Aloha! First off, sorry we haven't posted in AGES. I had twins, Erin got a new job and is planning a wedding and life just happens! No shame.
So, being the LUSH lovers that we are, we decided to make our own version of our favorite product from their awesome beauty brand. Bath bombs! (We added a z instead of an s to make it our own because we're soooo original.)
If you haven't heard of what a bath bomb is, it's basically a mixture of Epsom salt, baking, soda, citric acid and essential oils. The "bomb" is solid and is usually in ball form. When you plop it in the tub, it foams and creates a very fun experience.
Now, LUSH makes XL sizes of bath bombs, which makes it way more of a luxurious experience, but maybe you've even tried bath bombs in smaller forms, like cubes. We both prefer the large bath bombs because they are quadruple the smell and quadruple the moisturizing POWER, which is why we made them about the size of a tennis ball.
A lot of time, if you pop one of these babies in the tub, you'll be able to feel and smell it working on the skin. If you're looking for more of just a wonderfully scented tub, you could make a smaller version with different molds (cookie cutters, ice cube trays, easter eggs).
Bath Bombz Recipe
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Epsom Salt (It's not actually a salt but a compound of magnesium and sulfate!)
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Corn Starch
1 T Jojoba Oil (or coconut oil)
Bath Bomb Molds--we used a christmas tree ball cut in half
Essential Oils (The more drops you put in, the smellier you'll get! In a good way, of course.)
- 10 drops lavender
- 10 drops lemon
- 5 drops rosemary
Food Coloring because duh
Fresh lavender (optional--it just makes it look more Pinteresty)
Small amount of water in a spray bottle
- Combine the baking soda, epsom salt, citric acid and corn starch using a whisk.
- Add 1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil and about 8 drops food coloring.
The food coloring is a little hard to mix it--it tends to get chunky--so you may have to get your hands dirty and dig into your mixture to break up the food coloring balls.
As we were adding the coloring, we were thinking about alternative ways to color the bombz besides food coloring.
Naturally coloring things in a fun way could be as simple as using the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables like beets, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, spinach and carrots! Here are some ideas on how to make coloring out of fruits and vegetables.
How does LUSH get such vibrant colors? If you have any inside knowledge, please share. We are DYING to know.
- Once you have incorporated the food coloring completely, add your essential oils and mix well. We used about 12 drops of each oil for a little extra scent boost.
- Now that you've got the mixture blended well, using your spray bottle, squirt about 5 to 8 sprays of water onto your mix. You'll start to hear a fizzy sound, which is the water is reacting to the ingredients and essentially "setting off" your bomb. In conclusion, ADD SLOWLY, YO.
Keep spraying the mix until it beings to get thicker and is packable in your hands.
- Place fresh lavender in bottom of mold
- Pack each half of the mold with your mixture and squish them buggers together. Spraying a little extra water and a sprinkle of mix between each half worked almost like a cement, gluing both halves together.
We got a little creative and packed each half of the molds separately and let the extra ooze out the sides of the mold so it looked like a scoop of ice cream! YUM. We actually ate some...just kidding...maybe...
- Slowly pull the mold off of the bomb and let air dry for about 20 minutes! The bomb may be a little bit sticky when you first remove it from the mold, just let it sit around for awhile. You'll be fine. You might have a mini heart attack from all the work you just did. But you'll be fine.
The center of the bombz will still be wet even after letting them air dry for 20 minutes. We suggest you leave it air dry for 24 to 48 hours before packing them away or giving as gifts.
The bombz were a lot easier to make than we thought they would be, but the recipe doesn't make a lot. We came out with five bombs in the end ,but our Christmas ornament was fairly large, so we even made a few half-bombz just using half of the mold.
You may be wondering, what is so luxurious about a dang bath fizzy? Well, my friend you have no idea until you try this. Before using a LUSH "bomb" we had only used those small dinky bombs you get in your stocking at Christmas that pretty much bite. OUCH. Most of the time they just go unused, collecting dust in your cabinet because we all know they are not that luxurious.
But these suckers are a beautiful explosion of smells, color and moisturizing POWER! You will feel like you should be going on the red carpet after using this bomb.
Lets be honest, they are just fun because they are huge. You can also add glitter or flower petals for a little more glam.
Hope you get the chance to make these. They are fun and would make a great gift! Don't forget to leave a comment below on what you'd like to see next! ;)