If you are anything like me then you can’t have a nice relaxing bath without popping in one of the numerous Lush bath bombs you inevitably own and letting the pretty fragrances and colours fill your bath. It just had to be done. At around £4 per bath bomb it can get a little pricey to use a bomb every single time, but then it has to be done, cue vicious circle.
Up until recently I hadn’t even thought about making my own bath bombs but I stumbled across a few tutorials online and it seemed too easy to not try. Plus you can be as creative as you want – although my first attempt did look like a child had made it – but my god in the bath it was a dream.
To begin with you need to mix equal parts of bicarbonate of soda with salt, it is best to use Epsom salt because this is relaxing and will help relax and ease your muscles when in the bath but I just used normal salt as I found it super cheap in Tesco haha. You don’t need to worry about measurements all that much just as long as they’re pretty equal.
Next you want to mix up equal parts of water and lemon juice (preferably in a spray bottle) and put in a little bit to the bicarb/salt mixture at a time. Keep mixing until you get a similar consistency to wet sand, where if you balled it up in your hand it would stick together without sticking to your hand. Next up is the fun part, making it look pretty, and bath bombs almost always look pretty!
Separate out your wet bicarb/ salt mixture into as many bowls as you want and pop a bit of food colouring in them to get the colours you want. Due to a lack of materials, I opted for yellow, orange and green on my first attempt and tried to make the colours as vivid as possible. Once you’ve got the colour you can add in sprays of perfume for fragrance, bits of eyeshadow dust for shimmer or glitter, or perhaps some essence for stronger flavours.
Once you have everything mixed together you want to grab a small bowl, egg poacher, cupcake tin, anything which is round and you basically pack the mixture in. I just grabbed handfuls of my colours and mixed them all together (hence, why it looks like a child’s creation!) You can mould it with your hand once it’s tightly packed to get a more rounded look, that all just depends on the materials you have available. After my first attempt, I did create a second one which on the outside is completely blue, but has a hidden bright yellow glittery centre. I just made a ball of the yellow and then completely covered it in blue. Lush each your heart out!
Once it’s created you just need to leave it out to dry overnight (or if you can’t wait pop it in the freezer for a few hours) then it’s just a case of running a bath, grabbing a magazine of choice and popping in your creation.