Add some fizzle and sizzle to bath time with a homemade bath bomb.
Step 1: Mix the ingredients Mix together the baking soda and the cornstarch in one bowl, and the citric acid, almond oil, and distilled water in another. Find citric acid, also known as sour salt, in natural-food stores, craft shops, and some supermarkets.
TIP: If you want your bath bombs to foam, add 1/8 cup of sodium lauryl sulfoacetate to the dry mixture once you’ve combined the other dry ingredients. Order it on the internet.
Step 2: Prepare the molds Lightly grease the molds with sweet almond oil. If you don’t have multipurpose craft molds, you can use muffin tins, ice-cube trays, plastic Easter eggs that snap apart, or even Christmas ornament packages instead.
Step 3: Combine wet and dry Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing them them with your hands. If the mixture is too dry to stick together, mist it with a little witch hazel, which you can find at drug stores.
TIP: Dried flower petals, the zest of lemons or other citrus fruits, or food coloring can be added to the mix.
Step 4: Press into molds Press the mixture into molds, let them sit for a few hours, remove, and let them dry for a week.
Step 5: Wrap it up If you’re giving the bath bombs as gifts, cover them with colored plastic wrap and tie with ribbon. Otherwise, cover them with tissue paper and store in a cool, dry place.
FACT: According to one survey, 24 percent of married women would rather have a bubble bath than sex.