Pedicure bath bombs are a fun way to pamper your feet after a tough day. Just pop one of these fresh, citrusy bath bombs into your foot bath for an energizing, rejuvenating experience. Made with real matcha powder, these mini bath bombs with leaf designs are perfect for your self care routine. They also make fantastic favors or stocking stuffers!
Not only does matcha powder smell great, it also gives these bath bombs a beautiful green color. Although you can punch up the green hue with mica powder, I found that the matcha alone made a very pretty color.
Skill Level: Easy
Hands-On Time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 mini bath bombs
- Mini Leaf Mold
- 1oz Measuring Cup (or other small dish for mixing mica paint)
- Micro Scoop
- Face mask
- 3 ml Plastic Pipette
- Mixing bowl
- Nitrile gloves
- Measuring cups and measuring spoons
- Spray bottle
- Small paint brush for adding details
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- ¼ cup Citric Acid
- 1 T White Kaolin Clay
- 1 T matcha green tea powder
- 5 to 15 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil or Lemongrass Green Tea fragrance oil
- 1g jar of Red Gold Mica Powder (or other desired color for painting details)
- Optional: 1g jar of Green Yellow Mica Powder
- Optional: tea leaves from one bag of green tea
- Witch Hazel
- Rubbing Alcohol
We will start by mixing up the dry ingredients for our bath bomb recipe. Once combined, we’ll add the fragrance oil or essential oil, then bind the mixture together with a small amount of witch hazel. The mixture is pressed into out mini leaf soap mold (which works for all types of projects!) and is left to harden overnight. After unmolding, gold details are painted onto the leaves to give them a classy finishing touch that makes them very appealing as stocking stuffers, favors or even gifts for yourself!
Want a whole jar of pedicure bath bombs? Simply double or triple the recipe and buy extra molds to make the whole batch.
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Making the Bath Bombs
- Clean and dry your leaf mold so it’s ready to go.
- Pour some witch hazel into your spray bottle and set it aside for later.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Tip: Because some ingredients have fine particles, we recommend wearing a face mask while measuring and mixing.
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- ¼ cup Citric Acid
- 1T matcha green tea powder
- Optional: 2-3 micro scoops of Green Yellow mica powder (this will make your bath bombs brighter green if you’re not getting the desired color with your matcha powder alone)
- Optional: Add the dried tea leaves from one bag of green tea to give your bath bombs some extra texture. The leaves will float in the bath like confetti!
- Wearing gloves, thoroughly mix the dry ingredients with your hands to break up the clumps. You may also use a small handheld blender to get an even more uniform blend. Simply add the dry ingredients to the blender and mix for 10-30 seconds until fully combined.
- Using a pipette, add 5-15 drops of lemongrass essential oil or Lemongrass Green Tea fragrance oil to the dry ingredients. You may use a combination of fragrance oil and essential oil to achieve a scent you like.
- Begin spritzing the mixture with witch hazel from your spray bottle. After each spritz, mix and blend the powder to prevent any fizzing that may occur. It works well to spritz with one hand while stirring the bath bomb mixture with the other hand.
- When the mixture resembles damp sand, stop adding witch hazel. I found that I needed about 30 spritzes for this recipe, but keep in mind the amount may vary depending on your spray bottle and other factors. The photo above shows the ideal consistency. The mixture can be clumped up, yet breaks apart easily when crushed.
- Grab a small clump for each cavity of the mold and press it in firmly. Add more mixture until the cavities are full without bulging over.
- Let your bath bombs dry for at least two hours, preferably overnight. You can speed up the process by letting the mold sit in a dry location with airflow. Avoid letting your bath bombs cure in a humid room, as this can affect the final result.
- Once your bath bombs are completely hard, simply press on the back of the mold to pop them out.
Painting Details on Your Bath Bombs
- Wearing a mask, open your Red Gold mica powder.
- Pour about ¼ tsp of rubbing alcohol into a 1 oz measuring beaker (or other plastic container).
- Add 1-2 micro scoops of Red Gold mica powder to the rubbing alcohol.
- With a paint brush, stir the mica paint with the rubbing alcohol.
- Paint details onto the leaf portion of the bath bombs to make them shimmer and stand out. Let your creativity take over! I painted gold onto the edges of the leaves to highlight the shape, but there are endless ways to beautifully decorate your bath bombs.
- Let the mica paint dry completely.
Packaging and Using Your Bath Bombs
Because these bath bombs are small, I found that they look cute placed into a clear glass jar with a ribbon tied around it. You can also wrap them individually with plastic wrap or small shrink wrap bands. Bath bombs can sit out for a short time without being wrapped. However, they eventually may start to absorb moisture, which can change how fizzy they are when added to a bath.
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These bath bombs are ideal for pedicure foot baths due to their small size. Keep in mind that the ingredients may interfere with bubbling features/foot massage components if you’re using an electric foot bath. The instructions for most foot spa products recommend not using additives like bath salts, so be sure to read the instruction manual beforehand. For best results, we recommend using these bath bombs in a simple foot soaking basin, or in a regular bath tub.
Want to take a regular bath with these bath bombs? Just throw 2-3 bath fizzies in the tub for a luxurious experience!
Note: This recipe is not recommended for use in a jetted tub/foot bath. The ingredients can clog the jets and cause damage.
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