Basic Bath Bomb Recipe for Lush Dupes

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If you didn’t come here from my Lush Dupes and Perfect DIY Bath Bombs 101 page, I highly recommend you check that out first for a decent overview of my start in making my own bath bombs and trying to imitate the perfection of Lush scents. I also rec a few online shops to buy bath bomb ingredients that you’ll need every time you make a batch. Personally, I hate when people call a chemical “natural” and then jack the price when it’s the same damn thing. I don’t slap a green sticker on my H20 and call it “natural” water, and I don’t appreciate chemical stores doing basically the same thing with bath bomb DIY equipment. So we’re going to steer clear of all that.

Here is the site we’re using to figure out our scent pallette: http://www.lathersnlights.com/scents.html

The descriptions on-site, combined with the ingredient lists provided on the Lush website, make it possible to scent-dupe a copycat recipe pretty easily.  HOWEVER we have another option.

Lazy butts can just order a bottle of the scent already dissolved in oil.

…and read a review of how some of the scents turned out here. If you order a premade scent, you may need to “tweak” it a bit in the end regardless, but at least it will start you on the right track. That blog also has a list of how to “convert” the scent names to “Lush” names.  Of course Lathers n Lights can’t market “We are LUSH!” as that would be totally illegal.  So they change the name and the scent oh-so-slightly.  But if you can’t figure out the connection (Avabathe to Avobath is one of the most obvious, but others are a bit tricky) you may find the guide useful.

If you specifically want the Butterball Bath Bomb Recipe click here, but this is my…

BASIC BATH BOMB RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Citric Acid for fizz
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent
  • 2 tsp. “light” oil like jojoba, almond, or baby oil for your skin
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs and water.
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • Plastic craft ornaments. These can be found at major craft stores, they are clear plastic molds for making your own Xmas ornaments. You need the type with 2 halves which snap together. This will allow you to make beautiful perfect sphere shapes.
And I’ve gotten all of the ingredients into a convenient list for those of you who want to use Amazon.

Check out my Amazon list to see what I’ve used in the past:

You can also use a different mold if you aren’t fixated on spheres like me.  Plenty of people use chocolate or cupcake pans to shape their bombs.

NOTE: some people say that Witch Hazel creates a stronger bind than water for keeping a bomb together.  If using Witch Hazel in your bath bomb, either use a spray bottle or add a few drops at a time while mixing constantly and checking consistency by squeezing with your hand.  When it holds together- stop adding hazel.  Do not add both watch and hazel.

Procedure:

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  • mix all dry ingredients EXCEPT citric acid in a large mixing bowl  (salt, baking soda, cornstarch)
  • in a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
  • mix wet and dry

At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand.  Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix.  When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together.  If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.

  • add citric acid and mix again  (do NOT use your hands at this point as the pure citric acid is abrasive)
  • tightly pack it down into your mold
  • let dry 24 hours

I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry.  However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly.  I know that this is DEFINITELY dangerous to the structural integrity of spherical bombs, but cupcake or flat shapes can turn out alright.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. anmassun says:

    I like the looks of these. I know you can get some kits at the craft stores, but it isn’t always easy to find ones with all natural ingredients. I’m going to have to try this out sometime soon! Sounds mostly all stuff you can easily find.

  2. Millie says:

    I have to admit that I’m floored by the simplicity of this recipe. Baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, epsom salt, water and two types of oil, that is so easy! (I think I’ll leave out the other bits, maybe add color though, just to make sure that things are evenly mixed, like you said.) And the fact that you can add your own scent to this is fabulous!

    Creating a bath bomb seems like it would be hard work, and a long tedious process, but this all sounds very simple and easy to do, and not at all time consuming (except the part where you have to wait for it to dry). I’m excited to create my own bath bombs to see how they turn out, and how they smell. Before I get started though, I have to make a trip to a craft store and purchase some “molds”.

  3. Cuppycake says:

    These are cute. They would be great as gifts or to just use for yourself. They look pretty simple to make too.

  4. origamiowl says:

    i like the idea but $8.00 for 10 ml of scent already dissolved in oil ( expensivee )

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