More About Bath Bombs
If you thought your bath couldn't get any better, then you haven't tried a bath bomb yet! These fizzy little balls of fun amp up your tub time with color, fragrances, and skin benefits without introducing harmful synthetics that could possibly irritate your skin. Soaking in the bathtub allows moisture from the essential oils to absorb deep into your skin, providing you with a sense of smooth, silky softness.
Bath bombs help lock in moisture and hydrate your skin while giving your bath a lovely, multi-sensory experience. Who knew you could accomplish so much for your skin all while relaxing in the tub?!
What is a bath bomb?
So, what exactly makes a bath bomb so reactive when dropped into water? The answer is ... science! It's actually an acid-based reaction between the components of a bicarbonate base and citric acid. Once the bath bomb hits the water, the bicarbonate and citric acid release carbon dioxide gasses.
The carbon dioxide is what makes the bath bomb fizz and move around in the tub, mixing bubbles and gorgeous color around with it. Bath bombs can contain additional ingredients like essential oils, aromas, Epsom salt, or dried flower petals and herbs. All these ingredients are then tightly hand-packed into a variety of shapes but are typically found in spherical form.
History of bath bombs
The invention of the bath bomb is one of those ideas that make you wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?!" The ingredients used are fairly easy to obtain and the outcome of using a bath bomb is enjoyable, so how did the inventor come across the idea that all of us know and love today? A woman by the name of Mo Constantine was inspired by observing a dissolvable antacid tablet bubble and fizz its way through the water.
With sensitive skin in mind, Mo created a recipe that was not only beneficial for skin but also a fun alternative to liquid bubble baths, which can often contain ingredients may irritate some skin types. People everywhere took this bath bomb idea and ran with it! Soon, ingredients like flower petals, glitter, oils, and fragrances were being packed into the bath bombs, appealing to all walks of life!
What are the benefits of bath bombs?
- The main ingredients in bath bombs are sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, both of which are commonly known to have several benefits for skin health.
- If the bath bomb contains oils or other natural additives, the warm water of your bath will feel velvety smooth, allowing your skin to effectively absorb moisture
- Because it was originally created for individuals with sensitive skin, bath bombs are generally safe for most skin types. When purchasing bath bombs, be sure the product is all natural and there are no ingredients that your skin is allergic to.
- The naturally high levels of the alkaline substance from the bath bomb have been commonly known for helping to remove toxins.
- Bath bombs create an enticing atmosphere for your bath, setting the mood for any type of bath experience you choose. You can customize scents and colors for relaxation at night or a refreshing zing in the morning!
How to use a bath bomb
Choosing a bath bomb is almost just as fun as using it! While browsing for your bombs, you'll find just about any size, shape, color, scent that will fit the mood you're in. Keep an open mind and explore your options! You never know what style of bath bomb you'll end up falling in love with.
Using the bath bomb is as easy as it can get. Fill your tub with water that is at a comfortable temperature for you. Be sure to have anything you'll need within arms reach so you can stay put once you're in the tub. Grab your towel, book, a glass of wine, your headphones, or anything that will make your bath most relaxing.
Once the tub is full, drop the bomb in the water and enjoy the show! You'll see the bomb fizz and bubble and swirl around the tub leaving colorful trails of skin-loving oils and salts behind it.
It's your choice if you want to get in the tub while the bath bomb is still fizzing or if you'd rather wait until it's completely dissolved. Either way, ease your way to relaxation as your skin absorbs all the benefits your bath bomb has provided.
It may be a good idea to hop in the shower for a quick rinse off, especially if you've used a bomb with glitter or lots of colors. Also, remember to clean your tub as the surface might to too slippery for the next person who takes a bath. Giving a quick wipe down will also free your tub of flower petals or dyes the bath bomb may have left behind.
It's important to remember that the fresher your bath bomb is, the better it will work. Try not to wait several months after you bring it home.
Can you use a bath bomb more than once?
It's recommended that you use the entire bath bomb just one time in order to get the complete effects of it. Cutting a bath bomb in half while it's dry will give you another chance in using it, but your bath experience might not be as exceptional as it would be if you were to use the entire bath bomb.
Under no circumstances should you take a bath bomb out of the water after it has fizzed and save it in a baggie for next time. Doing so may harbor unwanted bacteria and reintroduce it into your next bath.
What are the different types of bath bombs?
Once you've decided to take the plunge into the world of bath bombs, you'll soon realize that no two bath bomb is alike! You can easily find a bath bomb to fit your unique wants and needs. If you're feeling quirky, search for fun shaped bath bombs or a bomb with a trinket in the center. If it's beautification you're looking for, find a bath bomb with essential oils or butters. You can even find themed bath bombs of your favorite cartoon or packages that coordinate with seasons and holidays!
How often should you use a bath bomb?
We recommend using a bath bomb no more than 1 - 2 times a week, although there aren't any side effects from using them a little more often. They're great for relaxing at the end of a rough, stressful week and pair perfectly with a glass of your favorite wine, candles, soothing music and your current favorite book! Showering after a bath may seem silly, but it's the best way to make sure excess dirt and oils have been rinsed away for good.
Can you use a bath bomb in the shower?
Using a bath bomb in the shower is perfectly fine! Even though you won't get to fully enjoy the moisturizing properties the bath bomb provides, it's a fun way to add fragrance to your shower if you'd like!
Other uses for bath bombs
No bath? No problem! They made be called 'bath' bombs, but that doesn't mean you can't get creative!
Pedi Party - Grab a large bin or bucket, fill it with warm water, and plop down on the couch with a snack and your favorite T.V. show binge while your feet soak in all the bath bomb goodness!
Out on Display - Bath bombs are beautiful both in and out of the water! Place some large glass bowls or jars in your bathrooms or around your house for a cute, refreshing home aesthetic.
Air Freshener - Why not have your home smell as amazing as you do? Fill small mesh bags of bath bomb pieces and put the bags in your closet, near your trash can, in your car, or even in your shoes to freshen and deodorize the air around you.
Gift Giving - What friends and family do you have who could benefit from a nice, relaxing bath? Bath bombs are great gifts for all occasions!
What ingredients do we use in our bath bombs?
At Nectar Bath Treats, creating our products with naturally nourishing elements is our proudest priority! Our luxurious Bath Bombs contain some of the most delectable ingredients your skin is craving.
Sweet Almond Oil - Sweet almond oil is packed with Vitamin E, A, proteins, fatty acids, zinc, and potassium.
Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) - Epsom salt is a source of magnesium which can help provide our bodies with several benefits including better sleep and muscle soreness.
Bentonite Clay - Bentonite Clay contains a strong, negative electromagnetic charge acts like a magnet for dirt and toxins in the body, and it's been used for centuries by native populations.
Citric Acid - Citric Acid speeds up cell turnover to help produce new skin growth
Bath bombs were an instant hit in the world of skincare and it's easy to see why! With natural ingredients, fun additives, and an endless variety of colors and scents, who wouldn't want to add a little fizzy fun to their tub?!