Daddy Daughter Date Idea #46 – Bath Bombs

Bath_BombsBath Bombs, or Bath Fizzies, are like giant alka-seltzers for your bath – they spin, whirl and swirl in your bath while releasing scent and skin-softening agents. They make bath time SUPER fun!  If you’ve never made bath bombs before, there are a bunch of videos on Youtube where you can learn how to make them with your daughter, but here’s a very simple recipe to get you started.


Easy Bath Bomb Recipe

Things you’ll need:

    • 1 part Citric Acid
    • Witch Hazel
    • 2 parts Baking Soda
    • Coloring of your choice
    • Fragrance Oil of your choice
    • Dome Shaped Mold

1. BLEND BLEND BLEND BLEND the citric acid and baking soda – this step is super important – if you don’t blend well, you end up with a grainy bomb. You may want to use a mixer on larger batches.

2. Once you’ve blended really well, add your colorant. Dry pigments or a specialty bath fizzy colorant like La Bombs work best – don’t add too much though – the color shows up once you add the witch hazel.

3. Add fragrance oils to your personal preference.

4. Now, this is the difficult part. Spritz (with a squirt bottle) the witch hazel onto your batch while stirring with the other hand. When your batch sticks together when squished, you need to start putting it in molds – time is of the essence. If you wait too long, the mixture will get hard. If you spritz too much, the mixture will be too wet and “grow” (start the fizzing reaction) on you.

5. Put the bombs in molds – wait a few minutes and tap them out. Let them air dry for 3 or 4 hours and voila! Wonderful, hard bath bombs. The harder you pack the bath bombs, the more dense, heavy, and durable bomb you will get.


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‘Congratulations!! You have just introduced your daughter to Chemistry!! Bath Bombs\Fizzers” are a very simple science project where In the presence of water, citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) react to form sodium citrate, water, and carbon dioxide (fizz). Boogie first inquired about bath bombs one day while we were out shopping for bath supplies. She picked it up, read what it could do and immediately wanted one!! She’s been hooked ever since. A project like ‘Bath Bombs’ shows a child how science is involved with there everyday life. There are a ton of chemistry experiments just by creating bath bombs using different essential oils and other ingredients. Help your daughter explore!!!

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