1 cup citric acid
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup corn starch
2 cups sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
6 tablespoons sweet almond oil
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon fragrance
1 tablespoon SLSA (sodium lauryl sulfoacetate)
1 bath bomb mold
2 Large bowls
1 Small bowl
Stand mixer (optional)
10 Small toys
Step 1: Gather ingredients and grind 1 cup of citric acid and 1 cup of Epsom salts in a food processor or similar machine for about 60 seconds. This will ensure that your bath bombs don’t come out bumpy!
Step 2: In the stand mixer or bowl, mix the now ground Epsom salts and citric acid with the 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of corn starch. Add one tablespoon of SLSA if you have it. This is a wonderful bubbling agent derived from coconut and palm oils, and will give you some foaming action in your bath bombs.
Step 3: Now prepare the wet ingredients. Measure out 6 tablespoons of almond oil or another liquid plant oil (avocado, hemp, etc.) in a small bowl, and add three tablespoons of water to it. Add one teaspoon of fragrance to the liquids. I use Fruit Loops fragrance for my Pokebombs, but you can use whatever you want!
Step 4: Separate the dry mixture into two halves, this is going to be the top and bottom of your pokeball. You can then color one half of the mixture with red mica (to taste), or whatever kind of color you’d like to use. Food coloring is NOT recommended as it will stain. Keep in mind that if you add mica to the dry mixture, it will darken as you add the liquid mix.
Step 5: Separate the liquid mixture into two halves.
Step 6: Add one half of the separated liquid mixture to the separated dry mixture. If you are using a stand mixer, turn it to a low speed and pour the liquid slowly into the dry mixture as it stirs. If you are using your hands and a bowl, pour the liquid mixture slowly into the dry mixture, and stir with one hand as you pour. Add one teaspoon of Polysorbate 80 directly to the mix. This is an emulsifier and will prevent your pretty color from creating a ring on your tub.
Step 7: Do the same thing on the other side! Carefully add the remaining liquid mixture to the remaining dry mixture. Add a teaspoon of Polysorbate 80 to this mixture as well. You should have two batches of well-mixed bath bomb base!
Step 8: Your base should be completely done at this point, and now it’s time to mold the bath bombs. Take one half of the bath bomb mold and overfill it with the red bath bomb mix by about an inch and a half. Do not pack the mixture in, just let it loosely fall into the mold. There should be a little mountain of red on top of the mold. Set the half down and pick up the other half. Fill this half to the top with white (not overfilled), and drag a finger across to remove any excess. Do not pack this mixture in. Place a pokemon toy on top of the white mixture, pressing it in slightly. Take the half with the white mixture, and then put a mountain of red on top of it. Both halves should have an excess of red bath bomb mixture on top, about 1.5 inches over the top of the mold.
Step 9: take the two halves, and press them together, SLIGHTLY twisting the molds back and forth to ensure that there isn’t a ring around the center of the bath bomb. Once the molds are pressed together completely, smack the mold with the palm of your hand several times on each side to set the bath bomb powder. If the mold is not easy to remove at this point, keep smacking until the bath bomb is compressed within the mold. Slightly twisting the mold may help to loosen it as well.
Step 10: Remove the mold, and viola! You now have a beautiful pokebomb complete with a toy inside! Be sure to place the bath bomb down on the red side, to prevent the white from coming in contact with any loose powder. Repeat with the rest of the mixture for a full team. Depending on your initial measurements, this will make 8-10 pokebombs.
Step 11: Print the iconic black band and button. I shrink wrap my bath bombs, and use gloss sticker paper sheets to print the bands, but regular paper would work fine as well. I’ve even included the download link down below!
If all of this is fine and dandy, but you’d rather skip the work and purchase them, that can be done through this link 🙂
Thanks for reading!