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« on: June 19, 2015 04:31:13 AM »

Like many I am addicted to Lush..mostly when I am near a shop, I go in, use the testers and recoil in horror at the prices.

Last january, I was in their shop in Dublin and they had a huge box of bath bombs for half price. I talked myself into it and brought them home with glee. I adore a long hot bath at the end of the week, I stored the box outside of the bathroom because I was worried about humidity and the box was pretty, the hallway smelled glorious for months. I cut some in half to make them last longer, I divided the bubble bars in 3.

But now they are all gone. Sad

I have made bath bombs before, I have citric acid etc in the  house and a ton of essential oils. But I have never succeeded in making them smell as strongly as Lush, or colour the water as much (although that is less of an issue)

Has anyone succeeded, is the trick to use perfume oils as well as essential oils? I did a lot of experimentation trying to replicate their Karma soap blend a few years ago (recipe is on here somewhere) I made an amazing blend, but it still wasn't the same, then I looked closer at the package and saw 'perfume' . So is the answer to add some lush clone perfumes to my bath bombs? If so, where is a good supplier. I am Ireland and not everwhere delivers over here.
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2015 03:31:39 PM »

I sometimes find the lush fragrances too strong for me - at least at the store (sensory overload).  I bet they do use concentrates of colours and scents.  I did get nice strong scent using a local soap companies blends, but I also did put a lot into my mix - and I mean ALOT.  As for colour, I did use food colour, so I wonder if you went with a more concentrated colour, like the gel colour, versus the liquid, then it may give you more vibrant colour.  I have not tried the soap colorants.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2015 12:41:35 PM »

that is a good idea re the colour, pastes that they use for icing might work a lot better, It is more the scent though, I do agree with you about the sensory overload in the shop, if I stay there too long I get overwhelmed..

but maybe lots of scent is the answer
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2015 11:30:09 PM »

Be sure to not use more than the manufacturer's recommended amount of fragrance oils. And DO NOT go crazy if you are using essential oils, they can be very dangerous and the way people without any real training (aka Multi Level Marketing) are selling them these days I think many people overuse them and use them in ways not intended.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2015 03:13:31 PM »

You can find a ton of crafting tutorials here, including several for different kinds of bath bombs:  http://library.rusticescentuals.com/

Check their recommendations.  You also may need to experiment with different fragrance oils.  I prefer using FO's over essential oils because of the variety offered.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2015 03:32:27 AM »

I agree with you MareMare, they are potent and like anything can be dangerous.

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2015 04:55:45 AM »

 it's probably the layering of the scents that makes it seem to linger..try combining some scents together and let us know how it goes Smiley
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Be sure to not use more than the manufacturer's recommended amount of fragrance oils. And DO NOT go crazy if you are using essential oils, they can be very dangerous and the way people without any real training (aka Multi Level Marketing) are selling them these days I think many people overuse them and use them in ways not intended.

I so agree with this.  Many people do not measure the Fos or Eos.

Lush uses a bath bomb press.  They are able to compact their balls way more than if you do it by hand.  I think it makes a lot of difference.  I know some people invest of these presses, but I think the cheaper is like 500.  I personally not willing to do that.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2017 03:04:48 PM »

Wow, did not know that about the presses but that makes sense! I actually make mine in a mini muffin tin and to compact them I press on the top with a 2 ounce fragrance oil bottle--it fits perfectly on the top and I just put a lot of weight behind it push like crazy!
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