Having a medically fragile kid isn’t easy. As Addie gets older her peers can do more things than she can. She also isn’t as mobile as other kids whose moms can just grab them and go. We have so many things we have to take. So when we were invited to a Valentine’s Day party by Addie’s friend, Oliver, I was so excited. Sure we will have to take a ton of equipment with us and we have to make sure none of the other kids are sick, but we are thrilled about being included! I sat and thought for a while, browsed Pinterest, and then thought some more about Valentine’s gifts for toddlers. Either nothing seemed like “us” or our other friends were doing them. I wanted our Valentine’s Gifts to be unique so I kept on thinking…and then it dawned on me…VALENTINE BATH BOMBS!
I have a love of graphic design and essential oils and Addie uses Young Living Lavender essential oil DAILY. It was seriously perfect. Bath bombs are not only fun for adults but with bright colors they can be fun for kids too. Usually I create my bath bombs with natural colorants but I didn’t have a chance to head to the grocery store to grab some. So, I used food coloring. Feel free to use natural colorants though if you’d like for your Valentine bath bombs.
Here’s what you need:
2 cups of Baking Soda
2 tbsp. Epsom Salt
1 cup of Citric Acid
2/3 cups of melted Coconut Oil
10 drops of food coloring or the natural colorant of your choice
10 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
1 tbsp water
Put water into a small spray bottle and set it aside. Also, it’s important to get coconut oil that is unfractionated (the solid kind) that you melt down so it can help your bath bombs harden up as they dry. In a large bowl add the melted coconut oil, food coloring, and Lavender essential oil together. Add the baking soda and epsom salt to the mixture until well combined. Then, add your citric acid and use your hands to thoroughly combine everything. It’s important to do it in this way so the liquid doesn’t start making the citric acid bubble. That’s what gives the fizz in your Valentine’s bath bombs and you don’t want that to go away. Then, spritz your mixture with water until it becomes the consistency of moist sand. Add the bath bomb mixture to your silicone mold and press down. Allow bath bombs to set for 1-2 hours and then carefully take them out of the molds. Let your Valentine’s bath bombs to set and dry for at least 12 hours before putting them into your cellophane bags.
I chose Young Living Lavender Essential Oil for this project because lavender has some amazing properties that help calm and relax the body. The food coloring gives the toddler some fun for bath time, and the lavender soothes and gives a great way to wind down the day. Lavender essential oil is a HUGE part of Addie’s nightly routine and is also great for nourishing skin. Not only that, but even though Lavender essential oil is very potent, it’s extremely gentle and perfect for toddler skin. I couldn’t think of a better oil to pick for all of Addie’s little Valentine’s gifts for toddlers!
Once your Valentine’s bath bombs have dried, carefully place them in a Valentine’s cellophane gift bag and top with the Valentine’s Bath Bomb Gift Tag Printable. The printables are made for standard size cellophane gift bags that are 4 inches wide. Print them on cardstock, cut them out with a paper cutter, and fold them in half. I stapled mine onto the gift bags. I actually cut my gift bags down to a little larger than half of their original size for aesthetics, but you definitely don’t have to!
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