I love working with water-soluble dyes. They create such a deep vibrant color and you only need a little bit to color your batch. I have a blog post on colorants so make sure to check it out if you’re interested in using water soluble dyes, lakes, and micas in your bath fizzies.
I usually like to add my citric acid with all of my dry ingredients, then I would add my oil or butter of choice, next would go fragrance and polysorbate 80, and I add the final touch to the perfect bath bomb consistency by dropping 1-3g of water as my binder and mixing very fast to prevent activation.
However, I thought that it would be fun to try new things, and here I am to share my adventures in the bath bomb making world. Let’s go!
I used the following recipe
|5||Fractionated Coconut Oil (any lightweight oi will do)||B|
|10||Natrasorb Bath (Bathsorb) optional||C|
|0.3||Acid Red Dye||D|
- I started with sifting my dry ingredients (except for the citric acid) and mixing them thoroughly.
2. I mixed my water-soluble dye with 3 g of water and added to my dry mix.
3.Mix. mix mix. The longer I mixed the more colored turned my mixture.
4. Now we can add oils and fragrance oils. I mix my fragrance oils with Natrasorb (1:1 ratio) until they turn into a creamy paste. Then I added fractionated coconut oil and polysorbate 80.
5. It’s time to add my citric acid. I saw immediately how my bath bomb mix started to turn into this perfect, moldable batter. I didn’t have to add any extra oil or binder. If my batch was too wet I would add a little bit of kaolin clay or use a hand mixer to aerate it.
6. I packed my molds, unmolded my bath bombs, set them to dry for about 20 minutes, and in the meanwhile, I remelted my cocoa butter drizzle. I made a larger batch of cocoa butter drizzle a couple of weeks ago when I was making these bath bombs so I didn’t have to make it from scratch. I wanted my drizzle to be something between an icing and a frosting so I added about 1 tsp of baking soda to my drizzle to thicken it up.
I really liked experimenting and trying out new things and it looks like I got a decent outcome out of my adventures.
If you’re a beginner and you’re looking for a good starter recipe then I recommend this blog post. The list of suppliers is also available on the blog.
If you want to make a very moisturizing, soothing, and classical looking bath bomb then try this Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey recipe with a delicious honey-like looking cocoa butter drizzle.
Here’s the recipe in %
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