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Scented Bath Ball Fizzies

These bath “bombs” are simple to make and are perfect for gift-giving!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup citric acid
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
Powdered food color (any color)
1 teaspoon almond oil, sweet
Up to 1/4 teaspoon essential oil (one scent or a combination)

Spray bottle filled with water
Round ball molds

Dried herbs or dried flowers (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beginning with one mold, use sturdy scissors to cut mold in half lengthwise.  cut between each circle leaving about 1/4-inch border.  You now have 6 individual half balls.
  2. In a large non-plastic bowl use a metal whisk to thoroughly combine citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch.  Pass the citric acid through a sifter if there are many lumps. (Note:  if not mixed well, the bombs will be grainy.)
  3. Add food coloring – just a small amount is needed as powdered food coloring is very concentrated.
  4. Using a non-plastic measuring spoon, almond oil and add up to 1/4 teaspoon of essential oil (use all of one fragrance, or a combination).  Mix well.
  5. While stirring the mixture with one hand, hold the spray bottle in the other and lightly spray with water just until mixture can be packed together (to test:  squeeze a small amount of mixture in your hand, it should hold together in a clump without being too powdery.) DO NOT OVERSPRAY WITH WATER.
  6. As soon as the mixture can be packed together, press firmly into 2 of the half ball molds over-filling slightly.  Firmly press molds together, twisting from side to side to form a ball.  Continue with remaining molds.
  7. Allow bath ball fizzies to set for at least 60 minutes. Gently un-mold the bath balls.  If the two halves separate, gently press together again.
  8. Allow to air dry for at least 4 hours until balls are very dry and firm.
  9. Store in plastic bags secured with twist ties.
To use, drop one bath ball fizzie into a tubful of warm water.
Creative Ideas:
* Tie your bags of Bath Fizzies with ribbon and add a tag noting the scent, along with instructions for use.
* Perfect as party favors for wedding showers, baby showers and birthdays.

My Essential Oils 101

Essential oils are a potent, botanical oil more powerful than the plant itself.

In the past few years, the concept of using essential oils for literally everything has gained more and more momentum. This made me wonder – are they really that effective? do they really work wonders? In short, is all this hype really worth it?! Well, there was just one way to find out .. by trying it out myself!

I started by reading online articles and posts about them. While doing so, I came across some interesting facts, a few of them listed here: 

  • It is believed that the Egyptians invented the first distillation equipment, albeit rudimentary, and created oils infused with herbs for use in rituals, medicine, cosmetics, and perfumery.
  • A painful burn experienced by French chemist René-Maurice Gatttefossé gave birth to the word commonly used to describe the use of essential oils today – Aromatherapy. Gatttefossé is now remembered as one of the pioneers of Aromatherapy.
  • Aromatherapy was used in WWII for treating the soldiers!

( To know more interesting facts and history, click here! )

After reading about essential oils history, origin, uses for a couple of weeks, I was even more curious to try them out! So, I finally placed an order for 3 of my favorite fragrances last week:

Got my essential oils delivered! The first thing that I wanted to try was to see if it does really help in reducing stress and making you relax. And the timing could not be perfect – I just returned back to work aka in office for full 5 days a week, after almost 3 months of travel 😉 ( hell, yeah! Stay tuned for some travel posts) 🙂 

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Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace [image: Peloha Essentials]
Initial few days, I tried the traditional method of applying few drops on my wrist and sniffing it a couple of times. Later I discovered, this awesome essential oil diffuser necklace at Peloha and ordered one quickly!  It’s simple to use – place a few drops of your favorite oil on one of the diffuser pads. Open the locket, place the pad inside and enjoy the scent for several days!  I have been enjoying the benefits of essential oils on the go – they surely make me feel better and relaxed!  It also makes me eager to learn more about them – the right kind of blends, the various types of oils, etc. I’ll post some recipes, diy and more inspirational stuff using essentials oils as I explore them further 🙂

Note: All opinions in the post about the various products are my own.