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Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal Crafter. Today I'm gonna show you how to

make your very own bath bombs. In honor of the event, I even have my

fuzzy bathrobe on, actually that's just because it's cold in my studio and I

wanted to stay toasty, but these are really fun to make and they only use a

few simple ingredients and you can totally make these with your kids,

because my kids actually made these with me. Now these were the last ones that we

did they came out really well, we did have a little trial and error and I'm

gonna kind of show you what didn't work out so well, so on our first batch we

started to put everything together and forgot to put the oil in the mix, so I

added it afterwards. I think I got the mix a little too wet because it indented

when it was drying, they're still fine, they're still gonna work, but you do want

to make sure that you check your ingredients, your wet ingredients and dry

ingredients, before you mix them together and I will have the recipe we used in

the video description. So if you notice that your recipe has gone wrong or

you're just feeling like it's too dry, it's going to feel dry.

Try not to be tempted to add more water because if you do add more water

you're gonna end up with something like this, it's kind of squashed you know

snowball snack cake looking thing. This crushed under its own weight if you do

end up in the situation where you're getting like big clumps of your material

while you're whisking it and you can't seem to get it nice and smooth, you

probably have too much moisture, and to combat that so you can still have pretty

bath bombs that will look nice, just go with a smaller mold, so find something

smaller that you can mold it in. Otherwise the weight of it is gonna make

it crush, so I'm gonna show you how to package these up when we're done like I

did here. I just shrink wrapped them with with some regular old kitchen plastic

wrap, but we'll do that at the end because it doesn't make sense to package

the first, I don't think. So the first thing that you need to have on

hand is actually a tray like this, that has plastic wrap in it so that you'll be

able to put your bath bombs there to dry, and then they're gonna need to dry for

48 hours, so make sure you have a tray that you're not gonna need for anything

for the next 48 hours, and I'm gonna go ahead and empty this out so that it is

all ready to go, and I'm even gonna dump the crumbs into the trash but you can

actually reuse the plastic wrap, that's fine. You could also put wax paper if you

want, or put it on a silicone mat, just someplace they're not gonna be disturbed,

they're not gonna be able to roll away.

For supplies you're going to need a mixing bowl, you don't need the whisk if

you have a jar. I whisked last time but I think a jar works better, you're gonna

need some molds, and I purchased these on Amazon and they're just these little

aluminum molds and I'm actually glad I got these, they weren't very expensive,

but somebody else told me their molds kept breaking because they were using

plastic ones or using like break apart holiday ornaments, which you could

totally use, they're just not going to be as durable, and you really need to put a

lot of pressure when you're compressing the bath bombs so that they will hold

together, and you're gonna need a measuring spoon. You can use a teaspoon

or tablespoon just keep in mind that three teaspoons equal a tablespoon. So

the recipe is pretty simple, and you can probably remember it, but I did write it

down just so I don't forget, and again I'm gonna put it in the video

description. The first thing you need is baking soda, and if you can remember one

cup for baking soda, and everything else half a cup, you'll be fine. So I'm gonna

use one full cup of baking soda. I'm just gonna pour that in, okay one cup of

baking soda, then I'm going to a 1/2 cup measure and you're gonna need 1/2 cup

each of epsom salts, I do you find this stuff at any drugstore, even most grocery

stores will have it, so you'll get half a cup of epsom salts, and a half cup

of corn starch, and this is what binds that I believe, because once they're dry

they're really quite hard and durable. I thought that they might be

crumbly but they're not, so 1/2 cup of corn starch, and the magic ingredient is

citric acid, so if you are looking for citric acid you can get small containers,

like in little jars for a couple dollars any place where they sell

canning supplies, but if you're gonna make a lot of these, it's gonna be a lot

cheaper to just buy this online, and I got this on Amazon for about seven or

eight bucks, and this is 2 pounds worth. So I think you just get, oh you probably

get enough for about one batch if you get it at like the grocery store and the

canning supply, and that's gonna cost you probably three or four dollars, so you

know, it just depends on how much you want to make. This this was good for

us cuz we were making a bunch for gifts. Alright so then what you want to do,

actually know what we are going to use

that whisk, let's steal that up so I don't drop

it, and just so you know, I probably have maybe half the bag left, and this is

the fifth batch that I've made. And I'm just gonna whisk these together because

you need to make sure everything is dispersed, because if you have any clumps

it's going to affect how your backbone holds together, and it's also going to

affect the fizzing action when you are recipient uses it, and I can see

this fine layer of dust in the air, so hopefully it's not clinging to the

camera and it's not obscuring your view. So once you feel like that's all

homogenized, we are going to work with the wet ingredients. So I'm gonna set

this aside for a second and in a jar you're gonna combine your wet

ingredients. I have one tablespoon of water in here already, and then to that

you are going to add a couple of things, we're gonna add a tablespoon of oil,

either mineral oil, you actually can use like olive oil or

soybean oil, but I chose mineral oil because it's not gonna go rancid if

they don't get used right away, and olive oil and soybean oil can go rancid.

You could even melt coconut oil if you want to, so I need a tablespoon, so a

tablespoon is three teaspoons, so that's why I'm mixing out three things. Got a

little fuzzy from my bathrobe on the top of that baby oil container, and we are

going to add in some food coloring, so let me decide what fragrance I want on

this before I go for my food coloring, and I got these at AC Moore and I

recommend getting the fragrance at a craft store, a local craft store that

takes coupons if you can, because it can be expensive. I'm actually going to pause

this while I take this lid off, because it's really tight, my hands are kind of

greasy from the baby oil. Okay, so these come in little jars as you can see.

I've only used them once for these bath bombs, but you can see

I've got all the baking powder and stuff stuck to them, but I chose the one

that had fruity fragrances, they also have a set that has more on earthy musky

kind of fragrances, but I thought this would be nice for bath bombs. And there

is black raspberry, what is that one, vanilla, mango, coconut, pink grapefruit

and melon. I really love the pink grapefruit, so I think I'm gonna do some

more of those, and I'm actually going to measure it

what a dropper full is, because I used three dropper falls per batch and that

worked out really well. It's very fragrant when you're working on it

though, so if you have anyone in your home that does not like strong smells

you might want to do it when they're not going to be

around for a while, because it is really smelly. I mean it smells good, but

it's it's really smelly, so I am going to just measure out what a dropper full is.

I reckon it's probably around a teaspoon, maybe not, oh not even, because the

recipes I was seeing said like six teaspoons of fragrance, and I thought boy

that seems like a lot. Yeah, so more like 1 teaspoon of fragrance is what I

recommend, but of course you can do what you want.

I find that was plenty fragrant so you know, use your own judgement and then

since it's pink grapefruit, I'm gonna do the same colors I did with my other pink

grapefruit ones, which was red and yellow to make kind of like a a fresh orange

color, and any food coloring is fine, even though we're going into something that

has oil in it, it's still going to be fine. It will disperse cuz we're gonna

shake it up and then we're gonna put it into our dry mixture and it doesn't add

enough liquid to it to really offset the recipe, so you can either whisk it or

stir it with a fork, or you can shake it up which I'm gonna do here, and then

we're gonna bring over our dry ingredients, so the big thing to just

make sure you mix the wet and the dry ingredients separately. Ok, actually I

think I put more food coloring in here than I did on any other attempts, but I

think it's gonna be alright so I'm gonna just slowly, you want to put this in

slowly, because you will start seeing the fizzing and you don't want to use up all

of the all of the fizzing, because what it is, is the water making the citric

acid active with the baking soda, because it's the acid and a citric acid in the

baking soda that gives you that bath fizz, gives you that reaction, so some of

i'ts gonna fizz, you just want to go kind of slowly, so you don't have a big

mountain of fizz here, and then I would just rinse that jar before I do my next

batch, just to get the fragrance and the color out of the jar, and you're just

gonna keep whisking this until you get kind of like a fine sand,

and it doesn't take very long, and I find this is one of those projects that the

longer you draw it out the worse the bath bombs end up. You want to kind of

get in there and make those bath bombs and set them to dry. The more you mess

around with it, if you pack it in the mold and you dump it out again, you pack

it in again, I feel like it it's either drying out or something, it doesn't want

to hold together that well if you keep messing with it. Okay, and then with my

hands, your whisk should be pretty dry, I like to reach in there make sure that

there aren't any like white areas on the bottom, so when you're using a color that

actually helps you see that everything's mixed up really well, I roll up my

sleeves, I actually have a blue sweater the same color underneath, and then to make

the bath bombs you want two halves of your mold, and these can be any kind of

mold really, but the thing is that you really need to overfill these molds, see

all that excess? And you're going to press it together because you need to

really pack that in like you're making a sandcastle, really just pack it in, and I

like to squish them together like that because that way I don't end up with,

like they just integrate better if you fill up each half and then you put them

together where they meet, if it's been packed down at all it doesn't want to

hold and there's one side, and just gently lift off the other mold, and there

you have a beautiful bath bomb. If you're really gentle, you can probably take

that seam out. I didn't bother doing that with the others because I was so afraid

they were gonna break, but then you're gonna set that gently down on your

plastic wrap surface to dry. Now when I was doing this for the girls we had a

few errors, where they crushed, they either got banged, or the

things just kind of fell apart because we didn't press them together hard

enough, you're really compressing a lot of material going in

here, and so I had to like dump the stuff back in here, so it really does affect

how well it's going to stay together if you do it on the first try, or if you

have to keep doing it.

Be very gentle, because they are strong when they're dry, but they're very weak

until then. I'm just gonna gently set that over on the plastic wrap now. I was

finding that I could get two large ones, two medium, and two small from one batch.

I like the medium size the best. It was weird, the set of molds I had came with

three or four full large molds, and it came with one medium and one small and I

would have prefered to have more of the medium ones, but they don't have to dry

in there if you're just doing it by yourself it doesn't matterm you only need

one of whatever size you want. And we're just gonna use up the

rest of the material here, and then I'll show you them when they are all

drying on the plastic wrap. When you get to the end of your batch, you're gonna

find it's kind of difficult to get enough in your mold so that you can

press it tightly, so here's what you do in that case. So you want to close your

mold and you can feel that you don't have quite as much pressure there as you

want to, so then what you want to do just compress in what you can, and then lift it

off, and then what I do is I take out the bath bomb, and I could feel that it's not

as dense, it's lighter than what I was just doing, and then I will dump some

more. I'll fill up that cavity again and then I'll put this in, oh see it broke on

me. It wasn't dense enough. I'm gonna show you that again, you basically just

need that pressure in there and you don't want to waste all that leftover

material, you want to get that used up so basically just need to fill almost like

fill it one and a half times, so we'll just leave that one right there. We're

gonna add more, as much as we can to this side and then we're going to press it

together again, if I could take it off I try to offset the seam so

it's going the opposite way just so that I get a different direction of pressure

pushing in on these, but this should work too because you do need them really

dense in order to dry properly, and then what I'll often do cuz I don't dare to

start another batch with this still in here, because I don't want to waste a

whole batch of stuff, what I'll do is I'll put these this ending part this is

just left like a baggie and then you know

whoever's taking the next bath, you just throw it in their tub. Now I will warn if

you seal this in a baggie, you'll notice the bag will blow up, kind of like like a

balloon inflating, and that's just as it dries that evaporation of the water is

like making everything react, so it's just kind of a neat kind of science

experiment, I guess. So I found that when I have done my last two batches that

were a little more successful, I felt like I couldn't get quite as much

because I was putting more pressure, so I actually got three smalls, one medium, and

two large from this, but those should be really good. They felt like they were

really solid and if I set this aside, that I'm going to show you how to

package up the dried ones. All you need to package up these is just some regular

old Saran wrap and I do like this, actually this isn't Saran brand, this

is like the Walmart brand, you just want to pull out about like five

inches of the the film, and then you're gonna draw this across and then what I

actually like to do is make that a little bit smaller so I'll put this back

on a little tear thing. I do really like these little tear things, and pull it

that way then I'm gonna grab my bath bomb and I'm gonna look at see what

sizes side is the prettiest, which would be this one. I think I'm gonna put that

one down so that will be on the top of the film and then I'm just gonna wrap

around the plastic wrap, just wanna make sure that everything gets covered. Now if

you do end up getting a hole after you shrink wrap it, you can just tear off a

little piece of that excess, or you can use own for a smaller one, and you

can patch it just lay a little square of it over where you have the hole, and then

you can heat over it and it will disappear, so then what I like to do is

start on the prettier side and it's gonna do shrink that film down.

A hairdryer works just fine, in fact if that's hot enough to burn your

fingers, you gotta pull the heat gun away. You don't want that hot or you're gonna burn a

hole through it. And then when you get to the overlap spots, it's just going to

shrink it down and make it look really neat, very professional, and you can see

it just takes a couple seconds per bath bomb to do this. Now if you burn a little

hole in it, I think I've burnt a little hole in it right there, or maybe I didn't

have the pieces matching up very well. I'm just gonna take a little scrap, you

can see how much more rugged these are now that they're dry.

We had to be so gentle with them when they were still wet.

Just lay that little scrap over there, heat it for a second, and that's gonna

cover it right up. And then this is packaged and ready to use. You might

wanna make sure you don't have any crumbs from another color in there

before you do it, but but I think these are just adorable.

So you know use those smaller pieces if they're big enough for the smaller bombs,

for a medium or a small one, I would just pull out less, and then I would cut it

across once and cut it in half. If you don't have a cutter like this, you

can use scissors, it is a little more difficult, and this box of Saran

wrap is like three dollars, so it's not like it's any more expensive than any

other kind. Just wrap it around. The key is not to have excess, because if you

have excess then it doesn't look as nice. You want to have just enough to put one

layer on and then the overlap on the bottom, but then again it's gonna look

really cute any way you look at it, so I hope you give it a try. Now something I'm

gonna try is putting some pressed flowers on the outside of these. I'm

gonna give that a try. If it's successful I'll show you how I did that.

I wanted to pop in with another idea. I actually was looking at the pressed

flower ones we just did, these aren't them. These are ones that were dry and

the flower petals are lifting right up off the bath bombs so there's absolutely

no advantage to putting them in now, making it more difficult on yourself,

trying to get them in the mold. So much easier just to do it when you decorate

it, because if they're not gonna stick anyway you might as well do it this way.

Now that said I'm sure there are people that are putting flower petals in their

bath bombs and they're staying just fine and dandy,

but but this method is not the way to do it if you want them to stay to the bath

bombs, just putting them in the packaging when you decorate it I think that's the

way to go. It's easy and and then you don't waste any of your flowers if

something goes wrong. So one other thing I wanted to share with you because I

thought this worked out really well, I actually experimented at the end of my

last batch by taking some of the the leftover powder that I had from a

previous batch, the dregs if you will, and I actually combined it with the tail end

of another one in one bomb and this allows you to get a multi tone bath bomb,

so I'm just gonna kind of show you how to do that. You want to find a mold and

it might look like I have a lot of powder here but really this is enough

because it's all loose just to make a small one because you need that pressure

in there when you are putting them together. I'm gonna get what I can in

there and pour that in there as much as I can, and I'm gonna compress these two

together and this is not enough. This is just step one, but this is a way to use

up those leftovers. Okay, a little flower stem in there,

and then we're gonna fill that up again and we're going to

press it in one more time, and that's probably good, but you can repeat that if

you need to fill up your bath mold, you always wanted to put a little bit

but if you do four or five batches and that's all you have for leftover that's

not bad, rather than having almost a bath bombs worth leftover after each after

each thing. And so there you go, got a little stripe on the other side of the mold

because you can see it's crumbling, it doesn't have enough, and it's

surprising how much dry powder it takes to make a bath bomb. Iit really takes

quite a bit, and I like to alternate the seam there. I just feel like it makes a

stronger bath bomb and it gives you a neater pattern, so every time I'm

compressing this I can feel it. I'm getting closer to that tightness

that I want in the bath bomb. Oop we've got a full stripe in there. I'm

gonna add some more in the middle and see if that works,

and there we go. We got that cool stripe in there and it looks pretty cool for a

bath bomb, I think. And look at that, hardly any left over from those

two batches I just did tonight, and then you get an interesting looking bath

bomb. So there you have it. Thank you so much for watching, and until

next time, happy crafting and happy bathting. Bathting? Is that a word?

Probably not. See you later!

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