DIY “As You Wish” Bath Bombs

Think the idea of making your own bath bombs is “inconceivable”? Think again.

These ultra-moisturizing bath bombs fizz and foam, transforming your boring bath water into a beautiful shade of purple, while the lavishly lush blend of orange, peach, cherry blossom and white jasmine will make all of your wishes come true.


Let’s get started!

1. Sift the baking soda and lake dye together.


Combine the baking soda and red 27 lake dye into a sieve and sift them together into a large bowl to make your pink mixture. Mix thoroughly with a whisk to incorporate the dye until the baking soda is one solid color. Repeat this step using the blue 1 lake dye in a separate bowl to make your blue mixture.

2. Break up any remaining clumps.


You may need to go one step further and break up any stubborn lake dye clumps by hand. Rub the remaining clumps between your fingers until you get a uniform color throughout.

3. Mix in the water.


Next, add the water to each bowl and whisk to combine. The mix will start to come together into little “pebbles” but still remain soft.

4. Melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter.


After the water is mixed in you’ll need to melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter in the microwave in separate containers. The cocoa butter will take longer to melt than the coconut oil. Be careful when removing both from the microwave so that you don’t burn yourself.

5. Mix in the oils.


Add the polysorbate 80, melted coconut oil, and melted cocoa butter to each bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Next, add the fragrance oil to each bowl and whisk together.

6. Get ready to mold the bath bombs.


Now that almost everything has been mixed in, it’s time to set up for molding the bath bombs! I laid out a few hand towels with a piece of wax paper over the top to set my bath bombs on as they dry. If you want something more mobile, a great option would be to cover a cookie sheet with towels to make it easy to place somewhere out of the way as they dry.

7. Mix in the citric acid.


Add the citric acid to the bath bomb mix and whisk thoroughly for about one minute. To test to see if the mix is ready, take a handful and give it a squeeze. The mix should hold its shape well and not crumble apart when you let go. If it does, then continue mixing in increments of 10 seconds and test as you go. If you over whisk the mixture it will become dry and you won’t be able to mold the mix.

8. Mold the bath bombs.


Start by placing ½ tablespoon of the blue mixture into the bottom of the mold.


Next, add 1 tablespoon of the pink mixture on top of the blue.


Continue alternating between the two colors in this manner until the mold is full. Repeat the process for the other half of the mold. Use blue for the final layer on one half, and pink for the final layer on the other half.

Overfill both mold halves and press them together.

9. Remove the bath bomb from the mold.


After the two halves are fully compressed into one another, run a finger along the side of the mold to clean up the edges. Then, with the mold in one hand, tap or flick the top half of the mold around its circumference with your other hand. Next, hold the bottom half of the mold with one hand and gently twist the top until it releases from the bomb. Don’t force it or you’ll twist the bomb in half. Give it a few more flicks and taps if it doesn’t let go. Flip the bomb over so that the exposed half is in the palm of your hand and repeat the process to remove the other half of the mold.

10. Success!


Voila! You’ve just made your first “As You Wish” bath bomb! This recipe will yield about eight bath bombs.

Drying time/storage.


Allow your beauties to set up and dry for at least 12 hours before use. To store your bombs, you can wrap them in foil, shrink wrap them, or leave them “naked” and display them in a bowl to show off your creation. These bombs, when wrapped, will have a shelf life of about one month before they start to lose their fragrance.

Thank you so much for following along in our first tutorial!

As You Wish Bath Bombs

Prep

Total

Yield ~8 bath bombs

These ultra-moisturizing bath bombs fizz and foam, transforming your boring bath water into a beautiful shade of purple, while the lavishly lush blend of orange, peach, cherry blossom and white jasmine will make all of your wishes come true.

Ingredients

Pink Mix:

Blue Mix:

Instructions

  1. Combine the baking soda and red 27 lake dye into a sieve and sift them together into a large bowl to make your pink mixture. Mix thoroughly with a whisk to incorporate the dye until the baking soda is one solid color. Repeat this step using the blue 1 lake dye and another large bowl to make your blue mixture.
  2. Break up any stubborn lake dye clumps by hand. Just pick up a small handful of the mix and rub it between your fingers to break apart any remaining pieces until the color is uniform throughout.
  3. Add the water to each bowl and whisk to combine. The mix will start to come together into little “pebbles” but still remain soft.
  4. Melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter in the microwave in separate containers. The cocoa butter will take longer to melt than the coconut oil. Be careful when removing both from the microwave so that you don't burn yourself.
  5. Add the polysorbate 80, melted coconut oil, and melted cocoa butter to each bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add the fragrance oil to each bowl and whisk together.
  7. Set up an area for the bath bombs to dry. Lay out a few hand towels with a piece of wax paper over the top to set the bath bombs on as they dry. If you want something more mobile, a great option would be to cover a cookie sheet with towels to make it easy to place somewhere out of the way as they dry.
  8. Add the citric acid to the bath bomb mix and whisk thoroughly for about one minute. To test to see if the mix is ready, take a handful and give it a squeeze. The mix should hold its shape well and not crumble apart when you let go. If it does, then continue mixing in increments of 10 seconds and test as you go. If you over whisk the mixture it will become dry and you won’t be able to mold the mix.
  9. Start molding the bath bombs by placing ½ tablespoon of the blue mixture into the bottom of the mold. Next, add 1 tablespoon of the pink mixture on top of the blue. Continue alternating between the two colors in this manner until the mold is full. Repeat the process for the other half of the mold. Use blue for the final layer on one half, and pink for the final layer on the other half. Overfill both halves of the mold and press them together.
  10. After the two halves are fully compressed into one another, run a finger along the side of the mold to clean up the edges. Then, with the mold in one hand, tap or flick the top half of the mold around its circumference with your other hand. Next, hold the bottom half of the mold with one hand and gently twist the top until it releases from the bomb. Don't force it or you'll twist the bomb in half. Give it a few more flicks and taps if it doesn't let go. Flip the bomb over so that the exposed half is in the palm of your hand and repeat the process to remove the other half of the mold.

Notes

Allow your beauties to set up and dry for at least 12 hours before use. To store your bombs, you can wrap them in foil, shrink wrap them, or leave them “naked” and display them in a bowl to show off your creation. These bombs, when wrapped, will have a shelf life of about one month before they start to lose their fragrance.

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