I remember when LUSH first opened in Las Vegas, if you aren’t familiar with one my favorite stores, it specializes in natural handmade cosmetics. You probably know them for their beautiful bath bombs!
LUSH offers amazing facemasks. When I first moved to Australia my mother-in-law and I drove down to Brisbane to do some much needed retail therapy, and when I saw their was a LUSH in Australia my face lit up like Christmas morning. So of course I had to buy some bath bombs and a few facemasks. I was so happy about my facemasks I insisted that both my mother and father-in-law let me put it on them (they are great people and really good sports). What can I say… when I love a product I have to share.
This brings me to this Bath Bombs Lush Style post I want to share with you. If you don’t have a LUSH close to where you live the good news is you can easily make the bath bombs at home. And the best part is you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard.
Since I love baths – especially in wintertime – one of the key ingredients to achieving a perfect bath is adding a bath bomb to your tub. A few years ago around Christmas time LUSH was having a bath bomb party where you got to make your own bath bombs. At the party I was able to learn all their secrets for making the bath bombs, and I got to keep some of their plastic molds!
Here is what I have learned over the years when it comes to making the perfect bath bomb … LUSH style.
Your main basic ingredients include:
- 1 c baking soda
- ½ c cornstarch
- ½ c epsom salt
- ½ c citric acid (can usually get at your local grocery store)
- 1 tbsp- oil (I used coconut but olive or any other would be fine)
- 1-2 tsp fragrance oil
- Molds (you can buy here on etsy)
- Glitter (optional)
Key Tips & Tricks:
- The measurements work best in ratios, which is great so you can tailor how big or small you want your batch. I did 1 cup of baking soda to ½ cup of cornstarch, Epsom salt and citric acid. Whatever the quantity of baking soda you use, you will do half the quantity for the rest of the ingredients.
- You can usually buy citric acid at your local grocery store probably down the baking isle, but you only get about ¾ c worth. I found it cheaper to go to a natural health food store and buy it in a larger quantity. I think I got a kilo/ 2.2lbs for about $6 or $7.
- Fragrance oil- I bought this online from a soap-making supplier and it was about $5 bucks for a little tube-but a little goes a long way, as the smell is very strong. I actually bought two fragrances 1) for variety and 2) I have another DIY tutorial coming up which I needed it for—so stay tuned J.
*I must tell you real quick about one of the fragrances I bought. It is called Monkey Farts—apparently it is their most popular scent. Don’t worry it doesn’t actually smell like monkey farts, it was just the name, but it’s a very tropical coconut smell but the name made me laugh.
- Colorant- I used McCormick food coloring but I should have bought a color when I bought the fragrance oil as they are designed for cosmetic purposes. Also, if you’re worried about the color staining your bathtub I have yet to run into a problem. Sometimes it will leave a ring around the tub but comes off when cleaning.
- Shimmer/ glitter- If you want a bit of sparkle go get that shimmer powder that you never use and have had for years and dump it in your mixture. I did use some old cosmetic shimmer glitter I had and I did buy a cheap BYS shimmer glitter. I didn’t have a problem with the glitter being annoying on my skin but felt like it actually gave it a nice shimmer glow. Hello summer!
- In a bowl mix your baking soda, corn starch, citric acid and epsom salt. I like to mix everything by hand so it is probably better you wear gloves (I just didn’t have any).
- In a separate bowl pour in your coconut oil and fragrance oil.
- Slowly mix in with your hands or a spoon the oils with the dry ingredients. This is crucial because any moisture will start to activate the fizz so you have to mix quickly.
- Then I halved my batch into 2 separate bowls so I could do two different colors.
- Add your colorant. I started with a few drops and would mix until I got the desired color. If you are dealing with liquid coloring, mix quickly. This is why you should wear gloves, but with the food coloring I didn’t get any skin staining.
Note: Getting the right consistency is very important but easy to tell. You don’t want your mixture to dry where it won’t hold to any shape but you don’t want your mixture to wet that it will start to activate and fizz. You want your mixture to be like wet sand—so when you squeeze the mixture in your hand it holds its shape. I took a photo so you can see what I am talking about.
- If your mixture is dry, spray (one squirt at a time) witch hazel into your mixture and then squeeze the mixture in your hand and see if it holds shape. Some batches I have done didn’t need any witch hazel and some did.
- Lastly you can add your glitter to the whole batch or place at the bottom of your molds or dig a little hole for a surprise. I did all three. Glitter overload but I love it.
- I used the plastic molds I got from the Lush party I went to and cupcake tin molds I had. You really want to pack your mixture into your molds and then take it out and lay it on wax paper for about 24 hours or until they have dried out and are hard.