DIY Bath Bombs


Amanda Wampler, Staff Reporter

Everyone who has been to Lush knows how intricate and fascinating their bath bombs are. Sadly, there are no Lush stores close to Greenville. Because of their increasing popularity, however, the internet is full of easy recipes to replicate the bath bombs. I chose one article, went shopping, and did my best to make something that resembled a Lush bath bomb.  

Ingredients needed:

8 ounces baking soda (1 cup)

4 ounces citric acid (½ cup)

4 ounces sea salt or Epsom salt (½ cup)

4 ounces cornstarch (¾ cup)

2 TBSP oil of choice (I used olive oil)

2 tsp of water plus a little more if needed

1 tsp vanilla extract (or more water)

30-40 drops of essential oils

6-7 drops of food coloring

My day started with a quick Target run. There, I picked up the citric acid, essential oil, Epsom salts, and olive oil. Everything was relatively inexpensive and easy to find, which was helpful. I started by preparing all the dry ingredients. I mixed the citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and Epsom salt. Setting that aside, I mixed the wet ingredients together: the oil, water, vanilla extract, and essential oils. I used both peppermint essential oils and peppermint Epsom salt, so my bath bombs smelled very minty. Then, I slowly mixed the wet ingredients in the dry ones. The mixture will bubble and fizz when this happens. After it was all mixed together, the mixture was still too dry, so I added more water. The end mixture should be easily molded into a ball or a pan. Once it was ready, I split it into three separate bowls. I dyed the mixtures purple, orange, and pink. Once everything was finally ready, I prepared muffin tins with polka dot muffin wrappers, and then I layered the mixture in each tin. These need to be set for 24-48 hours, so be prepared for a long wait time.

After everything was done, I got to see the bath bombs in action. Unsurprisingly, they are very basic and minimal in comparison to Lush. I soaked my feet in it, and though it left my skin very soft and the smell was good, I much prefer Lush’s version. Junior Addie Hudson uses Lush bath bombs, and she said, “I love Lush, and I can’t imagine being able to make any bath bomb as cool as theirs, so I just order anything that I want.” For a quick solution, these worked perfectly. I am sure with some practices, these can be cute and act like Lush’s, but I would much rather wait a week for shipping to get quality Lush bath bombs.