Tiger Stripe Bath Bombs

Check your shipments for this month’s fragrance oil sample, Buttercream and Snickerdoodle! It makes for an awesome blender when you need something just a little bit more special than plain Vanilla, but is definitely amazing on it’s own. Here’s a fun project idea to use your sample!

Tools and Ingredients:

2 cups Citric Acid
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
4 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay
1 Tablespoon Cappucino Mica
Witch Hazel in a spray bottle

ONE: Put the Citric Acid, Baking Soda and Kaolin clay in a bowl. Blend and mix it really well, breaking up any clumps.

TIP: If your baking soda is really clumpy try sifting the mixture with a sieve.

TWO: Melt the Cocoa Butter and add the fragrance oil to the liquid. Pour into the mixture and blend really well breaking up the clumps with your fingers.

THREE: Separate the mixture evenly into two bowls. Add the Cappuccino Mica to one bowl and mix well.

FOUR: Check the mixture for the correct amount of moisture by doing the squeeze test. If you can squeeze the mixture in your hand and it doens’t fall apart when you open your hand it is ready for the mold. If it falls apart add a spritz of Witch Hazel and blend in well, then test again.

FIVE: Sprinkle a little bit of one color into one half of the sphere mold, then sprinkle a little of the other color and repeat. Firmly and Evenly press down the layers and add more mixture until it is mounding over the lip of the mold. Repeat with the other side.

SIX: Press both sides together firmly and try to get them to meet, gently twisting the molds.

SEVEN: Holding one side like a cup gently try to lift the top off like a cap. At this point you can leave the bomb in the mold for an hour or so to harden and then gently tip it over and remove the other half of the mold.

EIGHT: Allow to harden for at least 24 hours. Then package in in cellophane or plastic wrap to protect them against excess moisture.

Check out previous projects using the samples of the month:  Cherry Blossom | Fresh Bamboo | Sweet Meyer Lemon | Violet | White Ginger & Amber

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  1. says

    I can’t wait to try these bombs! I have a question about the addition of the cocoa butter? In the recipe the butter is melted before being added to the mix. Can you shave the butter into the mix? Would it melt in the water or would it just end up being strange little lumps in your bath? Also will the butter make the tub slick? Will I need to add a warning to the label if I sell these? Thank you so much – Soap Queen is my favourite blog and so amazingly helpful to all it’s readers, I can’t rave about you enough!

    • says

      Hi Emma!

      I’m glad you’re going to give these bath bombs a try :). While you could shave the butter and use it in the bath bombs, I would recommend melting it down first. The melted cocoa butter helps moisten the bath bombs, which helps them stick together better :).

      While the cocoa butter does add a little bit of oil to the tub, it is a fairly small amount. It may make the tub a little more slippery, but nothing drastic. I would recommend using one yourself, and deciding if you think it’s enough “slip” to warrant a word of caution to your customers :)

      If you get photos of your bath bombs, I would love to see them on our Facebook page! :)


      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Wendy says

    Hi there – what size cup do you use? could we have the recipe in ounces/weight which would be much easier as cup sizes vary so much – many thanks

    • says

      Hi Wendy!

      The cups that we use are standard size, which is 8 fluid ounces :). We write the majority of our recipes by weight, but when making bath bombs, a lot of crafters find it easier to use volume. Thanks for your feedback, we will keep it in mind! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  3. Jenny gall says

    I made bath bombs several times with great success
    But it seem lately no luck they are not forming
    Well in the bath bomb metal maker will not separate
    And are forming and hardening in the bowl I make them in
    Got any suggestion even been looking at the weather
    And checking the humidity to help in that aspect thanks for
    All your help and knowledge would love the help on a conditioner
    In bar form like lush makes thanks

  4. Cyndi says

    Thanks for the recipe, however mine were an epic fail. I’ve tried a previous bath bomb recipe as well and failed miserably too. I’m thinking bath bombs aren’t my “thing”. I’ll be making loose bath fizzy bags again with this batch…..they’re always a good seller anyway. Glad we can re-use our botched projects.

    • says

      Hi Cyndi!

      I’m so sorry to hear that you are having such a frustrating time with bath bombs. We can totally help you out if you have any questions. Sometimes they can be a little tricky to start making, but once you’ve got it, they are just so much fun. With almost any bath and body product, you are able to reuse it so that you don’t have to waste anything. Can’t wait to hear how your fizzy bags go, keep us updated. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  5. Alicia says

    I would like to add Epsom Salt to the ingredients. I am not sure how much to add though. This is my first attempt at making a bath bomb! Thanks for your help!

  6. Ash says

    Can I use shea butter instead of cocoa butter? Also, if I used essential oils instead of fragrance oil, would I still need to use the same amount or could I use .5 oz? Sorry about all of the questions, I’m a beginning bath bomber :]

    • says

      Good morning, Ash!

      We are here to help you out, so don’t be sorry about asking questions! :) When you are using essential oils, you can always use a little less then you would with a fragrance oil, but you can use the fragrance calculator to get an exact amount.

      All you need to do is put in the amount (by ounces or grams) of what you are making and select the salts option and choose the essential oil you want to use. It will then give you a usage rate for that essential oil from subtle to strong.

      Fragrance Calculator: http://www.brambleberry.com/Pages/Fragrance-Calculator.aspx

      You can use Shea Butter in your bath bombs, but it is going to be a little softer then if you use the Cocoa Butter. But, if you do try it out, do it in a small test batch first to make sure you like the consistency. Let us know how it turns out!

      I hope this helps! :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Ash says

        Thank you! I made some with your original recipe first and they turned out great, but now I’m going to try it out with the shea butter!

    • says

      Hi Paulina!

      We actually made these bath bombs using the Buttercream and Snickerdoodle (which is a discoloring fragrance) and didn’t notice any discoloration. Unfortunately, the Vanilla Color Stabilizer is only for use in melt and pour (and sometimes cold process) soap. It isn’t actually going to work in bath bombs, lotions or other toiletry products.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  7. Art says

    Hi Anne-Marie, what is the benefit of adding clay to a bath bomb? And is there a difference between a bath bomb and a bath frizzy? Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Art!

      Bath bombs and bath fizzies are interchangeable terms for the same product, it just depends on what you want to call it! :)

      Most (if not all) clays have great skin purifying and detoxifying properties to them and we like adding them because they are just so skin-loving.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  8. says

    I really want to try these. I got a sample of the Buttercream and Snickerdoodle with my last order and it became my favorite scent!

  9. says

    I got the sample in my last shipment and stuck it in lotion right away! It’s fantastic. I will have to try the bath bombs very soon, after my last bath bomb fiasco I have not given it another go…maybe it’s time.