Images and text by Jamie Grumet. Posted on January 10, 2015.
This recipe for all-natural bath bombs is so much fun. Kids and adults will love the playfulness of the ice cream shape, and the best part is that they are just as enjoyable in the bath!
You can customize the coloring and flavors however you’d like. We decided to make chocolate and strawberry flavors at the boys’ request.
- 2 oz cocoa butter
- 1 oz shea butter
- 1/2 cup baking soda (I found aluminum-free baking soda here)
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 teaspoons all-natural food coloring (we used red for a pink/ “strawberry” look) OR 4 tablespoons cocoa powder (for color and flavor)
- 2 teaspoons fragrance (we used vanilla extract for both strawberry and chocolate flavors. However, essential oils work great too! We love Living Libations and Aura Cacia.)
1. In a glass bowl, mix together baking soda, citric acid, and arrow root powder.
If making chocolate flavored bath bombs, add in cocoa powder.
Use your hands, completely incorporating all dry ingredients together. (If you want to be extra thorough, you can sift the dry ingredients.)
2. Melt cocoa and shea butter over low heat.
3. Once butters are completely melted, add in coloring (if using).
3. Turn off heat and allow for butter mixture to cool for 1 to 2 minutes. After mixture has cooled slightly, add in fragrance.
4. Pour butter mixture into the bowl containing the dry ingredients. Mix well. The texture should be similar to cookie dough.
5. Take an ice cream scoop and gently scoop bath bomb dough onto a tray or dish.
6. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Remove and allow to dry at room temperature overnight.
7. To make the bath bombs last longer, store in an airtight container. If you plan on using them within a week, you can store in an open dish.
We like to keep bath bombs on display in a bowl or on a plate.