Have you ever tried a bath bomb from Lush before?
Most of them come shaped like a ball and they’re available in a variety of gorgeous colors and yummy scents. You drop the bath bomb into the tub and that’s when the magic happens. It fizzes and bubbles, transforming your bath into beautiful shades of golds or blues or pinks with shimmery glitter to boot! And the whole house smells amazing as a result.
We. Are. Obsessed!
Sadly though, bath bombs are a bit on the pricier side so regular bomb bathing is not sustainable.
So I took to the web and did some research, testing and tweaking recipes until I had THE ONE. Homemade bombs contain many ingredients you may already have at home and can be made at a fraction of the cost of their Lush counterparts. Win!
Let’s dive in!
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup Citric Acid
- 1/2 cup Corn Starch
- 2 tablespoons Castor Oil or Other Oil (Jojoba, Almond, etc)
- 10 drops of essential oil (grapefruit, orange, lavender)
- 2 tablespoons of water
- food coloring
- Cosmetic glitter (optional)
- Mold (we used these)
- Surprise for the inside, i.e. Shopkins, Tsum Tsums, etc (optional)
Whisk together dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients except food coloring.
Slowly add a small amount of the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk immediately – you don’t want to activate the mixture. Continue slowly adding the wet ingredients until all ingredients are combined. It should clump together, mirroring the consistency of wet sand.
If you want more than one color, separate the mixture into two or more bowls. Add a couple of drops of food coloring into each and using rubber gloves, blend it in until you have reached the color of your desire.
I used a clear plastic fillable ornament but you can use anything! Muffin tins, Easter eggs, etc.
I packed pink on one half of the ornament and blue on the other with a thin stripe of orange in the middle. Pack it in good and allow to overflow. If you want to add a little surprise, burrow it in. We stuck a little Minnie tsum tsum inside ours.
Bring the two halves together. Twist, twist, twist until the excess falls out and the halves snap together.
Give the bath bomb a few gentle taps on the counter to loosen it from the mold. If you’re impatient like me, place it in the freezer for 30 minutes to set. Otherwise allow it to dry for 1-2 days. Then slowly remove the bath bomb from its mold and bam! Bombs away!