How to Make Bath Bombs

Surprisingly the bath bomb was invented in a garden shed by Mo Constantine the co founder of Lush Cosmetics. She patented the bath bomb in 1989 under the brand name of “Cosmetics To Go”. Unfortunately the company eventually went into administration and she lost the patent. At a later date a new patent was issued to Cosmetic Warriors LTD (the proprietor of the Lush Cosmetics trademark).

Why Did She Create The Bath Bomb

Mo invented the bath bomb because her skin was sensitive to regular bath products so her journey began. She was also intrigued by the way alka seltzer’s reacted when they hit the water so her goal was to create something similar. She felt this visual impact along with the smell of essential oils and vibrant colours would guarantee success.

The Blackberry Bath Bomb

The blackberry was one of the very first BB’s to be made and it is till being made today. Lush describe it as “a burst of fresh, uplifting bergamot oil meets grounding frankincense for a fragrant blend that blasts away the day’s worries, leaving you wrapped in a cozy and comforting berry-scented hug.”


What Are Bath Bombs Made From

The base ingredient for bath bombs are

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Cornflour
  • Oil (coconut, sunflower, etc)
  • Essential oils (lavender, chamomile, etc)
  • Citric acid
  • Liquid food colouring

Make your own luxury bath bomb recipe. Most of the BB’s are individually handmade, however, some larger companies have started to mechanise the process. The people who make the hand made BB’s are referred to as compounders. One of the most time consuming steps to a handmade BB is the glitter process. This is because the glitter gets everywhere so this process need to take place in a different room so it does not contaminate the other BB’s. How to care for your bath.

bath bomb oilsWhat Are Essential Oils

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent and flavour, or the very essence. The unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. Essential oils are obtained through distillation via steam or water. Sometimes mechanical methods are used such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use. The carrier oils are used to dilute the essential oil because otherwise they would be too intense.

Oils extracted using chemicals are considered not to be essential oils.

Great Essential Oils To Use

Some great essential oils oils we use for their aromas and medicinal properties.

  1. Lavender oil
  2. Peppermint oil
  3. Sweet orange oil
  4. Jasmine oil
  5. Rose oil
  6. Tea tree oil
  7. Lemon oil
  8. Bergamot oil
  9. Ylang Ylang oil
  10. Chamomile oil

There are nearly 100 essential oils that are commonly used and each one is associated with health claims. The pros and cons of essential oils.

Bicarbonate Of Soda

Baking soda makes up the bulk of most bath bomb recipes, This is because it helps produce the fizzy reaction that occurs when you drop one into your bath water. It’s also a mild exfoliant that can help soften rough or dry skin

Citric Acid

Citric acid, which occurs naturally in citrus and other fruits, contributes to the fizzy reaction of the bath bomb and makes skin feel nice and smooth after soaking.


Once the cornflower in your bath bomb dissolves, it leaves the water feeling silky smooth!

Food Colourings

Really the only limitation with food colouring is your imagination, take our kids bath bombs, we have just gone wild with the colours. One that we are particularly proud of is our shark bath bombs, kids just love the sharks going wild in the bath tub.

Shark Bath Bombs
Shark Bath Bombs

All your questions answered about bath bomb making.

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