Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe + My Weekly Wrap Up!

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This weekend I wanted to share my new apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe! It’s a refreshing and light cocktail that can be made with either vodka or gin. Plus it’s a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

I know not everyone particularly enjoys the taste of apple cider vinegar, but it’s surprisingly easy to hide. Just to be sure, however, I had my friend Cathy also give my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe a whirl and she enjoyed it as much as I do!

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka or gin
.5 oz. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
.5 oz. simple syrup
3 oz. club soda
several dashes Wigle Organic Rosemary Lavender Cocktail Bitters

Notes:

I use Bragg’s raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar specifically for this recipe as it contains the “mother.” The “mother” is what offers all that probiotic goodness. Not only is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar rich in potassium, but it also helps to support a healthy immune system.

I’ve been buying my Bragg’s apple cider vinegar from Thrive Market as they have such great prices on natural and organic foods – plus freebies a few times a month with a $49 purchase! But you can also find Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in the organic section of your local grocery store.

Vinegar has historically been used in cocktails and in recent years has been making quite the comeback in handcrafted artisan cocktails. Typically called drinking vinegar or shrubs, these vinegars come in a variety of amazing flavors with the simple syrup already added. They are incredibly delicious both in cocktail recipes as well as when mixed with regular filtered water or club soda.

You can learn more about shrubs from the book, Shrubs: An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, by Michael Dietsch. This book is available in both hardcover and for kindle. (If you don’t own a kindle you can still purchase and read the kindle version with Amazon’s free kindle reading app.)

Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Recipe! This apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe can be made with either vodka or gin. And it's a great way to sneak in those extra probiotics!

Instructions:

To make my apple cider vinegar cocktail simple measure out and combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice and stir to combine. If desired, you can garnish your drink with a twist of lime or rosemary or even muddle a bit of lavender to add to the mix. Then simply sip and enjoy!

(If you like my apple cider vinegar cocktail recipe, then you may also like my cocktail recipe for Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch!)

As usual I’ve also been working on quite a few new projects this week. While some of them make the cut, not all of them always do. While it can be frustrating, I always learn something new from my DIY fails and sometimes I simply discover something unexpected.

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One interesting discovery I made this week is that bath bombs made using a mini bundt cake silicone mold will travel in your bath water (as illustrated by my instagram video above.)

The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button.

Also this week I finally made it off the waitlist for Amazon’s Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button! Being a fan of ipsy as well as a few other monthly beauty programs, I REALLY wanted to try this. The Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that orders Prime members a surprise box of delicious treats from small-batch artisans anytime you want, at just the press of a button. It’s my first ever dash button and I’m actually excited about this one. (I mean it’s perfect for those once a month cravings for sweets during a hormone surge, right?!)

You can purchase the Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button here. (Or alternately, if it’s not available, you can get on the waitlist. I was approved after about a week.) Like other dash buttons, you’ll pay $4.99 up front which is then credited back to your first order. (Not an Amazon Prime member? You can sign up for a 30-day free trial here.)

Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf by Skin Kitchn

I also fell in love with a new Etsy shop I discovered this week called Skin Kitchn. This Sacramento, California small business is run by Dori Nicole who creates lovingly crafted artisan soaps for sensitive skin. You can buy artisan soaps by the loaf or by the bar.

Pictured is Dori’s wildly popular Pineapple Rose Shea + Clay Artisan Soap Loaf made with shea butter and sweet almond oil. It’s lightly scented with a tropical mix of pineapple and papaya with Rose Clay added for color. You can check out the full line of Skin Kitchn products on Etsy here. You can discover more artisan products to fall in love with by visiting my Etsy favorites here.

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Foaming Oat Body Scrub Recipe with Frankincense & Tamanu Oil

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This foaming oat body scrub recipe is homemade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tamanu oil specifically possesses a variety of properties useful in skin care applications. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and analgesic carrier oil. Additionally tamanu oil is also rich in antioxidants and is a wonderful moisturizer.

Because of this, tamanu oil has been traditionally used as a natural home remedy to promote the healing of minor wounds and abrasions, insect bites and sunburns. It’s also beneficial in relieving bothersome skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, dry or scaly skin, and eczema.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

My foaming oat body scrub recipe is suitable for all skin types, including normal and oily skin. As it contains a foaming bath whip, it can be used to exfoliate and cleanse skin in place of your usual soap or body wash.

This body scrub is perfect for those who prefer a product that rinses away completely after use rather than leaving beneficial oils behind. This makes it a great body scrub option for summer when skin tends to sweat and produce more oils.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Foaming Oat Body Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

11 oz.Crafter’s Choice foaming bath whip (or similar)
4 oz. oat butter (or another hydrogenated butter)
.5 oz. tamanu oil
.5 oz. cocoa butter
.3 oz. emulsifying wax
.2 oz. frankincense essential oil
20 oz. granulated white sugar

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my foaming oat body scrub recipe.

Being by weighing out the cocoa butter and emulsifying wax. Combine in a large 8 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl. Heat the wax and cocoa butter in the microwave at 40% power until melted. Alternately you may also use a double boiler.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Remove the melted ingredients from heat then weigh out the oat butter. Stir the oat butter into the melted ingredients until it has fully melted.

Follow with the foaming bath whip, then mix with a power hand blender for about 2 minutes.

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Weigh out the frankincense essential oil and mix into the ingredients using a hand blender.

(If you’d like to learn more about frankincense essential oil, including the difference between the four main types of frankincense, be sure to check out my rose body butter recipe here.)

Once all of the wet ingredients are thoroughly combined you can add the sugar.

Slowly add the sugar mixing with a hand blender until all of the sugar is evenly distributed throughout. When the sugar is well incorporated into your oat body scrub, you are ready to pour the scrub into containers.

Evenly fill three 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jars with silver metal lug caps with your foaming oat body scrub. (I got my containers from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

Oat Body Scrub Recipe! This foaming oat body scrub recipe is handmade with skin soothing oat butter, tamanu oil and frankincense essential oil. Both frankincense and tamanu oil are purported to have anti-aging skin care properties and are therefore used in a variety of products that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Allow your body scrub to fully cool, then screw on the lug caps and label as desired for gifting or personal use.

If you’d like to sell the scrubs you create using my foaming oat body scrub recipe, then you’ll need to label your product so that it meets FDA guidelines. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

For even more of my homemade body scrub recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here. You can also find more great body scrub and skin care recipes on my Pinterest boards here.

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And, if you make your own bath & body products, be sure to add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your homemade products featured! I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts!


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Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Detoxifying Sea Clay

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This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

What is sea clay?

Sea clay is a dark greenish-gray clay derived from the ancient sea floor of the Dead Sea in Israel. (You are probably already familiar with Dead Sea salt which comes from the same location.) As such, this unique clay offers an array of skin care benefits in part to its rich magnesium, potassium, sulfate and calcium content. Commonly used as an ingredients face masks as well as a natural soap colorant, sea clay also possesses detoxifying properties that can help to absorb odors and wetness when used in deodorant.

Alternatively, sea clay is also used by some alternative health practitioners to treat fibromyalgia, likely due to the high magnesium content. While the science doesn’t support using clay to treat this illness, I have found that including magnesium in my homemade deodorants has helped lessen the symptoms and severity of my own fibromyalgia with continued use.

It is important to note, however, that the Dead Sea is receding at an alarming rate in part both to regular mining and global warming. (You can read more about the recession of the Dead Sea on Wikipedia here and BBC News here.) As such, if you prefer not to contribute to the recession of the Dead Sea by purchasing Dead Sea salt or Dead Sea clay, you can simply substitute the sea clay in my manuka oil deodorant recipe with bentonite clay which has similar properties. (I had some leftover sea clay that was purchased prior to the discovery of these articles.)

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

Why manuka essential oil?

The manuka plant is native to New Zealand. This is where both manuka honey and manuka essential oil are sourced. Manuka honey is used for its beneficial properties in both skin care and as a health food for its wellness and antibiotic properties. (Learn more about manuka honey here.)

While manuka honey comes from New Zealand’s bees, manuka essential oil is produced by steam distillation of manuka leaves. (Learn more about manuka essential oil here.) This non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing essential oil is generally safe for all ages to use and is commonly included in skin care applications for its beneficial antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, manuka essential oil is common in products that help to relieve itching skin and dandruff, rashes, common skin diseases and minor abrasions, as well as to ease pain in the muscles and joints.

I omitted the use of baking soda in my manuka oil deodorant recipe as it’s a common skin irritant for many, myself included. However, as with many of my past natural homemade deodorant recipes, I once again included magnesium hydroxide. Studies have shown that most adults have low levels of magnesium and as such including it in deodorant is an easy way to increase those levels. Sound good? Great! Let’s get started!

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

7 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. magnesium hydroxide
1 oz. Dead Sea clay (or bentonite clay)
2.5 oz. kokum butter
.5 oz. refined shea butter
2 oz. shea nut oil
2.5 oz. macerated carrot oil
1/4 teaspoon carnauba wax
.05 oz. manuka essential oil
.1 oz 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my manuka oil deodorant recipe, except for the carnauba wax. You will need a measuring spoon to measure out the wax.

To make my manuka oil deodorant recipe with sea clay, begin by weighing out the shea butter and kokum butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl. Next, measure out the carnauba wax and add it to your container. Melt these ingredients in the microwave at 40%  power until melted. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.

Once melted, weigh out the shea nut oil and the macerated carrot oil. (If you live in a particularly warm environment, I recommend reducing the amount of carrot oil to 2 oz. – 2.25 oz. The mixture should be just pourable.) Stir these oils into the melted butters and wax. If needed, you can gently heat the deodorant mixture again then mix well to combine.

While the manuka oil deodorant mixture is still hot, weigh out and stir in both the arrowroot powder, sea clay and magnesium hydroxide. Mix well with a non-metal utensil to combine.

Then follow with the essential oils, again mixing thoroughly to ensure they are fully incorporated into your manuka oil deodorant.

Now carefully pour your manuka oil deodorant into eight travel size 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes. (You can also halve this recipe if desired. Half the amount of manuka essential oil is .025 oz./1 gram and half the 5-fold lemon essential oil is .05 oz./1.4 grams.)

Alternately, for a regular sized deodorant, you also use around four silver deodorant tubes with domed caps or white deodorant tubes with flat caps.

If your deodorant starts to solidify during the process of pouring it into your containers, you can gently reheat the mixture.

Once your manuka oil deodorant has cooled and fully solidified – this can take 1-2 days depending on your container size and room temperature – cap the deodorant containers and label as desired.

Manuka Oil Deodorant Recipe with Sea Clay! This manuka oil deodorant recipe is a great choice for anyone wanting to switch to a natural, non-irritating deodorant. Made with antifungal and antibacterial manuka essential oil as well as detoxifying, mineral rich sea clay, this natural manuka oil deodorant recipe fights body odor without synthetic or toxic ingredients and offers a fresh, uni-sex scent perfect for summer.

If you are using the 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes, you can download the PDF for my free printable sea clay & manuka oil deodorant here. Then simply print the labels onto full size sticker paper, cut out the individual labels and apply as desired to your deodorant containers. (These labels are free for personal use and gifting only.)

The clipart for my manuka oil deodorant labels was purchased from Kenna Sato Designs. I specifically used the Crystals, Diamonds and Minerals clipart found here if you’d like to create your own similar custom labels.

Not quite ready to make your own manuka oil deodorant? You can buy a natural orange & vanilla manuka oil deodorant from Skin Craft Organics.

This palmarosa and lime natural deodorant recipe with aloe vera really works! Made with arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bentonite clay, this no baking soda natural deodorant recipe won't irritate sensitive skin. Palmarosa and lime essential oils combine for a fresh scent and help to fight odor causing bacteria.

For more of my natural homemade deodorant recipes, including my palmarosa + lime natural deodorant recipe with aloe vera oil pictured above, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

Want to make my manuka oil deodorant recipe to sell? Then you’ll need to label your deodorant containers appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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And, if you make your own bath & body products, be sure to add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your homemade products featured! I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts!


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All-in-One Beauty Stick DIY for Lips, Eyes & Cheeks

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Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY all-in-one beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Vegan DIY All-in-One Beauty Stick! Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY All-in-One beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Naturally scented with Bulgarian rose floral wax, this all-in-one beauty stick can also be customized in your favorite colors. Simply swap out the mica powders used to tint this beauty stick with your own blend of lip and eye safe micas.

I have also created free printable labels for my all-in-one beauty sticks that fit the eco-friendly 100% recyclable paperboard packaging that I used. You can find my labels after the recipe for my all-in-one beauty stick below.

Vegan DIY All-in-One Beauty Stick! Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY All-in-One beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Vegan All-in-One Beauty Stick Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.25 oz. candelilla wax
.75 oz. babassu oil
.25 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or camellia seed oil)
.25 oz. Bulgarian rose floral wax
.2 oz. (lip + eye safe) coral mica
.05 oz. (lip + eye safe) cellini blue mica
.05 oz. (lip + eye safe) super pearly white mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my all-in-one beauty stick recipe.

Begin by weighing out the candelilla wax and babassu oil into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar. Heat in the microwave at 40% power until melted. Alternately you may also use a double boiler. Take care removing your melted ingredients from the microwave as the glass will be hot. I recommend using a towel or pot holder when handling.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil (or camellia seed oil) and rose wax. (The rose wax gives this all-in-one beauty stick recipe a beautiful light rose fragrance!) Mix these ingredients into the melted candelilla wax and babassu oil until thoroughly combined and the rose wax has melted.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly then weigh out and add the mica powders. Mix well so the mica is fully incorporated into the makeup base.

Now slowly and carefully pour your rose scented all-in-one beauty stick into a container or containers of your choice. I used the 1.5 oz. brown paperboard push up tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging. (I poured mine a little too hot and it caused a hole down the center. You can avoid this by practicing patience and pouring at a cooler temperature. My bad.)

Vegan DIY All-in-One Beauty Stick! Learn how to create your own rose scented DIY All-in-One beauty stick for lips, eyes and cheeks. This vegan plant based beauty stick glides onto skin with ease and blends beautifully. It also makes a great eyeshadow base!

Once your vegan all-in-one beauty sticks have cooled, simply cap and label them as desired. You download my free PDF printable labels for my rose scented all-in-one beauty sticks here. (These labels are free for personal use only.)

To use your all-in-one beauty sticks, simply apply to eyelids, cheeks, or lips as desired. You can further blend the color with a makeup sponge if you like.

If you are creating your own DIY all-in-one beauty sticks to sell, there’s a lot of important information you should be aware of in order to be FDA compliant in the USA. You can find information on the FDA website regarding the use of color additives in cosmetics here.

In addition, mica-based pearlescent pigments and other composite pigments used in cosmetics are NOT FDA approved at this time. The FDA however is currently exercising discretionary enforcement of these color additives while they are in discussion over regulatory status and safety. You can find further discussion on this at Marie Gale’s blog here.

For help labeling your vegan all-in-one beauty sticks, I recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Plant based makeup is the new trend. However, you don't have to spend a fortune investing in premiere brand natural cosmetics to get it. Instead, try making your own! Simply start with a few natural ingredients and add micas to create your own custom colored makeup sticks! 

If you like the recipe for my vegan all-in-one beauty stick, then you may also enjoy my DIY Rose Scented 4-in-1 All Over Cream Beauty Stick. This plant based makeup stick works as a bronzer, eyeshadow, blush and lipstick and also comes with free printable labels. You can find this recipe here. (Or repin it here for later.)

For homemade cosmetics and beauty products you can buy, be sure to check out my Bath + Beauty Pinterest board.

For more of my makeup and skin care recipes as well as other beauty recipes from around the web, be sure to follow my other Pinterest boards as well. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

And, if you make your own bath & body products, be sure to add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your homemade products featured! I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my (semi-regular) weekend wrap up posts!


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Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe

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Learn how to make a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual! This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

When placed in water, your mermaid lagoon bath bomb will spin, fizz and sparkle releasing a beautiful blue color, eco-friendly rainbow glitter and skin loving ingredients including kelp powder, oat butter and coconut oil. The cocoa butter shell will also gradually melt in warm bath water as it releases from your mermaid lagoon bath bomb enveloping you with it’s skin nourishing properties.

Ready to create your own fun mermaid lagoon bath bomb but have had trouble making your own homemade bath bombs in the past? Not to worry. I created my mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe with ingredients to help your bath bombs stay together even in humid conditions! Keep reading to learn how to them!

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

9 oz. baking soda
5 oz. citric acid
.5 oz. SLSA
.5 oz. kelp powder
.5 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
.5 oz. refined coconut oil
.5 oz. oat butter
.5 oz. cocoa butter or kokum butter
.05 oz. (about 1 Tbs) blue 1 lake dye powder
.6 oz. (about 2 Tbs) fine silver (or rainbow) biodegradable cosmetic glitter
.2 oz. polysorbate 80
.25 oz. cyclamen & citron fragrance oil (or scent of choice)
additional cocoa butter or kokum butter (for seashell embeds)

Instructions:

You’ll begin by creating your seashell embeds. I used a Wilton seashore silicone mold. However, if you aren’t able to find one, you can use another seashell silicone mold of your choice. Begin by melting a small amount of cocoa butter by placing it in the microwave and heating at 40% power until melted. (Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.)

If you are using the Wilton mold, you will need .75 oz. (by weight) to fill each of the two shell cavities in your mold. Otherwise, melt enough cocoa butter to fill two of the shell cavities in your alternate mold. Then pour the melted cocoa butter into the mold cavities. (If you’ve melted too much cocoa butter, simply fill additional mold cavities as needed and you can use the cocoa butter for other projects later on.)

Once the cocoa butter solidifies in the mold, remove the seashells from the mold and set aside.

You’ll next mix the ingredients together that will form your mermaid lagoon bath bombs.

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the dry ingredients into a large glass bowl or large Pyrex measuring cup. This includes the baking soda, citric acid, SLSA, kelp powder, kaolin clay, lake blue dye and the glitter. (For safety please wear a face mask when working with the SLSA as it’s an airborne ingredient that is easily inhaled into your mouth and nose.)

Combine the dry ingredients using a fork until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Set aside.

Now weigh out 5 oz. of cocoa butter into a separate, large glass bowl or similar. Heat in the microwave at 40% power until melted.

Remove from heat and weigh out the coconut oil and oat butter. (You can substitute the oat butter with another hydrogenated butter if desired.) Stir these ingredients into the melted cocoa butter until they have melted.

Follow with the polysorbate 80 (which helps to prevent bathtub rings from the color used) and the fragrance oil, weighing them first so you are adding the correct amount. Mix into the melted butters and coconut oil.

Now pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing with a fork as you go. Once the wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated you are ready to form your first mermaid lagoon bath bomb.

To do this, place one of your cocoa butter seashells into one side of a 2.75″ bath bomb mold. Follow with the bath bomb mixture you just made, loosely piling the ingredients into the mold half so it’s a rounded mound. Don’t press the mixture into this half. If you do, your two sides won’t stick together.

Next fill the matching half to the mold half you just filled with the blue bath bomb mixture in the same way.

Now quickly and precisely as you are able, press the two halves of your bath bomb mold together as firmly as you can. If you aren’t able to get the two halves of the mold to snap together – I usually can’t – you can tape them together to ensure the mold stays in place with a bit of masking tape.

Now repeat this same process with a second mold set.

Set your filled mermaid lagoon bath bomb molds aside in a cool, dry location.

After two days, you’re ready to unmold your bath bombs! (Technically you can unmold your bath bomb sooner, but I like to leave mine alone an extra day just to be on the safe side!)

Once you’ve unmolded each mermaid lagoon bath bomb, you are ready to decorate the embedded seashells!

To do this, first lightly brush off any loose or excess bath bomb material from the center of the bombs where the two halves of your mold met as well as around the shells.

Now, mix a small amount of mica powder with 99% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol until it’s the consistency of paint and flows smoothly off a small craft paintbrush. (I used a pearl shimmer and a gold sparkle mica mixing each one separately and then layered them as desired onto the shells.)

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Once you have your desired look and while the mica “paint” is still slightly damp, sprinkle a bit of your fine eco-glitter onto the shells of each  mermaid lagoon bath bomb.

Your bath bombs are now complete! All that’s left is to wrap each of your mermaid lagoon bath bombs tightly in foodservice film or some other airtight packaging of your choice.

Be sure to use your mermaid lagoon bath bombs within a few months for best results as citric acid begins to lose it’s potency once exposed to air.

If you plan to sell your mermaid lagoon bath bombs, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. As such labeling requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information required for cosmetic labeling.

FDA information on labeling foaming detergent bath products ie. bath bombs and/or bubble bar with SLSA.

Above is a screenshot of this requirement from the FDA website for cosmetic labeling regulations regarding this product.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

For more homemade bath bomb recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here. Not quite ready to make your own homemade bath bombs? You can shop from among a huge assortment of homemade bath bombs on Etsy here.

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side!

If you like my mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe, then you’ll also want to check out my mermaid soap! You’ll make waves with my fun mermaid soap tutorial that walks you through the process of using melt and pour soap bases and mica colorants to create your very own mermaid soap! Find the tutorial here.

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