DIY Lush inspired bath bombs

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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.

Ingredients

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Valentine’s Day Protein Truffles

Now that it is officially February, it is now appropriate to bombard people with all things Valentine’s day related!! Just kidding but I won’t lie this is a pretty cute holiday whether you are taken or single. I’ve recently incorporated protein powder into my diet (being mostly vegetarian this is super important) and one gets tired of drinking protein drinks all the time so I decided to find ways to use the powder in creative ways. I found out the awesomeness that are protein balls/bites and I realized this would be a great Valentine’s day snack or gift when there is nothing but sugary treats being displayed everywhere. These protein truffles are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without completely derailing your diet plans. You can share these with your #swolemate. I actually really enjoy these more than any other protein bar I’ve tried before. Enjoy!

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Protein Truffles

1 cup of dried rolled oat

1 cup of your favorite protein powder (I used an awesome plant based one)

1 cup of almond butter (or your favorite nut/seed butter)

1/4 cup of chia seeds (or your favorite add in. ex. flax seeds)

1 cup honey

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Combine all dry ingredients. Its best to stir all the ingredients together to make sure you don’t get huge clumps in your protein truffles.

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*I also added almond butter but my camera somehow erased that picture 😦

Next add all of your wet ingredients.

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Mix everything together with a large spoon to ensure most of the sticky ingredients are coated.

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I found that mixing these by hand ensures that everything gets evenly distributed. I like to dust my CLEAN (hygiene people!!!) hands with some of the dry powder to make sure less of the dough sticks to my hands.

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work the dough until nothing is left sticking to the bowl and it can be formed into a large dough ball.

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break off tiny parts of the dough and roll into a small ball. The ball should be roughly the size of the circle your hand makes when making the “ok” hand sign.

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Place your protein truffles in an air tight container and store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to help them set up. Make sure you keep these refrigerated or cold at all times.

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Enjoy. While these can look somewhat less than appetizing they are super delicious! Not to mention they don’t taste healthy and you can trick yourself into thinking you are having a candy bar. You can try dusting them in coco powder, cinnamon, or chopped up almonds. If you are feeling extra sweet you can dip half into dark chocolate to make them look more like truffles.

*Now I don’t have exact serving details but I do know these are high in protein and are a good source of omega 3’s. I try to limit myself to at least 4 truffles a day since I’m trying to get protein in my diet at other meals.

Protein Powder

There are many protein powders out there and it’s up to you to find the one that is right for you. I picked a protein powder that used no dairy, or animal products in it. This powder fit me the best because these are all the things I try to avoid in my everyday diet. Obviously it’s not for everyone and that’s great! I took some pictures of the powder I used to help anyone in the process of picking a powder! This powder actually tastes really great and comes out very thick when used as a drink. I would recommend this stuff to anyone 🙂

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