With a special PROMO CODE at the end!
Today’s blog post is a guest post from Holly LeCapitaine, owner of the Etsy Store, Bath Candy Company. Her bath bombs are, well, da bomb. (Pardon the lame, super 90s catchphrase… I just had to.)
Read on… there’s a promo code at the end!
Why spend $7 when you can do it yourself for $97.42?
In a nutshell that’s how my Adventures in Bath Bombs began. It was a snowy Saturday, a Saturday in days past where I would have been found happily glued to the couch with a binge-worthy Netflix marathon and delivery. But, as any parent knows, being snowed in with a young child (a then-three-year-old in my case) paints a different picture than life BK (before kid). So…PROJECT!
I have a storied love affair with all things bath and beauty, makeup, Sephora, etc. How I had never experienced the bath time bliss of fragrant fizzies is beyond me, especially since I live for baths, so to say I was late to the party would be an understatement. My daughter and I had just used our last bath bomb, so I decided to put my doctorate in Google to good use and scour the interwebs for the perfect DIY recipe. How hard could it be?!
It’s not unlike me to get completely swept up in a DIY Du Jour, live and breathe it for a day or even two, and then completely abandon it without so much as a second thought – after spending $97.42 of course. I’m sure I subconsciously assumed the same would ring true with bath bombs, but then the weirdest thing happened: my very first attempt sort of actually turned out. And what was even weirder was that I had completely modified any recipe that I had seen and they still sort of actually turned out.
I wish I could say that bath bombs are born from a super complex and science-y process, because then I might seem a lot cooler, but it really isn’t. The base recipe is a standard 2:1:1 ratio; two parts baking soda, one part citric acid, and one part Choice of the Maker. The baking soda and citric acid are essentials; the last part can vary between Epsom salts, dead sea salt, and cornstarch – and that’s just the beginning. The actual process itself can be finicky, but like most anything, it’s not so bad once you get the hang of it. Don’t get me wrong, to this day I regularly lose a bomb or two – sometimes even an entire batch – because they can be fickle little bitches.
What sets my bath bombs apart from the gazillions of others out there you may ask? Well first and foremost, this was what I set out to accomplish when creating my version of the ultimate tub treat: I wanted to work with only the best and 100% cruelty-free ingredients, I wanted to keep it as natural as possible with no harsh chemicals or additives, and I wanted to create a spa-like therapeutic soak leaving me with super soft skin more than anything. I also wanted to create my own fragrance blends, which is my favorite part of this whole process. For example, I didn’t want to create a lavender bath bomb by just adding some lavender essential oil. That’s boring. I wanted to create a lavender-based blend which subtly incorporated other complementing oils.
In general, I love to mix products together and experiment with them. This was no exception. For the last ‘1’ in the previously-referenced 2:1:1 ratio, I would eventually land on a combination of Epsom salts, powdered goat milk, kaolin clay, and a pinch of corn starch. (Goat milk? What? That’s what I used to think, too, but trust me…) I then chose to bind the dry ingredients with yet another unique mixture; a blend of coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and argan oil. I could write about the numerous and fabulous benefits associated with these natural oils all day, and maybe someday I will, but for the time being please do yourself a favor and get acquainted with them. The lists are long and mighty, but in short they literally feed and nourish your skin, hair, and nails. (And for the record, I have yet to come across a recipe that uses a combination of ingredients anywhere close to mine. *hair flip*)
With the joy of the holiday season officially upon us, treat just about anyone on your list to not only the gift of relaxation and fizzy fun, but to skin-loving goodness that also happens to be handmade with love (Small Shop Plug Alert). Seriously though, almost everyone loves bath bombs, and they’re ridiculously quick and easy gifts (not to mention cute)! You should probably treat yourself while you’re at it, because if you’re anything like me you’ll need to chill the you-know-what out on more than one occasion. Holidays…
In honor of my FIRST-EVER blog post (whoop!), and as a thank you to Chryssy and all of you for even giving me the time of day, please use code WELLROUNDEDMOM during checkout to save 15% on any orders through the end of the year (12/31/17). Shop the my store here: etsy.com/shop/BathCandyCompanyShop
Peace, love, and buy my bombs –