DIY LUSH Inspired Bath Bombs

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Spring is here, but with the cold weather still upon us (at least here on the East Coast), I’ll for sure be squeezing in a few more relaxing baths before the weather warms up.  One of my all-time favorite bath bombs is LUSH’s Twilight, but at nearly $7 a pop, bath time can start to get pretty pricey when you’re taking them multiple times a week.  Fortunately, I’ve come up with a little recipe that smells almost like the real thing (it’s not 100% perfect, but it does have a similar warm, sweet, and relaxing scent).  It uses the four main scents found in Twilight – Lavender, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Bean, and Ylang Ylang.

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

I was able to find all four scents at Piping Rock. Three of which are essential oils (i.e. derived from 100% all-natural, pure plant sources), while Tonka Bean is a fragrance oil, meaning it’s synthetic/laboratory created, however it can still safe for use in bath and body products.  (The real deal – Tonka Bean Absolute – is pretty expensive, at around $250 USD per oz.)  Here are all the oils I used:

I’ve also added my own little spin to it though by taking out all the glitter and dyes, while adding in some dried lavender bits to complement the lavender essential oil.

DIY LUSH Twilight Bath Bomb Tutorial

This recipe makes approximately 2 and 1/2 large bath bombs, or 5-6 smaller sized bath bombs.  You can easily double it if you’re looking to really stock up!

What You’ll Need:

Equipment:

I use large stainless steel bath bomb molds and smaller plastic molds, but you can also experiment with ice, soap, and candy molds for different sizes and shapes.  I also use a small bowl for mixing the liquid ingredients, and large bowl for mixing all the ingredients together.

Step 1

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Start by adding all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then mix everything together using a whisk.

Step 2

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

In a separate smaller bowl, combine all the essential/fragrance oils and carrier oil of your choice. Mix them all together.

Step 3

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Start gradually adding your liquid mixture to your dry ingredients, mixing as you go. Continue adding a few drops at a time until you’ve used it all up.

Step 4

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Slowly add water to the mixture while simultaneously mixing it with your hands or a whisk. Use a spray bottle to add the water if you have one, or add the liquid drop by drop.

It doesn’t take much water to dampen the mixture enough to form bath bombs.  Go slowly, testing out the mixture every few sprays/drops.  Once it has a consistency similar to dampened sand and stays together when pressed firmly, you’re good to go.  (If you accidentally moisten the mixture too much, just add a little more baking soda.)

Step 5

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Now it’s time to grab your molds.  Take one half and add a pinch of dried lavender to the bottom of one mold.

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Then, take some of your bath bomb mixture and fill in the rest of the mold, letting it overfill a bit.  Grab your other half mold, filling it up slightly over the top again, then press the two molds together.

(Alternatively, you can use a silicone ice cube tray or cookie mold, in which case you’ll want to keep packing and pressing until the mixture feels solid.)

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Once the mold is pressed tightly, gently tap it with a spoon to loosen your bath bomb.  Then, lift the molds away very slowly.  Gently place your bath bomb on a table to dry.

Step 6

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

Leave your bath bombs out for a couple of days to harden. Once they’ve completely hardened, store them in an airtight container or wrap them up in plastic wrap to keep them fresh (and to make sure the citric acid stays fizzy!). Grab one whenever your ready for a little relaxation time!

If you want to add some pink color to make it look like the actual Twilight bath bombs, simply add a few teaspoons of natural hibiscus powder.  You can also add some dried lavender directly into your mixture.  I did both with my second round of ‘mini’ bath bombs. 🙂

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

DIY Lush inspired bath bomb tutorial

If you still want to experience a ‘Twilight’-like scent, but are fresh out of bath bombs, you can add a few drops of the Piping Rock Essential Oils to a shower steam. Or, mix them with a little coconut or jojoba oil and add to your bath water for some aromatherapy plus extra hydration!


Have you tried making your own homemade bath bombs?

What’s your favorite bath bomb scent?

 

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  • Ahhh this sounds like so much fun!!! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 x

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

  • Rimsha

    These look amazing! I love LUSH products so I definitely want to try this out. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ashlee Elizabeth

    These look so good! I have been wanting to try and make my own bath bombs for quite a while because having a Lush addiction can get pretty pricey, haha. I am going to remember this and try it out one day soon! Thanks so much!

    Ashlee Liz
    http://www.ashleeliz.com

  • I love bath bombs! I’ll have to try to make some of these!

  • I didn’t recognize many of the ingredients but I bet the smell good.

  • These look so fun to make! I love LUSH, so I should definitely try making some of my own bath bombs one of these days!

  • Ruby Davies

    This looks like so much fun! Will definitely have to give this a go, as I love the bath bombs from Lush.

    Ruby Ray
    missrubyrayblog.wordpress.com

  • These look so beautiful, I’m going to try out your recipe & give these a go at some point I think! Thanks for sharing :).

    Ellie Xx | http://www.make-it-up.co.uk

  • I love making bath bombs! These look like such a fun twist on them though. Definitely trying them some time!

  • My friend absolutely loves Lush bath bombs. I’m going to share this with her! She will love it! Thanks. -Crystal

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