Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaaa
Too soon? I think not! Yes, yes I know Thanksgiving is next week and I promise I will give the turkey all its due respect but I would be lying if I did not admit to you that my Christmas tree is up in my house currently... And has been since November 1st. Actually, it looks like a Christmas Hallmark movie exploded and I.LOVE.IT. (Of very important note, the Hallmark Christmas movie countdown officially begun on October 31st and you may find a list of all the new movies HERE. Happy Christmasing)
Here’s the thing, I decorate for “fall” September 1st which is almost comical considering I live in Florida and September is arguably the HOTTEST and most humid month of all. It is almost cruel, while the rest of the states sip their PSL and pull out cozy sweaters and take all the Instagram photos with the changing leaves, we Floridians are sweating asking ourselves why we live in this heat box of a state.
I promise I have a point and I am getting there… September 1- November 1 = 8 weeks of fall decor and if I follow the unspoken rule of not decorating until after thanksgiving that gives my fall decor almost 12 weeks of prime time when poor Christmas gets jibed with only 4 weeks. This way they both get a solid 8 weeks, and now you all think I am crazy.
Which brings me to my real point, gifting. Now you either love or hate this part of Christmas but you can give your friends and loved ones nice, thoughtful and kind gifts all while not stressing out and going over the top.
Most of us can admit to falling prey to the beauty that is the bins and yummy smells of a Lush store in the mall or really any pretty bath bomb that seem to be everywhere these days. Sadly they aren’t all that “natural” and good for you and can sometimes have some crazy ingredients that you might now want to soak your entire body in… gross.
Therefore, I bring to you a DIY, non-toxic, and beautiful Lavender Bath Bombs. You really can use any scent you love; I just really love Lavender so that is what I went with. I then tied them up in individual cellophane bags with a cute ribbon and personalized tag. There you have the perfect gift! It is thoughtful, personalized and good for you and your wallet.
In your medium bowl mix your baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid and Epsom salts. Next add the coconut oil, lavender oil, and food coloring into a small bowl and whisk together.
Add your wet ingredients into the medium mixing bowl. Use your whisk, spoon or hands to evenly mix all ingredients together. Your mixture should easily climb together in your hands. If you feel it is too dry, add the tiniest bit of water (I mean tiny) and stir some more. Adding too much water to fast will cause the citric acid to react and begin fizzing. If you find you have added to much water do not panic, just let, your mix chill for a bit and dry out a tad before resuming.
Now here is the fun part! If you would like to go crazy add in your favorite flower petals, lavender petals, almond oil, oatmeal, etc. Get as creative as your heart desires!
Now pack all of your ingredients into the bottom of the bath mold and into the top. I like to over-stuff each half just a little bit before smooshing together. Press firmly and then let sit for a couple minutes before gently opening and take out your bath bomb. You can also use a silicone mold if you would like your bath bombs in fun shapes. Place on a paper towel and allow the bath bombs to dry for 24 hours. Lastly, draw up a nice warm bath, turn down the lights, turn on your Christmas music (if that is your thing) and enjoy!
(If you pull apart your molds and your bottom half and top separate in two pieces that is okay it just means your mixture is a little too wet and not dry enough. Pop those babies back together and give them a little more alone time.)
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