Orange Pomander Bath Bombs and My Tips for Success!
OK, so I may be showing signs of addiction to bath bombs… before you judge, hear me out! It all started last summer on a hot, humid day. I had been researching methods for making bath bombs for months. I developed my own recipe and carefully curated my ingredients. Then searched several antique stores to find the perfect ornate vintage muffin pan to make my bath bomb recipe.
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It was time,
I whisked and shaped the bath bomb mixture. Then I carefully pressed it into the muffin pan and let it stand overnight to dry since it was so humid. Waking up in full excitement, I went straight to the kitchen the next morning. Only to discover that the bath bombs wouldn’t come out of the muffin pan. No tapping on the counter helped. So, finally I had to dig them out and I’m pretty sure there is still bath bomb residue left on that pan!
So with one failure aside, I went to a local craft store to pick up plastic ornament balls. Again, I mixed everything up and mushed it all into the plastic ornaments. I let them stand for five to ten minutes while I did a happy dance. Which turned out be a short-lived happy dance, when I found the majority of the ornaments had cracked under the weight of the bath bombs and with them, the bath bombs too.
Reluctant to fail, I dumped the cracked bath bombs back into my mixing bowl and I pulled out my silicone soap molds. I filled the soap mold with the mixture and let it stand for a few hours. It actually worked fairly well. But, a few bath bombs crushed when removing them, likely due to the flexibility of the mold.
How I Finally Mastered Bath Bombs
With two solid failures and one half fail on my scorecard, I ordered a set of metal bath bomb molds from my old friend Etsy (just like this one). And much to my surprise and glee, they worked like magic! I only had to keep each bath bomb in the mold for 1 to 2 minutes before removing and setting to dry. That big beautiful, perfectly round ball of fizzy magic never looked so good!! Check out the details and full instructions below. Don’t miss my Lavender Rose Oatmeal Bath Fizzies, a happy result of a failed attempt for bath bombs.
Ingredients for Orange Pomander Bath Bombs
½ cup baking soda
⅛ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
¼ cup citric acid
⅛ cup Epsom salt, fine
2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
⅛ teaspoon orange peel, optional
5 drops orange essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 to 2 teaspoons witch hazel or water, as needed
How To Make Orange Pomander Bath Bombs
Add baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, and mineral salt to large glass mixing bowl. Whisk to blend and remove any clumps. Add the optional orange peel for color. Next, pour sweet almond oil and each drop of essential oils into a separate, small glass bowl. Stir to combine. Then slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If the mixture begins to fizz or foam, slow down.
After mixing the bowl of wet ingredients into the dry mixture, scoop a small amount into your hand and squeeze it together to test the consistency. It should stick together and hold it’s shape. If the mixture is too dry and powdery, add a ½ teaspoon of witch hazel or water. Then mix well and test again. Repeat until you have the correct consistency.
Once the bath bomb mixture is ready, place a pinch of ground cinnamon in the base of one half of a bath bomb mold. Scoop each side of the bath bomb mold into the mixture until it’s just overflowing. Then press together and let stand 2 minutes. I recommend using multiple bath bomb molds so you can keep going while the others are setting. Continue to add a pinch of ground cinnamon to one half of each bath bomb. Once set gently release the bath bomb onto a cutting board or cookie sheet. If the bath bomb cracks while removing it, scoop a little more mixture and press together again.
Allow bath bombs to dry uncovered 8 hours or overnight. Once dry, store in a dry place or container until use. Yields: 6 large bath 5 oz bombs or 12 to 15 small 2 oz bath bombs
Orange Pomander Bath Bombs, a Fresh Take on a Holiday Tradition
This recipe takes a holiday tradition to a whole new level with orange pomander bath bombs. The combination of essential oils, spices, and orange peel are a perfect match for the tradition. I could just set a bowl of these bath bombs out and just enjoy their fragrance.
After finally conquering the art of bath bombs and I can’t help but want to make more! I want to make so many different bath bomb colors and scents with essential oils… Can you guess what everyone on my gift giving list is getting this year? Speaking of gifts, find this natural beauty recipe and so many more in my book Holiday Essential Oil Gift Making.