DIY: Kid Friendly Bath Bombs


My son, at five, has begun to display some decidedly teenage traits. Aside from his refusal to ever tell me what he's been doing at school, his addiction to Minecraft, and his moaning about getting up in the mornings, he's already gone from loving bath time to being absolutely unwilling to see the point of personal hygeine.


I've given up on trying to coax him into the shower at this point as there's always a protest on the grounds of it being "too loud" but even a bath, which he quite likes once he's actually in there with his ducks, usually elicits a bit of stamping and huffing. Recently though, I've discovered that the whole thing goes a lot more smoothly if I tempt him with a bath bomb. I don't know why I didn't think of it before to be honest - he's a five-year-old boy; of course he's going to be into the idea of throwing a "bomb" into the water and watching it fizz about and make multicoloured patterns.


The problem with this new method of getting a stress-free morning is that there only seem to be two options around when it comes to kids' bath bombs: either Lush ones (which smell lovely and are colourful, but at £1.95 for an Ickle Baby Bot are just too pricey for everyday use), or basic, plain-coloured ones with popular characters on the packaging like these Minions ones, which aren't anywhere near as much fun once the wrapper's off.


The solution I've found to keep costs down and keep things interesting for him is to make our own bath bombs. It's a really fun activity for kids to get involved with - it's hands-on, a bit messy and they get to choose the colours and the scents - and when you're making them yourself you have the reassurance of knowing exactly what's in them.




Of course, this isn't just something to make with or for children. I've made bath bombs for myself in the past and enjoyed using and making them; just use a bigger mould or chuck a few of these small ones in together for a full bath. This is how Tristan and I made ours:


Ingredients:
  • 1½ Cups Bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ Cup Citric acid
  • ¼ Cup Cornflour
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil (melted but not hot)
  • Food colouring
  • Essential oil
  • Water or a strong clear spirit like vodka
  • Sprinkles, dried flowers, tea leaves, glitter or any other decorations that take your fancy
  • Ice tube trays or bath bomb moulds (Ikea have a variety of fun ice cube shapes that are ideal for this)

Method:
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, ensuring there aren't any clumps of anything left (I don't know if it's just the tub I have, but I tend to find citric acid has little solid lumps that need to be smushed down with the back of a spoon).
  • Slowly drizzle in the coconut oil, mixing continuously to evenly disperse it.
  • Add your essential oil(s). Tristan had a sniff of all my oils and decided he just wanted to use cedarwood, which is a bit boring for my tastes but each to his own! The amount you use is up to you - smell as you go to judge it, but I generally find 10-12 drops to be about right.
  • Add your food colouring bit by bit until you reach your desired colour. A little goes a long way and you're likely to find that there are bits of un-mixed food colouring hiding at the bottom of the bowl that'll make the colour brighter once incorporated!
  • Depending on what type of food colouring you use (liquid, gel or powder), you might find you're just about done at this point - if you use a lot of liquid colouring, the consistency might be about right without the need for anything else. You're looking for a damp sand kind of texture; moist enough that it'll stick together when you squeeze it between your fingers, but not so much that it starts fizzing or feeling wet to the touch.
  • If it still looks a bit dry at this point, add some water or spirit in tiny increments (spirits evaporate a little quicker and are easier to work with than water, but either's fine really). Using a spray bottle helps to ensure you don't oversaturate the mixture.
  • Once the consistency is right, you can have some fun decorating. We went with whale moulds and mixed in some bright sprinkles, then added some silver stars to the bottom of the moulds (because whales are normally polka-dot with sparkly backs, right?).
  • Finally, press the mixture into the moulds - you want to pack it in as tightly as you possibly can to avoid the bath bombs crumbling when you turn them out. This recipe is enough to fill about 1½ ice cube trays, or would probably make about 3 large bath bombs.

Leave them somewhere warm and dry (an airing cupboard is ideal) for 24-48 hours, and then they'll be ready to use. They produce a really satisfying fizz, smell lovely and have made the last couple of bathtimes an absolute breeze!



Have you ever made your own bath bombs?
Do you have any tips on getting little ones to enjoy bath time?

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26 comments:

  1. I never made my own bath bombs, but I agree, knowing what is in them when you put them into your kids bath really is a bonus. Even though Vodka sounds more like an adult bath treat.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Ha, yeah, I guess vodka isn't generally associated with kids' stuff! (I'm now thinking bath bomb making would be an excellent girl's night in activity too though - spray a bit of vodka in the bath bombs then make cocktails with what's left!) X

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  2. This is so creative, and they ended up looking absolutely amazing! I have never tried making my own bath bombs but you have inspired me to want to give it a try! xxxxx

    www.romantiquely.com

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    1. They're really fun to make - they'd go down well as home made Christmas/birthday gifts too :) X

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    1. The whale shape is adorable, right? :) x

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    1. Thanks! I'll check out your blog :) x

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  5. What an incredible idea and so lovely to get your son involved too, a sure fire way to get him into the bath surely?? I wish I had you around to make bath bombs for me, I'm so impressed!

    Musings & More

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    1. Ha, thanks! You should totally give it a go, they're really easy and fun to make :) X

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  6. This is such a cute idea! I'm sending this over to my sister who has two young children. It will definitely make them love bath time more:)
    -Krissy
    www.allthedetailsblog.com

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    1. Thanks lovely! It's such a fun thing for kids to do :) Xx

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    1. I know, right?! I love these moulds :) X

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  8. i really like this idea! I must try it for my daughter!

    Aine Oh

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    1. You should definitely try it! It's a fab rainy day activity :) x

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  9. I've had DIY bath bombs on my Pinterest to-do list for ages but this post has reminded me, they look awesome x

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. Definitely worth trying out - super cheap, and really fun to make!

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  10. What a brilliant idea, I'll definitely be keeping this in mind for when I have kids! I love the whale shape, so cool! Your son is super cute too :D

    Jess xo

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    1. The whale is awesome, right?! (And yeah, might be a bit biased but he is rather a sweetie!) X

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  11. These look amazing! Such a simple recipe as well... I definitely need to give these a go!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    http://jodetopia.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah, I was amazed at how simple it was the first time I did it - totally worth trying out!

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  12. Wow I'm so impressed these bath bombs look great and not too complicated to make, let's face it I think a lot of us spent way too much in Lush, so this could help that addiction! :)

    London Beauty Blog

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    1. Ha, yep, definitely easy to spend insane amounts in Lush! I still love 'em and will always treat myself to their bath bombs, but it's nice to have this recipe on hand for everyday use :)

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  13. Well, that was curious. Thank you for adding those materials. It was very interesting for me.

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  14. Looks nice. I think that I would like to make something with those tips you've added here. I might like those procedures too.

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