These wonderfully tropical bath bombs transform your bathwater into a mango & coconut scented hot pot of aloe vera and coconut milk goodness, laced with loads of beneficial goodies like vitamin A, C and beta carotine from the mango powder. It’s like an at-home tropical spa, plus fizzing!
In addition to being wonderfully tropical, coconut milk, aloe vera, and mango all have great benefits for the skin. Coconut milk, a delicious relative of the fantastic coconut oil, and it’s rich in C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 as well as iron, selenium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. It’s moisturizing, anti-aging, and helps soothe skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Aloe vera is, of course, a big time skin care favourite for its moisturizing, healing, and soothing properties. I got this fantastic 200x concentrated aloe vera juice powder from Saffire Blue, and after doing the math on it, it’s actually quite a bit cheaper than buying the jugs of juice (which are usually just re-hydrated powder anyways). Though 75g of the powder will run you roughly $20, it’ll make 15L of aloe vera juice ($1.33/L), which sells for $8/L in re-hydrated form. In addition to the savings, because the powder is so concentrated it makes it a great addition to bath bombs as they can pack quite an aloe-vera-y punch without having to bulk them out with lots of powder.
Mango is a fun one. The fruit extract perks up when it’s wet, and smells pleasantly of real mangoes. It’s vitamin rich, and said to help keep skin hydrated and flexible. It also smells nice, as I mentioned, which might just be my favourite part… just don’t drink your bathwater.
Pull all this together with some skin-softening baking soda (USA / Canada), fizz-making citric acid, muscle soothing Epsom salts, and bright-and-happy lime essential oil, and you’ve got yourself some beautiful bath bombs.
Coconut Mango Bath Bombs
1/2 cup epsom salt
1 tbsp Turkey Red Oil
Mister w/ witch hazel
Blend the baking soda (USA / Canada), citric acid, mango powder, aloe vera powder, powdered coconut milk (USA / Canada), and essential oil together in a food processor and transfer to a large, wide bowl.
Now it’s time to add just enough liquid to get the mixture to hold together in a mold. Not too much, though, or it will react in the bowl/mold, not in your bath. That’s why we’re using a mister (it’ll spread the moisture better) and witch hazel (for some reason the reaction isn’t as vigorous when you use witch hazel, plus they dry faster, apparently).
So, spread your mixture out in your bowl so you have as much surface area as possible, and spritz. Then stir thoroughly. And repeat until you can grab a clump of the mixture and it will hold together after a firm squeeze.
Once the mixture will hold together, pack it into a mold of your choice (I like a 1/4 cup measuring cup), and then tap it out onto a sheet of wax paper. Let dry overnight, turning once.
To use, drop in a hot bath and enjoy!
I chose Turkey Red Oil because it self-emulsifies in water, meaning no weird floating blobs of oil in your tub, or oil slicks afterwards. If you don’t have it feel free to substitute any liquid carrier oil like sweet almond, grapeseed, safflower, or olive.