Bold statement hey?
I am confident that you will agree once you try them for yourself. I don’t have a secret recipe. I watched a lot of tutorials on You Tube and started with a basic recipe of 1 part citric acid, 2 parts bicarbonate of soda. I used witch hazel to help get the right consistency of wet sand, along with a little almond oil and my EO or FO.
Most people agree that witch hazel is better than water because it doesn’t cause the citric acid and bicarb to fizz prematurely. We only want that to happen in the bath. How disappointing is it, when the bath bomb is actually a bath plop. Drop in the water and…. Nothing.
I always test one from a batch but I want to know that I didn’t just waste a lot of time and expensive ingredients ahead of testing one. I want to be sure that I am getting it right every time. I want consistent results.
The Liquid Free Method
The solution is very simple. Don’t use anything that will cause fizz during the production of the bath bombs.
So, no liquid colours, or powders that need to be mixed in water. That includes food coloring. I’m not sure why people use food coloring anyway. The colours aren’t bright or long lasting and they aren’t particularly cheap. I like to use mica or lake colors in their powder form directly into the dry ingredients.
No water or witch hazel. I use a combination of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil as my wet ingredients. Along with my essential oils or fragrance oils, I get the perfect texture every time. No accidental volcanos. No bath bombs that ooze out of the mold because they are too wet and no ruined batches.
The result is a super luxurious Bath Bomb. So moisturizing and decadent that they deserve a title all of their own. The Butter Bomb is born!
Butter Bomb Recipe Aphrodite
1 cup citric acid.
2 cups bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup pink clay (you can use cornstarch if you prefer or skip this altogether)
1/2 cup cocoa, shea, mango butter, coconut oil. (You can use all or a combination of the butters or just one butter at 75% and 25% coconut oil. If you use no butter and all coconut oil it still works but you shouldn’t call it a Butter Bomb)
Teaspoon of pink mica powder
Sweet Almond Oil
Fragrance Oils I use in this one are Jasmine and Indian Poppy.
Dried Jasmine Flowers to decorate.
Mix up all your dry ingredients (except Jasmine flowers) ensuring there are no clumps. Clumps don’t look pretty in the finished product. They don’t colour so you get white speckles.
Next comes your fragrance oils or essential oils. Depending on how much FO you use (I like mine to be highly fragranced) it will start binding the dry ingredients together.
Now is time to add your butters and coconut oils. I like to crumble my cocoa butter and grate my Shea and mango butter. It helps to mix better and distribute evenly. Work it into the mixture like you would when making breadcrumbs. The heat from your hands will melt the butters. You will get the damp sand effect or very close by now. Check it by picking some with your hand and squeeze it by making a fist. Does it stay together? If yes, it’s ready to mould. If no, that’s ok, just add a little sweet almond oil until you get the right consistency.
Now mould your butter bombs. I use plastic round moulds. Sprinkle some Jasmine flowers in one side. Pack that side first. I press this side down quite firmly and overfill slightly. Pack the other side quite loosely. Then press together ensuring the moulds meet evenly. Lift the side with flowers off first. Whilst the other half is still in the mould I just wipe my finger around the edge to get rid of any excess. Un mould carefully and leave to set.
This method always gives me consistent results. I never have bath bombs that crumble, don’t set and harden. They never crack.
Once you have perfected the recipe you can get as creative as you like. I love making a plain white bath bomb with a surprise colour embed. Galaxy bombs, Glitter bombs, Aromatherapy bombs. You can make them all. The world is your oyster.
Hmm, an Oyster Bath Bomb with a pearl inside and a gentle shimmer of pearl coloured or gold mica powder….