With perpetually cold fingers and toes (no really, ask my husband—it's a problem!), there's really nothing quite like a hot bath to warm you up. Except maybe a hot bath accompanied by some reading, hot tea, and a delicious smelling homemade bath bomb! I recently made these green tea and lemon bath bombs. They are SO fun to use and pretty easy to make.
Some of you might remember last winter when I shared my foolproof method for making your own bath bombs at home. The method is exactly the same (but I'll go ahead and repeat it here in case you don't feel like clicking over), but the ingredients have changed slightly. Other than the essential oil and molds, you can pretty much find all these ingredients at a regular grocery store, or at least I was able to.
8 oz. baking soda
4 oz. corn starch
4 oz. citric acid (found in canning sections or online)
4 oz. epsom salt
3 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon essential oil (lemon)
2 teaspoons coconut oil
2-3 drops of green food coloring (optional)
3-4 bags of green tea, any brand you prefer
This will make 3-4 bath bombs depending on your mold size.
In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (the first four listed above). Whisk to remove any clumps; corn starch tends to be clumpy. In a small glass jar stir together the wet ingredients (water, essential oil, coconut oil, and food coloring if using). If you're using coconut oil, give it a quick melt in the microwave or on the stovetop first so it will more easily combine with the other ingredients.
Slowly pour the liquid mixture in with the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see the mixture fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly. Once all the wet ingredients are combined with the dry, take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. It should stick together fairly well in one or two big chunks. If it's still too powdery to hold together, just add a tiny bit more water and mix until it does hold together.
Then fill each half of your bath bomb molds with some of the green tea leaves and then the mixture until it's overflowing just a little. Press together, then gently remove one side of the mold. Place the bath bomb on a tray and allow to dry out just a little (10-12 minutes) before removing the other side. As you can see in the photo above, I set the side that still had half the mold (the bottom) on top of some baking soda so it would not roll around my work surface as it dried.
Once you are ready to remove the other side, gently invert the bath bomb so the uncovered side is facing down, then gently remove the other half of the mold from the top. The key word, if you haven't noticed, is gently. These can fall apart on you very easily if you're not careful. If a bath bomb does crack in half while you're removing it, you can gently press it back on top of the other half, or move all the mixture back to the mixing bowl and start the molding process again. I had this happen to a few, so don't fret. It's easy to fix.
Once they are completely out of the mold, allow them to dry out for 8 hours or overnight. Once very dry, you can wrap them in plastic wrap or wax paper and store in a dry spot until you want to use them. I put the green tea string tags in the side of my bath bombs just because I thought it was cute. Then when I wrapped them in wax paper to store them, I left the tag sticking out. 🙂
Some of the dry green tea leaves may sprinkle off as you unmold or wrap these to store, but no biggie. If you want to try to avoid this though, you can mix the green tea into the mixture before molding. Up to you.
The green tea leaves are similar to adding dried flower buds, you likely will need to rinse or wipe down your bathtub after enjoying. This only takes about a minute if you have a glass handy (I just enjoyed one of these the other night and was able to rinse out my tub in less than a minute). But if you really can't stand the extra work you could mix in a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder instead of using tea leaves. Either way I think you deserve an at home spa day. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.