LUSH Bath Bombs Blast their Way to Popularity
By Emily Zoda
LUSH Bath Bombs have been blowing up recently–literally. It’s appealed to bath tub lovers everywhere. These balls of soap, coming in various colors and scents, are thrown into running water to create a tub of color.
Starting out as a mail order cosmetics business, LUSH became the company’s official name to the first storefront in Poole, England in 1995.
Ever since their start, LUSH has opened international stores in Canada and the United States with the promise of pure and fragrant products for hair, skin, and more. Their products are supplied by two production kitchens in Canada.
Other companies such as Basin and Fortune Cookie Soap have also followed LUSH in the bath bomb trend.
Fortune Cookie Soap, from the Bath and Body’s franchise, offer cute varieties of soap such as Munchies Bath Bomb shaped as a donut and Gelato bath bombs.
Pinterest users have even created recipes for their own bath bombs. “Often imitated but never duplicated, Bath Bombs are an original LUSH invention.” according to their official website.
These bath bombs are featured in stores and on their website with quirky names and specialized ingredients to keep your skin healthy and smelling great.
Their bestselling bomb, Sex Bomb, was created for lovers in the tub, including jasmine, clary sage, and ylang ylang as aphrodisiac scents. Soya milk fizzes and dissolves in the tub and leaves the skin soft and smooth to create that special moment.
When tossed in hot water Sex Bomb turns the tub into a lagoon of pinks and purples. LUSH lists their ingredients to all their bath bomb products and offer descriptions of the natural ingredients they use.
Grapefruit oil, sea salt, seaweed, avocado, and extra virgin olive oil are merely a few of the many ingredients they use.
There’s even an option to auto refresh your LUSH orders. They’ll charge you every one to six months depending on your preference and send your favorite products right to your door.
Soya is made up of omegas and saturated fats. These act as antioxidants and conditions your skin and hair.
Coming in as the second bestseller is the more chaste bomb, is Twilight. There are stars and planets printed on the purple bomb, releasing a sweet fragrant mix of lavender and tonka absolute, an ingredient which is described on the LUSH website as “vanilla saucier’s cousin.”
The lavender helps calm your muscles as well as your mind to ease your stresses.
Tonka is used to treat joint problems as well as act as an antispasmodic. At room temperature, tonka is known to smell like vanilla and is used in a variety of other LUSH products.
The hot water transforms this bath bomb into shades of the night sky from pink to purple to blue.
Here’s a short guide illustrating how to create your own Bath Bomb experience, supplied by BrightNest:
You’ll Need: 8 oz. of baking soda, 4 oz. of citric acid, 4 oz. of corn starch, 4 oz. of Epsom salts (make sure these are fine grained), ¾ tsp. of water, 2 tsp. essential oil, 2.5 tsp. almond oil (optional), a few drops of food coloring, round, plastic, snap together dome molds, a whisk, bowl and cup for mixing, and a fluffy towel.
First, choose your essential oils. You can go with floral scents like lavender or rosemary, or a citrus blend with lemon or grapefruit. Some other common essential oils used for bath bombs are peppermint, vanilla and chamomile.
Then, combine your dry ingredients. Dump all of your dry ingredients (citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salts and baking soda) into a big bowl and stir together with your whisk.
Once that’s taken care of, combine wet ingredients. Place all of your wet ingredients–water, essential oil, almond oil and food coloring–into a cup and stir until well mixed.
After that, mix them together. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir them. The mixture should begin to clump together.
Pack the mixture into molds. Grab your plastic mold and pack the mixture into the first half of the mold. Pack it as tightly as you can! Then, do the same with the second half.
You’re going to want to then press them together. Add some extra mixture on top of the second half and squeeze the molds together to create your sphere. Press firmly! Tip: If the mixture isn’t packing well, place the ingredients back in the bowl and add a tiny amount of water. Be careful, though–too much water will ruin your bath bomb!
Lastly, let it dry. Wait a few minutes, and then carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold. Place them on wax paper on top of a fluffy towel. Let the bath bombs dry for at least one day before you use them!
If your bath bombs are a gift, wrap them in cellophane or tissue paper. To store them, keep them in a plastic, airtight container.