Bath bombs are perhaps more popular today than they ever have been and thanks to social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, an increasing number of young people are using them. While they were traditionally used by mothers to relax after a hard day at work, innovative companies have made them emit beautiful patterns that are attracting the younger generation.
There are hundreds if not thousands of companies that sell bath bombs, and most of them are indistinguishable from each other, that is until you put them in the water and watch them fizz. The difference between quality bombs and cheaper versions is huge but unless you do your research before it’s practically impossible to tell the difference in a store.
While the cheapest bath bombs can feel icky and even irritating, the highest quality products are luxurious, moisturizing and can help you to relax in the evening. When it comes to these bath products, it’s worth investing a little bit more to ensure that you’re getting a product that is going to relax you, not make you worry.
What is a Bath Bomb?
Bath bombs are generally ball-shaped bath products that fizz in the water and eventually dissolve into the bath in a beautiful display, emitting moisturizing oils and scents. While the ingredients of each product can vary drastically, most of them use something similar to sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, which is baking soda and lemon juice!
While that might seem overly simplistic, these ingredients are only there to create the fizzing sensation that gives you a fantastic experience and which lets out the magic inside. By using more baking soda on one side of the bomb they can cause it to spin, which is how they create the beautiful swirl patterns that you can get from premium bath bombs.
Inside of the bomb is where the real magic happens. In each bomb, the ingredients will be different, but many contain gorgeous scents as well as essential oils and products like lavender oil which can moisturize your skin to make you feel softer. Once you’ve enjoyed a bath using one of these products you’ll never want to go back to a standard bath again.
Depending on the type of appearance, smell and feel that you’re looking for there are a wide variety of different types of bath bombs, including those that contain Epsom salts. Some believe that Epsom salts can be beneficial in helping to relax your mind and muscles, allowing you to enjoy the evening more.
How to Make Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are relatively simple to make, but the complexity is in creating the visual appearance that many of us desire from these products. To begin with, it’s essential to create the inner core of the ball which is where all of the oils and scents are contained, which can be done by forming a small ball of baking soda which is infused with the oils.
From there, large-scale manufacturers use machines to form balls around the inner core. But at home, it’s possible to do it more simply by mixing all of the ingredients together and then forming a ball by hand or with any bowl-shaped container that you have.
The ingredients which you’ll need are as follows:
- One cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- One tsp. water
- Two tsp. essential oils
- Three tsp. olive oil
- food coloring
- bath bomb mold (or hands!)
Firstly, mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Secondly, in a separate container mix all the liquids together and then slowly add the liquids into the dry mixing bowl one spoon at a time, whisking it thoroughly to ensure that the mixture is evenly spread. Finally, form the final mixture into a bomb shape using a mold or with your hands.
What to look for in the Best Bath Bombs?
The best bath bombs separate themselves from the crowds in two ways; they have the perfect mixtures of essential oils and other scents, and they use a precise mixture on one side of the bomb to cause it to spin and create a beautiful swirl pattern in the water. Achieving both of these things at home is practically impossible, which is why so many choose to invest in those from stores.
The two most popular bath bombs across the world are Lush and Pearl Bath Bombs. Lush are most known for their beautiful colors and patterns, while the pearl bath bombs use Epsom salts and almond oil for extra skin benefits.
Are Bath Bombs Good for You?
Bath bombs can be great for your skin because they contain a large number of essential oils which can help to moisturize your body. Many of us use too many chemicals in our shampoos and body washes, which strip our body of the oils that we need, while bath bombs can replace some of this and make our skin feel softer.
However, it is possible for bath bombs to irritate some people depending on their skin problems and the products used. This is extremely rare with quality bath bombs, but with bargain bath products this might be more common because they tend to use chemical replacements instead of natural ingredients.
Do Bath Bombs Expire?
Yes, bath bombs do expire, and it happens incredibly quickly. Lush has a 21-day lifetime for their products, but they aim to sell them to their customers in no more than 7-days. The essential oils start to evaporate, and the fizzing effect can become dull after some time. As a result, it’s best to buy from a quality provider who will only sell new bombs and then to use them quickly.
How Long Until I Can Get into the Bath?
You can get into the bath as soon as you want, but if you want to get the optimum experience, you should put the bomb into the bath and watch it from the sidelines for a few minutes. This allows it to form the optimal swill pattern, release all of the aromas and create the perfect bath for you to step into and enjoy at the end of a hard day at work.