So over Christmas break I went into a Lush Store. I LOVE their products. But man they are expensive. One bath bomb costs $7! ONE! So I came home determined (after I purchased their dark angel face scrub/wash. Love it) to make my own.
I have to admit I cheated a little bit. I ordered a bath bomb making kit off of Amazon. It came with all of the ingredients pre-measured out and even came with a spray bottle and cute muffin liners. All I had to add was Coconut Oil and my Young Living Essential Oils (I choose Lavender and Lemon this run).
Tip – half way through I realized the bowl I used was way too small. Here is a pic of me mixing away while my husband is laughing at me getting ingredients all over myself and the kitchen. After this pic was taken we put the mix in our Kitchen Aid mixer and that worked MUCH better.
I didn’t color these as I didn’t want to use artificial colors. So I left them white. But at the end of the recipe are listed some natural ways you could color them. Get creative!
In the end I think they turned out lovely. I can’t wait to use them! It was so easy to do and I love how you can scent them with essential oils and create the perfect blend for your needs. Here is the recipe and instructions. Enjoy!
Makes 12 (or more) cupcake bath bombs
- 2 Cups Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Citric Acid
- 1 Cup Cornstarch
- 1 Cup Epsom Salt, reserve 2 Tbsp. for topping
- 5 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil or any other oil to soften skin
- 1 ½ Tbsp. of water (about 100 spritzes of water)
- 1 Tsp. or more of Young Living Essential Oils
- Combine the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and Epsom salt (set aside 2 Tbsp. for topping) in a bowl.
- Slowly drizzle in the oil and mix with hands or whisk until it is evenly combined.
- Fill spritzer with water and spritz 100 pumps into the mixture while stirring.
- Mix until crumbly. You will know it is ready when you squish the mixture together and it holds together. (see pro tips below)
- Stir in essential oils and decorations.
- Divide the mixture evenly into 12 parts filling the liner with a generous 1/3 cup of the mixture.
- Press down and make even.
- Sprinkle on the Epsom salt topping you set aside and press down.
- You did it! Dry and set for 2 days.
- Drop 1 or 2 bath bombs into a warm bath. Relax your muscles and melt your worries away.
- Using the right amount of water is the key to making great bath bombs. You want to use the least amount of water, only adding a little at a time, to get your mixture to stick together, but not so much that it becomes active. If it is a humid day use less water.
- Organic, cold pressed oils like coconut, olive and walnut oil are natural moisturizers and they nourish the skin. Use them in your bath bombs. If you do not have these handy, no need to fret, any vegetable oil will do too.
Enhancing your Bath Bomb with Natural Color
Unlike artificial food dyes that have no additional benefits, you can enhance the color of your bath bomb with real foods that will actually benefit your skin. Here are some ideas:
Green Tea Matcha
(Sage Green Color) – Clock full of antioxidants that will give you more radiant skin. Add ½ Tbsp. to your mixture before dividing.
Dried Rose Petals
(Decoration) – Tightens pores and restores suppleness to skin. Crumple 2 Tbsp. into mixture before dividing.
(Red) – Packed will folate, minerals and vitamins, beet powder is a great way to add color while anti-aging qualities fight wrinkles. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.
(Orange) – Rich in carotenes and beta-carotene which prevents age spots and freckles while promoting a brighter complexion. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.
(Bluish to Greenish) – This super-food contains a wide range of minerals that are important in maintaining great skin, nails and hair. Add 2 Tbsp. into your mixture before dividing.