Trying Something New

I have been taking random classes lately. Weaving, Glass Fusion, Silver Soldering, Drawing and there is an upcoming Macaroon class that only my friend Linda could talk me into! I am going to try new things, not only because there are so many interesting things out there but also because I don’t want to miss something because I won’t step out of my comfort zone.

When it comes to soap making I have mostly been sticking to the tried and true. Good quality ingredients and a good and well loved Bastille soap recipe. Because it works and I can trust that it’s a good soap. And because I am either scared to try something new in a bath recipe or I have become complacent in sticking with what I know. My point being that we all get stuck sometimes whether it is a same-old hair cut, a routine or a soap recipe. Keep the good but try something new in case you find better.

I am going to try a few new recipes and ideas this year along with all those classes. Just to see what is out there. I am willing to take a chance, make mistakes (like the Moon Cake Shower Steamer recipe I made today that came out looking like insect repellent disks!) and hope that in trying something new and different I also find something new and wonderful .

The recipe I am sharing is a slight variation of what I say is the best bath bomb recipe EVER.  This was one of those chances, a long winded one because it took a lot of colorful phrases after negotiating the hell-paved path of bath bomb making to make this recipe a keeper. I am better at soap making! The original recipe is from

Bath Bomb Recipe
12 oz. Baking Soda
6 oz. Citric Acid
1 ½ oz. Coconut Oil
.25 oz. Polysorbate 80
¼ tsp. mica or clay colorant
2 ml fragrance
91% alcohol for moisture as needed
Bath Bomb mold
Cookie sheet covered with parchment paper (for me, anyway)

Mix the dry ingredients, then add your wet ones (coconut oil, PS 80, fragrance). Whisk together until you get the feel of damp sand when you squish a bit together. If it feels a little dry, spritz a couple of “spritzes” of the 91% alcohol.

Here’s what I have learned-bath bombs foam beautifully if you use PS80. What is that? It’s a vegetable emulsifier used in ice-cream. It binds your ingredients together and makes a beautiful foam. Without that you get a bit of fizz and a bit of color that floats off and sticks to the side of your tub. So use it.

I have also learned that anything other than 91% alcohol sets off a horrifying fizzing reaction way too soon. Like before I even get a bath bomb molded soon. Because anything less than 91% alcohol is mostly water which is what you want to drop your bath bomb into later, not now! Using 91% alcohol drove me crazy because I also thought I had lost the scent but trust me, it evaporates and then you have the scent back and a nice bath bomb! No worries.

Once you have your “damp sand”, overfill your mold and press it together without twisting. You need more mixture than mold so it can compress together and “stick”. And if you twist it, you have probably “broken it” in half when you place it on a tray. I then tap all sides of the mold (because it looks cool, actually not sure how that works) and then while still over the bowl, lift off the top side of the mold, place it back on, turn it over and lift the other side just to make sure it is solid. Plus, if one side is falling apart I can just drop the stuff back in the bowl, spritz more and try again (again happens often). If both sides have held together I take the top off and turn it carefully onto the parchment paper. And repeat.

Do not touch it for at least 24 hours if not longer to let it dry out and firm up.

This recipe makes two hefty bath bombs in my 6 oz. mold with a smaller “tester”.

Have fun. Rule the World!



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