These dazzling bath bars stray from the conventional shape of the classic bath bomb.
Add any decorative dry botanical you please for a splash of colour and stack them into beautiful glass jars. Tie with a ribbon or rustic jute string for a fully eco-friendly gift.
This recipe makes approximately 16-20 bars, depending on the type and size of mould used. Incredibly cost-effective, this recipe can easily be scaled up to make multiple gifts plus a little extra for yourself!
Yields: Approximately 16 -20 bars depending on the mold
1 cup citric acid
2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup epsom salts
30 ml Earth's Aromatique hydrosol of choice (or water in a spray bottle)
50 - 70 drops essential oils of choice
1tsp - 3 tbsp salts such as epsom salt, Himalayan sea salt, or black Hawaiian salt
If you want botanicals or salts on the top of your bars, place a small layer (i.e. Epsom Salts) to decorate the bottom of the molds.
Prepare Bath Bars:
In a large bowl, mix the first four ingredients together. Blend well to avoid clumps. To the bowl, add essential oils and colourants (if using).
If you would like botanicals dispersed through the bars, add them now and mix.
Using hydrosol or water in a spray bottle, spray two spritzes at a time, and stir well in between. The objective is to add just enough moisture to bind the mixture together, and not so much that it sets off the chemical reaction that we want to save for the bath. Stop spraying when the mixture looks like a very dry pastry. When squeezing in your hand, it should keep its shape.
Work quickly to prevent the mixture from drying out. You have used too much moisture if the mixture starts to expand, or the spatula and bowl are visibly wet.
Add mixture into moulds and press in as hard as possible. This will make for a harder and more durable bar. Be especially attentive to the corners of the mould.
Leave in mould and let dry flat for 3-4 hours.
Remove from mould and allow to dry completely overnight.
Store in a glass jar or your favourite sealable container.