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Are you looking for an easy, fun, holiday themed diy to do today? How about some gingerbread bath bombs… that even look like little gingerbread men?!
If you are in love with all things gingerbread then this diy is right up your alley!
It really should come as no surprise that gingerbread is one of my favorite holiday scents.
I’ve made gingerbread sugar scrubs, gingerbread smoothies, gingerbread playdough, even gingerbread pudding! It was only a matter of time before I turned to bath bombs!
Bath bombs are quite popular these days. They are a fun way of adding some great nourishing ingredients to your bath.
The basic bath bomb ingredients have amazing benefits for your body just on their own.
What Ingredients are in these Gingerbread Bath Bombs?
Baking soda a not only is a great cleaner it is also quite the skin soother (I know that seems like an oxymoron, I mean baking soda is an amazing souring powder and yet it’s soothing on the skin? Yep!)
Epsom salts have been used for ages for their relaxing properties. It can help relieve sore muscles, pain, and cramps. It can also help your body detox and it’s a nice like magnesium boost too!
I actually thought citric acid served no purpose other than to create that fun fizzing that bath bombs are known for however, it turns out that citric acid can help removed dead skin cells.
It’s also been said to help acne but odds are it won’t help you much in that area since it’s being used in a bath.On top of the basic ingredients, the ingredients that give these bath bombs their gingerbread scent are beneficial too!
Cinnamon – Stimulates blood flow.
Ginger – Increases blood flow and added to the detox benefits.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is moisturizing and hydrating; perfect for baths!
Molasses – Brightens skin and lightly exfoliating. Plus it gives a bit of natural color.
Now I won’t lie, the amount that ends up in your bath will probably not be enough to give you much of those amazing benefits that I just listed above.
Usually you need larger amounts to really see a difference, but nonetheless it’s still nice to know that there are some good reasons for adding all these ingredients.
These gingerbread bath bombs also make great gifts, especially if you pair them up with my gingerbread cookie sugar scrub! Of course, I won’t blame you if you make them all for yourself either.
Gingerbread Bath Bombs
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbs melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp molasses
spritz of water if needed
Whisk all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add the melted coconut oil and molasses to the dry ingredients and mix well.
You want to be able to mold your mixture in your hand but it still needs to be more dry than wet… too wet and you will loose all your fizz before your bath even starts!
If you still need a bit more moisture, spray water onto the mixture little by little until the proper consistency is reached.
Pack mixture into your gingerbread men mold (or any mold will do but gingerbread men is where it’s at!)
Let them dry for 24 hours before removing them from the mold.
Store in a dry place until ready to use. (I recommend using 1-2 in your bath)
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I love this! With your recipe, how many gingerbread men did this make?
I got about 6-8 mini gingerbread men. 🙂
Thanks that was my question too! These are so cute, can’t wait to try!
That was my question too! Wanted to have the right number of molds on hand! Thanks looks like fun!
These are absolutely adorable. Thank you so much for sharing these. I am attempting to handmake most of the gifts I give this year. I think these will be a perfect addition to the women’s gift baskets I’m making.
Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I can’t wait to try them.
These are so cute! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!
Do you think I could substitute brown sugar or maple syrup for the molasses? Just curious 🙂 I am making these this week – so adorable!
I’m not sure that maple syrup would work (it probably wouldn’t give much brown coloring anyway) I’m not sure what sugar in a bath bomb would do…. That said, if it’s simply that you don’t have molasses, you can just leave the molasses out. It’s mainly for coloring. The bath bombs would be more of a light tan without the molasses.
Hi! I super recommend never putting sugar in a bath. Sugar mixed with the vaginas natural flora could cause a terrible yeast infection.
I followed the recipe and didn’t even add the water but mine are really fizzy and growing / expanding right out of the mold! What do you recommend I try?
Yes, that’s due to the molasses. I just push them back down into the mold (usually I can do that just once – about 15 mins after initially molding them)
Ok, so I’m embarrassed to post this but I think it may help other non-creative/crafty types like myself…and I want to clear up my comment that may deter people…so
I actually had a problem because I bought coconut cream (like moisturizer) DUH. After I got the right stuff (I got crisco coconut oil) they came out fantastic!
Brittany, I especially love the way you explain the benefit of each ingredient 🙂
Thanks for this idea!
I made these and they are not coming out of the mold with out cracking and arms or legs follow apart. HELP!
Did you pack them in really tight? The molasses has a way of making the bath bombs expand a bit and if you don’t press them back down then they might end up to fragile (too much air bubbles). I usually pack them in, let them sit 10-15 mins and then press them back down again.
How long will these last if stored in airtight container?
Bath bombs last about 6 months before they start loosing their fizzy abilities.
Thanks for this post Brittany. This seems like the perfect addition to the spa basket for my daughter. Her favourite cookie is gingerbread. I used organic Ceylon cinnamon and it seemed to lack fragrance. Any suggestions? Thanks Chris
The cinnamon that you used should be fine… technically it’s the ginger that gives it the gingerbread smell. You can definitely add more spice to the mixture if you want though!
It looks beautiful.
I used spices from our spice cabinet, but the second time, I added some ground fresh ginger (I store it in the freezer and used a microplane grater) and a few drops of cinnamon bark essential oil I had in my stash. Whoa. Talk about bumping up the fragrance! (The fresh ginger has some water, of course, so it made things bubble a tiny bit but not much at all.)
And I needed a triple batch to fill the silicone gingerbread form (and the pretty jar I had already purchased — ha!)
I was wondering about using ginger and cinnamon essential oils. How many drops did you use?
If you aren’t using any of the spices then I’d try doing 5 drops ginger and 4 drops cinnamon (just be careful with cinnamon as it can burn skin undiluted… I’d go light on the cinnamon essential oil… or do real cinnamon powder and just do ginger essential oil. You’ll probably be fine with a few drops of cinnamon oil but you just never know how sensitive to it someone will be)
Wow, this diy is right up my alley! These gingerbread bath bombs are so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing such a fab idea with us! Can’t wait to give it a try.
Instead of waiting the 24hours can you speed up that process by putting them in the fridge