Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to make your own bath beads

I saw this recipe on how to make your own bath beads hobbies page of essortment website and I was intriqued what it was all all about. When I saw the title, the first think that came into my mind are those oils that are encased in a flexible material. After looking at the recipe, these bath beads are closer to a bath fizzy. This is a cost-effective and easy solution is to make your own bath beads. recipe.

To make scented bath beads you will first need to gather a few ingredients: 1/2 cup powdered milk, 2 tablespoon, powdered sugar, 2 tablespoon borax powder, 1/4 cup rose water or orange water, Essential oil (or if you prefer, a fragrance oil), and Food coloring (optional). I would probably choose to use cosmetically safe soap dye instead of food coloring. In the article, the author gives some good tips about essential oils.

All you have to do to make your own bath beads is to follow these simple directions:

1. Gather a large bowl and wooden spoon.
2. Combine the powdered milk, powdered sugar and borax powder. Stir until the mixture is evenly blended.
3. Add in most of the rose or orange water (about ¾) and your selected essential oil (approx. 10 drops depending on the oil and your preference) or fragrance oil.
4. Optional: Add your desired amount of food coloring. Remember that this color will tint your bath water.
5. Continue stirring the mixture and add the rest of the water as needed until you have a thick mixture that resembles clay or play dough.
6. By hand roll the finished dough into small balls approx. a teaspoon in size. Place these balls on a sheet of wax paper or tin foil on a flat surface. Allow the beads to dry for 24 hours.
7. Wash your hands thoroughly.
8. Author suggests placing them in a decorative bowl to brighten up your bathroom or package them in a decorative container and wrapping to use for gifts.

The author makes the recommendation of trying an alternative recipe if you want to make bath beads with your kids. Instead of using essential oils, trying using a fragrance oil.

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