You may not know this but i absolutely love doing little crafty/DIY in my spare time -- unfortunately, I don't have much spare time so it's hobby that I've neglected a lot - I really must change that. I was contacted by a very lovely lady asking if I'd like to try something from the Kirstie Allsop Craft Range from Hobbycraft and as a big fan of bath bombs it only seemed fitting that i opted for the Lavendar Bath Bombes Kit*.
Inside the kit you get everything that you need; 4 moulds, a spray bottle, instructions and all the ingredients to make the lavender bombs which includes: Bicarbonate of Soda, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Lavender Oil and Dried Lavender Flowers. The kit says that you have enough to make 8 bath bombs in total (only 4 can be made at one time) but on my second attempt at the bath bombs i actually halved the remaining amount and managed to get 4 out of those so you can actually make more than the suggested amount.
My first attempt at making the bath bombs was an epic disaster - i followed the instructions perfectly and what should have been happening wasn't so i tried to improvise and ended up with a bubbling mixture that wouldn't not stop growing and this resulted in it being impossible to fit into the mould so it was an all round fail. I was seriously disappointed and was close to giving up hope, however, i hated the idea of the kit defeating me. So i went to the Internet and googled other bloggers reviews of this kit to see if anyone else had encountered the same issue i had and how i resolved it. Cue this lovely blog - she suggested adding 1tbsp of water into the mixture to help it along as the oil on it's own just wasn't enough.
On my second attempt (i actually split the remaining ingredients in half so i would be able to have a third attempt if needed) i decided to follow Fifi McGee's instructions and add the 1tbsp of water to the mixture, on top of that i added a further 1tsp to it and that seemed to work for me, the mixture reached the 'sandcastle' like consistency we needed for the moulds.
Once you've gotten your mixture, this is where you can get a little creative with the placement of the dried flowers (or whatever you choose to use) i copied the images off the box and left them clumped together so you'd see them on the top of the bath bomb. It does require a lot of time to set - 24 hours in the moulds and then it suggests a further 24 hours out of the moulds before using. I've not actually had the chance to try these out in the bath because they only finished setting a few hours ago but I'm thrilled to bits that they've turned out and I'm glad i halved the mixture because i have some left to make more.
The only negative thing i have to say about this kit is that instructions are quite vague and not all that helpful but making these are trial and error and once you've got it - the world is your oyster, so to speak! I'm excited to try create more bath bombs and try lots of different scents and designs - let me know if you'd like to see future posts on any of the bath bombs i might make. I also think these are going to make really lovely gift and stocking fillers for people too.
This Lavender Bath Bombes Kit retails for about £20 but is currently on offer for £15 - i had a lot of fun making these and i adore bath bombs so i know I'll make use out of them and now i know what i need to make them so it's well worth the price just for that. They're are also loads of other craft kits in the range too so if you're like me and enjoy doing crafty things in your spare time these are well worth checking out.
Have you ever made your own bath bombs?
*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.