough to moisten as it dries while your busily packing.)
I have taken pics of me packing into molds and a few of me doing them in a meat baller.
I am hoping you can see that they aren't that difficult to make using the baller. You just have to over pack both halves of the baller and squeeze very tightly together.
As you can see by the pics my baller broke which actually makes getting the bombs out of the baller much easier. I'm not recommending you break yours, but it was actually a good mishap.
In the pictures you will see I split the mixture in half and colored one yellow the other blue.
Let your bombs sit in the molds for a couple of hours, turn out onto waxed paper or any covered shelf where they can sit for 24 hours to completely dry.
I never attempt these in the summer when you have humidity, it's a complete waste of my time. I have tried numerous techniques to accomplish this in the summer to no avail even with AC and using the oven to aide in drying time. I have just resorted to the fact that these are a winter project.
Points of Interest:
2) To make harder bombs, replace 1/2 C of the baking soda with any type of clay such as Rose, French Green or Bentonite. You get almost a speckled effect to the bomb ~ it's very pretty. You can also incorporate some dried herbs such as mint, calendula, lavender buds, chamomile to give them a very natural appearance.
3) Don't be afraid to use any butters instead of a soft oil for your wet ingredient. This will also make a harder bomb. Shea is a very nice decadent bomb, cocoa butter or mango. Melt the butter in a microwave on medium heat, you don't want this to hot. Now pour this into your dry mixture and incorporate well.