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DIY Green Tea Latte Bath Bomb 

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I was formulating these to sell in my boutique, but I’ve decided that not only is it not feasible, as green tea matcha powder is just too expensive to make these affordable, I found out that the green tea matcha oxidizes so fast that the shelf life of these is only about a week. So, here’s my present to you – a very luxe bath bomb recipe. Let’s get to it!

My bath tea and bath bombs are all about fully immersing yourself into an aromatic and herbal bathing experience. Everyone likes a warm cuppa, why not surround yourself with one too? My bath products are meant to turn any hot bath into a fully immersive cup of tea – but whatever you do don’t drink it.

The more I read about green tea the more I realize how much of a miracle drug it really is. It’s more than just my favorite frappuccino at Starbucks.  It’s extremely high in antioxidants which can help your body and skin fight free radicals, signs of aging, cancers and illnesses. The caffeine helps with circulation and weight loss. The catechins found in green tea are also soothing to the skin and help reduce inflammation, irritation and redness and can zap a sunburn from peeling to healing overnight. Green tea pretty much does it all. It seems only natural to add green tea into skin care and beauty.

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I wanted to create a bath bomb that would recreate and embody my love of green tea lattes and all the creamy comfort that they give me on a cold winters day. I wanted to see if I could get that creamy comfort in a bath, too. For an extra deep soak to help wake up and soothe skin in conjunction with the green tea, I added epsom salts to the recipe. And to embody the creamy goodness of a green tea latte I decided to use coconut oil for it’s light and pleasant smell and it’s rich creamy lather to the bath.

You’ll notice that this recipe doesn’t have any colorants, fragrance or essential oils added. It’s just the good stuff. It gets it’s green color naturally from the matcha powder and it’s scent from the matcha and coconut oil. No need for anything else to clutter up this great recipe.

 

I discovered the hard way that green tea oxidizes rather quickly. If you make these, make sure to use them within a week to get the full benefits or to make sure they are sealed in a very (very) air tight container. Once they turn brown  all of the green tea will have oxidized and become useless. This recipe makes 3 large bath bombs to use yourself or to give away to friends. The key to any bath bomb recipe is 2 parts baking soda to 1 part citric acid, anything else is just extra goodness.

 

Green Tea Latte Bath Bombs

Ingredients:

1 cup / 200g Baking Soda

1/2 cup / 100g Citric Acid

1/2 cup / 80g Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate)

1/4 cup / 50-60g Green Tea Matcha Powder

2 Tbsp / 40g Coconut Oil

Spray bottle filled with witchhazel or rubbing alcohol

 

Tools Needed:

Large Bowl

Small Microwave Safe Bowl or Double Boiler

Measuring Spoons

Scale that measures in grams

Mixing Utensil (whisk, spoon, spatula, hands, etc.)

Bath Bomb Mold

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Sift the citric acid, baking soda, epsom salts and matcha powder into a very large bowl. If you don’t have a sifter or sieve, just make sure to mix well and break down any clumps.

Measure out and melt the coconut oil in a small separate bowl, either using a double boiler on the stove or in 15 second blasts in the microwave. Careful – it will be HOT.

Gently pour the oil into the dry ingredients. Because the oil is anhydrous, it will not make the fizzing reaction start prematurely so stop stressing!  Mix the wet and dry ingredients together using a large whisk or spoon. You could also use your hands to mix better and crush any clumps (I suggest wearing gloves).

Once the mixture is blended to your liking, spray the witchhazel or rubbing alcohol into the mixture in 3-5 spray bursts. After each burst, mix the ingredients quickly to prevent a premature reaction. Test the mixture by squeezing it into a ball with your hands after every 3-5 sprays. You want the mixture to stick together without falling apart. After about 10 sprays, test after every spray. You don’t want to add too much moisture, or the mixture will start fizzing in the bowl or while your bath bombs are sitting out to dry, and you don’t want to use too little moisture or the bombs won’t hold their shape and will crumble apart. Knowing when to stop really comes with time and practice – but my trick is to squeeze some of it into a ball in your hand and then gently toss it in the air like a baseball. If it survives, you’re good to go.

Once the mixture is at the right consistency, mold it into the bombs. Overfill one side of the mold, overfill the other, and smash together. Don’t twist the mold from side to side.

Tap the top of the mold with your fingernails to loosen it and gently twist and pull apart. If it crumbles, you need to add more moisture to the mixture or you need to pack your molds tighter.

Let them dry somewhere safe overnight or for at least 6 hours. Avoid putting it somewhere humid, like the bathroom or outside.

 

Now you have a soothing, skin-friendly antioxidant packed bath bomb to make your day just a little more fabulous. Hope you enjoy it well.

xoxo miss c

 

(video tutorial coming soon!)

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