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Make a Bath Bomb float like LUSH

Make a Bath Bomb float like LUSH

It’s the hardest thing to figure out for a new bath bomb maker…how do you make a bath bomb float like LUSH?  Why don’t any of the online recipes make bath bombs float like LUSH?

Two ingredients Make them Float!

The first one is called SLSA (Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate), and you may have it on hand if you are a frequent bath bomb maker.

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The other ingredient is Coco Betaine (Cocomidopropyl Betaine).  Both of these ingredients are natural bubbling agents made from coconuts.

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Coco Betaine is very inexpensive and this bottle from Amazon Prime will last you a long time.  In addition, you can also use it in our bubble bar recipe.

How do I know this will make them float?

Seven years of bath bomb manufacturing & I hacked LUSH’s recipe.

Oh, yes I did.

If you look at LUSH’s large floating bath fizzies, they are using Lauryl Betaine and Sodium Laureth Sulfate together in their formula.

Cocamidopropyl betaine and Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate are the perfect ingredient hacks because both are natural,  affordable, widely available and make bath bombs float like LUSH!

Floating Bath Bomb with Fizzy Frosting

Floating Bath Bomb embedded with Fizzy Frosting.

Still don’t believe it?  Watch this video.

The video below shows multiple bath bomb designs using our master recipe.

You can use this recipe to make any shape, size, or color. Then, you can embed smaller fizzies in the fizzy to make it spin and shoot out colors. It’s your playground.

Make a Bath Bomb that Floats like LUSH!

Recipe authorFizzButter

Yield: 15 large Wilton hearts.  Prep time: 15 minutes


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Dry Ingredients (Plus Fragrance)

Wet Ingredients

  1. STEP 1: Before you Begin!

  • Think of this mixture in two parts: DRY INGREDIENTS and WET INGREDIENTS.
  • DO NOT add any wet ingredients to dry ingredients until you are instructed!
  • It is a good idea to wear gloves and a mask when making any bath treats.

  1. STEP 2: Mix Dry Ingredients Plus Fragrance together

  • Put the dry ingredients in a bowl in this order: citric acid, SLSA, baking soda.
  • Add fragrance.
  • Mix together gently.
  • Set these ingredients aside.

  1. STEP 3: Mix Wet Ingredients Together

  • Next, take your Wilton Color and dissolve it in a very small amount of the water (just enough to make it liquid).
  • Once the color is dissolved, add the rest of the water and the Coco Betaine.
  • Stir gently.
  • Set this aside.

  1. STEP 4: Get Ready to mix wet and dry ingredients together

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you add water to the dry mixture the clock is counting and you need to get it mixed and molded quickly.
  • Get another mixing bowl and put approximately 1/3 of your dry mixture in it.
  • Set aside the rest for your dry mixture until the next round of molding.
  • Now, carefully add 1 TBSP of your color/water mixture and start mixing gently. You will see it foam slightly where the water is added. Get that foam/liquid mixed evenly through your dry mix.
  • Do not overmix. Just mix it to where the water is all through the dry mix.
  • Next, make sure you have added enough water. Take a handful of mixture in your fist and squeeze. When you open your hand does the mix stay together or does it fall apart like dry sand?
  • Test the consistency. Does it hold it’s shape without being sticky to your hand. Yes? You are ready to mold.
  • No? Mix in a LITTLE more water. Do the squeeze test.

  1. STEP 5: Mold your floating Bath Bombs

  • As long as your wet to dry ratio is right, molding should be easy.
  • Quickly mold your bomb by pressing your mixture into your mold. Unmold after a second or two (you shouldn’t have to leave these in for them to stay together.)
  • Place unmolded bath bombs on 18 x 26 sheet pans lined with wax paper.
  • You may get sticking in the corner of your mold after a few uses. This is normal and it doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong. For example, in a heart shape, the point at the bottom of a heart my try to stick after you have used the mold a few times. For that reason, it is good to have a few more clean, dry molds handy for backup.

  1. STEP 6: Cure your floating bath bombs

  • Bath bombs cure best from 60-80 degrees. In fact, the cooler, the faster and better they cure. Do not put them in a high humidity area as it could cause pimpling on the surface of the fizzy.
  • Never cure your bath bombs in direct sunlight, high temperatures or high humidity.
  • Package your bath bombs after they have cured for 48 hours. Even if they look dry on the outside, there is probably still moisture in the middle, especially on larger fizzies. Ultimately, if you package them too early it may degrade the fragrance or make it smell funky. It can also effect the composition of the fizzy by making it slightly soft. Don’t do it.

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Troubleshooting your Floating Bath Bomb

Have I added too much water?

You can tell if you added too much water because it will really stick to your hand and you will see your mixture visibly rising out of shape. i.e., you put it in the mold and it sticks so bad, you can’t get it out and it puffs out of shape.

If this has happened, work a little dry mix through it and see if it settles down.

Your target wet to dry ratio is just enough water to make it all stick together and no more.

One final note, if you start to cure your fizzies and they lose their shape and flatten on the bottom, you have added too much water. Large round shapes are the hardest to perfect and any flat design will be easier for a beginner.

Have I used enough water?

If the mix is sandy and doesn’t hold together enough to mold, it is likely you need to add a little bit of water. Be careful to just add a little at a time.

Have I under mixed my wet/dry mix?

You can tell if you under mixed if you get warts on your bath bombs as they sit and cure. It usually shows up very fast. You usually cannot redo them at this point, so just let them cure and use them anyway.

Pro Tip

2 cups of baking soda = 1 pound.
2 cups of citric acid = 1 pound.

Keep this in mind when you need to reorder raw materials.

More information on molds

You can use any kind of metal or milky way plastic mold with this recipe. However, it doesn’t work as well with a silicone mold.

Wilton Heart Cut-out

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TIP:  Mix mica or shimmer with rubbing alcohol and you can paint or stencil your bath bombs!  Or, just dust with shimmer for an adorable touch!

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Just keep in mind, the less intricate the detail and the fewer sharp corners the better final results.  Also, a flat bottom design like this is easier than a large round one for a beginner.

chrysanthemum mold

Floating Bath Bomb made with Milky Way Chrysanthemum mold and dusted with gold shimmer.

Pro Tip

Because of the bubbles, this bath bomb will not be moisturizing like our Butter Bath Bomb Recipe.  Even if you add oils and butters, they will partially emulsify.

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 7 reviews
 by Jaav

This recipe sounds great, can I use something apart from Wilton gel colorant?

 by Jane

Hey, this recipe sounds amazing, but any chance you could tell me the UK equivalent to these measurements?

 by Clarice

The bubbles are amazing. I had trubble getting them out of tho mould, did I put too much or to little water?

Clarice it sounds like it may have been too much water. Did the batch expand and expand and rise out of the mold? If yes, it was too much water. Also, what kind of mold did you use? I would stay away from silicone molds because they really stick with this mixture. I like the Milky Way and metal molds better. Cut each Milky Way out of the big square piece and use it in your hand one at a time. They work GREAT! And, there are so many styles. Here's the kind I'm talking about:

 by Tisha

My daughter and I had the best time making these for her slumber party gift bags! Thank you so much!

 by Macy

I made these last night with the heart cutout and they turned out great. Please post the frosting recipe soon!

 by Shirley

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  I have tried to figure out this for a long time!

 by Nancy

Yes! Yes! These were great. The only tricky part is the water. You start to get the feel for the mixture. It's fun to make, too.

Got bath bomb making questions?

Use the comment section below and I will answer all questions.

Crystal Hanson

Saturday 26th of November 2022

HI there, what would you suggest to replace the 'Wilton Gel Colorant' in the bath bomb recipes? Would a liquid carrier oil work?


Wednesday 31st of May 2023

If you use a liquid carrier, you may need to reduce another liquid ingredient to prevent over-activation. It would be a bit safer to use a dry colorant.

Jennifer Sloma

Friday 6th of May 2022

I am late to the bath bomb making world. I really just started out of curiosity AND because I got tired of paying so much for something I want to use every day. I tried four or five recipes before I got to the right one - yours! My very first batch turned out BEAUTIFULLY! I used marshmallow scented essential oil and lots of pink food coloring gel - next I'm going to use my mica powder to give them some glamour. THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing this recipe with us! I am so thrilled by how it turned out. Knowing those two ingredients made all the difference. I used too much water at first and my bombs started expanding like balloons! LOL! I just added a bit more baking soda and they turned out great.

I can't wait to get back in the kitchen and make some more!

Thanks again!

Jennifer Anderson Sloma


Wednesday 31st of May 2023

Awesome results! Thanks for posting and I hope it went well with the Mica powders.

Debbie Whitman

Thursday 5th of May 2022

Thank you SO very much for these recipes. They work and they work absolutely beautifully. I did not have the pleasure of seeing your business when it was open. Could or would you share some of your names or fragrances? My email is listed below.

Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.


Wednesday 31st of May 2023

My personal favorites were the Lavender Essential Oil from Chemistry Store. Also, really enjoyed the Sandalwood Rose from them. I still use both of them to this day. At some point, I'm going to post the Good Karma fragrance that was a big seller.


Saturday 30th of October 2021

Hi thanks for the recipe! I love how soft it feels after it's dissolved in the water. However, I have a major problem: they don't fizz - at all. I recently made a batch of this and it was as if the citric acid was nearly non-existent. I made the batch dry and wet separately as suggested. Then I only mixed together 1/2 cup (approx size of my mold) and added the wet mix with an eye dropper each time till right consistency. But, they did not fizz at all. Help!


Monday 17th of January 2022

It sounds like you got a bad batch of citric acid. Or, you are not using enough in your ratio to baking soda.


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Please understand that I am not good at English. First of all, I found the post very useful. Thank you.

Sir, I have a question. My recipe is almost the same as the recipe on the post. But I put a bath bomb in the water, it breaks with a 'puck' sound. What's the cause?


Sunday 26th of September 2021

Is there a huge air pocket inside? Or is the shape not thick enough?