Bath Bombs: 3 Different Ways

Bath bombs have been one of the top trends for quite some time. Out are the times where you had to order them online or go to luxurious shop for them. You can find these fizzing beauties EVERYWHERE! And I mean everywhere! (I found some beautiful ones at Ulta the other week that smelled so wonderfully.Click here to check them out!) Nonetheless, Lush Cosmetics still have the number one bath bombs in my opinion. Not only do they have amazing colors, bubbles, fizzies, and scents but they also are fresh and oragnic. (Click here to check out what Lush has to offer!)

 There are also tons of different recipes on Pinterest claiming to match up to the fantastic bombs at Lush Cosmetics but which ones live up to the company’s reputation? I tried three different recipes to test to see their quality and compare them to the amazing bombs you find at Lush.

All the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket. However the citric acid can be tricky to find at first so try looking in the canning section. The unfortunate part is that you pay a lot for a little bit. I highly recommend ordering a bigger bag through Amazon if you plan on making a large amount for gifts or yourself since you can order in bulk.

Recipe #1:

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Baking Soda
  • ¼ Cup Corn Starch
  • ¼ Cup Epsom Salt
  • ¼ Cup of Citric Acid
  • 3 Tsp. of Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tsp. of Water
  • 30 drops of Essential Oils
  • Few drops of Food Coloring

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one big bowl.
  2. Mix in your food coloring. I found that mixing with my hands are beneficial because you are able to break up the color more. (Although you do get stained for a bit.)
  3. Mix in your essential oils of your choosing.
  4. Mix in your coconut oil.
  5. Place in a container of your choosing and sit for 12-24 hours. I chose muffin tins to be able to make more of them faster. You can use plastic Easter egg containers, plastic openable Christmas ornaments, or silicone molds.

 

Results: After having them sit for about 24 hours, the bombs still heavily crumbled. I had a hard time storing them in anything because they ended up becoming fizzy bath salts rather than the true bombs. However the pros are that they made the skin still very soft and refreshed.

 

Recipe #2:

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup of Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1 Cup of Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 30 Drops of Essential Oils
  • Food Coloring

 

Directions:

Repeat Steps 1-5 in above recipe.

 

Results: These turned out a lot harder and retained their overall shape unlike Recipe #1. However, the cons being that the coloring for the bomb was not as true and was more faded than the other recipes. The pros are that the bath bombs turned out really good for the skin.

 

Recipe #3.

  • 1 Cup of Citric Acid
  • 1 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 of Corn Starch
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 30 Drops of Essential Oils
  • Food Coloring

Directions:

Repeat Steps in 1-5 in Recipe #1.

 

Results: The colors were very bright and they generally retained their shape. The cons being that they didn’t leave as refreshed and soft as the others due to not having the Epsom Salt in them.

 

Each recipes had their own pros and cons. So far, I enjoyed Recipe #2 the best out of the three due to its ability to retain shape for easy storage and being the closest to the Lush bath bombs.  I hope this post helped weed out some of those bath bombs recipes you have been looking to try out! Stay tuned as I will be trying out more of these recipes to find the perfect DIY bath bomb! 

 

 

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