To do this tutorial you will need:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1.5 cups of citric acid. I bought a 5 lb bag of food grade citric acid on Amazon for under $10
- 8 tablespoons of corn starch
- 1/4 cup of sea salt. I'm using the Adovia Dead Sea Salt that I've reviewed here before
- 8 tablespoons of an oil of your choice. I used light olive oil because I forgot to buy nicer oil when I was out running errands.
- 20 drops each of lemon and peppermint essential oils. I'm using the InstaNatural Essential Oils I reviewed the other week.
- Witch hazel in case your mixture is to dry.
- A bowl to mix in, a measuring cup, and a tablespoon
- A mold of some sort. I'm using my handy silicone cupcake pan. Perfect for desserts and bath goodies
First you will need to measure out the two cups on baking soda into your mixing bowl.
Now add the cup and a half of citric acid on top of that.
Next goes in your eight tablespoons of corn starch.
Then the quarter cup of sea salt.
Give it a good stir just to make sure everything is clump free and mixed up before we start adding in the wet ingredients.
In goes the eight tablespoons of the oil you picked out, in my case the light olive oil.
Right on top of the oil you will add the twenty drops each of your lemon and peppermint essential oils. If you want a stronger scent you can obviously add more of one or both of them.
Now mix everything up until it is a nice and even mixture. I find it is easier to use my hands once the oil has been mixed it. You want to watch out for dry chunks or oil pockets.
Your finished mixture should retain it's shape if you squeeze some in your hand. If it is to dry and crumbly put some witch hazel in a spray bottle and give it a few sprays, remix, then test again. Keep doing this until it retains it's shape. If you mixture seems to damp that's OK, it just means it will take longer to dry.
Now you want to scoop the mixture into your molds. I just put one handful into each cupcake spot to start out with.
Using something hard, I used the metal tablespoon, start pressing the mixture into the cups. You want to press any air and space out of it, so expect them to compact down halfway into the cup. Just add in any leftover mixture and keep pressing until you have used all the mixture. This made a dozen pucks in my cupcake pan, each at least three quarters of the way filled. Let dry overnight, then just pop them out and store them in an airtight container until your next bath. These also make wonderful gifts, and can be made in large batched.