We love a good giggle and one movie we have loved for it’s giggle inducing powers is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Between coconut trots and quotable lines, it has been a favourite around here for years. Recently, we needed a good giggle and after watching the movie we were inspired to make a Monty Python inspired Elderberry bath bomb recipe. Why Elderberries? Why because, as the great line says, “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!“
Elderberry Bath Bomb Recipe
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I am often asked for bath bomb recipe ideas for men and teenage boys. In the past I have recommended our Black Bath Bomb, Dragon Fire Bath Bomb, Black Hole Bath Bomb, or one of our Harry Potter Bath Bombs if they are a fan. Our headache and muscle pain relief bath bombs of course are also appropriate, but making these suggestions lacked the level of fun I wanted to offer. I wanted something that made people smile and laugh when I made the suggestion.
I know my husband and boys are goofy, fun-loving people and they want stuff that is silly and makes them laugh.
So I finally have the solution! A Monty Python inspired Elderberry Bath Bomb Recipe, all because of the very famous line, “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” So let’s make the men smell of Elderberries with a good soak in the bath!
Of course this woman loves these bath bombs too! However I do highly recommend that a coconut trot be done on the way to the bathroom. Just to ensure a fully immersive experience.
Elderberry Bath Bomb Recipe & Supplies
2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup dead sea salts
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon polysorbate 80
1 teaspoon elderberry syrup
1/2 teaspoon Elderberry scented oil
Purple soap colorant or mica powder*
Stainless steel bath bomb molds
1 large mixing bowl
2 small mixing bowls
Microwave safe measuring cup or bowl
Disposable gloves (optional)
* It is up to you whether you want to use soap colorant or mica powder. Mica powder is easier to mix into a bath bomb recipe but it tends to be a little glittery, which may not appeal to you. The soap colorant is a liquid that is water based, so it will cause a bit of a reaction. Use is sparingly and you should be fine. The choice is yours!
Monty Python Inspired Bath Bomb Directions
In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients: baking soda, citric acid, dead sea salts and cornstarch. Mix them together. Use caution when pouring and mixing in the citric acid, it can be a bit irritating. I always make bath bombs in a well ventilated area.
In a microwave safe cup, measure and melt the coconut oil. Add the polysorbate 80 and scented oil. Mix well.
Pour the liquid mix into the dry mix bowl. Using your hands (this is where I usually slide on some disposable gloves), mix well. Really work everything together and make sure to break down any lumps. The mixture is perfect when it holds together when you press it into your hands and feels like wet sand.
Once mixed, divide it evenly into 2 bowls.
If you are using soap colorant, add 1-2 drops of the purple color to one bowl. Don’t add more than that at a time because it will make the mixture foam up.
Or if you are using Mica, add one tablespoon of purple mica powder. Mix well.
Now mix in the elderberry syrup ensuring it is well combined.
Packing the molds & Storage
Now it’s time to pack the molds. You will want to loosely layer the colours into the molds until the mix is heaping. Then repeat with the other half.
Once they are loosely heaped, carefully press them together and twist until the mold edges connect. Gently tap the ends until you feel the mold move a bit inside. Sometimes you need to tap the edge too. Then carefully open and pop out your bath bomb.
Let them set for 24 to 48 hours in a warm dry place to harden. Using a mini-muffin try really helps keep them safe while moving them about and letting them set.
Once dry store in an air tight container until you are ready to use.
The Science of Bath Bombs
All the ingredients in a bath bomb serve an important function. The coconut oil is what allows it to harden.
The baking soda and citric acid cause an acid base reaction when placed in warm water. This is what gives our bath bombs their fizz. And the warmer the water, the greater the fizz as we discovered in our Science Fair experiment.
Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier that makes the oils mix with the water. This is important because it makes the colours and oils blend with the water and go down the drain. This makes clean up much easier. Plus emulsifiers are a fascinating science! Just check out our unique Moon Dough recipe that takes advantage of the special powers of emulsifiers.
The cornstarch is a dry filler that acts as a buffer and slows the reaction so you get a nice prolonged fizz.
The dead sea salts aid in blood circulation and sooth the skin.
Finally we have our Elderberrry bath bomb colours and scents!
Everything has a role and job to do in making our bath bombs epic! Perfect for a tribute to one of our favourite movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Now go find some coconuts!