Guest Blogger Greta with Just Another Thought Online.

Hi, I’m Greta.  I write the blog Just Another Thought Online.  This is my first guest blog post, and my first how to crafty blog post! So you get a two for one here.  Normally I just write funny little stories about random things, but Ami (and her awesome blog) needed some guest bloggers and I thought it would be fun to branch out a little and write about a fun do it yourself project I discovered just a few weeks ago.

I enjoy my showers.  About a year ago I found this great little thing  called a shower bomb to make my showers even more enjoyable.  I just place the shower bomb in the soap dish or on the side of the tub and splash a little water on it and then my shower is filled with the refreshing scent of rose, lavender, eucalyptus, or any other pleasant scent I enjoy.

The only problem with these shower bombs was that the place where I purchased them charges about $4.00 each.  To say the least, I got sick of paying so much  for something I felt I could make myself.  I went online and searched for recipes to make shower bombs.   I found a great recipe on eHow which I have made some changes to (and hopefully improved) based on my own trial and error.

All you need is baking soda, powdered citric acid (which you can find in the baking section of grocery stores or on Amazon), liquid witch hazel, any essential oil you wish to use, a bowl, a whisk, spray bottle, and a mold (I have recently found that cup cake trays lined with aluminum foil work well). I would also advise wearing some disposable gloves because the ingredients may (understatement) dry out your skin and you might smell a little too much like your favorite scent (imagine that lady at church or your work who wears way way too much perfume).

First mix 2/3 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of powdered citric acid.  Make sure to whisk thoroughly!

Add essential oil.  The number of drops will depend on how strong you wish the scent to be.  I advise adding about 3-4 drops at a time, whisk the essential oil and powder mixture,  and then taking a sniff to see if the scent is what you want.  

Once you have the smell right it is time to add the witch hazel.  The best way to do this is to pour some witch hazel into a spray bottle and set the bottle to mist.   Mist the powder mixture 3 times and then mix with the whisk.  Mist an additional two times and whisk again.  Repeat this process until you have sprayed a total of 9 times.   

Note: If you don’t follow my directions here one of two things will happen. Either your shower bomb won’t hold together and will crack apart when it dries, or an unimaginable amount of expanding mixture will overtake your entire kitchen counter.  Believe me, the first time I made this I awoke the next morning to an entire counter full of encrusted shower bomb material. It was like the Blob but white, crusty, and nice smelling.

At this stage the mixture should be the consistency of damp (not wet) sand.  You should be able to mold the mixture with your hand into a small mound which holds together on its own.  It will look like this:

Next add the mixture to the mold you have chosen. Since I am greedy and will be using these myself, I chose a cupcake pan since it was readily available, but some people like to use candy molds for a more aesthetically pleasing final product (you can give these as festive gifts based on the season).  I like to line the mold with non-stick aluminum foil or plastic wrap so that the shower bombs are easier to pop out of their molds.   Pat the mixture down into the mold so that it is compacted together.

Let the shower bombs dry overnight, and then store in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

Final Note On Clean-Up: If you do accidentally add too much witch hazel, or if there is a dried on mess on your counter, all you have to do is pour some water on the area and the dried on shower bomb material will dissolve away. 

WOW!!! Thanks Greta! I can’t wait to try this AND I love the idea of turning them into gifts.  That is perfect.  You can wrap them up in pretty tissue paper too!  I have to say too, Greta is SO SWEET!  I woke up the other morning and found a cute little box on my patio.  OH, did I forget to mention that Greta and I are neighbors?!  So, I find a cute little box and inside was a eucalyptus and mint shower bomb she had made me.  SO sweet and it smells WONDERFUL!   I really hope y’all will stop by and show her some love.  The blogging community would be NOTHING if we didn’t support each other, right? 

Thanks Greta, for doing your FIRST DIY post for me and letting me be your first guest blogging host! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Greta with Just Another Thought Online.”

  1. Thank you, Greta! These are wonderful and I think I'm going to make a few as gifts. Thanks for sharing and I hope you come back for more guest hosting. Now, off to check you out!

  2. Love it, can't wait to try this! I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! There's a new one every Friday & be sure to check out my giveaway too! Stopping by from the Tip Me Tuesday

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