I once heard Oprah list bathing as one of her hobbies, and immediately wanted it to be my hobby too. I love bathing. Not the washing my body and hair part, because those are just tasks one should perform in the bath. Often, I don’t. I might be in the tub, but I’m just soaking with my thoughts. I take showers or baths not as a necessity to cleanse the body but to cleanse the mind. I suspect lots of people feel this way, that’s why there are tons of products that have nothing to do with washing, like bath bombs. Read on to find out how to make bath bombs like Lush.
Since having baby FLO, bath time and showering have become one of my favorite alone moments of the day. I typically wait for Mau to get home so that I am not rushing or listening for the baby. ( No one told me about the phantom baby cries you hear all day long, those are driving me insane!)
Because bath time is so top of the list for me, I decided to splurge on some trinkets to help me relax.
I went to Lush and was going to buy up their bath bombs and fancy soaps, but honestly I just kind of balked at the price. I’m spending $8 bucks to drop colorful, oily fizz into my tub, one time? So instead, I pinterested around and found a great DIY for bath bombs.
Like most of my DIY projects, this one will only take about 15 minutes of your time, and the best part is that you can make the bath bombs out of ingredients you likely already have. If you take a look at the ingredients Lush uses, they’re very similar, except that they also add color,
If you take a look at the ingredients Lush uses, they’re very similar, except that they also add color, a variety of oils and even glitter. You can also add those things to the recipe below, or you can keep it simple which is what I did.
I even dropped a mini-bomb into baby FLO’s tub and the coconut oil really soothed his skin, (he had a few dry patches).
How to Make Bath Bombs Like Lush
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt
4 tablespoons of coconut oil, (Trader Joe’s and Costco sell really good virgin coconut oil you can use)
1/2 cup of citric acid (This is the one ingredient I didn’t have, but it was just a few bucks on Amazon for a 1lb bag, so once you order it you could make bath bombs to the infinity and beyond. Actually, you could skip it altogether, but citric acid is how you get your bomb to fizz, and isn’t that the fun part?)
Mold (For this you can use whatever you have around the house too! Meatball tongs, ice cream scooper, or if you tried my soap DIY, then you can use the soap mold. Basically, you need to compress these ingredients into something. I used these ice molds I got for Mau, when he got very serious about his old-fashioned cocktails, and my bath bombs ended up being kind of half moons, which I liked.)
Mix baking soda, citric acid & salt together. A whisk works great. Make sure to mix well and not leave any clumps. Melt the coconut oil completely in microwave. This should take only a few seconds. Add melted coconut oil slowly while mixing it into the dry mixture. After adding all the melted coconut oil into the dry ingredients, the mixture will have the consistency of lightly wet sand, and will form little clumps.
Shape the coconut bath bombs using the mold of your choice by packing the mixture tightly into the mold. I then placed my bombs in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow them to congeal. Keep in a cool dry place until ready to use!
By the way, if you look at the ingredients list for Lush’s bath bombs, you’ll notice the list is pretty similar, except they use a variety of oils and coloring. You can add color and oils of your choice to your bombs too!
P.S. Wouldn’t these make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer?!
Please let me know if you try these. Happy bathing!