I just hate seeing cracks! So If you have not read my previous post, “Adventures In Bomb Making,” I invite you to refer back to it if need be. In my previous post I shared two bath bomb recipes that I had tried out with varying degrees of success. One of the recipes seemed to not harden up enough and the bomb would just fall apart and the other recipe had some major crack issues. Normally I would not readdress this topic except for the fact that I am so excited to have finally found the holy grail of recipes. No cracks to look at with these babies.
So probably the most popular bath bomb place around is Lush bath bombs. They have fun products I have to admit, but my only issue is that they use artificial coloring and artificial fragrances. I personally like to keep things as natural and safe as possible. If you search pinterest, you will find several articles saying they have the recipe that Lush uses for their bath bombs. I will share with you one recipe that said, “this is the exact recipe Lush uses.”
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup citric acid
1 cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup melted coconut oil
8-10 drops of fragrance
Okay so I have tried this recipe and it still resulted in cracking for me:(
I recently tried a recipe from the DIY Projects For Teens blog and the results above speak for themselves. No crack! I’m elated with joy. I believe the difference is not having cornstarch in the recipe. I have no scientific evidence to base this on, but I feel like that is what was causing my issues. So, without further ado, I give you the golden recipe.
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup of epsom salts
2 tsp. of essential oils
3 tsp. of olive oil
1 tsp. water
coloring of choice
Okay so tips, mix your dry ingredients first and in a separate cup mix the oils, water, and coloring. Now when you mix the two together try to not pour it all in one spot, evenly pour around and be ready to stir really quickly. The reason I say this is because the wet ingredients activates the fizzing of the citric acid and you want to preserve that fizzing as much as possible for the bath tub.
So with Easter quickly approaching, I decided to go a little crazy and do some Easter shaped bath fizzies with a silicone mold. With my upcoming craft fair, I am hoping people will enjoy the Easter spirit.
So there is a look at my product packaging. I use natural colorants that are plant derived when doing my soaps and bombs. For this project I mixed Hibiscus powder from Starwest Botanicals for the pretty purple. I also used essential oil blend from Bulk Apothecary. I love blend 0012 and you can find the link to them on my page.
Well I hope all of my struggles and experiments save you time, trouble, and materials. There is nothing more frustrating that wasting time and money on projects that do not turn out. And if you are like me, I am stubborn and don’t like to be defeated. I will keep trying till I get it right. Sometimes it is a blessing, but sometimes it’s a curse! Happy bomb making.