Monday, June 3, 2013

Guest Post: DIY Milk Bath Bombs


Happy Monday girls! Do I ever have a treat for you today. I am busy as can be this weekend in the last minute moving things and then settling into our new home later in the week. Michelle Pino, the spa manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York, was kind enough to share a guest post for making your own milk bath bombs. I'll definitely be trying these myself next week in my brand new garden tub to help me relax after all the moving chaos. Enjoy! xo

DIY Milk Bath Bombs

When it comes to a relaxing soak in the bathtub, bath bombs are, well, the bomb! They can also be a pricey indulgence. For moms on a budget, those little balls of bliss can come with a steep price tag when there are mouths to feed and bills to pay. When every penny counts, but you need some time to relax and pamper yourself, consider making your own goat's milk bath bombs. Not only will you save money by making your own, you can tailor the color and scent to suit your personal style. Better yet, make several batches at one time so you have a variety of scents on hand to match your every mood.

What you need

2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup powdered goat’s milk or powdered buttermilk
3 tablespoons Epsom or Dead Sea salts
Essential or skin friendly scent oil of your choice
1-2 tablespoons moisturizing oil (Such as jojoba, almond or grapeseed)
Skin friendly coloring of your choice
1 cup citric acid
Witch hazel (Just enough to moisten)
Large bowl
Mist spray bottle
2 ounce size plastic molds, if desired

Directions

Combine all of the dry ingredients, except the citric acid, in a large bowl
Combine your moisturizing and scent oils with the coloring then drizzle over the dry ingredients
Add citric acid, making sure to mix well
Spritz with a small amount of witch hazel and continue mixing
Please note: if you overspray, the witch hazel will react with the citric acid and it will begin to fizz
Repeat the spraying and mixing for about ten minutes, until the mixture holds it shape in your hands like dough
If using plastic molds to shape your bath bombs, pack the mixture tightly in each cavity and allow to rest for about 15-20 minutes
They should easily pop out of the mold, but they are very fragile, so be gentle handling them
If you are shaping them by hand, shape into balls that weigh about two ounces each and pack tightly
Allow the bombs to set up overnight in a warm, dry location so they can properly cure
Once completed, store your bombs in plastic airtight container away from moisture. They can be kept for up to six months
Simply drop a bath bomb in your bath water as it is being drawn and allow it to dissolve completely. Relax and enjoy a pampering, spa-like bath.


Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at michellepino@turningstone.com.

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