How to Make 21 Essential Oil Lush Bath Bombs
If you are suffering from muscle aches as a result of working out – or even if you’re just looking to spoil yourself – then a Lush bath bomb is what you need.
Bath time does not have to be boring: you can spice it up with essential oils, candles, flower petals, face masks, incense, soothing music, Lush bath bombs and so on. This can be a good evening routine to help you unwind and leave you fresh and ready for a new day.
Lush bath bombs will provide you with a soothing fizz and pleasant scent, leaving your skin softer than before. Lush bath bombs are commercially available in almost every color and scent, but they cost $7.50 a pop, which is perhaps more than you’d want to pay for every bath you take.
The manufacturers of the Lush bath bombs come up with their sophisticated and multi-layered scents by blending patchouli, lavender, orange and lemongrass. The inclusion of sweet orange oil adds traces of citrus, while lemongrass brings in that sweetly grassy element. On the other hand, pine oil and patchouli complement the bath bomb by adding that heavy, decadently spicy aroma as well as a slightly woody note.
Lush bombs can also be prepared together with Epsom salts to compliment the essential oils. These natural ingredients have many health benefits for the user.
If you find the Lush bath bombs too expensive (or just want to experiment with your own scents), then read on to find out how to make your own homemade essential oil Lush bombs.
Ideally, the dry ingredients should be measured using a kitchen scale for maximum accuracy. However, you can also use approximate volumetric measures.
- 4 oz. citric acid (equal to ½ cup)
- 8 oz. baking soda (slightly less than 1 cup)
- 4 oz. corn starch (equal to ¾ cup)
- 4 oz. Epsom salts (just over ½ cup)
- 3 tablespoons of light oil; possibilities include hempseed oil, almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 20 to 30 drops essential oils, which may include peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, wild orange, rosemary, Tahitian vanilla, lemon, rose, sandalwood, and tea tree among other essential oils
Remember to ensure that the essential oil you choose is skin-safe; some are meant for use in an oil burner.
- 3 to 5 drops food coloring
Start by placing all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix them thoroughly to ensure there are no clumps and they are well blended. A whisk is best for this.
Place all the wet ingredients (including the food coloring, if any) in a jar and cover it with a lid. Shake the jar vigorously so that the ingredients mix and the food color spreads evenly.
Open the jar and keep mixing the contents with a spoon as you slowly pour the liquid ingredients into the dry mixture. You should be careful not to add too much at once because this will result in fizzing; if this happens, then stir the mixture vigorously and quickly.
The final mixture of dry and wet ingredients should have a consistency similar to slightly damp sand. You have achieved the desired blend when your mixture can retain some shape when you squeeze it in your hands. If it tends to crumble, add some oil; if it’s too wet and won’t hold its shape, you’ll need to add more of the dry ingredients in the correct proportions.
The next step involves pressing your final mixture into molds. You can grease the insides of the molds with vegetable oil to make this easier.
If you find that silicone molds are not effective because of distortion or bending, try using a measuring spoon and muffin pans. You should fill the depressions in a standard muffin pan ¾ full to get a size similar to Lush bath bombs. If you want to add rose petals and dry herbs, sprinkle them in the bottom of the muffin pan before you get started with the molding.
Flip the molds over to take the bath bombs out. You’ll be loving the beautiful scent in your house at this stage.
Let the bath bombs dry outside for a while.
Don’t seal the bath bombs in airtight containers in an attempt to preserve them. Bath bombs release air, so the containers will just pop open!
Some recommended scents and colors
- Yellow food coloring combined with wild orange and lemon essential oils. This blend of citrus is excellent for giving yourself a much needed energy bath to start your morning.
- Peppermint and lavender essential oils mixed with purple food coloring. The peppermint gives a pleasing tingle for sore muscles, while lavender will help you relax.
- Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils together with blue food coloring. This mix is sure to leave you completely relaxed, and it smells like your favorite spa.
- Rosemary, lemongrass and thyme essential oils blended with green food coloring. Your hair will be enriched by this herbal blend.
- Rose essential oil blended with red food coloring. This blend is excellent for soothing your body.
A bath bomb is a great way of spicing up your bath while soothing yourself and enjoying the health benefits of essential oils. You can choose your favorite essential oils to come up with your own Lush bath bomb. And did I mention that this bath bomb can be a creative gift for your lover!
If you want to pamper yourself then you should definitely consider incorporating Lush bath bombs into your daily routine. Enjoy your bath!