And I will call them, Lavender Milk Bath Bombs…

Ok, well first of all they weren’t supposed to be bath bombs.  “Huh?”, you say?  Well what happened was that they started off as an unscented bath salt.  The problem and that made me have to change it…well let’s say I learned the hard way that you shouldn’t use dendritic salt with baking soda and then jar or baggie it up.  Can you say, “POOF!!!” as puffs of white smoke flies in the air?  Not a good selling point!  That being said, I had several recipes on hand for bath bombs and since most of the ingredients were the same (with a few things that needed to be added), I decided to try my hand at some.  So, after adjusting some measurements (since I had already added the dendritic salt and bath bombs call for citric acid which like the salt, helps to not just preserve the ingredients in the product, but activates the CO2 in the baking soda, that was one of the measurement adjustments that needed to be made) my experiment began.

Using, baking soda, powdered milk, epsom salt, sea salt, dendritic salt, citric acid, corn starch (not necessary, but apparently this is what makes bombs float in the water.  Side note:  do not use any tub products with corn starch if you have or are prone to yeast infections as this will “feed” the infection!  Now, if you research the web this is a controversial point but I figure better to put it out there and be safe now rather than sorry later), olive oil, cocoa butter, fragrance or essential oil (I used lavender essential oil in mine), color (optional but I colored mine lilac), flowers (I used lavender flowers.  Another side note:  If you do not want these to get on you or in your tub, tie up the bath bomb in nylon or old, thin material prior to placing into tub and for any products that have oils in them, I’ve learned that if you sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your tub prior to running water and bathing in it, it will absorb the oil leaving you slip and slide free!) and a 1:1 blend of witch hazel and water (this helps to give it that shine after it dries but also is not necessary.  Another alternative is to slow bake them for 3-4 hours when they are done and out of the mold.) and I had the start of my bath bombs.  Oh, be sure to push hard and pack the molds tight.  You’ll especially want to do this if you have molds like mine which are made to imprint designs on the products you use them for (I use mine for various bath products).

Now save for the fact that I used straight witch hazel (and hopefully that won’t effect their drying properly), I think my faux pas turned out pretty good.  If nothing else, they sure smell great!!!  Stay tuned for the final results!

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Although I haven’t had the chance to use one yet, they dried fine and have been packed and labelled for this weekends opening day at the farmers market.  Yay!  Job well done for what started out as a messed up batch of bath salt!

Additional update:

They wound up being relabeled as solid salts.  Not much of a fizz as I expected and hoped for.  The next time WILL be better!!!