Butterball Dupe – Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb DIY

Lush’s butterball bath bomb is one of their best selling items- which is amazing considering it’s one of the cheapest and simplest products they offer. Even as Lush branches off into wild flavors, embedding chocolate in robot-shaped shower fizzes, and sending out crack-open Easter lines with eggs inside… butterball continues to rake in the sales. Its simple and unobtrusive scent, combined with the skin-softening properties, make it a lovely addition to any bath.

Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipe


  •  250g / bit less than 1.25 cups Baking Soda
  • 125g / bit more than 0.5 cups Citric Acid
  • 50g / bit less than 0.5 cups Corn Starch
  • 15ml/3tsp water (add slowly!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 tsp ylang ylang oil
  • 1/4 tsp musk oil

(or: 1tsp of the butterball fragrance dupe from lathersnlights webstore)

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 water and hazel.
There are two schools of thought on making Cocoa Butter Bath Bombs.  Melted vs Grated Cocoa butter.  You want a natural unbleached version regardless.
Check out my Amazon list to see what I’ve used in the past:
See my post on Bath Bombs and Lush Dupes 101 for detailed mixing instructions, however the process is basically:
  • mix all dry ingredients in one bowl, EXCEPTING the citric acid
  • mix all wet ingredients in another bowl
  • mix the two together
  • add citric acid and mix with a spoon or gloved hand
  • mold and let dry overnight

Now, if you’ve chosen to go with natural grated cocoa butter, you want to add it at step 3, when you mix everything together.  Then put in the citric acid and mix again.

If you want to melt it, it goes with the wet ingredients.

This is totally up to you.  Experiment and find out which version works more effectively.

This is the Lush dupe DIY version of a butterball bomb, but if you just wanted the cocoa butter feeling and don’t mind about the scent, this mixture actually smells amazing with citrus scents.  I personally love a mix like lemon-vanilla.

Make sure to use extra caution when mixing the citric acid- it will sting if you have any open cuts or cuticle abrasions. It’s recommended to use gloves once you add it.

And be careful as always when getting in and out of the tub- remember that you did just add oil to the water, which may cling to the tub and create a slippery surface. However, with a spray of hot water from your shower nozzle this recipe will go right down the drain with no residue.

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  2. elleshoestring says:

    I’ve never made a bath bomb, not being a huge proponent of baths, but this looks intriguing. I always like to DIY things that are popular in stores, so I may have to try this one!

  3. dancinkarmabear says:

    Oh wow this looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try this myself – I actually think I have most of these ingredients in the house. Thank you so much for posting! Though, I do think I am going to add a little bit of lavender oil for its relaxing scent. I can never get enough of these DIY projects. This might even be a good gift to give others for the holidays!

  4. likethepear says:

    This is fantastic! I’m always looking for good DIY ideas for Christmas gifts for family and friends and this may be it this year. I will report back on how it works out for me. Thanks!

  5. Cuppycake says:

    Thank you for posting this recipe. Such a simple, fun recipe. The projects in your picture look so yummy, I could eat them LOL.

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