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We moved out of our house last week and are staying on the Air Force Base. The closest store to us is AAFES. For those who aren’t familiar with AAFES, it is a store on base that has a lot of non-grocery items that the commissary doesn’t carry. Greeting cards, DVDs, clothing, home and garden products, etc. The nice thing about being on a military base is the convenience of having everything close to you without ever leaving the base. Grocery stores, banks, a movie theater, gas stations, fast food, and even elementary schools. This is especially nice for those stationed oversees. Familiarity even when you are so far away.
DIY Sweet Orange Bath Bombs
Makes 2 (2.5″) bath bombs per recipe.
Inspired by this recipe.
1/2 c. baking soda
1/4 c. epsom salt
1/4 c. corn starch
1/4 c. citric acid
2 tsp. coconut oil, in liquid form
1 tsp. essential oil (I used sweet orange essential oil)
A few drops of food coloring
A few spritzes of water
A quick note about making bath bombs: DO NOT MAKE THEM ON A HUMID OR RAINY DAY. You can thank me later when your bath bombs set up nicely and don’t end up like piles of mush. That happened to me. Once I realized that humidity wasn’t my friend, I waited a week for the weather to change before trying again. I’ve had great success ever since!
In a smaller bowl combine epson salt with a few drops of food coloring.
You can add your food coloring in with your wet ingredients to tint the entire bath bomb, but I liked the sprinkle effect that only coloring the salt gave mine.
Add epson salt to other dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
In another small bowl, combine coconut oil and essential oil.
Add to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
You want your mixture to feel like wet sand. Spritz your mixture with water, making sure to whisk in between spritzes, until it reaches the desired consistency. DO NOT add too much water. You just want it to come together slightly when you press your fingers into it.
Set on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and let dry for at least 24 hours. I let mine dry for 36 hours before moving them too much.
I purchased my mold online, but you can use a muffin tin, silicone molds, and a variety of other things to shape your bath bombs.
You can use a cellophane bag to package up your bath bombs, but a wrapping paper bag is just so pretty. Here’s how to make one:
Fold it from the left so that it is about an inch from the right edge. Tape in place.
Fold the bottom up a few inches.
Have you ever done this move in origami? It’s the same. Open the bottom fold and press the sides towards the center so that they flatten out like the last photo above.
Fill with bath bombs and then fold the top down and tape in place.
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