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    Fizzy Bath Bomb Help Please

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    MawMaw Angela
    Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:31 pm Groupie
    I'm having a problem with my Fizzy Bath Bombs and cannot message the submitter. Hope someone can help! My bath bombs crumble coming out of the mold. I packed them tight in the mold and let it sit 48 hours. Any ideas? More oil? Something else I can add to make them hold up? I really like the recipe (they still fizzed!) and would like to make them for Christmas gifts.

    Thanks all! Love having a cooking and crafting site all in one! icon_lol.gif
    Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:22 pm Groupie

    I reviewed the recipe and the reviews.
    Mirj stated in her review: "I've been making these bath bombs for about a month now, and it's been a wonderful experience. I do this together with my 14 year old Dornette and we have such a fun time together making up different kinds of bath bombs. The only change we make to the original recipe is that I find that more oil is needed in order for the baking soda and citric acid to become "pack-able". Our favorite so far is vanilla, with orange-ginger a close second. I've also found that a great use for these little babies is as a closet freshener. Thanks Marli, we love making these!"
    This may help.
    MawMaw Angela
    Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:34 am Groupie
    Thanks so much for the help! I looked around on the internet and discovered someone who sprays witch hazel on her mixture and guarantees a hard bombe. Other recipes include a little water, which makes some sense because moisture is what causes the hard pieces in old baking soda.

    I'm going to keep at it until it works!
    Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:39 am Groupie
    I will interested in how it comes out. This is something I would like to make my DD.
    JeanineD 2
    Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:37 am Groupie
    I love making bath bombs; a few years ago I was having the same problem as you, crumbling bath bombs.
    A very dear friend who has been making bath bombs for pharmacies for a number of years, gave me a recipe and some tips, these tips work wonders, my bath bombs do not crumble anymore.

    Mix the citric acid and baking soda very well – this step is extremely important – if you don’t mix them together well, you end up with a grainy bomb. I use a cake mixer
    Once you’ve blended really well, add your colorant. Dry pigments or a specialty bath fizzy colorant don’t add too much though – the color shows up once you add the witch hazel.
    Add fragrance oils of your choice.
    The difficult part. Spritz (with a spray bottle) the witch hazel onto the batch while stirring with the other hand. When the batch sticks together when squished, you need to start putting it in molds – time at this stage is very important. If you wait too long, the mixture will get hard. If you spritz too much, the mixture will be too wet and will start the fizzing reaction.
    Put the bombs in molds – wait a few minutes and tap them out. Let them air dry for 3 or 4 hours and hey presto! Wonderful, hard bath bombs. The harder you pack the bath bombs, the more dense, heavy, and durable bomb you will get.
    MawMaw Angela
    Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:57 am Groupie
    Thanks so much for the help! I'm going to get witch hazel today and try that. I've experimented with using more oil, which works but is very touchy because too much makes the fizzy stick to the paper towels, can flatten the bottom of the ball unless turned every hour and forms an odd texture on the outside of the ball. They did get hard though and are very durable, although a little tacky/sticky on the fingers.

    I think the witch hazel will help. Also, I use food coloring and it works great. I just mix it with my almond oil and essential oil mixture and put it all in at once.
    JeanineD 2
    Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:16 am Groupie
    Food coloring is a wonderful idea, Iam going to try it, what type of food coloring do you use, liquid or powder?
    Dry pigment coloring that I use can be a pain, as I have to be very careful with the amount I add.
    MawMaw Angela
    Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:23 am Groupie
    I used just regular liquid food coloring. I've done the neon colors and the regular prime colors and both work great. I put my essential oil, almond oil and and about 8 drops of liquid food coloring in a small bowl and just swirl it around until it is mixed and then dump it all into the baking soda/acid mixture and mix quickly with my fingers. Works great and the color is bold.

    Have fun!
    JeanineD 2
    Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:59 am Groupie
    Thanks, Iam going to try your way, it sure beat fiddling around with dry pigment coloring.
    I've done gold and silver bombs with dry pigment coloring have you ever done them with food coloring?.
    Why I ask is because Iam a cake decorating fundi, and use quiet a large amount of gold and silver food coloring when making cakes for special events
    MawMaw Angela
    Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:42 am Groupie
    Wow, never used gold or silver for fizzies, but I bet that would be gorgeous sitting next to the tub. I live out in the woods near the lake, so going to get craft supplies is a 70 mile round trip to Walmart and a 90 mile round trip to Lufkin for Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I usually just order, but shipping is killing me. I've just been using regular old food coloring.

    The recipe did say you can add glitter, dried herbs, etc. for decoration, but I didn't want a bunch of glitter in my tub to clean out.

    What are you using to shape the bombs? I picked up the ornament molds when I made a trip into town last week, but I think they are too large. Come Easter, I'm getting some of those plastic two-part eggs and try them instead.
    JeanineD 2
    Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:48 am Groupie
    I live in the seychelles on Eden Island so getting to a craft store is difficult,
    this means an inter- Island flight to the main land.
    I ask friends who are going to the main land to bring supplies for me, we ask one another if there is anything we can get when going to the main land which normally last 5 or 6 days before we fly back home.
    I use large chocolate molds that I bought on a trip to the south of Africa, about 10 years.
    Easter egg moulds work beautiful, you can get all sorts of shapes and sizes in them
    Glitter, no no no I totally agree with you cleaning that out of ones tub!!!!!!!!!!!!eek, scrub, scrub, scrub I don't think I would go for glitter.
    The gold and sliver bombs look great next to the tub, I made some yesterday using gold and silver food colouring, they look awesome
    MawMaw Angela
    Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:20 pm Groupie
    I'm all out of supplies until UPS delivers next Friday icon_sad.gif Have to pick up some gold and silver though. Is it liquid or dry?
    JeanineD 2
    Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:36 am Groupie
    Hello there,
    sorry I took so long to answer, we have had no electricity for the last eight days this happens here on the Islands when a storm blows in from the sea, then power lines are blown down.
    Liquid and powder are both available I used powder gold and silver food coloring.
    MawMaw Angela
    Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:38 am Groupie
    Honey, I'm from Southeast Texas and I know about storms that blow the power for long periods of time! Rita was 6 weeks, Gustav was three days and Ike was 10 days. Not to mention, I live in the deep woods and any good blow means intermittent power loss for at least an hour or six.

    What islands are you living on?

    In any case, I'm going to grab some silver and gold next time I get to town. Have to head south for Thanksgiving, so maybe I can stop at Michael's on the way to mom's! Oh, and I dragged out an old box of craft supplies from the storage building and found a small bag of empty Easter Eggs, so when my citric acid gets here Friday, I can play again. I've made the mistake of sending out a few samples to my daughter and mom, and they are hooked on the bombs. Bad thing is they want my recipe and I'm feeling a little protective of it until after the holidays. Don't want everyone handing them out like I plan to do!!!
    MawMaw Angela
    Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:41 am Groupie
    Forgot to mention, I used the witch hazel and it works, but gives the bombs a little different texture. It's not a smooth bomb, but a little rough. I may go back to just almond oil. My first ones worked out better I think, once I added a few more drops of almond oil.
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