Makerly is a monthly craft subscription box and it’s been on my wishlist forever. Now that I’m not super super broke, I’ve set up a subscription. I did get a one off box for Christmas, and that’s sitting on my desk waiting for me to get round to it.
When the February box arrived (monster sticker covering my address was not included)…
…it was heavy and had a vague wafting scent which intrigued me.
When I opened the package there was an allergen notice, which doesn’t affect me specifically but I love that Makerly included it.
Under that was the welcome leaflet, and confetti. You gotta love confetti.
I’ve never made bath bombs. I don’t use them, and the craft just never appealed to me. But having a kit right in front of me, I was excited to try. And so the box did not get relegated to my to-do pile.
Makerly includes a full page, detailed, colour instruction page, with photographs for each step.
Inside the pretty pink tissue paper is a set of different ingredients, all clearly labelled – and some in very cool spotty bags.
As well as the things needed for the bath bombs there were a couple of shiny freebies.
Step one: combine all the white powders into a … well a bigger white powder.
Step two: pour out oils. This was a little tougher than you’d think because the bottles had those droplet lids, but it was still easily done.
Step three: add the dye. This was where I encountered my first issues. The lid of one of the bottles cracked and dyed my fingers, and then the dyes were water based and didn’t properly combine with the oils.
Step four: dye the powders. The instructions never actually told me to split the powder into two bowls, but I read between the lines.
Step five: don’t add too much. I did hear quite a lot of fizz, so I was a little concerned. But I managed to get to the clumpy consistency.
Step six: combine the two colours – which should be pink and blue, to make a purple. My pink was more of a purple, and my combination was a purpley blue. But I had three colours, which was fine.
Step seven: the smushing! Smush, layer and add confetti.
Step eight: rub the two hemispheres together until you can close the mould.
Step nine: pray to the crafting gods, and remove the mould.
Step ten: repeat for balls two and three.
Step eleven (not in actual instructions): run out of powder before you complete the 4th ball, scoop up what’s dribbled out during the rubbing of the hemispheres, barely manage to squeeze enough in, but successfully create a 4th bath bomb.
I put my little balls aside to set for 24 hours, and got on with clean up. Which was really easy, given that I’d done everything on the pretty pink tissue paper. There was a small puddle of powder from a little tear, and a tiny oily smudge. But clean up was super quick and super simple.
24 hours later… well, more like 48 because I forgot about them.
Um, yeah. They kinda collapsed. They’d sort of moulded into the plate. And together.
All except this half, which solidified itself to the plate. I could not pry it off.
So I ended up just putting the whole plate in the bath. The good news is that it was very fizzy, and it fully fizzed. There was no residue or anything. And it smelled awesome.
I don’t think I’ll be making any more bath bombs, but I’m really glad I had the chance to try them out. They’re really cute. The kit was just about perfect. In the spirit of SaltECrafter, here are my cons and pros.
Con 1 – the instructions didn’t tell me to get a second bowl. This is a really minor nitpicky issue though.
Con 2 – the bottle cap split, but it wasn’t an issue of Makerly, or even the production. Both bottles were sturdy and secure, I think it was just a fluke.
Con 3 – the dye didn’t properly mix with the oils, although the photographed image seemed to be fully mixed.
Con 4 – the pink powder ended up more of a purple.
Con 5 – the oil bottles were a little hard to pour out, but easy enough to squeeze.
Con 6 – there was only one glove included.
Con 7 – the balls collapsed, but I don’t know whether that was something I did or the kit.
Pro 1 – there was the perfect amount of ingredients. No measuring, no leftovers beyond a dribble of oil.
Pro 2 – the scents weren’t personally to my taste, but they were really nice.
Pro 3 – the theme was awesome. Who doesn’t love a good galaxy?
Pro 4 – the instructions were concise, clear and well photographed. In colour too.
Pro 5 – shiny freebies, that fit the theme.
Pro 6 – the allergen notice. As I said, it doesn’t affect me, but it will definitely affect some people out there.
Pro 7 – the packaging. It was all very compact and cute.
Pro 8 – the price. I don’t know how much a bath bomb kit costs, but the Makerly subscription box is £15 a month with free postage. It’s a good price, for a different craft every month.
Pro 9 – everything you needed was there. You just need to provide spoons and bowls. And a bath.
Overall I’m really happy with the kit, and the result. And I can’t recommend Makerly enough. You should definitely go check them out.