DIY “Bamboo Lotus” Bath Bombs

Choosing between sticking to a diet or having some personal time with a pint of ice cream can be tough, but life is all about balance. Our Bamboo Lotus bath bombs strike the perfect balance between sweet and exotic with an aromatic blend of grapefruit zest and juicy mango that is offset by the earthy richness of sandalwood to leave you with that post message feeling every time.

The colors in these bath bombs will mix and mingle until a soothing sea foam green emerges, changing your bath water into your own calming environment.

With a handful of ingredients and our easy to follow tutorial, this bath time treat can be made right at home!

1. Sift the baking soda and lake dye together.

Combine the baking soda, yellow 5 lake dye and blue 1 lake dye into a sieve and sift them together into a large bowl to make your green mixture. Mix thoroughly with a whisk to incorporate the dye until the baking soda is one solid color. Repeat this step using the baking soda  and 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 green mixture into the bottom of the mold.

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

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 green for the final layer on one half, and blue 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 “Bamboo Lotus” bath bomb! This recipe will yield about eight bath bombs.

11. 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 tutorial!

 

Bamboo Lotus Bath Bombs

Prep

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Yield 8 Bath Bombs

Ingredients

Green Mix:

  • 1 1/2 cups Baking Soda
  • 0.33 g Blue 1 Lake Dye
  • 0.87 g Yellow 5 Lake Dye
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • 3/4 teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Organic Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon Polysorbate 80
  • 1 tablespoon "Bamboo Lotus" Fragrance Oil
  • 3/4 cup Citric Acid

Blue Mix:

  • 1 1/2 cups Baking Soda
  • 0.56 g Blue 1 Lake Dye
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • 3/4 teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Organic Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon Polysorbate 80
  • 1 tablespoon "Bamboo Lotus" Fragrance Oil
  • 3/4 cup Citric Acid

Instructions

  1. Combine the baking soda, yellow 5 lake dye and blue 1 lake dye into a sieve and sift them together into a large bowl to make your green mixture. Mix thoroughly with a whisk to incorporate the dye until the baking soda is one solid color. Repeat this step with the baking soda blue 1 lake dye in 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 green mixture into the bottom of the mold. Next, add 1 tablespoon of the blue mixture on top of the green. 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 green for the final layer on one half, and blue 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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