DIY Lemon Swirl Bath Bombs Recipe
I don’t know about you, but I love soaking in the tub more than I’m willing to admit. I have added essential oils to the bath water way longer than the recent oil craze. Lavender and lemon were always my go to scents. I’m a citrus girl and can’t get enough of breathing in the clean, invigorating scents of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Recently a friend gave me my very first bath bomb. I was hooked!
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I’ve been toying around with this idea of having the girls over for a Girls Night In theme parties. Of course we will have bubbles and wine, cheese and a charcuterie board, plus lots of girl talk. I also wanted to start incorporating a craft of some sort. I’m not crafty, ya’ll. I don’t think I could craft myself out of a paper bag, but I’d like to try. These bath bombs were the first thing I wanted to learn how to make.
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I decided to start with a Lemon Swirl Bath Bomb as I just love the scent and how relaxed I am around Lemon and Bergamot. When I am in a bad mood, I go the old-fashion route and cut open a lemon. Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve moods – it definitely picks my mood up a notch! Bergamot has been used been used in Italy for centuries as a way to calm and lift away anxious feelings. It is purifying and cleansing for the skin while having a calming effect on the mind. Then the last ingredient is Petitgrain essential oil, which is derived from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree. It was added for its relaxing and calming effect as well. I hope you like this recipe and let me know if you are planning a girls night too!
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid – It’s better to buy in bulk on Amazon
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate (SLSA) – find it on Amazon
- 1/4 cup cream of tartar
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp rubbing alcohol
- Lemon essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
- Petitgrain essential oil
- Yellow mica coloring – use this Golden Yellow powder from this set on Amazon
- Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 2 smaller mixing bowls
- Bath bomb molds (I got mine on Amazon) or silicone molds
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, SLSA and cream of tartar.
Step 2: Using your hands, break down any lumps in the dry mixture. Mix dry ingredients together with your hands or a whisk.
Step 3: In a small bowl, add the coconut oil and rubbing alcohol.
Step 4: Add lemon essential oil to the small bowl.
Step 5: Add bergamot essential oil
Step 6: Add petitgrain essential oil
Step 7: Using a whisk, blend all your liquid ingredients together.
Step 8: Slowly add in the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Add about 1 tablespoon at a time, whisk together well and repeat until liquid mixture is incorporated into dry mixture. You will know when the mixture is perfect when you can press the mixture together in your hands and it stays together (see photo Step 9.) Separate the mixture evenly into two bowls.
Step 9: Add your colored mica powder to one bowl. Blend with your hands.
Step 10: Take a bath bomb mold or your silicone mold and add some of the white mixture and some of the yellow. Repeat on the other side. Pat down gently, but not too hard!
Step 11: Add the white mixture to top off both sides and press the mold together tightly. You may need to make a slight twisting motion to get all the excess mixture.
Step 12: Gently tap on the top of one side of the mold and release the mold from the bath bomb. Gently turn the mold over in your hand and repeat. Carefully set the bath bomb on parchment paper and allow to dry overnight. The next day, the bath bomb should be hard and ready to go! Store in an airtight container until ready to use. Drop one in the bath when ready to use! This smell AMAZING!!!
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