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Making Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are fun. Once you know the basics and understand how the various ingredients work together, you can avoid common mistakes and enjoy creating an almost limitless number of variations. Here are some guidelines:

Avoid making bath bombs in a humid environment! Humidity introduces a host of challenges that can negatively impact your success rate.

Best results are achieved using simple shapes for your molds, e.g., without corners that can break off. You can use candy molds, soap molds, two-part, round plastic bath bomb molds or flexible molds.

Be sure to pack the mixture very tightly into clean, dry, ungreased molds. If using the two-part round molds, pack each side of the mold, adding a little more of the mixture to one half, then push the two halves together hard. The overfill is important, as it provides the 'glue' and helps to ensure a tightly packed mold.

The trick is to demold the bombs as soon as they'll release from the molds without crumbling. This can mean waiting up to several hours before demolding, depending on your climate. Experiment and do what works best for you.

Gently remove one half of the mold, then the other. Resist the temptation to twist, as this will often result in two half-bombs! You may need to tap your mold gently to release the bomb, but do be gentle.

The right amount of witch hazel sprayed on bath bombs forms a crust that helps keep them from cracking. But remember they're still fragile and should be handled with care. Too much witch hazel can trigger the citric acid-baking soda reaction, making bath bombs fizz prematurely!

Don't throw away leftovers. Put them in a zip lock bag and add to them every time you make bath bombs. When you have enough leftovers to make another batch, just add a little more oil until you like the texture. No wasted materials!

Shrink-wrap your bath bombs once they're completey dry (generally 3-5 days) to keep humidity at bay.

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