I've started making bath bombs. When I say started I mean I did my first batch about three or four months ago and my kitchen has never been the same. Since then I've made multiple batches revising and being creative with the recipes. I never knew making a bath product could be so rewarding, creative, and not to sound too hippie, but spiritual. I would now much rather don my apron for making my bath spheres than for making dinner. It's messy, complicated, and amazingly fun. It is art and I love it.
If you do a quick google search or Pinterest search it's easy to get a very basic bath bomb recipe. It will do the trick which means, smell nice, fizz, and otherwise make the bath a little more dramatic. But this wasn't enough for me. If you are going to do something you might as well do it right. So I decided to make them to have actual healing benefits for the soul & skin. I have years of experience with essential oils. At home I've used essential oils for everything from burns to just a little in a diffuser to invoke some calm. My love affair with essential oils started with lavender. I've had it in my medicine cabinet for the past twenty years to put directly on burns it instantly takes some if not most of the pain away. I can attest to it because of my clumsiness in the kitchen. I also use peppermint for keeping ants away in the summer. We used essential oils at the spa for herbal wraps and we had great fun collecting & rewriting recipes for detoxing, calming, decreasing anger, you name you can make it.
Essential oils are the oil extracted from a natural occurring plant, flower, herb, or tree using either distillation or expression. It's pretty complicated but if you are interested you can visit naha.org for extraordinary details on the process. The oils are widely available now and the quality varies drastically. Price used to be a great way to indicate quality but not so much any more. The once sought after Rose and Sandalwood oil that would cost anywhere between $50-$100 an ounce is much cheaper these days, but not cheap. If you haven't smelled a good quality sandalwood you haven't lived in my book. It's an amazing smell and I have no way to describe it. It's like describing something delicious...like truffle oil or steak. It can't be described adequately it has to be experienced. Just go to Wholefoods and smell the $50 bottle of sandalwood oil...then cross that off your bucket list, or buy it. Sandalwood has this amazing quality it is the best for grounding. If you feel anxious, uncertain you will immediately have a physiological and mental reaction to smelling this.
For making bath bombs the essential oil combinations are the easy part. I really let my nose lead my combinations then I check for contraindications (such as tea tree isn't great for breathing issues, and clary sage will induce labor if you are pregnant--I will never use clary sage for sale for this reason.) The tricky part is getting the right proportions of salts, citric acid, and cocoa butter, and shea butter. I don't know too many or any recipes that include the butters. It is what sets mine apart, as well as the healing energy I put in, and healing essential oil combinations. I'm still not quite sure I have it perfected but the last batch I made today smell so good you want to eat them. But don't. The cocoa butter really smells like chocolate so they do have this nutty chocolatey undertones. I am proud of my new venture and creations. It's a great compliment to my healing practice and new blog life.
I have to add it feels incredibly brave to sell these bath bombs. I remember my first art show I had a similar feeling. It's one thing to make something, it's entirely another story to put it out in front of the world. What if people don't like them, what if they fall apart, what if the fizz isn't great, what if someone thinks it stinks, what if I fail? All things that could happen, but I'm doing it anyway. You only live once. I've decided unless it brings me joy I'm not doing it and if I'm doing it I'm really doing it! This brings me joy so here goes!!
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