Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to: Make Bath Bomb Balls Part 2

Yesterday we started a series on making bath balls that fizz. Today we begin with Recipe Two.
Recipe Two tells us How to Make Foaming Bath Bombs. To be honest, all three recipes that I tried foamed adequately. 
The recipe calls for sea salt or Epsom salt. They are not the same thing. If I were going to use sea salt I would opt for canning salt. It is much cheaper and has the same elements as sea salt. But I bought a big bag of Epsom Salt at Walmart because it seemed more likely to be soothing to human skin. 
I used genuine citric acid which I purchased on Ebay. It was a little lumpy. I used a rolling pin to break up lumps while it was still in the bag. 
I measured Baking Soda, Citric Acid and Epsom Salts, then combined it in the mixing bowl.
I used a wooden spoon to break up any remaining lumps and mixed the dry ingredients. 
Then in a flash of daring, I added some Root Beer Concentrate that was too old to use in food. 
Maybe that is why it never really worked into the dry ingredients like it should have.
The Foaming Bath Bomb Recipe call for Witch Hazel instead of water to hold the mixture together. I measured a spray from my bottle and found it to be a scant 1/4 teaspoon. That way I could calculate the amount of liquid I was adding to the mixture.
I decided to turn this into chocolate chip cupcakes. I put a surprise of popping candy into the middle of each. 
I made a batch of Recipe One without scent to use as frosting. That recipe was moistened with water which set off the candy. Bad addition number two. However, I am not going to give up on that idea. There is a way to make them work and I will find it eventually.
I waited awhile and inverted the pan. Nothing happened. So I loosened each Cupcake Bath Bomb with a knife and gently lifted them out.
The cupcakes looked fine. We'll throw them in the bath, but I wish they were white. No more impulsive additions in my cupcake bath balls. As these beauties cured, they flattened and cracked. The good news is that the fizzle is fine. I feel the way that I did the first time I made real cupcakes. Far from the gourmet treat I envisioned, but edible. Lessons learned, More tomorrow.


  1. It depends on how you mix the substances. Make sure to have appropriate amount for each.

  2. I appreciate your input. As my mother has told me: "Follow the recipe exactly when you make it for the first time." Easy to say, always difficult advice for me to follow. Thank you for taking time to comment on our blog.