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Bath Snowballs

These fragrant spheres for the bath (we scented ours with peppermint oil) are made by packing Epsom salts into a plastic mold.

Introduction

The bath "snowballs" can be tinted any color. You'll need 3 to 4 days to make the bath balls because of the drying time between steps. Makes 2 large or 4 small balls.

To package the bath snowballs as a gift, use a glass kitchen canister to present the bath balls, which the recipient can then display on a vanity. Wrap the jar with ribbon, tying a bow at the top, and add a vellum gift tag threaded with cord in a matching color.

Get More Bath and Body Ideas and Learn About Essential Oils.

Materials

  • 2 cups Epsom salts
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • A few drops essential oil(s)
  • 1 drop food coloring, plus more if desired
  • Special equipment: plastic pipette, large or small round bath-ball molds, storage jars

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Stir together Epsom salts and water in a mixing bowl. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired shade is achieved; stir until color is even throughout.

  2. Step 2

    Spoon a generous amount of mixture (more than necessary) into 1/2 of a bath-ball mold. Pack firmly. Repeat, packing mixture into second half of mold. Press pieces together until they connect. Remove top half of mold very carefully. Let bath ball stand, mold side down, overnight (set ball on an overturned jar lid to keep it from tipping over).

  3. Step 3

    Remove mold carefully. Invert, and let ball dry completely, 2 to 3 days more. Transfer to jars.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2008

Reviews (70)

  • Camille Wildy Lmt 26 Mar, 2014

    where do you get the balls?

  • ngscents 7 Mar, 2013

    You can find citric acid, dead sea salt, and more than 800 varieties of fragrance oil at Natures Garden for low pricing and fast shipping.

  • ngscents 7 Mar, 2013

    You can find dead sea salt, citric acid, soap coloring, and almost 800 different fragrance oils at at very low pricing and fast shipping.

  • sporadic 12 Nov, 2012

    You can find the supplies to make bath bombs at http://RusticEscentuals.com

  • MAG 18 Aug, 2012

    If you are looking for the molds I was able to buy them on ebay.com

  • MAG 18 Aug, 2012

    If you are looking for the molds I was able to buy them on ebay.com

  • panthercitybride 8 Dec, 2011

    I used this recipe, but used silicone mini square trays. Used the recipe above, but baked on 170 for 1 hour. Let them cool and they popped right out.

    I've dyed them red and green, planning to package in repurposed condiment jars that I have painted the lids with glitter paint.

    Easy!

  • CRAFTYME71 7 Mar, 2011

    Can this recipe work by leaving it in the salt form? Can silicone ice trays be used and to put in the oven for faster drying time? Has anyone used the banpresto bath bomb maker?

  • mommyofpepper 22 Dec, 2010

    I blended all ingreidents until fine then I packed my icecream scoop to make half balls and ejected them out on parchment paper... lets see how they dry? They look very nice (maybe not as nice as the full snowball look but still nice) and it was very quick, made 2 batches in maybe a half hour or so(not including drying time, don't know how long that will take yet.

  • laurapeterson925 23 Dec, 2009

    How long does it take to dry? I have watched the pretty hue that I made has faded over the few days it has been drying- has this happened to anyone else?

  • ilsunbum6 6 Dec, 2009

    If it has water in it, it will need a preservative

  • mkbodet 23 Nov, 2009

    i got my molds scents and jar at hobby lobby

  • njanko 11 Nov, 2009

    Where can I get the storage jars used here and in the other homemade crafts?

  • PhyllisJ 31 Jan, 2009

    for mold you might try buying plastic christmas ornament that comes in halves pack the halves full and then put togeather to dry

  • grracie 30 Dec, 2008

    sorry i meant scent

  • grracie 29 Dec, 2008

    how long does the sent last? I'm just asking because I would like to give these as gifts, and I would like to take my time to make if possible. Thx!

  • cheche1206 23 Dec, 2008

    I purchased Epsom Salt at my local Walmart store. I could not find molds, so I just laid the bath salt mixture out on newspaper topped with wax paper. So far so good. It turned out way better than the Bath fizzies I also made. I also purchased essential oils from a Company in Washington state called Bramble Berry. www.brambleberry.com. very nice. I was very pleased with the oils I had purchased.

  • jewellstwo 21 Dec, 2008

    I bought epsom salts from two different stores. The first batch I made looked just like the picture, but the other batch looked like ice crystals. I used my magic bullet to grind the salt finer and they look much more like snow. I also have not had any trouble getting mine out of the molds, but a few of mine did break and I just reformed them and allowed to dry longer. Hope this will help someone if they run into the same problem.

  • CraftyClaire 19 Dec, 2008

    Thank you, pigtailgoddess! I was despairing after none of the snowballs I made all week turned out. I scrapped them all and started over using less water and greasing the mold and they've all turned out. It'll be Christmas after all! Thank you for your invaluabel pointers. (Just a note: I greased my molds with vegetable oil, but almold oil would have been a nice scent; now that I think of it, using more of the lavender essential oil would have been a good idea too. Oh well, next time.)

  • karina6947 17 Dec, 2008

    I used round large ravioli molds instead of balls, and put them in the oven at about 140 for an hour. They were ready package in a couple of hours. I also replaced the plain water for a strong green tea. It did not change the color or scent of the ones I made with essential oils and food coloring. However when I made a batch using just the green Tea and about 2 Tbs of Honey, they turned out a lovely light yellow color with a sweet honey-tea scent.

  • Jlaf 15 Dec, 2008

    I made mine yesterday and had some problems with the ones that I used more food color as they weren't as dry. I will make more using the tip fro pigtailgoddess- using less water and a hair dyer. Thanks for the tip;.;

  • pigtailgoddess 14 Dec, 2008

    THESE DO WORK! My first attempt fell apart, but with a little tweaking, I ended up with a result that looks just like the picture. I reduced the water from 2 tbsp to 1 and they were still moist enough to mold. I also greased the insides of the mold with a little almond oil before filling. When it was time to remove the molds, I inverted the balls, used a hairdryer on the plastic mold to make them expand a little and the mold slid right off.

  • sarahgee 13 Dec, 2008

    These just didnt work at all when I made them - they didnt dry and fell apart. I am so disappointed having purchased all this stuff to make them. And I was so excited to give them out as gifts. BUMMER.

  • BettySvoronos 9 Dec, 2008

    I found them at Hobby Lobby. Item number: 207621 for 99 cents each. They are clear plastic balls, 2 1/4 inch in diameter. Look like you place your favorite thing iin them for the Christmas tree.

  • BettySvoronos 9 Dec, 2008

    I found them at Hobby Lobby. Item number: 207621 for 99 cents each. They are clear plastic balls, 2 1/4 inch in diameter. Look like you place your favorite thing iin them for the Christmas tree.

  • BettySvoronos 9 Dec, 2008

    I found them at Hobby Lobby. Item number: 207621 for 99 cents each. They are clear plastic balls, 2 1/4 inch in diameter. Look like you place your favorite thing iin them for the Christmas tree.

  • BettySvoronos 9 Dec, 2008

    I found them at Hobby Lobby. Item number: 207621 for 99 cents each. They are clear plastic balls, 2 1/4 inch in diameter. Look like you place your favorite thing iin them for the Christmas tree.

  • janeDG 9 Dec, 2008

    Where do I get a bath ball mold?

  • Joy54 8 Dec, 2008

    Oh, I was afraid they wouldn't stick together if they didn't get wet enough. We'll try again! Thank you.

  • Joy54 8 Dec, 2008

    Oh, I was afraid they wouldn't stick together if they didn't get wet enough. We'll try again! Thank you.

  • lbuser 8 Dec, 2008

    Joy54 - Try making your fizzies without the water, or with very little water. You may get enough liquid from the fragrance and the coloring. Include instructions when you give these, it only takes about a half cup to soften a tub of water. The only time you need a cup to a gallon of water is for soaking sprains and the like.

  • Joy54 8 Dec, 2008

    We tried the bath fizzies but I think we added too much water. They fizzed up in the molds and they never got dry. Has anyone had success with those?

  • Mandy31 8 Dec, 2008

    I found molds at Michael's. It was just past the candle and soap making supplies, some what hidden. They are $.99 each with a few sizes. I only bought 1 before I read the full instructions. Does anyone know how many molds you need to buy?

  • carlad 8 Dec, 2008

    where do you get the mold?

  • theknives 8 Dec, 2008

    Also try various sizes of tea eggs. They unscrew gently, and can be washed after.

  • wildcatmom2u 8 Dec, 2008

    You can get Epsom Salts anywhere, pharmacy or Walmart. They would be in the parmacy isles. Just ask someone, they can show you.

  • welch2008 8 Dec, 2008

    Where can I get Epsom salts? Walmart? Pharmacy?

  • deezblock 7 Dec, 2008

    I shop at Costco and their apples are packaged in plastic that could possible serve this purpose

  • chickypea 7 Dec, 2008

    I went to a craft store and they had the plastic ornaments that you can stuff with candy or what not. I used these for the molds. They are very inexpensive to purchase.

  • lagunasharona 7 Dec, 2008

    How bout using a meatball maker? Perfect size and would look so cute in assorted pastel shades!

  • Ziora 7 Dec, 2008

    Where would I buy bath-ball mold? Craft store - website ?

  • Gamie 6 Dec, 2008

    You can also use the plastic containers that kids get out of gumball machines with little toys in them. I've been collecting these for years and making things with them.

  • KarlamCampbell 6 Dec, 2008

    how about using a icecream or melon scooper? Wouldn't that be easier?

  • beachmom092 6 Dec, 2008

    you could also probably use the palstic easter eggs as the molds

  • mocharose 6 Dec, 2008

    any one know if dried milk can be added for a milk bath ball?

  • mocharose 6 Dec, 2008

    any one know if you can add dried milk for a milk bath ball?

  • Fancylooks 6 Dec, 2008

    For the molds I suppose you can use those balls they sell in machines with a toy inside for kids. The balls are the boxes that contain the toy, so they have tho halves that can be put apart and together with no problem, I imagine those are good molds.

  • netzi85 6 Dec, 2008

    This is a great idea for balls

  • sbartels 6 Dec, 2008

    this is a very "pretty" idea, but for Epsom salts to work as an external soak, you need 2 cups per gallon.....so this will make the water smell good, but not much more.
    FYI.

  • NymphsNecessities 6 Dec, 2008

    For those looking for a "bath ball mold" the ones in the picture are not a special mold they are two part christmas ornaments usualy sold in Michaels you can take them apart and fill them with goodies then hang them on a tree. I used them for my project, but found a package of 6 ornaments for $3.00 at a store here in florida called Big Lots, they are cheaper than buying them seperately and allow you to make the balls in multiples if you buy several packages of ornaments.

  • NymphsNecessities 6 Dec, 2008

    I tried this project and found that the peppermint fragrance totaly faded after a few days. I used 100% peppermint essential oil (several drops as in the instructions) . I also made two other batches using skin safe fragrance oil used for soap and other beauty products. These have held the scent. I had to "rebatch" the ones made with essential oil by grinding them in a food processor( I could smell the scent while they were grinding) and adding yet more essential oil. only time will tell if they hold the

  • Sidnie 6 Dec, 2008

    stoney17, what is your exact mixture for your bath salts? I would love to give this as gifts for my Chistmas party and have some really awesome bottles to put them in.

  • stoney17 6 Dec, 2008

    If you don't want to use a mold, omit the water because the mixture will get hard (okay for a mold but not for a jar of salts (you can break it up with a spoon). I make bath salts by mixing Epsom salts, essential oil, food coloring (big range of colors if you use the paste for cake decorating) and glycerin (available in drug stores). Package in a cello bag and tie on a pretty ribbon. This is a wonderful mix to soak tired feet. There is no problem with the food coloring because you use such a small amount and it is diluted even more in water..

  • azeljo 6 Dec, 2008

    Anyone know where to get those big bath ball molds? i love this idea.

  • neveraneatnik 6 Dec, 2008

    Suniandcooking, I can't imagine there would be enough coloring to be a problem. By the time it dissolves, it will be so diluted. Just don't overdo it! I'd stay away from red and yellow, too.

  • Suniandcooking 6 Dec, 2008

    Will the food coloring stain you in the bath?

  • Suniandcooking 6 Dec, 2008

    Will the food coloring stain the body when you use it?

  • KellySpears 5 Dec, 2008

    If you want to make bath sales, clikc on the Get More Bath and Body Ideas

  • Lynsey1 4 Dec, 2008

    ksilecki - I don't see why you wouldn't beable to leave them "as is". All they are is the salts with color and fragrance. You could add a cute little spoon in your container!

  • ksilecki 4 Dec, 2008

    I understand that I can do that, but I was curious as to whether I could just leave the salts loose in a jar so that they can be spooned out instead of having them molded into a shape. Thanks though. :)

  • cooper45 4 Dec, 2008

    You could probably use the plastic Christmas ball ornaments they come apart for painting etc. You can find them in any craft store in with their Christmas crafts.
    Bearblossoms

  • ksilecki 4 Dec, 2008

    Does anyone know, for the Bath Snowballs craft, can you just leave the salts "as is" instead of molding them into something, and that way use them as a "spoonable" bath salts gift?

  • ksilecki 4 Dec, 2008

    Does anyone know, for the Bath Snowballs craft, can you just leave the salts "as is" instead of molding them into something, and that way use them as a "spoonable" bath salts gift?

  • njcreates 2 Dec, 2008

    I found the molds at Michaels but had to ask -- look in the soap making supply section, possibly tucked away on a bottom shelf out of sight. Found citric acid at a wine

  • cbmidwife 1 Dec, 2008

    I found everything for this article at coastalscents.com They have bath bomb molds, fragrances, citric acid, etc. Great site! It's based out of Florida.

  • iroj 23 Nov, 2008

    I found everything I needed for this feature at canwax.com

  • iroj 23 Nov, 2008

    I found all of the ingredients for this feature, including the citric acid for the fizzies, online at canwax.com. They are Canadian, but ship to the US.

  • frankiesgirl 22 Nov, 2008

    Just found these molds at soapandmore.com I had to call the 800 phone number and verbally place the order..there's a glitch in the site for delivery info.

  • frankiesgirl 22 Nov, 2008

    HELP PLEASE....want to make for Christmas, and Michael's does not carry these.
    Couldn't find at the site Darice.com....nor any of the craft store sites.....

  • parkmeadows 21 Nov, 2008

    Has anyone found these molds at Michael's? My local Michael's does not carry them nor are they available online. Any other retailers that may carry them?