Sieve the Sodium Bicarbonate and the Citric Acid into a bowl and mix thoroughly until you have a consistent texture.
Put the SCI Solid Surfactant in your coffee grinder along with enough of the other dry ingredients to cover the blades. Give it a whizz for a couple of minutes then stop, check the size of the SCI chips and grind some more if needed. Be sure to wear a suitable face mask & be careful when taking the lid off the coffee grinder as the powder may be very fine.
When the SCI chips are broken down and the dry ingredients are evenly mixed add this to the remaining dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly.
Add a little of the colour and blend through the mixture so that it is even, with no concentrated colour areas.
Add the essential oils into the mixture. Certain oils may cause the mixture to begin to fizz, so work quickly. Do not leave the mixture to stand or it may start to set hard.
Use a little Witch Hazel Water in a plant mister and spray VERY little onto the mix. This is just enough to hold it together and allows you to take a handful and compress it. It should hold the shape of your fist like wet sand would. DO NOT get it too wet.
Press it into moulds quickly and if making ball shapes press two moulds together to form the ball. For the spherical moulds, take one side off to allow the surface to dry slightly.
With tray moulds, turn out gently when the top surface has dried a little.
They are fragile at this point so handle very gently. Leave in a warm, dry place to harden up. Resist the temptation to handle them.
These bath bombs will create foam as well as fizz when dropped into the bath water.
Use cellophane bags to package when they are hard or put small ones into a decorated jar as a gift idea.
Wash the moulds thoroughly after use.