One of the little joys in life is opening a bag of cocoa butter – the chocolate scent is hard to beat. We made sure to savor that moment when creating these Cocoa Butter Bath Bombs, which are chock-full of goodness.
The base is a simple mixture of baking soda, citric acid, cocoa butter, and Pure Honey Fragrance Oil. The inspiration for the topping came from Kristie with Odyssey Soap. We added cocoa powder to the cocoa butter for a rich brown color. It’s scented with Cocoa Butter Cashmere Fragrance Oil, which has notes of cedarwood, coconut, and jasmine petals. When that mixture is drizzled on top of the bath bombs it looks just like melted chocolate.
Pink sea salt is quickly added on top while the cocoa butter is still warm. This project is a more advanced technique – the cocoa butter must be the perfect temperature and consistency in order to be drizzled. If the butter is too hot, it will absorb into the bath bomb. Too cold and it will not look smooth and may not stick. We experimented with adding baking soda to the melted cocoa butter to achieve a thicker texture, but found it didn’t make much of a difference.
The next day after making these bath bombs, we noticed that the long skinny drizzles of cocoa butter actually separated from the bath bomb as you can see below. To prevent this, spoon the cocoa butter on top while it’s nice and thick so it doesn’t drip down the sides.
We were concerned the Cocoa Butter Cashmere Fragrance Oil would bleed into the white bath bombs and discolor them so we added Vanilla Color Stabilizer to half of the cocoa butter mixture. It’s been about three weeks since we made these and so far there hasn’t been any discoloration in the mixture without stabilizer.
This is a nice large batch of bath bombs – it made about 26. If you don’t want to make quite that many, feel free to cut the recipe in half.