Monday, January 9, 2017

DIY Lush Bubble Bars!


Yes you guys I'm obsessing again! ANOTHER LUSH DIY. So excited for this post because I love Lush but the prices are getting a bit too high for one bar or bomb. why not just make your own and have more than one?! Here's how! 
What you'll need;
1 cup SLSA
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup corn starch
1/3 cup cream of tartar
1/3 cup glycerine
1 tablespoon olive oil or other oil (I used Josie Maran Argan Oil)
1 tbsp. water
Essential oil drops
Food coloring
parchment paper/ wax paper
rolling pin
mixing bowls
surgical mask
gloves
Directions!:
Combine all dry ingredients

Put on your surgical mask and sift all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Tip: go slowly with the SLSA; it’s mega powdery and clouds of powder will come wafting up in your face.
Combine all wet ingredients

Measure out all of your wet ingredients and combine in a separate bowl. I used Josie Maran’s argan oil and it was the best decision ever. I also used bergamot oil as the fragrance since it’s listed as one of the Comforter’s ingredients!
Mix wet and dry ingredients together

Put on your gloves and combine the wet and dry ingredients. Tip: keep mixing and mixing. The texture is weird at first — kind of crumbly and “dry-seeming”, but keep mixing and it’ll be perfect.  The consistency will always be slightly crumbly, but it’ll mold to the shape you want when it’s time to shape the bubble bars. Tip: don’t add extra wet ingredients beyond the recipe — your bubble bar “dough” will become sticky and/or take forever to dry (like weeks! it may even get moldy from being wet so long).
Add coloring

I was making a Comforter, so I split up my dough in half and added my pink coloring to one half & left the other half white. Tip: use liquid or gel food colorings for easier, more vibrant color — mica color powders can be difficult to fully combine into the bubble bar.
Roll out the bubble bar mixture

Next, lay out some parchment paper and place the color you want on the outer layer of the bubble bar. I chose to have the pink color be the outside of my bubble bar. Roll out your dough with the rolling pin. Tip: place another piece of the parchment paper on top of the dough to roll on without having the dough stick.
Layer different colors to get the “swirl” look

Layer on the second color of dough on top of the first, now flat piece. Gently roll out on top, so that both layers line up as close as possible. Tip: tuck in the side of the dough slightly so that it lines up evenly with both colors.
Press it all together

Now to roll your bubble bar! Use the parchment paper to slowly turn the dough over on itself, making a kind of sushi roll. Tip: go slowly. if your dough cracks, don’t worry — just gently press the crack back together and keep going. You’ll smooth everything together once it’s all rolled together.
Once your dough is all rolled up, squeeze in the sides toward the center to really pack it tightly, but gentle enough not to ruin your swirl design. Then use the parchment paper to continue to roll the dough into a smooth bubble bar loaf.
Cut the bubble bar into slices

Then slice your bubble bar into cute, swirly slices. I’m so happy with how these turned out! Let the bubble bars dry for at least 24 hours, but I waited three days before I used one, just to be sure that it had hardened.