Jagua Blue Bath Bomb Projecthttps://www.brambleberry.com/in-the-studio/projects/bath-bombs/jagua-blue-bath-bomb-project/PS000060.html
Jagua blue extract has an interesting texture. It tends to clump, so it’s easier to work with after being dispersed in liquid. We found the easiest way to incorporate jagua blue extract with the dry bath bomb ingredients is mixing it with witch hazel. Then, we added small amounts of the concentrated mixture to the bath bombs and combined everything thoroughly.
In our tests, these bath bombs lightly colored the water blue without any residue or staining. We purposefully didn’t add any oil to this recipe to prevent ring around the tub. If you add more jagua blue extract, it may stain the skin. We recommend a small test batch first.
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Time to Complete: 30 minutes
- Kit Yields: 13 bath bombs
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Jagua Blue Bath Bomb Project
Nature produces amazing ingredients to use in bath and beauty products. These bath bombs are colored with jagua blue extract, which is a powder extracted from Genipa americana trees.
About 13 Disk Mold and Packages
Pink Sea Salt, Medium
32 oz. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
16 oz. Citric Acid
0.5 oz. Pacific Pearl Fragrance Oil
⅛ tsp. Jagua Blue Extract
½-1 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
Optional: Witch Hazel in a Spray Bottle
Lay out 13 disk molds and place a small amount of pink sea salt into the center of each one. Set the molds aside.
In a large bowl, add 32 ounces of baking soda and 16 ounces of citric acid. To get rid of clumps in the mixture, you can push the powders through a sifter or break them up with your fingers. Citric acid has a tendency to take off nail polish, so wear gloves to protect your manicure. Thoroughly stir the ingredients together. Add 0.5 oz. of Pacific Pearl Fragrance Oil and stir to fully incorporate.
In a small container, mix 1/8 teaspoon of jagua blue extract and 1/2 tablespoon of witch hazel. Use the back of a spoon to break up any chunks. Add another 1/2 tablespoon of witch hazel if necessary. Note: Be very careful with this mixture, it will stain your skin and other porous surfaces.
Add about 1/3 of the jagua blue powder mixture into the dry ingredients and use your hands to mix together. Continue adding splashes of the jagua blue until all of it is added, mixing between each addition. You may find that adding that much liquid at once causes your mixture to fizz – this is fine, just mix very quickly.
Check the consistency of the bath bomb mixture. It should feel like wet sand and hold its shape when squeezed. If it’s too dry, use one hand to spritz the mixture with witch hazel and one to mix. Continue spritzing until the mixture holds its shape when squeezed. We found the witch hazel in the jagua blue extract mixture was enough, and we didn’t add more witch hazel. Note: We found the jagua blue extract gave the mixture a slightly sticky texture – notice in the photo how it stuck to our gloves. We’re not quite sure why this happens, but don’t be alarmed if your mixture is the same.
|Begin filling each mold to the inner lip. Firmly compact the mixture into the mold to create a solid shape. Allow the bath bombs to dry and harden for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. To use, place in a hot bath and enjoy.
Photographer: Amanda Kerzman
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