Cocoa Boom! | It's Me Laura Lee

April 18, 2019

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CALLING ALL CHOCOHOLICS

I’m a chocoholic, but there is no such thing as chocolate essential oil and I always try to use essential oils before I use fragrance oils.  Don’t get me wrong – I do use fragrance oils, but always look for ones that are phthalate free.  Before I even had a chance to look for a chocolate FO, I found cocoa vanilla oil on the Edens Garden website.  I knew I had to try it.  And, the amount of vanillin in the oil gives this bomb a nice chocolate brown color without having to use any colorants.

EQUIPMENT AND INGREDIENTS

Equipment

Stand mixer like KitchenAid (Substitute a handheld mixer if you don’t have a stand mixer, or mix by hand if necessary)

Whisk attachment

Paddle attachment

Medium bowl

Stainless steel bath bomb mold

2 Microwave safe bowls or dishes – I use small glass measuring cups

Spoon or spatula

Digital kitchen scale

1 Cup measuring cup

½ Cup measuring cup

 

Dry Ingredients

3 cups of baking soda

1 ½ cups of citric acid

1 cup corn starch

½  cup kaolin clay

1 cup Epsom salt

½ cup SLSA

cocoa powder for garnish

 

Wet Ingredients – Measure on a digital kitchen scale

2 ounces undeodorized cocoa butter

1 ½ ounces sweet almond oil

½ ounce cocoa vanilla oil (from Edens Garden)

6 mL polysorbate 80

1 ounce witch hazel

DIRECTIONS

Cocoa Boom Bath Bomb

Measure all dry ingredients EXCEPT citric acid and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl – I use the bowl of a stand mixer.  Place a tea towel over the stand mixer, and at a speed of 1 or 2, mix with whisk attachment until thoroughly combined.

Measure citric acid into a separate medium bowl or container and set aside.

Next, using a digital kitchen scale, measure the cocoa butter and sweet almond oil into a microwave safe dish.  Melt in the microwave on bursts of 30 seconds, stirring between each burst.

Measure cocoa vanilla, P80, and witch hazel in a separate container.  Once the cocoa butter and almond oil have cooled slightly, combine the cocoa vanilla mixture with the cocoa butter/almond oil. Stir.

With the paddle attachment, on a speed of 1, slowly, but steadily, pour the wet ingredients into the dry mix.  Increase the speed to 2.  Continue mixing until thoroughly combined.

Once combined, add citric acid, ½ cup at a time.  If the mixture begins to react, increase the speed of the mixer until the reaction stops.

Continue adding the citric acid and mixing until the consistency clumps together like wet sand.  It will start sticking to the sides of the bowl.  Take a handful, squeeze together, and drop it in the bowl to see if it holds together.

Sprinkle a little cocoa powder on one side of your stainless steel mold.  Scoop mixture into each half of the molds, overfilling both sides and then squeezing together.

Rub away excess.  Don’t twist the mold.  If the bath bomb doesn’t immediately release, tap on each side with a butter knife until it does.

The number of bombs depends on the size of the mold used.

P80 helps to disperse the butter and oils so they don’t stick to the tub, but please always use caution when entering and exiting so you don’t slip.

 

Cocoa Boom Bath Bomb

 

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