Find out how to make DIY peppermint bubble scoops! Essential oils give these bubble scoops a festive and natural candy cane fragrance. The easy bath truffles recipe takes just 30 minutes active time and is easier to make than bath bombs. Simple holiday bubble truffle scoops are a cute homemade bath gifts idea, and the tutorial includes packaging suggestions for Christmas gifting.
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DIY peppermint bubble scoops – Easy holiday bubble bath truffle recipe
Want to know the easiest Christmas bath bomb recipe ever? Try my DIY peppermint bubble scoops! Or is it candy cane bath truffles?! Well, both names fit this easy DIY holiday beauty recipe. My DIY bubble bath truffles are made with moisturising coconut oil and naturally fragranced with essential oils.
These red and white DIY peppermint bath truffles have just the right amount of fragrance – not overwhelming, but enough to fill your bath with a rich all-natural candy cane scent and bring out those holiday vibes.
Peppermint and vanilla are one of those fragrance combinations that just work so well together in festive bath products. And while it’s usually peppermint that gets used in candy cane essential oil blends, other members of the mint family work well, too, for example, spearmint or lemon mint.
Whether as an easy DIY Christmas gift idea or used in your own bath, you can’t go wrong with these DIY peppermint bubble scoops. And if you like more bubble scoop ideas, check out these lavender bubble bar scoops or this rose bath truffles recipe.
What are DIY bath truffles?
Bath truffles, also known as DIY bath scoops, bubble bars, or solid bubble bath, work similarly to bath bombs or bath fizzies: drop a bath truffle in the tub, and it will fizz and melt – just like DIY bath bombs.
But bubble scoops contain more hydrating oils and butters than traditional bath bombs and are much easier to make. I shared a recipe for peppermint bath bombs yesterday. But if you live in a hot climate with high humidity, you may have experienced difficulties making bath bombs. This homemade beauty recipe for DIY peppermint bubble scoops is a lot less finicky and a fantastic craft idea for beginners.
Materials and supplies for DIY peppermint bubble bath truffles
Now that we know what bath truffles are, let’s talk about the ingredients and tools needed to make these homemade candy cane bubble bath truffles.
- Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and citric acid – Baking soda and citric acid are needed to create the fizzing reaction when the Christmas bubble bath truffles come in contact with water.
- SLSA (sodium lauryl sulfate) – SLSA is a finely milled, white powder derived from coconut and palm oils that creates the beautiful bubbles in these bubble bars.
- coconut oil – Coconut oil makes the bathwater feel silky smooth and luxurious. The oil contains many natural vitamins and fatty acids that provide nourishment and moisture for the skin.
- mica powder – Micas, which are mineral pigments, colour the bath water nicely. I used red mica for these DIY peppermint bubble bath truffles. Of course, you can choose any other colour you like.
- Polysorbate 80 – Polysorbate 80 is a solubiliser that ensures the coconut oil, mica powder, and essential oils actually mix with the bathwater instead of just swimming on top. Ploy 80 also prevents staining, makes the bathtub less slippery and helps with easy cleanup.
- vanilla oleoresin and peppermint essential oil – Mix equal parts of vanilla oleoresin and peppermint essential oil for a festive natural candy cane fragrance. If you prefer a pure minty aroma, simply skip the vanilla oleoresin and make these holiday bubble scoops solely with peppermint.
How to make this DIY bath truffles recipe from scratch – Step-by-step tutorial
Bubble bar scoops are a staple in my collection of homemade beauty recipes, and once you give the DIY bath truffles a try, I think you’ll be adding them to your collection of homemade bath products as well.
Here are the steps to make easy DIY peppermint bubbling bath truffles:
- Mix dry ingredients – Sift the baking soda and citric acid into a large mixing bowl. Add the SLSA and whisk slowly until the ingredients are well combined. Tip: SLSA is a very fine dusty powder, so put on a face mask to avoid inhaling any.
- Melt coconut oil – Melt the coconut oil in a warm water bath or in the microwave. Set aside for 10 minutes, then stir in the Polysorbate 80 and lavender essential oil.
- Make bath truffle mixture – Pour the melted oil mixture over the dry ingredients and knead with your hands. The mixture should have a consistency similar to cookie dough or playdough.
- Colour the mixture – Divide the mixture into two equal portions in two separate mixing bowls. Tint one portion with red mica powder.
- Form bubble bath scoops – Fill a cookie scoop with alternating layers of red and white bubble scoop mixture. Pack and press the mixture tightly into the ice cream scoop. The backside of the bath truffle should be flat. Squeeze the sides of the handle together to release the bath truffle onto a lined board/tray.
- Chill and dry the bubble scoops – Put the bubble bars in the fridge for two hours to harden. Then let the bath bomb scoops dry for at least 24 hours at room temperature.
Tips for how to make DIY holiday bubble scoop truffles
For the best results, I’ve put together a few tips and tricks that will help you to make great DIY bath truffles from scratch:
- Wear gloves when mixing the ingredients with your hands as citric acid can take off nail polish.
- The bath truffle mixture should have the texture of wet cookie dough. I prepared the recipe many times and found the amount of coconut oil in the ingredients list is perfect to get the right consistency. If you live in an arid environment, you can also add up to 3 tablespoons more melted oil if necessary.
- You need an ice cream scoop with a trigger release to form and portion the bath truffles. I used the medium-size scoop from this set of three ice cream scoops and got 16 bubble scoops.
- Fill and pack the bubble bar mixture firmly into the scoop. Compact the mixture as much as you can and create a flat, level back. I lined a cutting board with parchment/baking paper and released the bubble bath scoops directly onto the paper.
- After forming the bath truffles, put them into the fridge for 1 to 2 hours so that the coconut oil can solidify. Then let them dry for 24 to 48 hours at room temperature. You can also use the truffle bars right after taking them out of the fridge. They should dissolve perfectly.
- You can also press the mixture into a silicone mould to shape the bath truffles. Refrigerate in the mould for 2 hours before popping the truffles out.
Gift wrapping the DIY peppermint bubble scoops
DIY peppermint bubble scoops are perfect gifts for pampering, a lovely beauty Christmas gift idea and make a great addition to a spa gift set. Combine the bath truffles with other bath gifts and create a nice bath gift set for your girlfriends or family.
This easy bath truffle recipe would also be great as thank you favours for winter or holiday-themed weddings, parties, bridal or baby showers. Bubble bath scoops can also be gifted as a present for teachers, helpful neighbours, co-workers, or to the members of your bible study group.
You can either package the peppermint bubble scoops individually in small cellophane treat bags, organza or cotton bags. It also looks very festive to place a few candy cane bath truffles into a mason jar, decorated with mini ornaments and pretty ribbon. And if you need a gift or thank you tag to go along with your homemade beauty gifts idea, print out our free printable candy cane holiday gift tags.
- 1 1/2 cups / 300 g / 10.5 oz baking soda
- 1 cup / 150 g / 5.3 oz citric acid
- 1/2 cup / 60 g / 2 oz SLSA (Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate)
- 1 cup / 150 g / 5.2 oz coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Polysorbate 80
- 1/4 tsp red mica powder
- 2.5 g / 0.08 oz / 50 drops vanilla oleoresin
- 2.5 g / 0.08 oz / 50 drops peppermint essential oil
- Put on the gloves and face mask.
- Sift the baking soda and citric acid into a large mixing bowl. Add the SLSA and whisk slowly until the ingredients are well combined.
- Melt the coconut oil in a warm water bath or in the microwave. Set aside for 10 minutes, then stir in the Polysorbate 80 and essential oils.
- Pour the melted oil mixture over the dry ingredients and knead with your hands. The mixture should have a consistency similar to cookie dough or playdough.
- Divide the mixture into two equal portions in two separate mixing bowls. Tint one portion with red mica powder.
- Line a cutting board or tray with parchment/baking paper or wax/grease-proof paper.
- Fill a cookie scoop with alternating layers of red and white bubble scoop mixture. Pack and press the mixture tightly into the ice cream scoop. The backside of the bath truffles should be flat.
- Squeeze the sides of the handle together to release the bath truffle onto the lined board/tray.
- Put the bubble bars in the fridge for two hours to harden. Then let the bath bomb scoops dry for at least 24 hours at room temperature.
How to store homemade candy cane bubble bars
For the best shelf life, wrap each candy cane bath truffle in plastic wrap and put the peppermint bath scoops in an airtight container. The DIY holiday bubble bar scoops can be stored in a cool, dry place for 3 months.
How to use DIY peppermint bubble bar scoops
For mild foam and bubbles, simply drop a Christmas bath truffle into the water and let it dissolve like a bath bomb. For mounds of bubbles, crumble a bath scoop under running water to create foam and bubbles. Use your hands to stir the water for even more bubbles.
Be careful when getting in and out of the tub – the oils in these peppermint bubble bath bar scoops can make the surface slippery.
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