You are probably wondering where I came from. Well, this summer in order to save for college in the fall; I am helping out my Aunt and Uncle at Natures Garden.
Recently for the first time, I was approached with a recipe challenge. I had been asked to make a body product. I have to admit that I was overwhelmed when I first looked at the recipe. I had never made a bath bomb, so this was something completely new to me.
I glanced at the recipe and the steps, and then I reaffirmed myself that I could totally accomplish this. The task at hand did seem excruciatingly daunting. However, now I can admit that I actually found the process to be a lot easier than I had originally anticipated.
After finding all of the supplies and ingredients that were needed for the recipe, I cleaned up and sanitized my work area. I was then officially ready to start the process.
In case you are wondering exactly which recipe I created, it was the Cotton Candy Bath Bombs.
Here are the supplies and ingredients that I used:
The Dry Ingredients:
Citric Acid , Corn Starch, Baking Soda, and Bentonite Clay Powder
The Wet Ingredients:
Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
As for the color:
Fun Soap Colorants:Neon Pink and Neon Blue
Other Items Needed:
Scale, 4 mixing bowls, witch hazel in a spray bottle, and 8 fillable acrylic ornaments.
And, here is what I did:
First, in one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 292 grams of citric acid, 134 grams of cornstarch, 596 grams of baking soda, and 12 grams of bentonite clay. Mix. If you see any clumps, break them up.
Next, in another one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 6 grams of castor oil, 2 grams of sweet almond oil, and 40 drops of cotton candy fragrance oil. Stir these liquids together to incorporate.
Now, in the last two remaining bowls, add 150 grams of the dry ingredients mixture to each one. Then, to one bowl add 4 grams of neon blue colorant. To the other bowl add 4 grams of neon pink colorant. Carefully disperse the color among the dry ingredients using your hands.
In a drizzling manner pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then, using your hands, mix the ingredients together.
Next, begin to lightly spritz the mixture with witch hazel. Then stir. Continue spritzing and stirring until the mixture feels like crumbly dough.
Finally, allow your bath bombs to set. Then, carefully remove them from the mold.
In the end, I found the bath bomb making process to be simple, straight-forward, and actually enjoyable. I really appreciated the opportunity to watch chemistry at work first hand. I enjoyed the way my finished bath bombs looked and now know how they are made and used in the real world.