DIY Bath Bombs and Smile Train

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We all know that sometimes our children have assignments that feel like “Mom Assignments”.  Recently a mom craft, DIY Bath Bombs, materialized into a “Mom Assignment” and a really great way for my kids to help other children through service.

Smile Bombs by Sam
This year in 3rd grade my son Sam had the opportunity to participate in a grade-wide service project to help earn money to donate to Smile Train. Smile Train is an international organization with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Sam was particularly effected by the challenges facing children with cleft lips and palates. He wanted to do something that would earn “loads of money” for these children. We came up with the idea of selling  DIY Bath Bombs with a toy surprise. We call them Smile Bombs. For every DIY Bath Bomb we sold, we donated $2 to Smile Train.  The response was amazing!   In just 10 days, Sam was able to raise $200 for the organization and we are on track to donate $350 this month.

The service project ended but Sam’s quest continues.  We have adjusted our donation level to 15% of all profits but sales are going strong.  Here is a link to our Smile Bombs on Etsy  if you want to take a look. We are currently offering and additional 15% off for all of our readers. Just use coupon code OPINION.  It is such a great cause we are so excited to help these children.

Now, since we are givers, I’m sharing a copy of basic recipe we use to make our bath bombs.  This recipe makes about 7 2-inch bath bombs. It takes a little bit of practice but with a little practice you’ll be a DIY Bath Bomb making machine!

A couple random questions and links you might want to check out regarding my supplies

I buy my Citric Acid on Amazon.  I’ve bought it at Walmart in the canning section but they have been out the last few times I’ve checked

Fragrance Oil – You can buy oil at Micheal’s Craft or even Walmart in the Vitamin section.  Obviously if you have prefer you can use essential oils as well.

This is the mold that I use.  I find it easy to work with and the perfect size for my DIY Bath Bombs

Witch hazel is sold in most stores near the rubbing alcohol.  It is a natural astringent and since it evaporates quickly, it is a easy to use to moisten the mix.

DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

1/2 cup Citric Acid
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Epsom salt
2 tsp oil (Grapeseed, Coconut or Olive Oil)
1-2 tsp Witch Hazel
1 tsp Fragrance Oil

Food coloring as desired.

1 Sift and mix all dry ingredients into a large bowl

2. In a small bowl mix oil, fragrance and food coloring.

3. Slowly add the wet ingredients above to the dry mixture, continuously mixing.

4. A few drops at a time, add witch hazel to the mixture until it resembles wet sand. Test by molding a bath bomb

5. Form bath bombs using the mold of your choice. I like to place mine a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Try to wait 12 hours or overnight before use.


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