Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe
Our next Christmas Craft Recipe is our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe. Now, while this may seem like an ordinary bath bomb, it is nothing but ordinary. First, we found these festive sprinkles that were the inspiration for our holly berry bath fizzies. I am in love with them and have to use them for my Christmas Cookies this year! However, these sprinkles also worked perfectly to go with Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil. This fragrance oil smells delightful and happens to be a holiday favorite among the Natures Garden team members. In addition, we have created the look of snow on the bath fizzies. While this part was entirely accidental, it truly kicked these bath bombs up a notch, making them my personal favorite recipe of the season.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden
- Citric Acid
- Baking Soda- Sodium Bicarbonate
- SAFFLOWER Oil
- Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
- FUN Soap Colorant- Tomato Red 1 oz.
- 8 oz. Clear PET Bullet Bottles
- White Fine Mist Sprayers 24/410
- Natures Garden Apron
- GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair
- MASK for Soap Making- 2 count
- Glasses for Soap Making
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need:
Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
6- Clear Round Acrylic Fillable Ornaments
Holly Berry Sprinkles (Find these From Wilton)
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prior to Preparing This Bath Fizzy Recipe
First, you want to make sure your work area is clean. Also, be sure your mixing bowls and molds are clean and ready to use. I also highly recommend wearing an apron to protect your clothing and gloves, glasses, and a mask. The glasses and mask are simply because the baking soda tends to float a bit on me when I add it to my bowl. In addition, you want to prepare a bottle of witch hazel using your bullet bottle and sprayer. I would also like to note that bath bombs should be prepared in non-humid climates. Since bath bombs are activated by water, they can be slightly activated by moisture in the air.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the White Portion
The Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe has two colors. First, we will prepare the white half of the bath fizzies. This half will also include the holly berries that decorate the bath bombs. We will also talk about an optional idea at the end to make the white half look like snow!
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the White Portion:
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the White Portion
First, we will prepare the dry ingredients for the white portion of the bath fizzies. So, in a deep mixing bowl, add 256 grams of Natures Garden’s citric acid. Then, use your hands to break up any clumps you find. Then, add 560 grams of baking soda. Again, use your hands to break up any clumps you may find. Also, mix the ingredients together as you are breaking up the clumps. You want to make sure the ingredients are fully mixed and clump free before moving on.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Add the Wet Ingredients for the White Portion
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Red Portion
Next, we will prepare the red portion of our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe. This portion will be the second half of the bath fizzy. It will simply be an easy bath bomb recipe. It is just a simple bath bomb, with added oil and red colorant.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the Red Portion
560 grams Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
9 grams Safflower Oil
8 grams Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
6 grams Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the Red Portion
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Wet Ingredients for the Red Portion
Now, we will prepare the wet ingredients for the red portion of the Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe. So, to your dry ingredients, add 9 grams of your safflower oil, 8 grams of Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil, and 6 grams of Natures Garden’s Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant. Then, use your hands to mix the ingredients together. Make sure the red colorant is fully and evenly dispersed. Then, set the red portion aside for the moment and we will come back to it in just a little bit.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Bath Fizzies in the Molds
This bath fizzy recipe uses a traditional sphere bath bomb mold. However, prior to putting the bath fizzies in the molds, we have a few more steps to complete. You will need to get your molds out and put them in front of you. We used a medium sized bath bomb mold and made six bath bombs using this recipe. You can see a picture of the mold we used below. They were simply the round plastic ornament type molds.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Holly Berries to the Molds
Next, we will be adding the holly berries to the molds. The holly berries were created using holly sprinkles mix from Wilton’s. These sprinkles contain red beads and green leaves that resemble holly berries. For our bath bombs, we used three red beads and three green leaves in one half each bath bomb mold. So, go ahead and place three red beads in the center of one half of each of your bath bomb molds. Then, place three of the leaves around the red decorating beads. The goal is to make them look like holly berries.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the White Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds
Now, we will be adding the white bath fizzy mixture to one half of each mold. The white portion of the bath fizzies will be added to the same side that you added the holly berry sprinkles. So, with clean gloves, begin spraying the mixture lightly with witch hazel. You want to have a crumbly dough like consistency. Once your bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add the white bath bomb mixture to holly berry half of each bath bomb mold. Make sure you pack the fizzy mixture tightly in the mold so that they form properly.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Red Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds
Now we will be adding the red bath fizzy mixture to the molds. So, begin by spritzing the red bath fizzy mixture with witch hazel. Continue to spray and mix until you are sure that all of the mixture is at a crumbly dough consistency. Once the bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add it to the second half of each mold. Pack the molds tightly and be careful not to overfill your molds.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Two Halves Together
Finally, we will be attaching the two halves. First, we need to lightly spray each half of the bath fizzy with witch hazel. So, lightly spray one white half and one red half with witch hazel. Then, press the two halves together. You need to do this with the remaining molds until you have completed all six of your bath bombs. Lastly, allow them to completely setup before you remove the handmade bath fizzies from the molds. Your bath bombs should come right out of your molds very easily. Simply use the hooks to pull the molds apart. Then, place your bath fizzies in a place where they will not be disturbed or roll around.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day One
I really have to start from day one to fully explain how this happened. I should also say, this is totally optional and dependent on the humidity as well. When I created this recipe, I will be honest, it was raining cats and dogs, and did so all day and all night. Obviously, this is not the best time to create a bath fizzy with all of the extra moisture in the air. However, when I found the Wilton holly berry sprinkle, I was instantly inspired. I HAD to make them for everyone to see. Of course, this meant I would need to create them and immediately take pictures to share with all of you. So, my bath bombs setup. I removed them from the molds. I quickly took pictures right away! As you can see the white half is perfectly smooth. They looked great. I was totally happy with them. Then, I set them aside. I was having a bit of a problem getting the bath fizzies to stay in one place. The problem was, they kept wanting to roll off the table. So, I set them back in half of the bath bomb mold. The little hook on the mold prevented them from rolling away. Now, for whatever reason, I only used half of a mold for each bath fizzy. I placed each bath bomb with the red side in the mold. You can see how they looked when I went to bed that night in the picture to the left.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day Two
However, the most wonderful thing happened overnight! This left the white half exposed to the air. After an exhausting and very long day, I accidentally forgot about them and left them sitting out on my table all night. As we talked about at the beginning of this article, bath bombs a best prepared in non-humid climates. Well, of course, the bath fizzies attracted some moisture from the air. Of course, the bath bombs were slightly activated. However, since the red portions were still in the molds, only the white halves were affected. Guess what this created, it made the white half look like snow!!! They looked amazing and festive and absolutely perfect! You can see how they looked in the morning in the picture to the left. I would never have thought to use the moisture to my advantage, but it worked out wonderfully for this time of year. I actually recreated these for my own personal use, using this technique intentionally and for those wondering, yes, the bath bombs still fizz perfectly.
Tell Us About Your Happy Accidents
We all have those moments where we think, man I just messed that soap, candle, bath bomb, etc. up big time. Then, there is that moment where you realize that big mistake turned into the most wonderful thing that you never planned for. I couldn’t be happier with how these bath bombs turned out. Personally, I am absolutely obsessed. I make baskets each holiday for family and friends. I fill them with bath and body products and totally intend to create these and other bath fizzies using this technique.
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