Happy Monday all! I’m excited for the second installment of our Summer Skincare Mini Series. Last week we learned how to make DIY Nourishing Lotion Bars. Have you made yours yet? I love using these lotion bars after a nice hot shower. But I also wonder, is there a way that we moisturize, and better yet, relax while bathing? Because who doesn’t like a two-for deal? We can! It’s absolutely possible! …And this brings us to DIY Bath Bombs!
Bath bombs are an extremely popular item at LUSH. But unfortunately, they have a large price tag. At minimum $6 per bath bomb, two baths a month adds up to almost $150 per year! Not that I even manage to take two baths per month (ohhhh the dream), but still. That’s expensive! For the price of just two LUSH bombs, we can make bunches our very own! The customization options are endless! And I mean, doesn’t this bath look so tempting? My own little under the sea escape thanks to my IKEA molds 🙂
These bath bombs are fun and fizzy. Although, they fizz very gently. They aren’t raging balls of fizz, which makes them great for a long relaxing bath or young ones who might not want the “full force” of bath bombs. More importantly, the reduced fizz results in greater moisturizing power! Since I use butters in my recipes, they’re more of a mix between a bath bomb and a bath melt. These moisturizing butters are perfect for a soothing and relaxing experience. And they leave your skin luxuriously soft afterwards.
Just a few tiny bubbles making their way to the surface!
Plus you might get an unexpected, but curious, visitor 🙂
While I usually like including dried flowers, for a natural and simple effect, I’m making these bath bombs for a bride-to-be! So instead dried roses or lavender buds, I added a couple sprinkles on top. I used the small pearly looking ones and some tiny pink ones for color. While these aren’t made for body/topical use, I feel comfortable adding them in since I’m using such a minuscule amount. These add-ins are completely optional, although they add a nice touch for gift giving.
At the end of our Summer Skincare Series, I’ll be including some cute gift wrapping and presentation ideas.
DIY Gentle Fizzing Bath Bombs
- 8 oz baking soda
- 4 oz citric acid
- 1.5 oz shea butter
- 1.5 oz cocoa butter
- decorative toppings (optional)
- Large Bowl
- “Makeshift” Double Boiler
- Be sure to wear gloves! The mixture may have a bit of premature fizzing 🙂
- Combine baking soda and citric acid in a large bowl. Thoroughly mix together.
- Combine shea butter and cocoa butter in a jar. Melt over a double boiler, makeshift double boiler (described in my DIY Lotion Bar recipes), or a saucepan over low heat.
- Once melted, slowly pour butter into baking soda and citric acid mixture, thoroughly mixing in.
- Continue to mix butter with your (glove protected) hands. Optional decoration: add lavender buds and mix in.
- Pack bath bomb mixture firmly in the mold. Optional decoration: Place lavender buds at bottom of mold first.
- After 24 hours, carefully remove from mold.
- Store in a cool, dry place that doesn’t let the bath bombs be exposed to too much moisture.
Be sure to pack down the material firmly. Place any “toppings” in the mold first.
Enjoy your DIY spa day! Perfect to pair with DIY Facial. For the bath, I used cold water because it’s so hot out! It was refreshing beyond belief! My legs were so soft afterwards too! What a perfect summer treat 🙂
- Bath bombs are too moist:
- There’s probably too much butter in the mixture. Try adding more baking soda (2 parts) and citric acid (1.5 parts) until the mixture reaches a better consistency.
- Bath bombs are too hard/crumble:
- The bath bombs are missing moisture. You can add some moisture with more butter (cocoa, shea, or a mix) or spray them down with some witch hazel. Just be gentle to not go overboard! Or you’ll have to address troubleshooting tip 1 🙂
- Bath bombs fizz up or expand in mold:
- They were probably exposed to too much moisture during their drying period. Be sure to keep them in a dry environment when they are drying and during storage!
I hope that you enjoyed this bath bomb recipe. What bath bomb variations are your favorite? Have you tried the LUSH bath bombs before? Let me know how it turns out for you! Enjoy the (gentle) fizzies 🙂
Wishing you happy skin,
Related: Create Your Own DIY Facial System–Treat yourself to a relaxing and luxurious facial today!
Check Out the Entire DIY Summer Skincare Mini Series
- DIY Nourishing Lotion Bars
- DIY Gentle Fizzing Bath Bombs
- DIY Moisturizing Lip Balm
- DIY Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
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