“Where do I find citric acid?”
It’s probably one of the most asked questions here on The Makeup Dummy.
Citric acid has been a staple ingredient in all of my bath bomb recipes so far. It’s a key ingredient to get the fizzing experience bath bombs are known and loved for. Combine it with baking soda and a bath tub filled with water and you have a guaranteed fizz party in your bathroom.
So surely a bath bomb without citric acid must be impossible to make?
Citric acid is actually a natural compound found in different foods. Like lemons. And that’s why this easy bath bomb recipe is made with a household favorite: lemon juice.
Perfect if you want to start making bath bombs RIGHT NOW and don’t have any citric acid lying around.
Watch the video-tutorial here:
Lemon juice does contain other ingredients as well, like water. The citric acid you get from lemon juice is relatively small and diluted because of the water, but it’s there all right.
Even though these bath bombs won’t fizz as enthusiastically as their citric acid counterparts, they do the job. Drop one in your bath water to disperse the lovely smelling essential oils and release the skin soothing baking soda.
What I used:
1/2 tbsp coconut oil – Get it here
2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice
essential oils – Get it here
a spray bottle – Get it here
decorations or coloring (optional) – I used lavender buds and cake sprinkles – Get it here
These bath bombs are best used ‘fresh’, so right after you make them. The longer you wait, the less they’ll fizz.
The instructions for these bath bombs have never been easier:
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl.
Add half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix with a spoon until well combined.
Add a few drops of essential oils. I used my all time favorites: lavender, rose geranium and ylang ylang. I added 12 drops in total. stir well after each drop.
Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bottle.
Carefully spray the mixture stirring well between each spritz of lemon juice. You don’t want the mixture to start fizzing in the bowl!
Check to see if the mixture clumps together. Make sure the mixture is wet. You can definitely add more liquid to these than to bath bombs made with citric acid!
Scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture in your mold and press down firmly with your fingers. Keep adding more until your mold is filled, pressing the mixture down as you go.
Set the bath bombs aside and give them time to dry. It definitely takes longer than regular bath bombs. I waited at least 2 days for mine to dry completely.
These bath bombs turned slightly yellow as they dried because of the lemon juice. If you don’t want this, you can choose your own color by adding a few drops of food coloring to the mixture.
Pop them out of their molds once they’re completely dry.
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