I love to try new crafts and make things that I’ve never tackled before, partly because I enjoy making, but mostly because I adore that sense of satisfaction having learnt a new skill and produced something with my own fair hands. So when I was asked to give bath bombe making a bash with the new Kirstie Allsopp Lavendar Bath Bombe Kit, of course I said yes!
Adventures with Bath Bombes
- Bicarbonate of Soda
- Citric acid Granules
- Lavender essential oil
- Lavender flowers
- Spray bottle
- Four bath bombe moulds
You’ll Also Need
- Vinyl Gloves – You’ll need these if you have any cuts or broken skin on your hands (Trust me, you’ll want them!)
- Sunflower Oil – To grease the moulds for easy release
- Cookie Cutters – There will be some extra mix left over, so you can make your own shapes
- Bulldog Clips – To secure the moulds together
- Mixing bowl
- First things first – split the dry ingredients in half (Citric Acid, Bicarbonate of Soda and Cornflour) as there is enough in this kit for two batches of bath bombes. Then, in a mixing bowl, add the citric acid and sieve the bicarbonate of soda and cornflour on top and then combine loosely
- At this point, you’ll want to grease your moulds with a little sunflower oil, I used some tissue dipped slightly in the oil, it doesn’t need to be saturated! Then sprinkle a little of the lavender flowers in to each mould
- Put a few drops of the essential oil into the water bottle and top up with spring water – though filtered water works just as well.
- Pop your gloves on if you have any cuts or broken skin at this point, I forgot and got a bit of a sting!
- Spray the oil infused water thinly and evenly over the mix and stir it together as you go – you’re aiming for a light fizzing of the mix and a texture of damp sand. Be patient and don’t make the mixture too wet (I wasn’t and it took an extra half an hour for the mix to stop growing to allow me to put it into the moulds)
- Fill the moulds firmly, and scrape any excess away. Put the two halves together and secure with a bulldog clip – this will help keep the mould together as the mixture will still be expanding slightly. If you have excess mixture like I did, fill cookie cutter shapes on a tray and cover with a piece of cling film and weight down with a book (for a smoother finish) Leave overnight to set
- Next day, ideally 12 hours, gently twist the moulds to open and then tap on the outside to release, leave to dry for a further 24 hours and voila! Bath bombes to wrap up and give as gifts or, more likely, keep for yourself!
I really enjoyed using this kit, and think it would make a great gift to someone who’s looking for a make that doesn’t involve lots of specialist kit. And once you have the technique down, you can experiment with colourings, scents and different shapes – the kit itself comes with lots of ideas and inspiration to keep you occupied, and I’ve already made plans to make them as tailored Christmas presents for friends and family. There is also a Rose Bath Bombe Kit that is worth checking out if Lavender isn’t your thing!