Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

It’s FRIDAY!!!!! Hopefully by now everyone is getting settled in for a cozy night at home, or perhaps you have a really fun outing planned. My husband and I have a date night planned, and we’re hoping to hit up a new restaurant in the city. But before I get ready for that I wanted to share a very exciting post with you. Well, at least I’m very excited about it, because I have wanted to try making bath bombs FOREVER!

I know that bath bombs are nothing new and have been around for ages. That still doesn’t change the fact that I’m really excited that I finally made my very own. I followed this recipe, with a few changes, and it turned out really well. They have yet to dry for 24 hours before I get to used them. I’m also curious to see how the orange peel will dry. It probably would’ve been better to use already-dried orange peel, but I didn’t have any. I also didn’t have the patience or the time to dry the orange peel first.

DIY Bath Bombs

These bath bombs are actually very easy to make. The recipe made about 3 1/2 bath bombs (depending on the size of the mold, it might make 4). They are a perfect way to pamper yourself, and also make excellent home-made gifts. Oh, and the smell of the coconut oil mixed with the orange essential oil is heavenly!

Instructions:

To begin, you will need:

1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup corn starch, 1 tbsp. poppy seeds, red and yellow food colouring, 2 1/2 tbsp. melted coconut oil (or oil of your choice), 3/4 tbsp. water, 15 drops of orange essential oil, zest of two small oranges, extra poppy seeds, bath bomb mold, and a spray bottle filled with water.

Using a glass or plastic bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, including the poppy seeds.

In a separate bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Add the water, essential oil, and food colouring, until you reach the desired colour (I did about 25 drops of yellow and 12 drops of red). Mix well.

Very slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients (about a teaspoon at a time), whisking in a quick motion. You want to prevent the mixture from activating.The mixture should stick together like wet sand if you squeeze it in your hand. If it doesn’t, it might need a little more water. I used a spray bottle filled with water to add a little more moisture from time to time.

Add some orange zest and some poppy seeds to the bottom of the mold.

Use a spoon to fill both halves of the mold. 

You want to top them with as much of the mixture as possible.

Firmly press the two halves together, and let it sit for about a minute. Gently tap the mold with a spoon, then gently pull the mold apart. If the halves don’t want to stick together, you might need to fill them slightly more, or you might need to moisten the mixture a little more.

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

Gently place the finished bath bombs on a plate and allow them to dry for 24 hrs before adding them to your hot bath. And that my friends, is honestly how simple it is to make your own bath bombs. Wait how much do they usually sell for? Either way, you just saved yourself some money! 😉

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs
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These bath bombs are a breeze to make, and are an excellent choice for a home-made gift.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup baking soda
  2. 1/2 cup citric acid
  3. 1/2 cup epsom salt
  4. 1/2 cup corn starch
  5. 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  6. red and yellow food colouring
  7. 2 1/2 tbsp. melted coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
  8. 3/4 tbsp. water
  9. 15 drops orange essential oil
  10. zest of two small oranges
  11. extra poppy seeds
  12. bath bomb mold
  13. spray bottle filled with water
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, including the poppy seeds.
  2. In a separate bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Add the water, essential oil, and food colouring, until you reach the desired colour (I did about 25 drops of yellow and 12 drops of red). Mix well.
  3. Very slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients (about a teaspoon at a time), whisking in a quick motion. You want to prevent the mixture from activating.
  4. The mixture should stick together like wet sand if you squeeze it in your hand. If it doesn't, it might need a little more water. I used a spray bottle filled with water to add a little more moisture from time to time.
  5. Add some orange zest and some poppy seeds to the bottom of the mold.
  6. Use a spoon to fill both halves of the mold. You want to top them with as much of the mixture as possible. Then firmly press the two halves together, let it sit for about a minute. Gently tap the mold with a spoon, then gently remove the mold. If the halves don't want to stick together, you might need to fill them slightly more, or you might need to moisten the mixture a little more.
  7. Lay the finished bath bombs on a plate and allow them to dry for 24 hrs before adding them to your hot bath.
Notes
  1. I used an ornament ball from Michaels as a mold.
Adapted from Inspired by Charm
Adapted from Inspired by Charm
Sweet Blooming Roots http://www.sweetbloomingroots.com/

Don’t they just make you so happy!? Maybe it’s because they are the color of the sun, or maybe because they remind you that spring is hopefully near!

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

And now I am going to go and get ready for my date night! Stop distracting me already! 😉 Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!!

Papaya Face Mask

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I remember not liking the taste of papaya as a child, but somewhere down the road I must’ve learned to love it. On one of our recent grocery shopping trips, I bought a papaya. I was excited to eat it, not only cause it’s delicious, but also because it’s healthy. To my great disappointment, when I tried my first bite after all that work cutting it up, I realized that it was oddly bitter. So, for the next while it was sadly sitting in our fridge. I wasn’t eating from it, because I knew it wouldn’t taste good, but I also hate wasting food, so I couldn’t throw it out. Finally, I decided to see if there were any ways to use papaya for skin care. It turns out there are! After researching what other natural products are great for skincare, I came up with a papaya face mask recipe!    

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As you can imagine, a whole papaya made a great amount of face mask. Definitely way more than I could ever use before it spoils, unless if I want to cover my whole body in it each time!

I saw this great idea online that solved all my problems (all my problems… I wish!). Simply freeze the excess face mask in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, remove the cubes, throw them in a resealable bag, and continue freezing.

When you are ready to use a face mask, simply take one cube out, leave it to thaw, or briefly pop it in the microwave. I find that one cube is enough to last me for two applications. Store the remainder in the refrigerator.

I have used the ice cube method for freezing homemade dog food, and pureed spinach for smoothies, but I hadn’t thought about doing the same with my face mask. Don’t you just love it when you find great hacks!?

Quick tip that I believe I learned from one my great friends: line the ice cube tray with plastic wrap before filling it. This will make for an easy clean up.

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And there you have it. An orange papaya face! Isn’t it appealing!? 😉 It does have a good smell going for itself though, I promise! Plus, here and here you will find some of the health benefits that the ingredients in this face mask have to offer. 

To use the mask, apply generously directly to your skin, avoiding your eyes and mouth areas. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Yes, you are allowed to lie down, listen to some calming music, and my favorite, light a scented candle. Everyone needs some self care once in a while. 

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To make the papaya face mask, combine in a blender:

2 cups papaya

1/4 cup oats

3 tbsp. honey, preferably raw

1-2 tbsp. coconut oil

Gel of one Aloe Vera leaf

Here is a you-tube video that shows how to remove the gel from an Aloe Vera leaf in case you haven’t done it before:

Have any of you ever re-purposed food for skin or hair care diys? Please do comment below! Have a great weekend!