Everyone knows Santa loves milk & cookies. So much so, that he must eat millions of them Christmas night. While contemplating what to leave out as our gift for Santa, we thought maybe we would try something different to give him a special surprise for when he's finished all of his Christmas magic. We thought about the long hours Santa and his helpers put in at the workshop this year. Surely what Santa would appreciate most of all is a little bit of Christmas self-care. When the festivities are all prepared and the stockings are stuffed you can relax in the bath with these kid safe DIY bath bombs. We mean, Santa can! Luckily though, these aren't gifts only Santa would enjoy. You and your children will delight your loved ones with these home made gifts of relaxation!
Gather Your Supplies
o 2 cups baking soda
o 1 cup citric acid
o 1/2 cup epsom salt
o 1/4 cup corn starch
o up to 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
o 20 drops of essential oil (optional. Choose kid friendly oils like lavender, bergamot, or chamomile.)
o Water soluble color (optional)
o Bath bomb molds (muffin tins also work for a different shape)
First you'll combine the dry materials: baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt and cornstarch– in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
If your coconut oil is solid place the jar in a bowl of warm water to melt. Measure out 1/2 cup and add your essential oils to this liquid.
Slowly add your liquid to the dry mixture, incorporating it with your hand until you have the texture of damp sand. The liquid required will vary depending on your climate. If the citric acid begins to bubble you're adding too much. We added just over 1/3 cup to get this consistency but some may need more or less.
Now is the time for your creativity to shine! If you want to add color(s) decide how many and separate out into smaller bowls. We went with a pepermint oil so red and white made sense. Add a few drops of colors and incorporate, adding more until you've achieved the color you desire. The more pigment you add the more colorful the water will become.
Pack the bath bombs into the molds, one half at a time. The tighter you pack the mold, the heavier your bomb will be. For bath bombs that float pack lightly. Overfill one half of the mold and then press two together.
After a few hours you can carefully remove the bath bombs from their molds. Depending on your climate, let them dry for 24-72 hours.
Ta Da! You've created a magical homemade gift
To see other handmade holiday gifts on the blog, click here.
Leave one out for Santa, who will surely need a relaxing bath by the end of the night! These kid safe bath bombs are great to give to family members as stocking stuffers, to take a relaxing Christmas Eve bath, and easy to customize and make all year long.