Buy or D.I.Y. Your Next Bath Bomb

By Sarah Rovinsky

Whether seeking sweet release from a week of exams that caused mental and emotional havoc–I’m speaking from experience–or simply enjoying yourself, any occasion is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a bath bomb. Though Lush cosmetics is, essentially, the holy grail of bath bombs, is it worth it? Lush is known for their high quality, fresh, handmade cosmetics. Their stance against animal testing also allows customers to purchase with a clear conscience. My only deterrent from buying their aesthetic-y products is my sad, empty wallet. Therefore, I have bravely attempted a D.I.Y. to prove or disprove if Lush’s disintegrating balls of magic can be replicated.

Products I used:

  • 8 ounces of baking soda
  • 4 ounces of  cream of tartar
  • 4 ounces of non-GMO corn starch
  • 4 ounces of  epsom salts
  • ¾ a teaspoon of water
  • 2 teaspoons (or 20-30 drops) of essential oil (or your favorite essential oil scent)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • Natural food coloring (optional)
  • Loose cosmetic glitter (optional)
  • Bath bomb shaper or mini muffin pan (This will only change the shape and can be substituted for other desired shapes.)

First, I mixed all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, I mixed all the wet ingredients. Afterwards, I combined both wet and dry ingredients. If it is well mixed, it should hold together when you squeeze it in your fists. If it falls apart, add a few more drops of water until it reaches the right consistency. Then, pack it into whatever container you’ve chosen to shape your bath bomb. Let it dry out completely in about 24 hours.

Later I compared my homemade bath bomb to Lush’s and found that both gave off the same amount of fizz. My D.I.Y. bomb required a lot of ingredients and prep time. However, I had plenty of fun putting everything together. As for pricing, buying everything I needed easily got to be expensive, but due to the bulk amount I purchased, I can make more for less than a store-bought version. Ultimately, personal preference will determine whether or not you are willing to exchange convenience over price.


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