Is it me or is “adulting” a lot more work this time of year? I sorely miss the days where all I had to worry about was leaving cookies out for Santa and counting how many gifts were under the tree with my name on them. Now it’s all $$$, busy shopping malls, and WHAT THE HELL do you even buy anyone anymore?! We all have far more than what we need, and then some.
When I started out my Christmas shopping in November, I fully intended on taking a minimal approach to keep costs down and to have extra cash to donate to where it is really needed this time of year. As I sit here almost a week before Christmas, I can see from the giant pile of gifts and my credit card statement, that my intentions went horribly astray. Oh, and did I mention when I took my dumb ass vehicle for an oil change yesterday, they told me it needs $2600 worth of work? Luckily for me, I like to live on the edge a little, and only paid to fix one serious part and left the rest to luck. I’m sure it will be fine. 😉
One thing I did save a few dollars on this year are these beautiful all-natural homemade bath bombs. I really try to avoid purchasing products that I can make myself, and these are so fun and easy to make, I’d be crazy not to. You can customize the aroma you would like to create, but this time around I went with a more winter-holiday blend of lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint oils. These lovely bath bombs found their way into a couple of gifts before my daughter decided to “science” on the rest. (This just means she mixed them with water and any expired food in the fridge).
I really prefer not to add color to my bath bombs because I want to skip the added chemicals but if you’re not worried about that sort of thing, you can add a few drops to give your bath bomb some color. Unless you used a vegetable-based color, then you would still be on par with keeping it all natural. You’ve still got time to make these as a little extra add-on to some of your gifts. The ingredients are not difficult to find at your grocery store if you don’t have them on hand already. As for the citric acid and essential oils, I find mine at my local health food store or good ol’ Amazon. (This is not sponsored, buy them wherever you want).
Enjoy folks, and if I’m not back before the 25th, Merry Christmas!
Holiday Blend All-Natural Bath Bombs
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup cornstarch
2-3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
What to do
In a mixing bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch and stir well.
In a separate bowl, add the essential oils to the melted coconut oil and stir. Next, pour the oils into the dry ingredient mixture and mix well, squishing any lumps with your spoon.
Pack the bath bomb molds firmly and press together very firmly. Refrigerate at least 12 hours before removing from the molds.
Now draw yourself a bath, and relax!
*You can use a muffin tin or any type of mold that can be packed firmly. Be sure to grease the tin with oil or use muffin liners if using a tin as they will break easily when removing.
** If you find the bath bombs too dry or crumbly, you can add more coconut oil, however, I found adding too much made the bath water way too oily and left an awful mess. Pressing the molds firmly and refrigerating overnight helps the bath bomb stay together without overdoing it on the oil.
By Three Happy Folk