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 Post subject: Bath Bombs Not Hardening
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 7:02 pm 

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Hi guys,

My name is Jacob and I'm having some issues with my bath bombs not hardening.. my recipe is as follows

264 g baking soda
132 g citric acid
28 g coconut oil
5 g bentonite clay
8g espresso oil fragrance
7g coffee grounds
40g sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
20 drops of labomb colorant


Any areas of improvement? I'm happy with everything besides its hardness.

Also do polysorbate 80 and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate do the same thing?

Thanks in advance to everyone for the help! I'm new to making bath supplies and getting frustrated!


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 9:01 am 
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Welcome!
I no longer make them due to time constraints. Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate and polysorbate can both be used as surfactants.
Are you using the coffee grounds dry?

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 3:08 pm 

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Yep, they're dry!

Getting so frustrated with this..

Just tried taking out 40% coconut oil as I've read that it can be the reason they don't harden

I've also tried adding kaolin clay (40g) to no avail... tried removing bentonite clay as I read it absorbs moisture... Tried bumping up kaolin to 60g... nothing seems to work.

My current humidity in my kitchen is 37% and the bombs are soft as ever


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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 4:03 am 

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How long are you letting them sit before declaring them "soft"? My bath bombs are soft when they first come out of the mold, but harden up nicely over the next 6-ish hours before I package them.

Have you used another hard oil or butter in place of the coconut oil and see if that helps? If you are using 76 degree coconut oil this time of year, it can affect your bath bombs.

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