Chocolate Peppermint Bath Bombs

ChocPepBombs

Bath Bombs are fun to make, delightful to use, and always impress when given as gifts.  Bath Bombs can be made very simply, from a scant selection of ingredients, but I find them to be a lot more enjoyable when they are packed with loads of skin loving goodies.  Skin softening Buttermilk makes a great additive for Bath Bombs.  Silky Cornstarch, and a touch of sweet Honey Powder can add even more layers of love to your recipe.  To hold all of this bathing booty together, you’ll need a blend of moisturizing Cocoa Butter and Fractionated Coconut Oil.  These all natural Bath Bombs are scented with Peppermint Essential Oil. When combined with the natural aroma of Cocoa Butter, Peppermint Essential Oil creates a delicious, minty chocolate aroma.

Ingredients
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
3/4 cup Cornstarch
1/4 cup Buttermilk Powder
1/4 cup Honey Powder
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
1 ounce Vegetable Glycerin
1 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil
3 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
3 tablespoons Oatstraw Powder or Parsley Powder
1 teaspoon Peppermint Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil*

Directions
Gently melt the Cocoa Butter in a double boiler.  When the Butter has melted completely, add the Fractionated Coconut Oil and Glycerin to the mixture, then set the liquids aside.  Add the Epsom Salt and Baking Soda to a large mixing bowl and stir well, breaking up any clumps.  Add the Peppermint Essential Oil and mix thoroughly.  Next, add the Cornstarch, Citric Acid, Buttermilk Powder, and Honey Powder and stir well.  Split the mixture evenly into two bowls.  Add Cocoa Powder to one bowl, and Parsley Powder to the other.  Stir the liquids that had been set aside well, then pour half of the mixture into the first bowl.  Use your hands to knead the liquids into the mixture.  Using a mini or large, scissor style meat baller, scoop and mold   individual bath bombs.  This step takes a little practice.  It can take several tries to get a feel for using the baller, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempts don’t go well.  The trick to making bath bombs with this tool is to scoop just the right amount of mixture, and apply just the right amount of pressure.  When you’ve finished with the first bowl, add the remaining liquids to the second bowl and knead to mix.  Use the baller again to make bath bombs from your second bowl of mixture.  After the bombs are shaped, you’ll need to allow them to dry and harden for about 24 hours.  Use a baking sheet, or another flat, non-porous surface to dry your bath bombs on.  Avoid using cardboard or un-waxed paper, as it can absorb moisture from the bombs and harm the final product.  Once the bombs have hardened completely they can be packaged in airtight bags or containers.

*Peppermint Essential Oil can be dangerous to babies and small children.  If children are likely to use these Bath Bombs leave them unscented or use Peppermint Fragrance Oil instead.

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