Making bath bombs can be full of fun and very frustrating at times. If you are a serious learner, as you learn more in making homemade bath bombs, you’ll certainly get a feel for how bath bombs are supposed to look at each stage of the process, and you’ll begin to learn how and why batches fail, along with how to course correct in the middle of a batch when something goes wrong.
Here are some tips to help you get the hang of things.
- Do not try to make bath bombs on rainy days. Humidity is your enemy, and can ruin a batch before you even start mixing it.
- You can never mix too much.
- Keep a separate, small bowl of 2:1 Baking Soda to Citric Acid when mixing. If you accidentally add too much water, you can mix in a few tablespoons to stop the reaction before it ruins the whole batch.
- Hold the citric acid back from the mixture until the liquid is already well mixed in. This stops the
fizzing that would happen when the liquid was added
- Keep a spray bottle with water or hydrosol on hand. If your recipe is refusing to clump, spritz on water a little bit at a time until you reach the necessary consistency.
- You can replace water in a recipe with witch hazel for a more soothing formula.
- You can also replace water in a recipe with an herbal tea for just a little bit of a scent.
- Remember that if using silicone or soft plastic molds trying to unmold them before they are completely hardened will cause them to crumble.
- If you accidentally break a few of your bath bombs while unmolding, don’t worry about it. You can save the broken pieces for your own use, even if you don’t feel like they are able to be given away.
- If vodka the ingredient, putting it in a spray bottle, instead of pouring it directly into the mixture, helps diffuse the vodka and produces a bomb with just the right amount of fizz. Adding too much vodka will reduce the fizz and your molded bomb will probably have a lot of air bubbles.
- If butters are used as ingredient, do not overheat, heat until just melted but not scorching hot. If the butter is too hot, let it cool down before using. When the butter is still melted and warm, mix it in with the dry ingredients with a spoon or your hands.
- Most importantly, have fun!