I have a love-hate relationship with the run up to Christmas. On one hand, I am madly in love with the excitement of the season and love nothing better than sourcing perfectly thought out gifts for my friends and family before wrapping them up with the latest gift wrapping tutorial. On the other hand, those same things can also very quickly drag me down into quite the tizzy of worry double guessing and a general feeling of being overwhelmed. When I feel the anxiety building I usually treat myself to some quality bathtub time.
This bathtub time has become a sort of little ritual I do with myself each festive season and this year I decided to try my hand at making my own sugar scrubs and bath bombs rather than going with shop bought ones. Another great, and anxiety reducing, side effect of making my own bath stuff was that I had plenty of materials left over to create sugar scrubs and bath bombs to give as gifts along with the ones I was going to use to treat myself with.
There is no shortage of tutorials for creating these sorts of things online and in print. I came across this wonderful blog that provided a fuss-free tutorial on how to make fizzing bath bombs that don’t contain any harsh chemicals. All of the ingredients required are likely to be found at your local supermarket. If you are planning to make multiple bath bombs look for bulk Epsom salts at health food shops for the best bang for your buck! The most unusual ingredient required for bath bombs is citric acid (what makes it fizz), shops with a large bulk section are a good place to look for citric acid, but if you are struggling to find any you can order it online easily. As far as special equipment goes you can get dedicated bath bomb moulds like these or repurpose cupcake moulds, or silicone ice cube/chocolate making trays. I used a silicone love heart moulds for mine and got pretty good results.
Sugar scrub is so simple to make that I kept checking and rechecking the tutorial to make sure I hadn’t missed anything! All you need is sugar (granulated works better than superfine sugar), oil and whatever essence or essential oil you want to jazz it up with. The ratio is 3:1 with sugar and oil respectively and then your essential oils to your own preference. This super simple recipe can be found here, as it was my first time making it I went with the simplest recipe I could find but now I’m keen to try something more adventurous!
Happy scrubbing to you!