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DIY Bathbombs

I though I would share with you this simple recipe for making bath bombs, with a little added magic of course.

We love a good bath bomb here, but standard high street ones, while they look and smell amazing, can irritate my skin. These home made ones are completely non toxic.

This is a great activity to make with kids of all ages and these can be adapted for all kinds of occasions, they make lovely handmade gifts too, as always is another great example of learning through play.

Here is what you will need;

Make sure you weigh and measure all the ingredients out and have them to hand. I have included the weights but I always just go by cups.

225g baking soda (about 1 cup)

120g Citric Acid (about 1/2 cup) Wilko’s sell this in a box.

120g Salt. I love using Epsom and pink Himalayan, but sea salt will do just fine (about 1/2 cup)

120g cornflower  (about 3/4 cup)

2 Tbsp of oil choice. Olive oil and coconut oil are great choices and not too expensive, we went with coconut oil for these particular ones.

2 tsp rose water/ witch hazel (or just plain water) plus a little more if needed, we used witch hazel here.

If you would like to add a natural colour to your bath bombs, instead of plain water, you would use the water from a natural dye, which can be found in this simple tutorial here. The water left from berries/ plant material is what you would add.

Herbs/Essential Oils. Here you can use anything you like. Use around 30 drops of your chosen oils, you can also use chopped herbs/rose petals, or both! We used lavender oil and I picked a beautiful yellow rose that had the most delicious scent, I also added a few sage leaves, for cleansing.

Moulds – You can just use your hands to make them into a rounded shape, but it is more difficult. I am using round steel moulds (search bath bomb moulds on eBay!) but you will probably have something in your house you can use, silicone baking moulds even cupcake cases will do.

Finally a crystal of your choice, for the added magic….

How to make them.

1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and corn powder)

2. In a small bowl, mix the oil, rose water/witch hazel/water and stir well. Add your essential oils here too.

3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a tiny bit at a time. Use your hands to squeeze it all together, you may want to wear gloves if you have really sensitive skin. Here add your dried herbs if you are using them.

Add your magical crystal!

4. The Mixture should hold together well when squeezed without crumbling. To achieve this you may need to add a little more water, just a tiny bit at a time. I had a little spray bottle with lavender water, I used this to spray the mixture to spread the water evenly.

5. Your mixture is now ready to pop into the moulds. Press it in firmly and leave it for at least 24 hours, or until completely hard. You may need to check in on them and push back into moulds as it does expand a little.

6. When they are ready, yippee!! Take them out and store them in an airtight container, they look lovely in a big mason jar in the bathroom, they are best used within 2 weeks.

I hope you have enjoyed making these. There are lots of ways you can amend them.

Particular oil and crystal combinations can be used for different healing properties.

For self care/ love, rose quartz, lavender and rose petals make a beautiful combo.

They can be amended according to the season, Christmas could be eucalyptus and a beautiful red garnet, imagine summer, a happy bright citrine crystal and lemon oil for a refreshing summery soak.

I’d love to know if you make some, thank you so much for reading.

Amy 💚

Natural Dye Cloths

Being eco and zero waste really shouldn’t be about buying more stuff, although it’s hard when you first start off on the journey to zero waste to not be pulled in. Of course there is so many great new things to try and at first it may seem like your buying one thing after another to replace items that have ran out. I try and stick to the famous slogan ‘Make do and Mend’. I am having fun at the moment trying to make everything from scratch.

I have been looking at pretty rolls of unpaper towels, but it’s something I don’t absolutely need, and I had a large stash of old muslin cloths lying around, so I thought I would give them a new lease of life with some natural plant dyes.

They look lovely in a basket, in easy reach, for all kinds of uses, napkins, mopping up spills etc. Anything you would have used paper kitchen roll for these can easily take over the job.

All you need is some old cloths, cut up muslins etc. You will need to pop a hem on them so they don’t fray.

Now to the dyes, I had every intention of making all the colours, but as you can see I got carried away with pinks and purples, all the colours are included below for you to try.

Natural dyes can be made from so many natural goodies, berries, leaves and flowers.

Here are some muslin cloths I dyed last year to use as play cloths, these were made using berries and avocado seeds.

Here are some produce bags I made using old muslins and tumeric and onion skins as a natural dye.

You can use most fabric, cotton, silk, wool and linen will take to dye well, other fabrics also, but the outcome may be lighter with synthetic fabrics.

Before you dye you fabric you will need to prep it. It’s really simple;

Firstly you will need to wash the fabric, leaving it wet. Now you need to prepare your fixative. This ensures the fabric will hold the dye more easily.

For berries salt is used, for any other plant material/powders white vinegar is used.

Measurements are as follows.

Salt: dissolve ½ cup salt in 8 cups cold water

Vinegar: Mix 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts cold water.

The fabric needs to soak in this mix for 1 hour. Rinse with cold water only, it’s now ready to be dyed.

A quick google of natural fabric dyes will have you inspired in no time, below I will include the dyes I have tried and tested with great results.

Beetroot – Bright Pink

Raspberries – Red/Pink Colour

Brown Onion – Brown/Orange

Tumeric – Yellow

Matcha Tea Powder – Green

Blueberries – Pinky Purple

Avocado skins and seeds – Peachy Pink

Red Cabbage – Purple

You can have so much fun with this and discover a variety of materials to play with.

A little word of warning before you begin. You may want to cover your work surfaces, wear gloves and use old pans. Obviously I’m adding this after I’ve created mess on a devastating scale and dyed everything, worktops, hands and pans!

Here is how to make the dye.

Place the natural material in a large pot/ pan.

Fill the pot with twice as much water as plant material.

Let this simmer for an hour or so, or until you see a nice dark color.

Strain the plant material and return the liquid to the pot.

Place your fabric in the dye and bring to a slow boil. Simmer for an hour or so, stirring occasionally.

Check your fabric, bearing in mind it will be lighter when it dries. The longer you leave it the darker it will go, so you could leave it to soak overnight if you wanted a really dark hue. All of mine were soaked for an hour, I’m impatient.

Take out your fabric and wash in cold water. The colour will run and fade slightly.

Dry as usual.

You should now have a stack of eco friendly, pretty reusable cloths! Yay! I hope you have enjoyed this, I’d love to know if you make some.

Thanks so much for reading,

Amy 💚