When my daughter came up with the idea of a Spa Sleepover birthday party, I was hoping I could find a few simple and fun spa treatments to create with and for her and her friends. We decided on a relaxing foot treatment (complete with homemade fizzing bath bombs and exfoliating foot scrub) and mani-pedis, along with making homemade lip gloss as both a party activity and take-home favor. Here are the recipes and “how-tos” for all our spa fabulousness!
Homemade Fizzing Bath Bombs
These are so much fun in both the bigger bathtub size and the mini version–we made bigger ones for the girls’ take-home treat bags, and the little ones to use during the pampering foot spa treatment. They fizz when dropped in water because the water allows the citric acid to react with the baking soda, releasing carbon dioxide into the water. This makes mixing them a little tricky, because if they’re too wet, they’ll start to react (causing the “muffin top” in the picture above), and if it’s too dry, they won’t form up in the molds (they’ll just stay powdery). Aim for the consistency of damp sand, like what you’d build a sandcastle with…it may take a little experimenting to get it exactly right.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 part Epsom Salts
- 1 part Corn Starch
- 1 part Citric Acid
- 2 parts Baking Soda
- a few drops of the essential oil of your choice (we used peppermint oil for an energizing scent)
- Other oil: olive oil, almond oil, or another “light” oil (vegetable oil can be substituted in a pinch): about 2 tsp. per 1/2 cup of baking soda
- Witch Hazel or water: the same amount as the oil, plus extra in a spray bottle
- Food coloring of your choice: a few drops
- Silicone molds or small candy molds of your choice
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix oil, water/witch hazel, essential oil, and food coloring in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The ingredients should be wet enough to pack, but not so wet that it starts to fizz. If it looks like it needs more moisture, add a few sprays of the spray bottle and mix again.
Pack the mixture into silicone molds (like these) or smaller plastic candy molds (like these). Spraying the molds lightly with cooking spray can help them come out a little easier. Be sure to pack the mixture firmly into the molds. Set aside to dry–this can take up to 24 hours, but I sped up the process by putting them on my dryer while it ran, and the little ones only took a few hours that way. If they’re too wet and start to react, they’re still usable–just break off the “muffin top” as in the photo above. Store in a ziploc bag or wrap in clear cello bags with curling ribbon for party favors!
*Warning…the weird color above (the heart-shaped ones) was the result of attempting purple using blue & red food coloring…it didn’t work well :) The colors didn’t mix well with the oil–best to just stick with a single color!
Sugar & Salt Foot Scrub
This easy foot scrub was used in the girls’ spa foot treatment, then they got some to take home in their treat bags. So simple to make, but it really feels good, and does a nice job of exfoliating and moisturizing.
- 1 part Epsom Salt
- 1 part Granulated Sugar
- 1 part olive oil, almond oil, or another “light” oil (vegetable oil can be substituted)
- a few drops of essential oil
Mix the ingredients together. Enlist a helper to rub the scrub on your feet and calves, exfoliating dry skin and moisturizing!
Pampering Foot Treatment
Each girl had a basin of warm water, to which we added a few mini fizzing bath bombs and soap rose petals (which I found at Dollar Tree–9 soap roses for $1! A soap rose went home in the girls’ treat bags with more mini bath bombs) The girls relaxed and chatted while they soaked their feet, then took turns using the foot scrub on one another. The plan was to finish the treatment with nail polish, but they ended up doing other things instead. All of them loved a “grown up” treatment, and were excited to take the supplies home to try it again (I told them to share with their moms!)
Homemade Kool-Aid Lip Gloss
The girls really had a good time making their own homemade lip gloss, and it couldn’t be easier! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Petroleum Jelly
- Pearl Dust edible sparkles (optional–found in the cake decorating aisle)
- Kool-Aid packets
- Small containers (I found ones like this in the bead section at Pat Catan’s, a pack of 24 for a few dollars)
Melt petroleum jelly in a glass measuring cup in the microwave until it’s liquified. Pour a small amount in a paper cup for each girl. Add a small shake of pearl dust, then about 1/3 – 1/2 packet of the Kool Aid of their choice. The flavors pictured above (Fruit Punch, Cherry, and Black Cherry) worked pretty well, but Pink Lemonade didn’t have much color to it. You can also do it without the color/flavor (we did just sparkles for one friend who has a Red #5 sensitivity). Pour the lip gloss into the container, then set it aside to cool. It’ll solidify withing about 3o minutes, and makes a great party favor/activity.