Bubbling Bath Tablets
I love making bath bombs and bath salts. This week I tried something a bit new and that was making "bubbling bath tablets" I am teaching a workshop at a lavender farm in California this week at Capay Valley Lavender. Farm with my friend and farmer, Sherri Wood. Sherri found a product called a "Bath Truffle" she wanted to make. It basically was a bubbling bath bomb full of oils and butters. The product did contained hard to find and not natural ingredients so I did some experimenting and came up with a recipe that is not only easy to make, but also uses home ingredients.
I also learned that my bath bomb method of mixing up things to avoid a reaction is exactly what you do not do when making a bubbling tablet. When you combine everything you will get immediate bubbles, but the good news is once the mixture is dry they can be safely stored in a dry spot. When you use them in the tub you get that bubbly reaction all over again. Here is the recipe I will be teaching this week in California.
Bubbling Bath Tablets
These natural bath tablets are a relaxing addition to your bath and also make your skin super soft. I used natural colors for my tablets. You may also want to experiment with infused oils and dried herbs and flowers. Make sure you have a large bowl when mixing or even use an electric mixer the ingredients will double in size when first mixed together. I also used a small cookie scoop as a mold and also I had a silicon bee cake pan that worked well. I just had to cut them up while still a bit soft. I used liquid castile soap but you could also use powdered soap or grated.
4 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid powder
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1/4 cup cocoa butter or shea butter
1 /4 cup coconut oil
1 /2 cup castile soap (I used liquid but you could try grated)
1 Tablespoon vegetable glycerin
1 /8 teaspoon essential oil of lavender or favorite blend (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, mix together 3 cups of the baking soda, the citric acid powder and cream of tartar. (If you are using dry castile soap add this now too) Set aside. In a heat resistant container Mix together the cocoa butter, coconut oil, soap and glycerin. Over low heat in a water bath (pan of water) gently heat the mixture until the butter is melted and everything is well mixed. Slowly add the melted oil mixture to the dry mixture in small amounts (about a fourth at a time) and stir well to combine. The mixture will foam and bubble but keep stirring. When all of the oil is combined, stir the mixture well and add the last of the baking soda as needed until you have a smooth mixture almost like cookie dough. This make take several minutes for the mixture to cool and calm down. With a cookie scoop, scoop small balls of dough onto a cookie sheet with some parchment or wax paper. You can also press the dough into a mold. Let the bath tablets harden for a day or two.. To use: Simply drop one or two tablets into a warm bath and enjoy.
Have a beautiful day!
The workshop I am doing is sold out but I will post photos and more recipes next week.