Lavender & Bergamot Bath Bombs

Posted on September 13, 2015 in Bath and Body

What’s not to like about bath bombs? They’re great fun, smell wonderful and turn a boring bath into an indulgent treat.

When talking about bath bombs, most of us think of LUSH. Who can resist the alluring aroma that wafts through the malls enticing us to come in store and buy some of their brightly coloured and beautifully scented products. Not me! But price is definitely a barrier.

So that got me thinking –

why not make your own?

This is when my DIY bath bomb love affair began!

It wasn’t quite love at first sight. It was more of a ‘love-hate’ relationship as I tested, failed, tweaked and retested different recipes and ways to prepare the bath bomb mix.

I tried using a bench top mixer, a hand mixer and last but not least, my plain ole hands! Although they all worked well, speed was of the essence when adding the liquids to the dry ingredients and using the bench top mixer was by far the less stressful!

I now use my bench top mixer to make all of my bath bombs as it’s quick, easy and always produces good results. It also has a fancy guard that prevents the powders flying out of the bowl when being mixed. If yours doesn’t have a guard or you’re using a hand mixer, placing a towel over the bowl will work just as well.

The recipe below has been built on the back of many failures. I have played with it, tweaked it and now it works brilliantly – no crumbling, cracking or premature fizzing. But be warned, humidity plays havoc with bath bombs so you still may have to adjust it slightly depending on where you live.

What you will need: 

(makes approx 10 medium sized bath bombs)

  • 528g Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • 264g Citric acid
  • 264g Corn flour (cornstarch)
  • 24g Shea butter
  • 24g Cocoa butter
  • 36g Oil of choice
  • 12g Water
  • 12g Witch hazel
  • 12g Polysorbate 80 (optional)
  • 24g Essential oils (I used Lavender and Bergamot)
  • Colour (optional)

First, weigh the baking soda and citric acid and sieve into a large mixing bowl. Add the corn flour and mix on a low speed for 1 minute.  

sieve powder

Next gently melt your butters and oil in a double boiler. Once completely melted remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Melting oils

Mix your water, witch hazel and scent together then add these to the slightly cooled oils, mixing thoroughly. 

With your mixer on low, steadily add the water and oil mixture. As soon as all of the oil and water is added, increase the mixer speed slightly to incorporate it as quickly as possible. Make sure you use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, then turn the mixer back to low and continue to mix for another minute ensuring everything is combined well. The mixture should have the consistency of wet sand and hold its shape when squeezed.

Bathbomb mix and squeeze

Remove half of the bath bomb mix and set aside in a separate bowl. Now add a few drops of purple colour to the remaining mixture and mix on low until fully incorporated.

Fill each half of your mould, alternating the colours and making sure to pack the mixture tightly. Mound a little extra on top before squeezing firmly together. Using a spoon, gently tap one half of the mould to release it. Remove the mould, gently turn over, and repeat for the other side.

Mix and mould

Place your bath bombs on a flat surface to dry undisturbed for 24 to 48 hrs.

Yay! Now there is only one thing left to do:

Fill your bath with warm water, drop in a Bath Bomb and then lay back, relax & enjoy!

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Lavender & Bergamot Bath Bombs
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Ingredients
  1. 528g Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  2. 264g Citric acid
  3. 264g Corn flour (cornstarch)
  4. 24g Shea butter
  5. 24g Cocoa butter
  6. 36g Oil of choice
  7. 12g Water
  8. 12g Witch hazel
  9. 12g Polysorbate 80 (optional)
  10. 24g Essential oils (I used Lavender and Bergamot)
  11. Colour (optional)
Instructions
  1. Weigh out all of your ingredients.
  2. Place corn flour into a large mixing bowl, sieve in the baking soda and citric acid and mix on low speed for 1 minute.
  3. Gently melt butters and oil in a double boiler. When completely melted remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Mix your water, witch hazel and scent together then add these to the slightly cooled oils, mixing thoroughly.
  5. With your mixer on low, steadily add the water and oil mixture into the dry ingredients.
  6. As soon as all of the oil and water is added, increase the mixer speed slightly to incorporate it as quickly as possible.
  7. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, then turn the mixer back to low and continue to mix for another minute until everything is combined well.
  8. The mixture should have the consistency of wet sand and hold its shape when squeezed.
  9. Half the mixture and place into two separate bowls.
  10. Add a few drops of purple colour to one half, mixing quickly until fully incorporated.
  11. Fill each half of your mould, alternating the colours and making sure to pack the mixture tightly. Mound a little extra on top before squeezing firmly together. Using a spoon, gently tap one half of the mould to release it. Remove the mould, gently turn over, and repeat for the other side.
  12. Place your bath bombs on a flat surface to dry undisturbed for 24 to 48 hrs.
To use
  1. Fill your bath with warm water, drop in a Bath Bomb and then lay back, relax & enjoy!
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