Heeey, y’all! I have a confession! I was all set to write a glowing blog post about my pesto, when in the middle of it, I got bored!
Like any good, former social worker worth her weight in salt, I stepped back, lit a joint and tried to get at the root of my resistance. As it turned out, I wasn’t bored at all. I was distracted!
Since my arm and hand are getting stronger, I began romancing the idea of getting back into making my infused bath bombs!
As the young folks say, bath bombs are trending now! UK based, Lush Cosmetics, ushered a lot of us into the new age of bath ritual with bold, bright colors, fun shapes, and intoxicating scents!
I was hooked!
As a DIYer, it was only natural that I started to make my own. But, being the Kranik DIYer meant, yes, they would be infused!
To take advantage of the Entourage Effect, the interaction between cannabis compounds, I infuse my bombs with CBD and THC, enhancing my experience. I’m not high, just super relaxed! It’s like relaxation with an exponent! Other compounds, such as terpenes, in the herb play a role, too! Add the aromatherapy piece and it’s a wrap!
My first infused bath was A-MA-ZING! I slept like a baby with a full stomach and a fresh diaper! I woke up refreshed, not groggy, and realized I slept through the whole night!
I’m going to give you a basic recipe to start you off but I must tell you, this is a trial and error craft. But, once you get it, you get it! There are a few things that will impact your bomb mixture.
- The bombs can’t be too wet or too dry. I live in Colorado so I have to add a bit more Witch Hazel for moisture. But, my bombs dry pretty fast, so there is a tradeoff.
- Quality Ingredients. Just like cooking, your ingredients are the biggest predictor of a great end result.
- Practice. You will fail! They will flatten out, crumble or never dry out. You can’t avoid it! But, you learn a lot and you live to bomb another day. But, yeah, it is hella frustrating!
- Take care of your yoni. Colorants and fragrances are vast in their quality. I make sure they my ingredients are free of harmful chemicals and additives. Can’t nobody take care of the kitten better than you! Don’t be mean to your kitten and buy crap materials! (By kitten, I mean vagina! Just in case you were confused.)
- Get social. Join a Facebook group, read the rules and check the files. Many of your questions can be answered there better than one blog post. I belong to three bath bomb groups. (I need friends!)I get inspired all of the time and most of the folks in the group are really helpful. I belong to two!
- Quality Tools. Stainless steel molds are preferred for long term use and for better end results. The plastic ones will suffice to experiment however in a short period of time, they will crack.
- I use a combination of oils in my bombs. Take into account allergies, heat stability, weight and the color of your oils. If you use a green olive oil, your bomb will have a greenish hue, which is not terrible. If you use colorant, you may not get the color you ultimately want if your oil has color.
- Whether you use essential oils or fragrance oils is up to you. Essential oils can be more expensive. Some fragrance oils can have additives. Buy the best you can afford. You can use them separately or mix them. Customization is endless!
- Watch your Budget. It’s easy to get seduced by all of the pretty colors and fragrances. Pace yourself! It may not sound like it but one ounce of glitter is a lot for what I do. I only add it to the top so a little dab will do ya! Shop local but also use the internet to find the best price. I buy in bulk and the only place I can get a price break is online!
- Have Fun. It doesn’t matter whether it’s for bragging rights, a need for personalized handmade gifts or as a side hustle, whatever brings you to the party, HAVE EFFIN’ FUN! Get creative with color and design! There’s no right or wrong in art! Unless you paint your dog and that is definitely wrong!
Basic Bath Bomb Recipe
All ingredients can be found in your local soap making supply or grocery store.
1 box Baking Soda (16 oz)
1 Cup Citric Acid (8 oz)
1 Tbsp. Kaolin Clay
1 Tbsp. Hemp seed or organic extra virgin olive oil (Don’t go expensive here. What you have in the kitchen is fine)
1 Tbsp. Infused coconut oil (I infuse with a strain that has a CBD to THC ratio of 1:1)
1 Tbsp. Polysorbate 80 (This is an emulsifier so that the oils are distributed throughout the water)
30 – 40 drops of essential or fragrance oil
Fine mesh strainer
Bath bomb sphere mold
8 oz spray bottle
Plastic eye dropper
Non latex gloves
Rimmed sheet pan lined with parchment paper
Pour baking soda through the mesh strainer into the bowl. This catches tiny clump that you do not want.
In the small bowl, combine oils, Polysorbate 80 and EO/fragrance oil stir to combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Use your hands to mix ingredients until well combined. Your goal is to get the oil and fragrance well incorporated. This can take a few minutes. Be patient. Once combined, introduce the citric acid into the mix through the mesh strainer. Again, mix thoroughly. Be sure to breaking up clumps, if any.
Now, begin to spray the witch hazel while you continue to work the mixture. Periodically squeeze a handful of the mix until it holds together like wet sand and doesn’t crumble apart when you drop it back in the bowl. I live in a very dry climate so I try to work fast to get the right consistency and get it into the mold before it starts to dry.
Resist the urge to add more coconut or hemp seed oil, as the bomb will not dry properly. Or, it will not float since coconut oil is one of the heavier oils. Remember, there is a lot of trial and error in making bath bombs. But, it will be worth it once you get the hang of it!
Once you have the consistency needed, scoop the mixture in each half of the mold. Mound it up then press the two halves together hard. Hold the mold in one hand, and using the metal spoon, give the mold a few taps to loosen the bomb inside. Lift off one half of the mold and gently turn it over and tap on the other half. Pull straight up, do not twist!
Place the bomb on the cookie sheet to dry over night or up to 48 hours, depending on the humidity in your area. The size of your mold will, of course, determine how many bombs you can get out of this basic recipe.
And, voila! Lalalalala LaBath Bomb!