Hi friends. This week I’m sharing with you how I make my own Lush copy bath bombs. I’m guessing you’re here because you can’t fathom paying $8 for a single bath bomb at Lush. While they make your bath 1,000 times better, I don’t care who you are, that’s just stupid expensive! While I absolutely love Lush and will continue to shop there for some of my favorite items, I’ll never buy a bath bomb again now that I know how easy and inexpensive they are to make at home.
With just a few ingredients, you can also break free from spending way too much of your hard earned money on a magical ball of bathing heaven. Here’s what you’ll need to make 8 bath bombs.
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1 cup citric acid
1 cup Epson salts
1.5 tsp water
5 tsp melted coconut oil
15-20 drops of essential oil
You should be able to find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store but if you have any trouble finding some of them I would recommend heading over to Amazon. Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will make a commission if you click through and make a purchase. The first time I made these I found a few very small bottles of citric acid in the canning section of my grocery store but that proved to be a difficult task with future batches so I just ordered a large bag from Amazon. Also, while I have special bath bomb molds, you can use other types of molds as well. I’ve seen others use the plastic Easter eggs, tennis balls or plastic ornaments.
Now lets get on to the fun stuff and actually walk through how to make the bath bombs.
Pour all of the dry ingredients (baking soda, corn starch, citric acid and epson salts) into a medium bowl and whisk together.
In a separate small bowl, heat up the coconut oil until it is completely melted. For my microwave that takes 45-60 seconds. Then add the remaining wet ingredients (water and essential oil) into the small bowl with the coconut oil.
SLOWLY add and mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I can’t stress slowly enough. If you pour too fast, the wet ingredients will cause a reaction with the citric acid. What I like to do is whisk the dry mix while slowly adding a few drops of the wet ingredients at a time. If you are like me, you’ll get impatient and just want to drop it all in at once but trust me, suffering through that extra 30 seconds of patience will make the perfect consistency and save you hassle down the road. Once the wet ingredients are mixed in, your mixture should feel like damp sand.
This step is optional. What I like to do is separate some of the mixture into a few bowls and add different colors of food coloring to each bowl. This allows me to make mixed color bath bombs. Be careful not to add too much food coloring. I recommend starting with a few drops and then adding more after you mix it in until you get your desired color. You could also get creative with mixing different dyes. I would caution that you stay away from very dark colors as it may stain your bathtub. If you want white bath bombs you can skip this step.
Fill each half of the mold with the mix pressing it down FIRMLY with some extra mix extending over the top of the mold. Firmly press the two halves together. I like to twist them a bit while pressing them together to squeeze the excess mix out from between the two halves.
Let the mold sit for at least 1 minute before removing the bath bomb. You may need to lightly tap on the mold to release the bath bomb but 9 times out of 10 it falls out fairly easily. While your first one sits, you can use your second mold to work on the next one.
Let the bath bombs sit for 12+ hours before storing them. They will harden over this time.
That’s it! Super easy and at a fraction of the cost of Lush bath bombs. Plus, you can get creative with the colors and shape of the bath bombs. I’d love to see what you come up with! Please share your DIY bath bombs using #handmadeweekly on social media.
If you like this bath bomb tutorial, check out my tutorial on DIY Floral Soap Bars.
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