Soaking with our eye-catching creations for the bath is a fun and luxurious way to get clean and a great way to relax your mind and lift your spirits.
No matter which of our handmade treats you indulge in, you’ll emerge with soft, scented skin and a sense of balance. They’re all scented with the world’s finest essential oils, and their perfumes run the gamut from bright and uplifting to earthy and calming, so there’s something for everyone.
We invented Bath Bombs in the late ‘80s as a gentle alternative to bubble bath, and they became instant classics thanks to a combination of cleansing baking soda, vibrant colors and therapeutic essential oils. We’re big fans of a bath and we love seeing the bath art creations you make. Show off how beautiful your bath bomb looks as it fizzes away by taking a picture and sharing it on social media with #bathart.
How to use bath bombs
- Fill your bathtub with warm water, then drop the bath bomb in and enjoy the show!
- Jelly Bombs: These fizzers create a slick, skin-softening jelly in the water. Drop yours in the bath, then help it dissolve by holding it under running water, swirling it around in the tub or playing with it as it slowly fizzes.
Get fun and fizzy with Floating Flower Bath Bomb.
Bubble bars, bubbleroons and reusable bubble bars
Most bubble baths are sold in plastic bottles, but not these ones. Our solid Bubble Bars don’t have any packaging and they bubble up like crazy. So you can get that Hollywood-style bath and be kind to the environment.
How to use bubble bars
- Crumble your bubble bar under the tap as you’re filling your tub, then give the water a big swish to help all the bits dissolve.
- Most bubble bars are good for one bath, but you can break up larger bubble bars like The Comforter and Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds for more bubbly baths.
- Bubbleroons: These pastry-inspired treats look like macarons, their two halves sandwiched together with a thin layer of shea butter. Crumble a bubbleroon like Rose Jam, just like any of the other bubble bars.
How to use reusable bubble bars
- Hold your reusable bubble bar under the running tap, then splash the water around to get some bubbles going.
- Put the reusable bubble bar aside in a draining dish and let it dry for next time.
These little confections nourish your skin with moisturizing butters and softening oils to counteract the drying effects of a hot bath. Every bath oil is lovingly handmade in Canada: there’s a happy Lush person behind every embedded vanilla bean, every dusting of luster and every hand-tied ribbon.
How to use bath oils
- Drop your bath oil into the water and let its oils and butters soften and moisturize your skin.
- Be careful when you’re getting out of a bath with one of these, because they can make your tub a bit slippery.
These multicolored, squidgy bars can do it all. Use a combination of colors to sculpt whatever shape you dream up, then use it to create a bubbly bath or gently cleanse your skin and hair.p>
How to use Fun
- As a bubble bath: Crumble a small piece under a running tap for silky bubbles.
As a soap or shampoo: Take a small bit in your hand, hop in the tub and lather up.
Check out all of these inventions at your local Lush shop, or call our friendly Customer Care team to learn more about our products.
The first time we here at team Soakey Dokey ever experienced a bath bomb it was a gift. Frankly, we had no idea what to do with it, lol! We had LOTS of questions that are quite common for first time bath bomb users.
Do you just throw it in the tub? Do I use the whole thing? Will it stain the tub? Will it stain ME.
The answers, as it turned out, were: Yes, Sure!, nope, and nope : )
Do you just throw it in the tub?:
To use a bath bomb, all you have to do is fill up your tub, toss it in there, and watch it go! You can expect the bath bomb to create a ton of fizz, all while adding colors, fragrance, salts and coconut oil into your bath. It’s your one stop shop for a luxurious bathing experience!
Do you use the whole thing?:
Our bath bombs are larger than a lot of our competitors. We typically offer a 4.5 ounce bath bomb, while many companies settle for 2.5 ounces, which in our opinion is just too small to get a great bath out of. So while your certainly welcome to cut your bath bomb in half (we did with our first one so we could try it out and get an idea of what to expect), we recommend just tossing the whole thing in there to get the full experience.
Will it stain the tub?:
We choose our colorants carefully, so that we can provide a bath bomb that will wonderfully color you water, not your tub! Since we opened our doors in the bath bomb world, out of the thousands of customers we’ve been blessed with (WE LOVE YOU GUYS. ) we’ve had ONE person contact us with concerns about one of our bombs staining their tub. In that isolated case they had had a special enamel applied to their tub. However, this was easily remedied by simply applying a surfectant to the tub and gently scrubbing.
Will it stain me.
Nope! Though when I first tried a bathbomb, this was a concern of mine. I didn’t want to end up going in to work the next day looking like a smurf! I’m happy to report that this has never once happened to us or any of our customers. : )
Will it clog my drain?:
This is a good question we get occasionally, and an important one. A bath bomb will dissolve completely in the water, so it will not clog your drain. However, some of our bath bombs come with flower buds or other toppings. When using those we recommend you use a simple drain catcher, as those could potentially clog a drain until they dissolve. This prevents you from having to collect every piece of oatmeal or ever Lavender bud when your bath is over. : )
So in summary, feel free to fill up the tub, pop in a Soakey Dokey Handmade Bath Bomb, and enjoy!
Whether you’re in need of a self-care day or just want to unwind after a busy day, nothing sets the mood quite like a calming bath. And when you want to give yourself a little extra TLC, a bath bomb is the perfect way to do so. While you’ve likely heard all of the praise surrounding this bath essential, do you really know how to use a bath bomb? Sure, you may think it’s as easy as filling up your tub and popping a bath bomb in, but there is a bit more that you need to know. Keep reading as we give you all the deets on how to use a bath bomb so that you can soak your cares away.
WHAT IS A BATH BOMB?
First things first, if you aren’t super familiar with this bathtime staple—we’ve only really seen them blow up over the last few years—we need to cover what a bath bomb is. Sometimes also known as bath balls, a bath bomb is a small, ball-shaped product that is filled with colorants, salts, and skin-softening ingredients such as oils and butters.
As the name suggests, once you pop a bath bomb into a tub full of water, the shape breaks apart and releases all of the ingredients. Then you’re left with a myriad of colors and scents to soak your body in. Some bath bombs even break apart to release flowers, fizzers, glitter, and other cool surprises. While most bath bombs are small sphere shapes, you can enjoy bath bombs in various shapes and sizes.
HOW TO USE A BATH BOMB
Now it’s time for the reason you’re here—learning how to use a bath bomb! Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to ensure that your bath bomb experience is a memorable one.
STEP #1: CREATE A CALM VIBE
There is nothing better than enjoying a bath that has the perfect ambiance. Set the stage with a few candles and put your playlist together to help set your mind at ease. Your body will soon follow!
STEP #2: PREP YOUR BATH BOMB
Allow your tub to fill all the way up with water. While you may want to soak your skin in super-hot H2O, we’d advise against it. Hot water can strip your skin of natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dried out, which is the last thing you need. Instead, turn your dial down and fill your tub with lukewarm water.
STEP #3: POP IN YOUR BATH BOMB
While you may be tempted to split your bath bomb in half, it’s best to keep it whole. After all, you want to experience the full effect of your bath bomb! Place your bath ball in your tub and watch it break apart and release beautiful colors, fizzers, and gorgeous scents.
Editor’s tip: Notice your bath bomb isn’t really working? While most will do their thing as soon as they drop into the water, some may work better when held under the running faucet. Give this a try if your tub isn’t already transforming before your eyes.
STEP #4: HOP IN THE TUB
Now, it’s time to soak your skin! Climb in the bathtub with a good book and prepare to soak your cares away until your skin starts to prune.
STEP #5: CUSTOMIZE YOUR BATH
Want to take your bath experience to the next level? Feel free to customize your bath bomb experience by adding a nourishing bath oil into the mix. Sure, bath bombs already work wonders for softening skin, but there is no harm in giving your skin an extra touch of moisture. Add a few drops of your favorite bath oil to your tub and soak, soak, soak!
STEP #6: LOCK IN MOISTURE
Once you’ve hopped out of the bathtub, you’ll want to make sure that you seal your skin with moisture. Reach for a moisturizing body lotion or body butter and apply it to damp skin for long-lasting hydration.
Next up: Congratulations, you’ve learned how to use a bath bomb the right way! Now that you’re pretty much a bathing expert, why not learn about other self-care tips? Head on over to our article, How to Practice Self-Care with Your Beauty Routine, to upgrade how you unwind.
Even if you don’t have a bath tub there are so many other ways you can enjoy using bath bombs! Check out all these uses below. Its pretty amazing how inventive you can get!
- Mini Bath, manicure or pedicure at home. Just drop half or a quarter of the bath bomb in a tub filled with warm water and soak your feet or hands in the tub. Your feet and hands will be so soft and moisturised!
Make your carpet smell nice. Crush and sprinkle light or uncoloured bath bombs on the floor before you vacuum to scent carpet and rugs.
Get fizzy in the shower! Use small chunks of a bath bomb as a body scrub to exfoliate and massage your skin in the shower.
- Scent your Clothes. Take an organza bag and put half of a bath bomb inside. Hang the bag in your closet or place in your chest of drawers. Your clothes will always smell amazing!
- Vapour Bomb! Fill your whole house with the smell of your favourite bath bomb. Take a large pot and fill it with water. Put it on the stove till it’s simmering, then drop a bath bomb in. Reduce the heat down low so the water is no longer boiling, but still steaming. The lovely scented vapour will scent your entire house.
See no bath no problems! The only difficult part is deciding on which scents you want!
Do you know any other ways of how to use bath bombs?
Learn how to use a bath bomb in a few simple steps. Whether you made your own DIY bath bomb, received a Lush bath bomb as a gift, or acquired one some other way, they all work the same.
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In order to understand how to properly use a bath bomb, it would first help to understand what they are and what they do.
What is a Bath Bomb?
A bath bomb is made of a dry, compressed, combination of ingredients that fizz and bubble when they touch water. A simple one contains, more often than not, baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, and water as a binder. While this will give you the expected fizz, it won’t provide you with any scents, colors, or added moisturizing benefits which most people enjoy.
Therefore most companies that sell them, such as Lush or Bath and Body Works (and your home DIYer) add additional ingredients. These include essential oils for scents, coconut oil, almond oil, epsom salt to moisturize the skin. Additionally, they will add dyes and other additives such as glitter or dried flowers which get mixed into or float in a bath.
What is the Point of a Bath Bomb?
Mostly for fun! But also, they leave your skin feeling nice and soft. While bath bombs provide some fun fizzing action and a swirl of colors in a bath, the moisturizes in them do provide actual skin benefits.
How to Use Bath Bombs
Now that we know what bath bombs do, how do you actually use them?
In my example, I’ll be using one left over from my DIY Pokemon Bath Bombs.
The easiest way to use one is simply by dropping it in the bath tub (for the sake of a better photo, the “tub” in my example is a bowl of water).
It doesn’t matter what the water temperature is. This is because the bath bomb will activate once it hits any moisture (which is also why you want to make sure you store them in a dry place). As you can see from the photo below, it immediately starts to fizz when it touches water.
From there, it will continue to fizz until completely dissolved so you have a few options:
- Leave it untouched and watch it swirl into different bubbly colors
- Break it up into smaller pieces so it dissolves more quickly
- (My personal favorite): Hold it from below so it’s half out of the water so you can control the fizz. With this option you also get to feel the bubbles on your hand, which I still get a kick out of every time I use one.
Once it has completely dissolved, I recommend swirling the water around. Doing so will evenly distribute all of the moisturizers that were in it.
Making your Own Bath Bombs
By the way, making your own homemade bath bombs is incredibly easy and a quick DIY that also makes for great gifts. Check out some of my own DIY bath bomb recipes and my recommendations for molds:
Learning how to use a bath bomb is easy! Keep reading to find out more.
Bath bombs are a special, indulgent treat in a bath that makes the whole experience better. They smell wonderful, they can even color your bath water, and some have oils in them that will hydrate and nourish your skin.
If you’ve never used a bath bomb before, don’t worry, it’s super easy! Here is how.
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How to Use a Bath Bomb
- Plug your bath tub.
- Fill the bath with warm water (or whatever temperature you prefer).
- Once the bath is full, get in the tub.
- Add the bath bomb and watch it fizz and bubble!
- Soak in the tub for 20 minutes, or longer, if you like.
- After you’re done soaking, drain the water and use a cloth to wipe down the bathtub, if there is any dye or oil residue.
That’s the basics of how to use a bath bomb!
Which Bath Bombs to Use
There is no shortage of options when it comes to picking bath bombs. They’re sold on Amazon, Whole Foods, and likely even your local grocery store.
I like to shop at Amazon, because it’s super convenient and I don’t have to leave my house! These are my favorite natural bath bombs to buy. They’re made with coconut and hemp oils and smell like eucalyptus and lavender.
You can also make your own bath bombs! Here is a recipe for my favorite DIY Bath Bombs with Lavender Essential Oil.
Kids love bath bombs, too! I love making bath bombs for kids with hidden toys inside. It makes bath time ultra fun. ?
Other Tips for How to Enjoy your Bath
Bath bombs can be expensive and a special treat, so get the most from your experience with these other ideas:
- Consider grabbing a good book to read while you relax.
- Grab a drink, such as a glass of wine, champagne, or hot tea.
- Use a bath pillow or place a soft towel behind your head and neck, then lean back and relax.
- Play some calming music while you bathe, such as classical piano music or nature sounds.
- Before starting your bath, try applying a homemade face mask that you can leave on while you soak, and rinse off after your bath is done.
- For an extra scented bath, try diffusing some essential oils nearby while you soak. A combination of lavender and peppermint essential oil is my favorite.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of a bath bomb?
Bath bombs provide a spa-like bathing experience, adding colors, fragrances, and fun to your bath. They fizz and bubble, while releasing relaxing scents in the air and sometimes color the bath water.
Do you need to shower after a bath bomb?
You do not need to rinse off in the shower after a bath bomb, but if you happen to be using one with a lot of color or glitter, you may want to rinse off so none of it stays on your skin.
Do you need to remove the plastic cover on a bath bomb?
Yes! The plastic on bath bombs does not dissolve, so you need to remove and discard the plastic before adding the bomb to the water.
Can you wash your hair with bath bomb water?
There isn’t anything harmful about washing your hair in the water, but if your bath bomb has a lot of oils in it, it may make your hair greasy. If you choose to wash your hair in bath water, I recommend rinsing your hair off in the shower afterwards to rinse away any excess oils.
Can you cut a bath bomb in half?
Yep! Bath bombs can be expensive, so you can double the life of a bath bomb by cutting it in half. Just use a serrated knife to carefully cut it in half.
Bath bombs — those fizzy, scented “party in a bath” additives — are a huge hit, especially with kids. You can buy them everywhere, from dollar stores to high-end department stores. And kids are scouring YouTube for videos on how to make bath bombs. (Because DIY slime is sooo last month.)
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Bath bombs may be fun for kids and adults alike. But is soaking in a tub that’s been “bombed” safe for your skin?
What’s in a bath bomb?
According to dermatologist Alok Vij, MD, bath bombs are made using a combination of baking soda and citric acid. When mixed with water, those ingredients generally neutralize each other. But bath bombs may contain other substances that can potentially harm your skin, including:
- Fragrances, either synthetic or from essential oils that give you that I’m-in-Fiji feel.
- Dyes, whether natural or lab-made, that turn your bath (and tub) another shade.
- Preservatives, to keep the bombs shelf-stable for longer (hardly necessary when they’re flying off the shelves).
- Additives like glitter, which may glam your bath, but could be abrasive to the skin.
There aren’t any bath bombs that are totally safe, particularly for people with sensitive skin. Sadly, the size of the bath bomb doesn’t really matter — smaller bombs can have concentrated amounts of potential allergens.
Signs your bath bomb has waged war on your skin
Not all skin is created equal. For some people, a bath bomb is a sensual delight. For others, it’s a recipe for discomfort. The most common signs that your bath bomb is wreaking havoc on your skin include:
These telltale signs often first show up in skin creases (think behind the knees, or in the groin area) where the harmful substances linger because of the skin-on-skin contact. But for people with known skin sensitivity, these signs may declare themselves on any part of the skin that was submerged in bath water.
“Don’t be fooled by ‘natural ingredients.’ They can also play mischief with your skin,” says Dr. Vij. “For example, common bath bomb ingredients include witch hazel, an astringent that can cause dryness, or cocoa butter, which can fuel the growth of yeast.”
Sometimes, bath additives such as bath bombs and even bubble bath can affect the body’s pH balance. For women and girls, changing the pH of the vagina and surrounding areas can alter bacterial flora and possibly lead to irritation or, worse, a yeast infection. (A not-fun price to pay for a few minutes of fizzy bath glory.)
Let your skin be the guide on how to safely use a bath bomb
Dr. Vij suggests those who are allergic to ingredients in bath bombs avoid them altogether. “However, if people don’t have a history of atopic dermatitis (commonly called eczema) or a known history of sensitivity to fragrances or dyes — the occasional bath bomb is fine. But I recommend staying in the water just until fingers and toes start to prune up,” says Dr. Vij. “That’s different for everyone, but usually 10 to 15 minutes is enough time.”
And rinse off after the bath to remove the residual chemical layer.
“The longer you’re exposed to chemicals and known allergens, the more likely you are to develop an allergy,” says Dr. Vij. “My daughters love bath bombs, but I remind them to take a nice rinse to clean off their skin and keep it healthy after they’ve soaked.”
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Seeing all the rage of bath bombs and have no idea how to use them? Besides, if you don't know what bath bombs are, there's nothing to be shy about that either. That's why we are going to spell all the deets that you need to know. Bath bombs, formerly ‘Aqua Sizzlers’, are generally round-shaped ball-like structures that quickly effervesce into the water as soon as they are immersed. They are composed of a weak acid and a bicarbonate base with a mixture of essential oils, fragrants and colourants.
Bath bombs are a surprise discovery that is only meant for your relaxation. In today’s world when we are all stressed out about work, it is important to blow off some steam. While some choose rigorous exercises, others choose to calm themselves in a long relaxing bath. That's where the bath bombs come in. They are eye-catchy and colourful which are available in a myriad of aromas. And it's just not any other ingredient, it can fructify your bathing experience to the maximum. Let's see how.
Calms your mind
Take a bath bomb and dissolve it into a tub full of water. Bath bombs won't react while dry. After it is dissolved fully, just get into the water and let it soothe your skin and mind. It takes the stress out of your shoulders and calms your nerves.
Not only bath bombs can uplift your mood altogether, but it also moisturises your skin as well. They make your skin soft and smooth, supple and healthy.
People struggling with sleep due to a busy schedule can calm themselves down with an au naturale bath. The natural ingredients of a bath bomb soothe your body and mind together and provide a relaxing sleep.
A bath can help you detox. But if you include a bath bomb, it can enrich your bathing experience. It cleanses your body and gets rid of any bad odour. The essential oils found in bath bombs have cleansing properties.
The amazing fragrances that fill your bathroom will enhance your mood instantly. You can refresh yourself with these baths and shake off the tension that holds on to you.
So are you excited to try out this magical experience? Tell us in the comments.
Are Bath Bombs Safe For Your Plumbing?
Do you use bath bombs after a stressful day at the office? Have you ever heard that bath bombs can be bad for your plumbing? Unfortunately, it’s true: bath bombs can cause clogs in your drains, unless a few precautions are taken. Knowing the danger of using bath bombs and what you can do to prevent problems can help you take care of your bathtub drains.
Bath bombs are a scented, fizzy bath salt designed to dissolve in your tub and relax your muscles. Upon placing bath bombs in a bathtub full of warm water, your bathroom will start to smell like flowers or perfume and the water will fizz around your body. Bath bombs are great after a hard day at work or after a stressful day at school. They also make excellent gifts.
Bath bombs are made up of a variety of materials that are not always good for your bathtub. Some of the problems you might encounter include:
- Sometimes the salts don’t dissolve. Partially dissolved bath salts will clog your drains. A few undissolved chunks can become caught in the drain, which will then catch on hair and other pieces of debris.
- Oils can clog your drains. You’ve probably heard that it’s a bad idea to flush oil down the drain. This is totally true! Oils will congeal when cold, leading to clogs.
- Sometimes bath bombs contain more than oils and salts. Some fancy types of bath bombs will contain undissolvable pieces like flower petals, confetti, glitter and more. These little pieces look cool when floating around in the bathtub, but they can clog your drain.
In the case of a hot tub, bath bombs can do more than just a little damage. Bath bombs can destroy the functionality of your hot tub in just a few uses. Small pieces found inside bath bombs can destroy the jets and cause devastating clogs.
Fortunately, there’s a way to enjoy bath bombs in your bathtub without destroying the components of your tub. If you’re using your bath bombs responsibly, you can even use bath bombs regularly without making problems.
- Put the bath bomb in a protective nylon cover. This prevents the contents of the bath bomb from leaking into the bathtub and clogging the drain. Panty hose are perfect for this purpose; simply slip the bath bomb into the leg of a panty hose, then tie it shut.
- Clean out the drain regularly with vinegar and water. To do this, pour vinegar down your drain and then leave the vinegar inside the drain for several minutes. When you’re done, flush the drain with hot water from your spigot. This should help clear debris and oil that bath bombs have left inside the drains.
Have Your Drains Cleared By a Professional Plumber
If your drains do start to back up, a professional plumber can help you clear your plumbing and keep the drains flowing smoothly. If you live in Pittsburgh and need a professional plumber to help you clear your drains from bath bomb debris, contact Terry’s Plumbing. We can help you take care of your plumbing and keep your drains flowing smoothly. Call us today for an appointment at (412) 364-9114.
They're scented, fizzy, and fun, but do bath bombs really do anything (besides stain your tub)? We talked to a cosmetic chemist and a dermatologist to find out.
If there's one thing I've learned about the Internet, it's that you never know what will blow up. Case in point: Not long ago, my Twitter and Tumblr feeds were suddenly flooded with posts tagged #BathBombing. The meme featured parodies showing everything from the bomb emoji to eggs being tossed in water ("Love my new bath bomb!" read the captions) — presumably mocking the trend of teenagers tossing Lush's colorful, fragrant balls of bath soak in a tub and breathlessly documenting it for the Internet. Just like Gangnam Style and #TheDress, we'll never know exactly why bath bombing took off, but it did spark a conversation around the Allure offices: Do bath bombs actually do anything?
As it turns out, these palm-size spheres are nothing more than an innocuous mix of fizzy ingredients, salts, colorants, oils, and some surprises (rose petals or glitter, for instance). Cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller, editor of thebeautybrains.com, breaks it down like this: In water, the sodium bicarbonate in the bomb reacts with the citric acid to release carbon dioxide gas. This is no different from what happens when you drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet in a glass of water. The bath bomb starts to break apart as this happens, releasing with it the colorants, fragrances, and skin-conditioning ingredients, like salts and oils. The combination turns your bath water a psychedelic blend of colors and scents.
But as far as your skin is concerned, they're essentially no different from adding a splash of bath oil or salt into the water. "Bath bombs can add oils to a bath, and the oils are moisturizing," says Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist in New York City. "On the other hand, some of the ingredients can be irritating, especially the fragrances and dyes." Not to mention picking glitter out of places that should never sparkle.
So if you have skin that is at all sensitive, skip the bath bomb altogether (if you're wondering, Schueller identifies the most common irritants in bath soaks as limonene, linalool, and alpha-isomethyl ionone). The bottom line? Bath bombs fall into the same category as baths themselves: less about function and more about the sensory experience. So unless you're concerned about irritants — or just a neat freak who doesn't want to deal with a magenta bathtub ring — bombs away!
Bath Bomb – ALOHA
Bath Bomb – BEAR HUGS
Bath Bomb – CANDY CORN
Bath Bomb – CITRUS MELONMINT
Bath Bomb – COLD & FLU
Bath Bomb – CRANBERRIES
Bath Bomb – CUPCAKE
Bath Bomb – DAISY
Bath Bomb – DETOX
Bath Bomb – DRAGONFLY
Bath Bomb – EVERGREEN TWIST
Bath Bomb – FLOWERCHILD
Bath Bomb – GHOUL FRIEND
Bath Bomb – GINGERBREAD
Bath Bomb – GRAPEFRUIT
Bath Bomb – HANGOVER
Bath Bomb – HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Bath Bomb – HAPPY CAMPER
Bath Bomb – HEARTS
Bath Bomb – HOLIDAY
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Try making your own homemade bath bombs for an easy kitchen project that kids will love – give these as gifts or use them to make bath times more fun.
Making bath bombs is a great indoor activity that will keep the kids busy on a rainy afternoon – and they're also a lovely gift for friends and family. Experiment with colours, add flowers from your garden and use different shapes. Once you have the main ingredients, it's really easy to adapt this recipe to what you already have at home.
These ingredients are safe to use in the bath, but it's important to note that bath bombs are inedible. We recommend this craft for children aged eight years or over.
Watch our video for a super-simple DIY bath bomb method:
Bath bomb recipe
Makes 4 half-balls
Prep 30 mins, plus 2-4 hrs setting
- 100g bicarbonate of soda
- 50g citric acid
- 25g cornflour
- 25g Epsom salt (optional)
- 2 tbsp oil – such as sunflower, coconut or olive oil
- ¼ tsp essential oil, such as orange, lavender or chamomile
- a few drops of liquid food colouring
- orange peel, lavender or rose petals, to decorate (optional)
You will also need
- mixing bowl
- plastic moulds (see below for ideas)
1. Put the bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt in a bowl, then whisk until fully combined.
2. Pour the base oil, essential oil and food colouring in a small bowl. Mix together well, combining the oil with the colouring as much as possible.
3. Very slowly add the oil mixture into the dry ingredients a little at a time, whisking between each addition. When all the oil is added, add a few tiny drops of water and whisk again (it will fizz when you add the water, so mix it in quickly). You're looking for the mixture to slightly clump together when pressed in your hand and keep its shape – it shouldn't be too wet.
4. If you're adding peel or flower petals to decorate, drop them into the bottom of your chosen mould. Pack your mixture tightly on top, pressing down and smoothing out the top with a teaspoon.
5. Leave your bath bomb in the mould to dry for 2-4 hrs, then carefully remove it. It's now ready to drop into the bath – watch it fizz away!
What can I use as a bath bomb mould?
You can use anything flexible as a mould for your bath bombs, so have fun looking around your home for things you could use. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Yogurt or pudding pots
- Christmas tree decorations (we used a star)
- Plastic packaging from toys
- Easter egg packaging
- Silicone ice cube trays
- Silicone cupcake cases
- Plastic biscuit cutters (place them on a tray)
For children, we suggest making half-shapes as it can be tricky to make a sphere that sticks together. If you want to make a complete sphere, you'll need a two-sided mould. Slightly overfill each side with the mixture, then press firmly together and secure with elastic bands while it dries. Be very gentle when you remove them from the moulds.
Where can I buy citric acid?
Citric acid is often used in homemade cordials and winemaking – you'll find it as an ingredient in shop-bought bath bombs. The reaction with the bicarbonate of soda is what makes your bath bomb fizzy.
You can buy citric acid online and from some larger pharmacies. For our recipe, we used Wilko citric acid.
Top tips for making bath bombs
- Be sure to use liquid food colouring, not gels. Gels will clump together when you add them to the bicarbonate and it's hard to mix them in.
- Once you've added the liquid to the mixture, you need to work quickly to mix everything together and push it into the mould as soon as you can.
- To allow your bath bombs to dry, leave them uncovered in a cool, dry place (away from taps and humidity). They will take longer to set in humid weather.
- If you've got more than one colour, why not make a rainbow bath bomb? Layer up the different colours and they will blend together beautifully.
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Bath bombs have become increasingly popular over the past year, invading countless bathrooms across America. Despite their name, “bomb,” these guys don’t cause you any harm — but unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their effects on your bathtub.
What is a Bath Bomb?
A bath bomb is a ball of packed Epsom salt which fizzes-up when placed in water and typically include aromatherapy oils or pieces of sweet-scented flowers. Some even have glitter in them — although we don’t know why you’d want to bathe in glitter.
The entire point of bath bombs is to enhance your bath and relax your muscles and mind.
Are Bath Bombs Safe for My Tub?
The quick answer? No, not really. For a number of reasons, bath bombs are actually harmful to your tub and pipes…
The Salt Might Not Dissolve
Typically, the all the salt of the bath bomb should dissolve in your bath water. But if some of the salt clumps together, it can clog your drain and leave you with a big mess.
Some Bath Bombs Contain a Lot of Oil
All those essential oils that are meant to calm you down can actually stress you out if they get solid and clog your drains. That peaceful bath will be for nothing if you end up needing to call a plumber just to drain it when you’re done.
Non-Salt Ingredients Don’t Always Drain
Let’s say your bath bomb has pieces of lavender flowers or glitter in it. Those flower petals may not drain easily, and all that glitter can stick to the sides of your tub and pipes. That can make for a lot of plumbing problems down the line.
You Could Damage Your Jets
If you have a spa tub, all that salt, oil, and added ingredients from your bath bomb can get inside the jets and clog or damage them entirely. If that happens, you can kiss your spa tub goodbye.
How to Safely Use Bath Bombs?
We know how nice it can be to toss in a bath bomb after a stressful day, so we won’t tell you to quit using them entirely. Instead:
- Place the Bath Bomb in a Mesh Bag: This will keep any clumps of salt or flower pieces out of your drain.
- Skip the Glitter Bombs: Again, we don’t know why you’d want to bathe in glitter, but just forget these entirely to avoid any type of mess in your tub and drain.
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Bath bombs have become such a trendy beauty product over the past couple of years. When they’re dropped into a tub of water, they swirl with color, fill your bath with the scent of essential oils, and leave your skin feeling moisturized. Or so I’ve been told. I’m not much of a bath person. So if you’re like me, you might be missing out on the bath bomb trend.
I’ve always been more of a shower person. To be honest, the thought of sitting in bath water has never been too appealing to me. Besides, as hard as I try, I have trouble relaxing (insert major guffaw from those who know me best). There’s always something going on in my mind. As soon as the bath bomb would be done fizzing, I’d probably be wrapping myself up in a towel and onto tackling my next task!
But even if you’re not much of a bath person, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on these pretty bath bombs! In fact, I just bought five lavender bath bombs from Perfectly Posh. My cousin is a consultant and, one day over lunch, we discussed some of the other things you can do with bath bombs. No tub required!
Let me tell ya – I almost wanted to draw myself a bath after getting these bath bombs! Of course, I didn’t. But they smell really nice! I love lavender because of its calming properties (again, insert major guffaw from those who know me best) and love using lavender scents in DIYs.
So today, I’m going to show you a few simple ways that you can use bath bombs outside of the tub. I’m giving you five excuses to run out and buy yourself a set of bath bombs even if you don’t like to soak in the tub!
This is such an easy DIY. Seriously. Just throw throw a bath bomb into an organza bag, tie it up, and place it in a drawer. It’s a super simple way to make your drawers smell amazing!
You could also use this DIY in the shower! Just tie the bag to a shower head. The shower steam will allow the bath bomb to release its scent into the shower and you’ll be enveloped in fragrance!
Use Them in the Shower
Another way to use them in the shower is to place a bath bomb on the floor of the tub. When the shower water hits the bath bomb, it’ll fizz and release its scent into the shower. You won’t get the moisturizing benefits of the bath bomb, but you’ll be able to enjoy its nice, soothing scent!
Bath Bomb Sugar Scrub
You know I love a good body scrub! While I probably wouldn’t make this with dark colored bath bombs or ones with glitter in them, it’s a great way to use up lightly colored bath bombs (like these lavender bath bombs)!
Crush up a bath bomb in plastic bag (I used a small mallet to crush up the bath bomb). Place the crushed bath bomb in a small jar. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted coconut oil into the jar. Place the lid back on and give it a good shake. Use this scrub in the shower to exfoliate and moisturize your skin!
Keep Them in a Decorative Bowl
Want to keep your bathroom smelling nice? Simply display a few bath bombs in a decorative bowl like potpourri! If you have lavender scented bath bombs, you can also use an organza bag again and keep one next to your bed. The lavender scent will whisk you into relaxation as you wind down at night!
Use Them as a Deodorizer
There are a few ways you can use bath bombs as a deodorizer. You can place them in stinky shoes or keep them in the closet. Want to keep your car smelling fresh? Just place a bath bomb under the seat!
You can apparently make your own DIY Febreze with bath bombs, too! Dissolve a small chunk of a bath bomb in a cup of water. Then, fill a spray bottle with the mixture. Easy, homemade air and fabric refresher!
Want to learn more about the lavender bath bombs I got? Check out Christina’s Posh Pampering Group! If you love naturally based bath and body products, don’t forget to enter to win a Perfectly Posh Mystery Box! There are only a few days left to enter to win the September box!
There are few things in life better than settling into a bath with a good book, a glass of wine, and of course, a bath bomb. But when news broke last month that a bath bomb sent a girl to the hospital, it had us all wondering: Are bath bombs really safe?
Here’s what happened: As Cosmopolitan UK first reported, a 10-year-old girl was rushed to the ER when a meningitis-like rash developed all over her body five days after she used a passionfruit and watermelon bath bomb from a local discount store called Wilko’s. The doctors figured out that the rash popped up as a result of some of the ingredients in the bath bomb, which rightfully freaked everyone out, especially because according to a statement from Wilko’s, the product passed all of the necessary safety testing before it was put on the market.
So should the rest of us run home toss our beloved bath bombs in the trash, stat? Not so fast, says LUSH Cosmetics’ Brand and Products Trainer Erica Vega. "LUSH would never put an ingredient in a bath bomb that we’d want people to steer clear of," says Vega. "We want you in the tub, not running from it!"
To avoid any unwanted hospital visits during bath time, here are Vega’s tips for how to safely select and use bath bombs (with some really, really pretty bath bomb explosion photos to go along with them).
1. Read Up On The Ingredients
It’s important to familiarize yourself with the core ingredients of bath bombs in order to understand how they work. The fizzing action comes from a very basic combination of baking soda and citric acid (the stuff that makes sour candies sour), which fizz when they come in contact with water — hence the "explosion" experience you get with a bath bomb. Beyond those two main ingredients, Vega acknowledges that you’ll probably also find ingredients like sea salt, cocoa butter, and essential oil-based fragrance blends, as well as . some safe synthetics like food-grade coloring or a synthetic perfuming element. Do yourself a favor and always read the back of the package, and if you don’t recognize an ingredient (or if it sounds super chemical-y) Google it. Better safe than sorry!
2. Watch Out For The Slip Factor
In addition to being aware of the ingredients in your bath bombs, it’s important that you also keep in mind that they can make your bath tub really, really slippery, which can be dangerous when you’re trying to get in and out of it. "Oils and butters in the tub may leave some residue," says Vega. "Starting with a nice clean tub will help to minimize residue, as the oils will stick to dirt and grime on the tub’s surface." Vega suggests using any sort of buttery bath product with warm or hot water because it helps melt the oils so they can rinse away. If that’s not your thing, stick to a bomb that doesn’t contain oils and butters and you’re good to go.
3. Know Your Own Allergies
Just like with any beauty product, it’s important to know if there are any ingredients you’re allergic to before submerging yourself into a bathtub that could end up deadly. "If you have a specific allergy, always read the ingredient list to check for your personal allergens," says Vega. Once again, reading the packaging #FTW.
4. Steer Clear If You Have Super Sensitive Skin
Bath bombs were originally created for people whose skin is too sensitive for traditional bath products, and according to Vega many people who can’t use other bubble bath are perfectly happy with bath bombs. "But, there will be those who simply cannot take a bath with anything at all because of extreme skin sensitivity or propensity for urinary tract infections," says Vega. Luckily, showering can be really fun too!
5. Keep It All Natural
When it comes to bath bombs, natural is best. Look for simple, natural ingredients, mineral-based glitters, food-grade colors. "They’re a simple yet effective recipe for fun and relaxation" says Vega. My advice is to read those labels! You’ll be impressed with some brands (ahem, Lush) and unpleasantly aware with other brands." Bottom line: Always, always know what’s in the tub you’re getting into, and chances are you’ll be safe.
And they make taking a bath like swimming in a painting.
So we asked the experts at Lush about everything bath bomb–related, from how to store them to how to get the colours to
1. “Do bath bombs expire?”
Bath bombs will get less effective as time goes on. The fresher they are, the faster they’ll fizz, says Jack Constantine, head of product development at Lush.
“We have fanatics who’ll keep theirs wrapped and in tupperware boxes underneath their bed, for years – which is extreme,” he says. “But you can do it, as it’s about the freshness. If the bath bombs are out on display, they’re oxidising and they’re losing the ability to react so well. So the citric and the bicarb start to bind. The fresher they are, the faster they fizz.
“Our freshness policy in the factory is 21 days. So if you buy off the website, it’s normally seven days at a push [i.e., your product has been made within seven days]. We will get complaints from people who say, ‘I bought this a year ago, I chucked it in and it did nothing!’ You need to use it. The same with the smell – the smell will wear off as all the essential oils start to evaporate.”
2. “How long should I leave my bath bomb before getting in the bath?”
A layered bath bomb will take about five minutes to fizz to completion, Jack says.
“Where you have one mix in the centre that’s bursting to get out, once the mix finds a hole, that starts propelling it,” he says. “But it finds a hole in different places, so every time you chuck it in, it’ll be different. You’ll never get the same thing.
“The best thing with those kind of bath bombs is to not get in. Fill your bath, chuck it in, and wait five minutes. And then watch it, then get in.”
3. “How do I make the colours of my bath bomb swirl?”
The chemical reaction between bicarbonate of soda and citric is what makes your bath bomb fizz and move across the tub, according to Lush digital lab assistant Rachel Lake. One mixture is faster than the other, so by combining the mixture in certain ways, the inventors can control the flow of the bathbomb.
“The colours start to swirl and move around because of the chemical reaction between the bicarb and the citric,” she says. “When that fizzes in the water, the bomb can turn around – say if you put a bubble mix on one side, and a ballistic mix on the other, that’s going to push it.”
Jack adds: “For example, we can force the mixes to go in different directions. We can control the flow of the bath bomb. There are patents on these two separate mixes that we use, and when we combine them one’s faster than the other.”
4. “How do I get glitter off my bathtub?”
“Wash it!” Jack says. “Bath bombs, especially the ones I work on, have a mix that has some surfactants in it. That helps to remove it from the edges, naturally. But if it’s getting stuck on there, we always suggest a shampoo bar, or a shower gel, whatever.”
Surfactants are compounds used as foaming agents, detergents, and emulsifiers. “You don’t need serious toilet products to clean it,” he says. “Anything with a little bit of surfactant in it will just wash it off. The same with the colour – often we’ll get concerns like, ‘Oh, you’ve stained my bath.’ But if you just use a product with surfactants in it, it’ll come straight off.”
5. “Can I wash my hair if I’ve got a bath bomb in the water?”
“It’s not going to negatively affect your hair,” Jack says.
“But there are now ingredients in your bath – like essential oils, there’s some citric acid. They’re not bad – these ingredients are softening, for example. But it will mean it will have a different effect. And if it’s a bath bomb with surfactant in, for example, then it’s going to clean you anyway, because that’s what surfactant does.”
6. “Can I use a bath bomb if I have sensitive skin?”
“In general, they’re all really mild,” Jack says. “Nothing in there is going to irritate you, but if you’re really sensitive, avoid the ones with loads of layers of bubbly mix.
“The original bath bomb formula is surfactant-free, so it doesn’t have anything that can affect your skin. It’s effectively the softest formula, so it doesn’t irritate. But then when you start to add bubble mix, there’s the potential for irritation.
“If you use things like Butter Ball or Big Blue, then you’ll get a lovely bath that’s not going to irritate you at all.”
7. “What is lustre? Why don’t you use glitter?”
“The glitters we used in bath bombs were based on plastic,” says Simon Constantine, Lush’s head perfumer and head of ethical buying. “And so a couple of years ago, we were quite rightly pulled up by our customers. In terms of microplastics and them washing up into the ocean, glitters are not biodegradable. And especially as it’s a bath product, it’s not as if you can recycle it.
“So then we started to research and see if we could move away from that and we went to lustres, which are vegetable-based.”
Think again – you can youse bath bombs without a tub and I’m going to show you exactly how.
Creative ways of using bath bombs without a bathtub include dissolving them in a bucket of water, using them as deodorizers, using them in the shower as fizzies. You can also use bath bombs to prepare a foot soak, or even put them in sachets in your house for a great, inviting aroma.
When you buy some of the best-smelling therapeutic bath bombs in the world (like these), the last thing you want to do is worry about whether or not you have a bath tub. I can tell you for sure, you can enjoy a spa-like experience even without a tub. And I’m going to show you how below.
6 Ways to Use Bath Bombs Without a Tub
The benefits of bath bombs go beyond the standard bathtub. With DIY creative ideas, you can utilize them for different purposes in your house. Here are 6 ways to use bath bombs without a bathtub.
1. The traditional bath
No bathtub? No problem!
One way you can still enjoy your bath bombs without a bathtub is dissolving them in a bucket or basin of water, then scooping the water and pouring it on your body.
The fresh and invigorating feeling is still felt all over the body. Using warm water for this purpose gives the best results.
2. Prepare a foot soak
You don’t need to use these bombs on the whole body to feel their great benefits. You can use them as a foot soak especially after a hard day at work. A vibrating soak like the Conair Foot Spa/Pedicure Spa with Soothing Vibration Massage can really make your experience better.
Fill your bucket or basin with warm water. Rather than throwing in the whole bath bomb, cut it into two halves then drop one half into the bucket/basin. Soak in your feet for about 15 to 20 minutes.
You can do yourself one more by scrubbing your feet and toes.
When you’re done, pat your feet dry before walking away. This is because the oil in the bath bombs can make your feet very slippery. This increases the risk of falling or tripping.
3. Use bath bombs in the shower as fizzies
There are two ways to use bath bombs in the shower;
- You can put it into an organza bag, tie one end to the showerhead. When you turn on the hot water shower, its steam will make the bath bomb release the fragrance into your bath.
- You can also place the bath bomb on the floor of the bathroom. When the water hits the floor, it will also come into contact with the bath bomb releasing its fragrance.
You will still have a bath that smells and feels great even without a bathtub.
4. Use them in drawer sachets
Away from the bathtub, you can use your bath bombs as a drawer sachet to fill your drawer with a great aroma. Using sachets is also one of the great ways to store bath bombs.
To do this, put a bath bomb inside an organza bag then tie one end and place it in your drawer. The smell will float in the drawer leading to great-smelling clothes.
5. Use bath bombs as deodorizers
There are various ways you can use bath bombs as your deodorizer given their fresh smell.
Here’s how to use bath bombs to get rid of bad odor around your house:
- Put them inside your shoes especially when they aren’t smelling so good.
- Place them in your closet to add a fragrance to your clothes.
- Put them in your car to freshen the air up.
- Dissolve a bath bomb in a cup of water then pouring the water in a spray bottle to create a homemade fabric and air freshener.
If you keep thinking along these lines, you can generate various creative ways to use bath bombs in many other different ways.
6. Sugar bath bomb scrubs
Who says bath bombs are just for bathing? Certainly not as they can be put to many different uses with great results. For example, you can mix them with other ingredients and come up with a good scrub to exfoliate your body.
Here’s how to make a body scrub using bath bombs:
- Wrap the bath bomb in a plastic bag then crush it lightly using a small mallet or another light object.
- Put the crushed bath bomb in a small container.
- Add half (1/2) a cup of sugar.
- Add a third (1/3) a cup of melted coconut oil to the mixture.
- Cover the container then shake the mixture thoroughly.
Use the scrub in your shower for a sensational exfoliating experience.
Bath bombs give you options on what you want to use them for. They are great products that, with some ideas, you can use in many places in your home.
I’m often asked, “what is the difference between shower fizzies versus bath bombs?” Shower fizzies, shower bombs, and shower steamers are all the same thing. Shower fizzies and bath bombs, however, are NOT the same.
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How are Shower Fizzies and Bath Bombs Different?
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love sharing our DIY Bath Product Recipes . We get asked a lot about the difference between shower fizzies and bath bombs. Ultimately, the use of the item determines how both shower fizzies and bath bombs are made.
Shower fizzies aren’t the same in shape or ratio of ingredients as bath bombs. Let’s start with the main differences:
1 – The Shape of Shower Fizzies Versus Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are often round and let’s be real: you don’t want a shower fizzy to be round. It becomes a shower hazard if it is rolling around while you’re taking a shower!
Shower fizzies are ideally flat (or flat-ish) on one side to prevent movement. Although some people put the shower fizzy directly under them while they shower, it’s recommended that they are placed on a ledge or even over the drain.
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There’s a reason why some beauty products become cult classics: They’re iconic to the brand, timeless and have an extra special “it” factor that makes it one of a kind. The bath bomb by U.K.-based cosmetics retailer Lush certainly fits in that exceptional category.
While the bath bomb definitely has that cult following, the retailer has decided to recently expand their offerings by making a version of it, specifically for the shower, known as a shower bomb. Is the death of the bathtub in homes to blame? Maybe! But regardless, it’s good news for fan of the iconic Lush product who don’t necessarily want to take bath.
Just like it’s relative, the bath bomb, the shower bomb fizzes as soon as the water hits it, explained Lush in a press release on their website. You can then use the foamy substance as a “cleansing mousse” all over your body. It has a starchier, almost Styrofoam-like consistency in comparison to the brand’s shower jellies.
So, whether you’re a bath or a shower person (another great debate!), now you can pick your type of fizzy bomb to unwind!
What is a bath bomb?
In short, it’s a bubble bath-maker that fizzes, bubbles and explodes when dropped into warm water. These wondrous balls of soap come in all varieties, with some containing dried flowers, cocoa butter, sea salt or even explosions of glitter in the middle that get released at the end of a bath.
The Intergalactic Bath Bomb, which we got to see in the making, is a best-seller that offers an “out of this world” experience with its sudsy formula, neon colors, gold glitter and popping candy (more on that later).
3, 2, 1 . blast off! Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
What are bath bombs made of?
Bath bombs are basically made of baking soda, Lush’s special “bubble mix” (we didn’t get all the secrets), citric acid and a mix of essential oils to impart a particular scent and feel. The Intergalactic Bath Bomb adds colorful dye pigment and gold glitter to get that swirly “constellation” effect in the water. The popping candy — yes, like the candy you put on your tongue as a kid! — adds extra fizz and texture to the water.
The Intergalactic Bath Bomb in action. Say it all together now: "Ooooooh, ahhhhh." Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
How do they make bath bombs?
The process is as fascinating as it is beautiful!
It starts by mixing baking soda, essential oils and bubble mix together. Then dye pigment and hot water are added to get three distinct colors: pink, yellow and blue. The blue powder, which makes up the majority of the bath bomb, gets gold glitter and popping candy added to it as well.
With a pinch of citric acid to help the powders pack together, the three colors are layered on both sides of a mold. An egg-shaped “insert” (with more of the original baking soda mixture)) is added in the middle with an scoop of blue powder before the two sides of the mold get smashed together. Once it’s taken out of the mold, the finished bath bomb is ready to sell in a Lush location near you!