These lavender bath bombs are the perfect gift for yourself or others. They use natural ingredients designed to soothe and calm.
Bath Bombs and Shower Fizzies Part 3
Today, I am sharing a mix that will deliver those LUSH-style bath bombs with simple ingredients.
Bath bombs are a great gift to give or receive – they always smell so nice and can be used for a mental break. If you (or your gift recipient) isn’t into taking baths, see our article below on shower fizzies versus bath bombs in order to adjust the recipes for shower steamers.
The mix I’m sharing today incorporates some moisturizing oil because really: sometimes dry, winter skin creeps up on us. This recipe can be altered in so many ways by choosing different oils (or butters) and still holds together well.
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If you are new to making bath bombs or shower fizzies, consider making it your starting point.
Update: New and WOW-Worthy Bath Bombs
I love the simple bath bombs like these, however, if you’re looking to take things up a notch, visit the DIY bath bombs recipes here. There are some jaw-dropping goodies!
Shower Fizzies Versus Bath Bombs
If you’d like to use this wonderful combination in a shower fizzy or shower steamer, please see our shower fizzies recipe here. The ingredients are different and I don’t want you to waste any money or time.
The supplies for this moisturizing oil bath bomb are:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 15-20 drops essential oil** (can be a combination of oils, but for this recipe, I used lavender and vanilla)
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of a moisturizing oil (almond, olive, coconut, and jojoba are some suggested oils)
- Vitamin E oil (or a capsule cut open)
- dried flowers or herbs, optional
- coloring, optional – I use gel colorants from the craft store (Wilton brand)
- a glass (or metal) bowl
- a spray bottle of witch hazel (you’ll only need a very small amount, so phone-a-friend if you don’t have any on hand)
Instructions for Lavender Bath Bombs
- Dump everything in the bowl – seriously, you don’t have to be picky with this recipe.
- Add a small amount of coloring (notice I use a toothpick for the gel coloring). Use your hands to incorporate the oils and color very well. Note: if you want two (or three) colors, separate your mix after incorporating everything except the color and before you’ve added the witch hazel.
- Use your spray bottle to add the witch hazel to the top of the mix. If you have a large bottle like mine, spray two to three times and then mix it for a solid minute or two before spraying again. If you’re using one of the 3-4 inch spray bottles (travel size), use about 5-8 sprays. When it sticks together without crumbling (photo below) you can begin packing it into your mold.
How to Mold These Bath Bombs
If you’re using a full sphere mold, stuff the mix in, pack it down, and then add a heaping amount to the top.
Squish the two mold pieces together until the mold is a sphere again, and leave it for about a minute before removing. Note: if your mix is wet or feels very, very soft, leave it for at least an hour. Drape a towel over a muffin tin and place the bath bomb on top of the towel.
If you are using a half circle mold, pack it in, wait a minute and then place the flat side down on a tray. If you are using a hard silicone mold, leave it overnight before removing.
Note that if you want to add a bit of lavender (or other dried flowers or herbs) to the top of the bath bomb or shower fizzy, just place it into the mold before packing the mixture.
This recipe is very easy to remove from the molds almost immediately. If you are making a ton of bath bombs for a party or wedding favors, go ahead and buy a few molds just so you can work with a few at a time.
Note that even though they can be removed from the molds, they aren’t ready for packing. The bath bombs should be left to dry for at least another 24 hours, but I would suggest 48 or more.
This recipe makes a GREAT Lush-style humongous bath fizzy very well and you’re able to mold it and set it aside to dry quickly, allowing you to reuse your mold immediately. If you are looking to make the big LUSH-inspired spherical bath bombs, this recipe does the job well.