Another beauty DIY for you today, and it is one with a bit of glam. That’s right, it is how to make Jo Malone inspired bath bombs!
I have previously blogged about making your own bath bombs before (Hello! rose-scented bath bombs) and today I have another bath bomb tutorial. This is a bath bomb with a bit more of a luxury feel to it, as it is Jo Malone inspired. Using one of the many fragrances from Jo Malone products to make your very own pampering bath bombs that smell divine!
Keep reading for the tutorial or skip ahead and watch the video version of the tutorial. I want to apologise if the quality of the photos isn’t that great too, as I forgot to photograph some of the steps when I was making, so I have taken screenshots from the video! **Also this post isn’t sponsored, I just love this fragrance**
Jo Malone Inspired
So, this is Jo Malone inspired because it is using the fragrance of Fig and Cassis, which I believe is a fragrance used in the brand’s many products. Aldi has also made a dupe of this fragrance and I believe it is No18 of their candle range.
Bath bombs sound complicated but they are super easy to make at home. You only need a few ingredients and you are ready to go. Now, they can be a little fiddly, especially in getting the consistency just right, but with a bit of practice and trial and error, they will turn out great. Not only are they super easy, but they are a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at the reputable bath bomb selling companies in the long run.
How to make Jo Malone Inspired Bath Bombs:
Bath bombs are made up of wet and dry ingredients that are combined together to make a ball shape, or any shape you desire really. To make these Jo Malone inspired bath bombs you will require the following ingredients:
- Dry Ingredients:
- 1 Cup of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
- 1/2 Cup of Cornflour (Corn Starch)
- 3 Tbs Epsom Salt
- 1/2 Cup of Citric Acid
- (Optional) Dried flowers
- Wet Ingredients:
- 1 Tbs Coconut oil
- 3ml of Fig and Cassis Fragrance Oil
- Soap Dye
- Witch Hazel in a spray bottle
You will also need the following items:
- Large Glass Bowl
- Glass Measuring Jug
- Spray bottle
- Bath Bomb moulds of your choice, various sizes
- Measuring spoons & cups
- Rubber gloves or disposable gloves
- Tray lined with greaseproof paper and/or kitchen roll
Making the Bath Bombs:
First, make sure you have all the items and ingredients to hand. You also want to make sure you have prepared your tray and lined it with your greaseproof paper or kitchen towel. This is where you will place your newly formed bath bombs. These can be very delicate when first made, so make sure you are not moving the tray about too much after making until they are dry.
Step 1 – Combine the Dry Ingredient
In your large mixing bowl, add in the bicarbonate of soda, cornstarch, Epsom salts, adding in the citric acid last. Mix this together until all the dry ingredients are combined and any lumps and bumps are reduced.
Set the bowl aside.
Step 2 – Combine the Wet Ingredients
Select your coconut oil and gently melt this so it is in its liquid form. Then add in the fig and cassis fragrance oil.
**To work out the amount of fragrance oil, or essential oils, so that it is safe for your skin; calculate 1% of the total weight of the bath bomb mixture. As this recipe equates to roughly 300g, it means that the amount of fragrance oil is 3ml. Always measure the oil in ml too, with the pipette being the easiest way to measure this out to add**
Mix the coconut oil and fragrance oil together then select your desired colour. Fig and Cassis remind me of the colour purple, and therefore I opted for a soft purple colour to the bath bomb. You could make this any colour you like.
Add the soap dye, a little at a time, into the oil and fragrance mixture. You will see these forms little beads and may not fully change the colour of this wet mixture. I like to add it this way to reduce the amount of fizz that could occur, however, I had to add the soap dye directly to the bath bomb mixture to fully get my desired shade.
Step 3 – Combine the wet and dry ingredients
Now it is time to starting combining the wet and dry ingredients. Slowly add in the oil, fragrance and colour mixture to the bath bombs, stirring fast with your whisk. You need to be careful not to add too much liquid at once, as this may cause the citric acid to react and begin to fizz. This will mean your bath bombs will have no fizz or ‘bomb’ to them when added to your bath. Keep going until all the liquid is mixed in. If your colour isn’t quite the shade you want, this is where you will add a few drops more.
You will feel the consistency begin to change, but adding the oil mixture won’t be enough to bond your bath bombs together. That is why you have the next step.
Step 4- Spritz the witch hazel
In your spray bottle, add in witch hazel. You can also use rubbing alcohol in this, but I think witch hazel is much better for your skin. Lightly spritz the bath bomb mixture, two to three sprays at a time, and mix quickly. Again, you don’t want the mixture to start fizzing. Keep spritzing and mixing until you have the consistency of damp sand. You want the mixture to hold together when squeezed and can be thrown from hand to hand without much breaking.
Step 5 – Mould your Jo Malone inspired bath bombs
Now that your mixture is ready, you want to grab your chosen bath bomb moulds. I chose the traditional shape, with the added decoration of dried flowers. I dried these flowers myself, so let me know if you would like a guide on how you can do this too at home.
Scoop with your hand the bath bomb mixture placing it into the mould. Do not press this down, you want the mixture to be loose at this point. Keep adding the mixture until it is above the bath bomb mould, in a sort of heap. Repeat this in your remaining half of the bath bomb mould. You should now have two heaped bath bomb moulds.
Press both moulds together gently, allowing the excess bath bomb mixture to fall out. Maintain a gentle pressure when pressing, as this should give an equal force throughout the bath bomb, successfully pressing it together. Once the two halves meet in the middle, wipe off any excess that remains around the edge, and leave for a few seconds to a minute.
Holding the mould in one hand, gently tap the top half of the bath bomb mould with a spoon. Keep your fingers crossed that the mould loosens and releases without cracking the bomb in the middle. Then turn it over, holding the now exposed end of the bath bomb and remove the remaining mould.
If successful, you should now have your very own Jo Malone inspired bath bomb!
Step 6 – Allow to dry out
As tempting as it is to use the bath bomb straight away, you want to allow it to dry out. In the newly made stage, the bath bomb is very delicate and could crumble if moved or touch. So, you want to allow to dry on your pre-prepared tray for at least 24 to 48 hours. This will also allow you to see if you managed to get the consistency right, and that it isn’t too crumbly.
Now your Jo Malone inspired bath bomb is ready to use or give away as gifts!
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