Handcrafted bath bombs make last-minute Christmas stocking stuffers

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - You know those popular and pricey bath bombs you can find in boutiques? You can make those yourself, perhaps for a fraction of the price.

The main ingredient in these effervescent bath products is baking soda. That costs no more than a dollar for a small box, or around two and a half dollars for a large box.

The other main ingredient is citric acid, the dry version of a fruit acid (think lemon juice). The ratio that works for making bath bombs is twice as much baking soda as citric acid.

You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, per your preference for intensity in your bath products. A bit of food coloring (real or artificial) is optional, if you'd like to add a hint of color to your bath.

The key to mixing up the bath bombs is to add just enough oil and even water to give the mixture some body and be able to compress it into molds. When mixing it, try for the consistency of a very dry dough.

With a recipe of 1 cup baking soda to 1/2 cup citric acid, approximately 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil should work. However, add that gradually to make sure it is not too much. Also add a few drops of water to achieve the desired consistency.

If the mixture starts to foam, that indicates you have added too much liquid. You can correct this by adding proper proportions of baking soda and citric acid again.

Pack the mixture into molds, and allow to dry for at least two hours.

Wrap in a bit of tissue paper, fabric or tulle, and enjoy!

These are best when used within a couple of weeks.

More free crafts, recipes and natural living ideas at the Flour Sack Mama blog.