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Bath Bombs
The rose has been a symbol of love and beauty for centuries; it is used in skincare to promote cell renewal. This sensual and comforting blend of rose and jasmine will lift and soothe your spirits.

Alternative recipe
If you want to make more economical bath bombs, you can use one part granular citric acid to three parts bicarbonate of soda (baking soda); however, we recommend using the quantities stated in the basic recipe if you are using oils or butters (as these ingredients may reduce the fizz in your bomb).

Quantity
This recipe will make approximately eight hearts

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© 2020 Elaine Stavert / GMC Publications · Reproduced with permission. · Bath Bombs by Elaine Stavert, published by GMC (£5.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
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  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 1
    Step 1

    The basic bath bomb recipe

    Use the basic recipe for making the basic bath bomb. Once you have mastered it, you can adapt it to create your own bespoke bath bombs.

    First measure out the citric acid and add to the bowl.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 2
    Step 2

    Measure out the bicarbonate of soda and sieve the ingredients on to the top of the citric acid.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make a well with your fingers and add any other dry ingredients, such as herbs, glitter, etc.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sprinkle in the colour and fragrance; the mixture may fizz when you add liquid colour. This is quite normal, just cover the fizzing colour with some dry ingredients.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 5
    Step 5

    Start mixing all of the ingredients together with your hands (do not use bare hands if you have any cuts or sores, as they will sting).

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make sure that ALL of the colour and fragrance are thoroughly mixed; occasionally the colour may clump into little blobs, so you will need to make sure that all of the colour has been incorporated evenly.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 7
    Step 7

    To distribute any clumps of colour, try rubbing the mixture between the palms of your hands.

    Note: Once the ingredients are weighed out, do not leave the mixture to sit, as it may begin to set by itself before any liquid is added.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now for the tricky part – binding the mixture. If you are using an oil or butter, add this to the mixture now.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 9
    Step 9

    Next, using your spray bottle, spray the mixture several times with water (you can also use witch hazel or floral waters) and mix in with your hands. When the water reacts with the ingredients, the mixture will become icy cold and heavy to the touch. Squeeze the mixture together with your hands before adding more water.

    Note: If using oil or melted butter in the recipe, this will also act as a binder, so you will not need to spritz as much water. This will also depend on how much fragrance or extra dry ingredients you have used, or even the humidity on the day of making.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 10
    Step 10

    If you do not have a spritz bottle, you can moisten your hands under a tap, or dip your fingers into a small bowl of water, and sprinkle a little into the mixture from your fingertips. Take care, however, as there is a risk of adding too much water.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 11
    Step 11

    Your mixture should resemble damp sand and should hold together well when squeezed in your hand. If the mixture is too wet, when you turn it out it can ‘grow’ and change shape. If it is dry and crumbles, add some more water. When you are happy with your mix, mould your bath bombs fairly quickly before the mixture starts to dry out. If it does begin to dry out, just spritz on some more water.

  • How to make a bath bomb. Melt My Heart Bath Bombs - Step 12
    Step 12

    Additional instructions
    Sprinkle a few of the rose petals (you will need fewer than you think) into the bottom of your bath bomb mould. Fill with the mixture and turn out as usual

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