1.31.2014

Valentine's Day DIY: Macaron Bath Bombs


I can't believe February is almost here--January, which is usually the longest month to me, just flew by. That means Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Not into chocolates or flowers? I've got just the right kind of sweet treat: DIY Macaron Bath Bombs! These are so cute and make a perfect gift or as a treat for yourself. They're really easy to make too! Enjoy.


Need:
1c baking soda
1/2c citric acid (available online and in stores like Whole Foods)
1/2c cornstarch
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons witch hazel or water
5 drops almond essential oil
10+ drops of soap colorant (try craft stores)
Molds for macarons


Do:
  • Mix the dry ingredients.
  • Mix the oils and soap colorant and add to dry ingredients. 
  • Stir until the mix turns desired color.
  • Add a few drops at a time of witch hazel to the mix and rapidly stir until it has a mushy consistency.
  • Work quickly, because if you add too much witch hazel at a time, your mix will bubble and fizz.
  • Press into molds and allow to dry for a few hours. I usually do this over night.
  • Pop "macarons" out of mold. Get them to stick together by adding some more of the bath bomb mix (add the witch hazel to make it into a paste). For these photos, I made a meringue, to give it more of the macaron effect.


FYI:
  • I used sweet almond oil and almond essential oils to mimic the almond powder in macarons, but feel free to use your favorite oils and essential oils for scent. 
  • I prefer to use soap colorants since these won't stain hands or bathtubs like food coloring will.
  • Baking macaron molds won't work for this--those are generally flat. I used some tiny half circle molds I've had for ages--these made about a dozen with plenty left over to make a large bath bomb. Try ebay or amazon for molds. 
  • I also use clear Christmas ornaments for bath bombs. Just be sure the molds are flexible, or you will need to pop them out of the molds after setting up for 30 minutes.
  • Water can be used in place of witch hazel--it just makes it fizzier and I have to work faster. Witch hazel works better for me.
  • Please be aware of any allergies or skin reactions before using or gifting.

Try:

47 comments:

  1. I love these! Great DIY! Such a perfect gift for a friend on Vday!

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  2. You also have a the best DIY, Have a great weekend

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  3. What a cute idea for Valentine's Day (or any day!).

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  4. what a great idea...my kids would totally love these!

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  5. I love bath bombs so I will have to try making these for sure!! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. My best friend is obsessed with macaroons so I know she'll adore these bath bombs! Can't wait to make them for her!

    Big Apple, Little Bites

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  7. These are amazing, I love bath bombs...well done doll. I will have to give this a try :) Have a gorgeous weekend xx

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  8. Fab DIY, darling!
    Happy weekend :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  9. YES! I love love macarons and these would be perfect for my girlfriends.

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  10. How amazing is this DIY? I always see those bath bombs at lush and never get them but I could totally see myself making these! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Such a fun idea! Now if only I would have a bath tub!!!! LOL! Kisses! Sissi http://www.beauty4free2u.com

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  12. I love this, I want to make my own. It will make taking a bath a little more fun!

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  13. Oh my goodness, so adorable! I really want to give these a try! Thnx for sharing this adorable tutorial.

    x, Mary

    LaylonBeauty.blogspot.com

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  14. I had no idea there was such thing as a macaroon mold..

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  15. how cute are these?! what a fabulous idea!!

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  16. We used to make these at camp ( i know, now that I say that it is kinda random) I always LOVE how all of a sudden they just come together magically!

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  17. Cute! I tried a similar bath bomb from LUSH once.

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  18. Macarons are my FAVORITE, and I'm sure that the macaron bath bombs are going to be a new favorite. Thanks for sharing, love!

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  19. Oh what cute idea! These would be good to send to girlfriends!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  20. I love these and how fun that you can DIY them! Totally pinning this for reference!

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  21. These are amazing, me and my mom make homeade soaps that smell absolutely yummy but these are a must try! I just updated my blog with some pics of a Safari I went, please check it out, it will totally make my day. Also,Could you please consider following each other on GFC or bloglovin? Thank you :) www.shineonbyandrea.blogspot.com

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  22. such a great diy i so want to try this!

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  23. What a fun idea!!!!! I like how they aren't huge either... you could put more together and make a little gift baggy of them. :)

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  24. So cute and fun! I love this idea for a gift! Pinning!

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  25. I didn't realise how uncomplicated these are to make, great idea!! Thanks for your kind words...Wishing you a warm and wonderful weekend!

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  26. Omg I want to try this! Thanks for posting this!

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  27. How very French! I love it!!! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  28. You are a genius dear and I have to try these some time!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  29. These are adorable, I would love to try them out!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  30. Oh, this is too cute!
    Wish you a great weekend dear!

    FASHIONHYPNOTISED

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  31. super cute idea, elle! thanks for sharing.

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  32. So nice and beautiful blog ! Love the outfit ! Do u wanna follow each other? If yes follow me and let me know, I will do the same as soon as possible :*

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  33. I've tried the Lush ones, but this looks better! So cute.

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  34. It's amazing how u do these DIYs! And these bath bombs makes me want to slip into a nice hot bath that's for sure!
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  35. Ooooh what a fun, cute diy! I definitely wanna give this a try!!!

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  36. such a lovely idea! I would love to try it <3

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  37. Such a great DIY project. Looks like fun to make.
    Beautetude

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  38. those are really cute! love bath bombs and now i know how to make them.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  39. I think you just solved my dilemma of what to get my co-workers for Valentine's Day! These are adorable, and I'm sure everyone would love them. :)

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  40. I have a sister-in-law who loves bath bombs. I should try making one of these for her!

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  41. i seriously need to try making these, what a fun gift it would make! now, to find all the ingredients..

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