DIY Bath Bombs for Mom – ‘Cause She’s Da Bomb
If your mom is anything like us women here at B+C, then she might not like to admit how much money she spends on beauty products. Sometimes I feel like I black out when I’m buying hair products, body lotions, make-up – all of a sudden I’m down $150 and have five tubes of smelly goodness in my hands. One store that always catches my senses is Lush, so today we are showing you how to make your own version of their swoon-worthy fizz bath bombs to give to your mama this Mother’s Day. Pair these bath bombs with a bottle of wine or a new embroidered scarf and you’ll be her favorite child for sure ;)
— 1 cup baking soda
— 1/2 cup cornstarch
— 1/2 cup citric acid
— 1/2 cup epsom salt
— 3 teaspoons water
— 3 teaspoons coconut oil (melted)
— food coloring
— dried flowers/ dried lavender
1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl – 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup epsom salt. Then mix the wet ingredients together in separate, smaller bowl – 3 teaspoons water, 3 teaspoons melted coconut oil.
2. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.
3. Separate the mixture into several bowls, and mix in essential oils and food coloring.
4. Pack the mixture into the two halves of the bath bomb mold. Make sure they are both overflowing, press the two halves together and then remove one side of the mold.
5. Wiggle the bath bomb out of the other half of the mold and let it dry out on a cookie sheet for eight hours.
Grab a medium-size bowl and mix together the dry ingredients – 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup epsom salt.
Then grab a smaller bowl and mix together the wet ingredients – 3 teaspoons water, 3 teaspoons melted coconut oil.
To avoid the bath bombs chemically reacting too quickly, you will need to pour the wet ingredients as slowly as you can into the dry ingredients. Slowly mix the ingredients together until it forms a consistency of wet sand. Note: It will bubble, don’t worry!
Mix the ingredients together so it resembles wet sand. Now let’s add in some color and fresh scents.
We bought a set of scents off of Amazon and did our best to be true perfume scientists. This mixture was floral Plumeria, and we gave it a few drops of red food coloring for a light pink color.
Next we mixed up orange and gave it the scent of peach. This is definitely my favorite.
We bought our bath bomb mold on Amazon, but you could even use an old plastic Christmas ornament or a plastic Easter egg. Prep the mold by filling the edges with dried lavender or dried flowers.
Grab some of your scented mixture and start packing it into the halves of your mold. Layer the colors to give your bath bombs a fun sand art look. Pile each half up with extra mixture, and then press the two halves together.
Remove one half of the mold, let the mixture sit for about five minutes and then remove the other half of the mold. This part can be a little tricky – I definitely messed up three out of five times. Just be patient with the molds, and don’t get too attached to the layered color pattern you are creating. Once the bath bomb is removed from the mold, let it dry out on a cookie sheet for eight hours.
With this mixture, you will be able to make four bath bombs. Tie them up with baker’s twine, and include a handwritten note to give to mom on Mother’s Day.
Floral, lavender, peach or lemon – any of these would be an amazing addition to bath time.
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B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
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Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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