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28 January 2020

Glow in the Dark Bath Bomb Recipe

How to make glow in the dark bath bombs with skin safe glow in the dark powder.  These fun bath bombs have a tie dye effect with glow in the dark mica and also have glow in the dark glitter.

My daughter loves bath bombs.  She's always asking me to make fun new products with different colors and additives.  I found some skin safe glow in the dark powder, and of course we had to add that to bath bombs!



She wanted a lot of colors, so we made them a fun tie dye effect with several colors.  I guess this is a tie dye bath bomb tutorial and a glow in a dark bath bomb tutorial in one.

Dakota has dry skin, so I added some coconut oil.  This helps moisturize her skin and help them stick together better.

Glow in the Dark Bath Bombs


Baking Soda and Citric Acid


Baking soda and citric acid are the main ingredients in this glow in the dark bath bomb recipe.  When they get wet with water, they create a chemical reaction that releases a harmless gas and creates fizzing in the water.

For best results, use a 2:1 ratio of baking soda and citric acid for the great amount of fizz.


Cream of Tartar


Cream of tartar is a binding agent in bath bombs.  It helps make the bath bombs harder and lessens the chance that they will get crumbly and fall apart.

Epsom Salts


I like to add Epsom salts to my bath bombs.  It's only a small amount, so it won't absorb a lot of moisture.

When they dissolve, they release magnesium.  Magnesium baths help calm my kids, so I sneak them into their baths when I can.

Coconut Oil


I added coconut oil for a few reasons.  First, it's moisturizing.  Dakota and I both have dry skin, and it helps moisturize the skin.

It also helps harden the bath bombs.  Broken bath bombs are frustrating!  This helps hold them together.



Polysorbate 80


Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier.  It's optional, but I like to add it to my bath bombs.  Without it, the mica, essential oil, and coconut oil will sit on top of the water.  This can create a ring in the tub that's hard to clean.

Polysorbate helps mix the oils and water.  It also helps with the texture of the bath bombs.


Rubbing Alcohol


You'll need some liquid to help form your bath bombs.  Water will activate the baking soda and citric acid, so I use rubbing alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol also helps distribute the essential oils in the bath bomb.  It then evaporates as the bath bombs dry.

Essential Oils


I used the Happy Joy essential blend from Simply Earth.  It's one of my favorite blends from that company, and Dakota loves it too.



It's a blend of geranium, sweet orange, grapefruit, and ylang ylang.  It's a fun sweet and citrus scent.  We both have rollers and use it when we need a little boost.

That combination of oils is said to boost your mood and make you feel happy.  It's kid safe for kids over 10-years-old.  If younger kids are using these glow in the dark bath bombs, use a kid safe essential oil or blend.

Good ones to try are:

These are all safe for kids two and older.


Skin Safe Glow in the Dark Glitter


I used a skin safe glow in the dark glitter in these tie dye bath bombs.  It glows bright green under a black light.

You can also use it in my unicorn snot glitter gel recipe.



Glow in the Dark Mica


I used glow in the dark micas.  This set has 12 different colors. You do have to use a lot to get a dark color for bath bombs, but they do glow nicely.

These absorb light and glow in the dark.

Dakota uses this set for slime too.

Bath Bomb Molds


 I prefer a metal bath bomb mold.  Plastic ones are cheaper, but they don't hold up well.  These metal bath bomb molds are sturdy and come in three sizes, so you minimize waste.

Bath Bomb Making Tips


Moisture in the air will activate your bath bombs.  I can not make bath bombs in the summer if the air conditioning is not running.  The baking soda and Epsom salts will draw moisture from the air, which can cause warts and prevent the bath bombs from setting up.

If that happens, you can still use the mixture.  Just put it in a jar or bag and call it a fizzing bath powder.  It would be similar to this unicorn fizzing bath powder recipe.

Don't pack your bath bombs too tightly in a round mold.  You want to place it in each half loosely and make a mound on top.  Then press the two pieces together firmly and brush away the excess.  

I don't let bath bombs dry in the mold.  I don't have enough molds, and this doesn't let the alcohol evaporate so they can dry.  

I unmold them right away.  I remove the top half and then the bottom.  If they don't unmold, tap the mold with a wooden spoon.  

Then set the bath bomb in a mini muffin tin so the air can get all around it and it won't have a dent from sitting on a flat surface.

Ingredients



Tools


Directions


Step #1


In a large bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, cream of tartar, and Epsom salts.  Mix well.



Step #2


Melt the coconut oil and drizzle over the powders.  This helps hold them together.  Add polysorbate 80.

Step #3


Add essential oil and body safe glow in the dark cosmetic glitter. Stir well.



Step #4


With a gloved hand, mix it well.  Grab some and squeeze in your hand.  If it holds its shape, it is ready to mold.  

If it doesn't, spray with rubbing alcohol, stir, and check again.

Step #5


Separate evenly into 6 small bowls.  Add 1 tablespoon of glow in the dark mica to each bowl.  Stir well.  You can add up to 2 tablespoons of mica for a darker color.



Step #6


Fill each side of the mold with the bath bomb mixture, slightly overfilling each side.  I spoon from each bowl to make a tie dye pattern.  Press the molds together but do not twist.



Step #7


Tap the side of the mold gently to release the bath bomb.  Set the bath bombs on a mini muffin tin to dry.

Let them dry for 24 hours and they are ready to use.  Store in an air tight container until you're ready to use them.

Store these where they will be exposed to light so they can charge.  When it's bath time, turn the lights down low and watch them glow!



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Yield: 8 bath bombs
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $10

Glow in the Dark Bath Bomb Recipe

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
These bath bombs glow in the dark!

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  1. In a large bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid, cream of tartar, and Epsom salts. Mix well.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and drizzle over the powders. This helps hold them together. Add polysorbate 80.
  3. Add essential oil and body safe glow in the dark cosmetic glitter. Stir well.
  4. With a gloved hand, mix it well. Grab some and squeeze in your hand. If it holds its shape, it is ready to mold.  If it doesn't, spray with rubbing alcohol, stir, and check again.
  5. Separate evenly into 6 small bowls. Add 1 tablespoon of glow in the dark mica to each bowl. Stir well. You can add up to 2 tablespoons of mica for a darker color.
  6. Fill each side of the mold with the bath bomb mixture, slightly overfilling each side. I spoon from each bowl to make a tie dye pattern. Press the molds together but do not twist.
  7. Tap the side of the mold gently to release the bath bomb. Set the bath bombs on a mini muffin tin to dry.
  8. Let them dry for 24 hours and they are ready to use. Store in an air tight container until you're ready to use them.

NOTES:

Store these where they will be exposed to light so they can charge.  When it's bath time, turn the lights down low and watch them glow!

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.