Bath Softerner recipe
Below is the bath softener recipe I use. It is a VERY dry looking/feeling mixture, but I've had good luck with it. Sometimes they do crack on the top, but they still hold together fine.
Hope this helps y'all.
BUBBLING BATH SOFTENER
2 Cups baking soda
Â¾ cup citric acid powder
essential or fragrance oil
flowers, herbs, spices of your choice to complement oil (optional)
molds of your choiceÂcandy molds, faster plaster, soap etc.
Mix citric acid & baking soda thoroughly in bowl. In a separate bowl mix any flowers, herbs, etc. with scented oil, then add to baking soda mixture & stir well. Use a spray bottle to apply witch hazel to mixture. (Approx. Â½ oz. per .batch.) Spray a little on, then mix, then spray again. DO NOT GET THE MIXTURE TOO WET!! Mixture should be slightly gummy.
Make sure to scrape sides & bottom of bowl to get all ingredients mixed well.
Mixture is ready to mold when a handful pressed together stays together when
released. Pack mixture FIRMLY into mold, being careful NOT to overfill the mold.
Just level with the top is all you need. You want it flat & level with the top-not
heaped at all. Turn mold upside down & tap firmly to release bath bomb.
(You can also tap the mold sharply on its side against the table-just catch the
bath bomb as it comes out). Allow to dry 2-3 hrs & pack in plastic bags, or a pretty jar to preserve scent.
*I usually wait until they have dried about an hour, then I add 1-2 drops of scented
oil directly to each bath bomb to give it a little more oomph.
*Work quickly with this mixture as it dries out rapidly, & it is difficult to mold if itÂs too dry.
*If mixture becomes too dry to mold you can just break into small clumps, & allow to
dry. Use as you would bubbling bath crystals.
*If mixture sticks to mold, just use a dab of cooking oil on a paper towel, & lightly
grease the mold BEFORE placing mixture in mold.
*Citric acid powder should be firmly packed in your measuring cup, just as you
measure brown sugar.
*For a pretty gift mold into small balls about the size of a walnut (or truffle), allow
to rest on wax paper 2-3 hrs (may need to re-shape slightly) & allow to dry
completely about 36 hrs. Place each ball in a small paper candy cup. You can stack
in layers in a pretty jar, or go to a cake/craft store & get the Â½ LB or 1 LB white
candy boxes. Pack each box with the little balls for a cute gift. Use 1-2/bath.
(Please put a label on box saying DO NOT EAT!)