I have a love for Lush products. I don’t even take baths very often but I still manage to convince myself that I need the colorful and lovely smelling bath bombs they sell. While it is nice to splurge on yourself once in a while, Lush can be a pricey addiction if you aren’t careful. I have so many bath bombs from lush just sitting around because I don’t want to “waste” them. I decided to try my hand at making my own so I could expand my collection and obsession.
These bath bombs were fairly easy to make and with just the basic ingredients they are fairly inexpensive. They do require some trial and error when it comes to color and scents and creating the perfect consistency but they are still usable even if they don’t come out perfect.
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cream of tartar
a couple tbs of coconut oil (or you could use water, vitamin e oil, ect.)
essential oils (I used a lavender scented one from Michael’s)*
cookie cutters, baking molds, silicone baking cups
opt- add ins (glitter, sprinkles, food coloring)
* you could also use coffee grounds or unsweetened coco powder for a scent
First I mixed the baking soda and cream of tartar together and split the mix in half so I could test out different colors and scents.
My first batch I decided to go ahead and try the lavender scented essential oil I bought. I put the cocoa powder and espresso powder away to use later in my second batch. CAUTION- make sure you start out with a few drops of the essential oil because this stuff is pretty potent and can easily overpower your bath bomb if you aren’t careful. I only added the recommended 5 drops since I was scared to make a really smelly bath bomb. This ratio varies depending on what oil you are using and various brands. Just go with what your nose tells you and make sure to start out with a little since it is easier to put more than it is to take it out.
I then wanted to make my bath bomb a lavender color since it’s my favorite color and its the perfect color for the lavender scent. I mixed 2 drops of blue with 2 drops of red and started from there. It wasn’t dark enough for me so I added a few more drops until it was good enough for me. The color developed over time as I added more things so I’m glad I didn’t go overboard with the food coloring.
I bought some awesome glitter from the soap making isle in Michael’s since I wanted “mermaid bath water”. I added about a tsp of the glitter and some assorted sprinkles from the baking isle. I love hearts so I was fortunate to find a lot of heart themed things at the store this month, I mixed both ingredients into the mixture to ensure that they were evenly distributed.
This is where it gets tricky. I decided to use coconut oil instead of water to moisten my mixture since I wanted to add some skin softening ingredients to make the bath more luxurious. I melted about a half a cup of coconut oil in the microwave and slowly added it tsp by tsp until the mixture was moist enough to form into a ball and not completely break apart. (if you have ever made pie crust the same rule applies…if not then ignore what I said about pie crust haha). This is where the trial and error comes into play. It took me several attempts to make a mixture that wouldn’t crumble but I finally got it (or I gave up) to where I was satisfied.
Before filling up my silicone baking cups I sprinkled a few extra sprinkles on the bottom to ensure some sprinkles would show. I then firmly pressed the mixture into the mold. Make sure to pack it in tightly to ensure a good form. You can put the mixture into any container you want to but I found the silicone baking cup easy because it is so flexible.
The you just let them air dry for about 30 minutes or so. This allows them to set up and dry out. After they are dry just keep them in an air tight container and keep them away from moisture…unless you are using them in your bath.
I also made a chocolate espresso bath bomb that didn’t come out as well. I just added about a tsp of instant espresso powder, 1 tbs of unsweetened coco powder, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and a random ratio of coconut oil. This one was little bit more crumbly than I would have liked. It smelled really good and looked like a crumbly heart shaped cookie so I decided to take a picture of it to inspire you to create your own scent or look.
Be careful if you use oil in your bath bombs as it might make your bathtub really slippery so just be careful when standing up or moving around :).
Thanks for reading! I hope you try these at home and come up with something truly unique.