Bath bombs are an excellent choice for a handmade Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. It’s a good idea to make a big batch at the beginning of the Christmas season to keep on hand for hostess gifts or last minute office gift exchanges.
There are a lot of creative ways to decorate your bath bombs to turn them into really special gifts. Your local craft store will likely carry a variety of Christmas themed soap molds that are a great way to make bath bombs. You can also find lots of soap mold options online.
If you don’t want to spend the extra money on holiday molds (or you’ve procrastinated and it’s too late to have them shipped!), there are lots of options for decorating plain round ones.
Shea butter makes wonderful “icing.” Soften it in the microwave in a small bowl until it has the consistency of lotion. If it’s too runny just let it sit for a couple of minutes until it thickens back up. When the consistency is right, dip the bath bombs in it about ¼ of the way in so just the tops are covered.
You’ll have a couple of minutes to work before the shea butter hardens, so do 3 or 4 at a time and decorate them. While the shea butter is still soft, sprinkle “toppings” on the bath bombs. I like the colored sugar you buy to sprinkle on cookies as they give them a festive look. Other options include grated chocolate, dried rose petals and dried spice such as a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg.
You can make bath bombs that are small in size (1 ¼”) and decorate and package them to look like truffles. Buy the small candy papers at your grocery store and put a small bath bomb in each one and put them in a candy box for a super cute gift. Just remember to label them as not edible!
There are lots of options for scents. Cinnamon and vanilla both evoke festive feelings and are great to get into the Christmas mood while relaxing at the end of the day.
Also keep in mind that if you’re giving them to someone on Christmas day, it might be a good idea to use a nice relaxing scent like lavender. A nice unwinding bath to recover from the Christmas season is truly a wonderful gift!
Here is my favorite Christmas bath bomb recipe. The gingerbread scent always puts me in a good mood.
Festive Gingerbread Bath Bombs
- 2 c. baking soda
- 1 c. citric acid
- 1 c tapioca starch
- 2 tbsp. shea butter, melted
- 15 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 15 drops ginger essential oil
- 8 drops nutmeg essential oil
- 8 drops clove essential oil
- Spray bottle of witch hazel
Sift dry ingredients together in a large glass bowl. Combine shea butter and essential oils, drizzle over dry mixture and mix with hands. Spritz with witch hazel as needed to hold mixture together. Pack into molds, pressing firmly.
Allow to dry 24 – 48 hours before decorating.
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Coralynn Gehl has written several articles and eBooks on alternative health care issues as well as making spa and body products at home. Her website is www.makebathbombs.com.
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