DIY Bath Bomb Recipe

So over Christmas break I went into a Lush Store. I LOVE their products. But man they are expensive. One bath bomb costs $7! ONE! So I came home determined (after I purchased their dark angel face scrub/wash. Love it) to make my own.

I have to admit I cheated a little bit. I ordered a bath bomb making kit off of Amazon. It came with all of the ingredients pre-measured out and even came with a spray bottle and cute muffin liners. All I had to add was Coconut Oil and my Young Living Essential Oils (I choose Lavender and Lemon this run).

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Tip – half way through I realized the bowl I used was way too small. Here is a pic of me mixing away while my husband is laughing at me getting ingredients all over myself and the kitchen. After this pic was taken we put the mix in our Kitchen Aid mixer and that worked MUCH better.

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I didn’t color these as I didn’t want to use artificial colors. So I left them white. But at the end of the recipe are listed some natural ways you could color them. Get creative!

In the end I think they turned out lovely. I can’t wait to use them! It was so easy to do and I love how you can scent them with essential oils and create the perfect blend for your needs. Here is the recipe and instructions. Enjoy!

Makes 12 (or more) cupcake bath bombs

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt, reserve 2 Tbsp. for topping
  • 5 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil or any other oil to soften skin
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. of water (about 100 spritzes of water)
  • 1 Tsp. or more of Young Living Essential Oils

Directions

  1. Combine the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and Epsom salt (set aside 2 Tbsp. for topping) in a bowl.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the oil and mix with hands or whisk until it is evenly combined.
  3. Fill spritzer with water and spritz 100 pumps into the mixture while stirring.
  4. Mix until crumbly. You will know it is ready when you squish the mixture together and it holds together. (see pro tips below)
  5. Stir in essential oils and decorations.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 parts filling the liner with a generous 1/3 cup of the mixture.
  7. Press down and make even.
  8. Sprinkle on the Epsom salt topping you set aside and press down.
  9. You did it! Dry and set for 2 days.
  10. Drop 1 or 2 bath bombs into a warm bath. Relax your muscles and melt your worries away.

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Pro Tips

  1. Using the right amount of water is the key to making great bath bombs. You want to use the least amount of water, only adding a little at a time, to get your mixture to stick together, but not so much that it becomes active. If it is a humid day use less water.
  2. Organic, cold pressed oils like coconut, olive and walnut oil are natural moisturizers and they nourish the skin. Use them in your bath bombs. If you do not have these handy, no need to fret, any vegetable oil will do too.

 

Enhancing your Bath Bomb with Natural Color

Unlike artificial food dyes that have no additional benefits, you can enhance the color of your bath bomb with real foods that will actually benefit your skin. Here are some ideas:

Green Tea Matcha

(Sage Green Color) – Clock full of antioxidants that will give you more radiant skin. Add ½ Tbsp. to your mixture before dividing.

Dried Rose Petals

(Decoration) – Tightens pores and restores suppleness to skin. Crumple 2 Tbsp. into mixture before dividing.

Beet Powder

(Red) – Packed will folate, minerals and vitamins, beet powder is a great way to add color while anti-aging qualities fight wrinkles. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.

Paprika

(Orange) – Rich in carotenes and beta-carotene which prevents age spots and freckles while promoting a brighter complexion. Mix in 2 Tbsp. before dividing mixture.

Spirulina

(Bluish to Greenish) – This super-food contains a wide range of minerals that are important in maintaining great skin, nails and hair. Add 2 Tbsp. into your mixture before dividing.

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DIY Three Ingredient Sugar Scrub

I love those fancy hand scrubs that leave your hands soft and smelling like flowers. Here in Florida we have a bath store called Basin and I love to go in there and sample their scrubs. They have a sink display that allows you to play around with a bunch of their salt scrubs, soaps and lotions. I love it. However, every time I leave their store  I am empty handed. Why? Because one jar of their scrub could buy me a fancy 3 course meal somewhere. Or tickets to a movie for two WITH drink and popcorn. Crazy prices.

So I have been on a hunt for an easy, cheap DIY alternative. And I have found it. It has been sitting in my pantry closet for YEARS and I had no clue. Three ingredients people. That’s it. No cooking or fancy mixing instructions. Infact, I was lazy and mixed mine in the jar I put it in!

And the best part is you can scent it however you wish. No limits people. For this batch I used Lavender and Lemon but I am thinking with fall here a Cinnamon and Orange blend would be divine. And with the holidays around the corner I am thinking these will make an appearance in my son’s daycare teachers Christmas bags.  Maybe with the scent of Peppermint or a blend like Cedarwood and Spruce.

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

LAVENDER AND LEMON BROWN SUGAR SCRUB

TO MAKE THIS BATCH OF SUGAR SCRUB COMBINE THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS INTO A GLASS JAR:

  • 1 CUP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/2 CUP COCONUT OIL
  • 8 DROPS LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 4 DROPS LEMON OIL

DIRECTIONS:  USE THIS IN YOUR BATH OR SHOWER TO MAKE YOUR SKIN SMOOTH AND SOFT!

There you go. I bought the glass jar I used at Walmart. The brown sugar and coconut oil are grocery store brand. Cheap. The essential oils are Young Living and are the brand I recommend you use for any essential oil usage. You can purchase them here.  The scrub left my hands soft, smooth and moisturized. I love it!

Enjoy!

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Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies

I love Meringue Cookies. Light and fluffy yet decadent at the same time. Recently my husband made a variation of Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies by adding walnuts and Lime essential oil. Hope you enjoy as much as I have!

INGREDIENTS:

MERINGUE

3 eggs whites

½ teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon almond extract

¼ teaspoon salt

2/3 cup chopped pecans

1 cup sugar

or

3 tablespoons powdered egg whites

½ cup warm water

½ cup powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon cream of tarter

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon almond extract

¼ teaspoon salt

2/3 cup chopped pecans

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CUSTARD

3 egg yolks

1/3 cup cornstarch

1 ½ cups water

1 cup sugar

juice from one lemon

lemon peel from one lemon

2 tablespoons butter

4 drops of lime or lemon essential oil

sliced pecans

Meringue Directions:

  1. Beat egg whites, vinegar, vanilla, and salt at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar slowly until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.

Or 

  1. Add egg white powder to water. Mix and allow to seat 2 minutes. Beat on medium speed until frothy. Add vanilla, almond, salt, and cream of tartar increasing speed to high. Add sugar slowly until stiff glossy peaks form.

Then

  1. Fold pecans into meringue.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment. Spoon mixture onto parchment and shape into a cup with a spoon. Cook at 225F for 2 hours. Cool in oven with door ajar for maximum crispiness. Store in airtight container.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, water, and sugar. Cook over medium heat whisking until thick. Reduce heat and beat in egg yolks.   Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and whisk in lemon juice, peel, butter, and lime oil. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Just before serving, fill meringue shells with custard and top with sliced pecans.

  If you need to order essential oils, you can do so here

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