13 August 2011

Lavender bath bombs

These little fizzing bath bombs are a quick and easy way to keep you smelling sweet.

If you want, you can replace the lavender with dried rose petals, or even use herbs like thyme or rosemary for something a little more manly.

Lavender bath bombs
5-6 fresh lavender sprigs (or 1 tsp dried lavender flowers)
1 tbsp citric acid powder (you should be able to get this from your local chemist)
3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
10 drops lavender essential oil
1tsp vegetable oil

If you're using fresh lavender, heat the oven to 180C. When it's hot, turn it off and put the lavender in the oven to dry for about two hours. When the flowers are dry, remove them from the stalks.

Mix the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda in a glass bowl - make sure you use one that's completely dry, or the mixture will start fizzing! Add the lavender oil, the lavender flowers and the vegetable oil and mix everything together with a metal spoon.

Choose your favourite shape of biscuit cutter, and fill with the mixture, pressing down with the back of the spoon, so it's compact. Leave it to dry out for at least half an hour, or ideally overnight, until it's a dry, hard block.

Throw it into a hot bath and enjoy!

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