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
So I have to admit something to you all: I had no idea that this little bath bombs series was going to be so popular! 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, you can do what I do on occasion: drop one in the bottom of the shower and let it release all of the yummy smelling ‘insta-mind-vacation’ goodness.
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. I wanted to mention again that I provide detailed instructions for making bath bombs, as well as a plethora of recipes and tips on my Exclusive Content for Email Subscribers page. If you are new to making bath bombs or shower fizzies, consider making it your starting point. To subscribe, just click here and you will get access to the link.
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)
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**Just a quick note on the use of essential oils on children: While some sources (and manufacturers) of essential oils state their use is safe for children under 12, please note that other sources do not, namely Essential Oil Safety, a definitive resource for health care professionals and a highly referenced EO text. An excerpt of this book (and the use of essential oils on children) can be found here, and specifically cites eucalyptus and peppermint (among others) are not to be used on young children. If you want cited studies, click here. We choose not to use eucalyptus and peppermint, among others, with our three year old – I am specifically calling out peppermint and eucalyptus because they are so widely referenced with regards to children.
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.
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. 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 over night 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.
I put this recipe to the test, just like the other two that I am sharing in this series. I made multiple batches of each, and can safely say that this one was the best 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.
A little crumbly compared to the other two recipes – not fall apart crumbly, they are just softer.
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.
Like the other mixtures I shared (links below), it’s my recommendation to wrap these in cello and heat shrink them. It’s not hard to do and you don’t need any special equipment. I include instructions in my exclusive content section for packaging and heat shrinking these bath bombs and shower fizzies. If you’d like access, click here.
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If you’re here for the Bath Products series, you can find some of the other posts below in our bath and beauty projects. Or head over to our other handmade gifts tutorials.