A guide to bath bombs and how to use them!
A guide to eco friendly bath bombs, how they are made, why they fizz, and how to go about using them!
Bath bombs are lots of fun, but if you haven’t chanced across these gorgeous, plastic free bath time treats, then this is a quick guide to help you get to grips with the idea!
What are bath bombs?
Bath bombs are a round, hard-packed mixture of ingredients which fizz and effervesce when they come into contact with water. Usually around the size of a fist, or a little smaller, they typically include essential oils, butters, colours, and even dried flowers and leaves. While they usually come in spheres, they can sometimes come in cubes, tablets, or other shapes, depending on the mold that was used to make them.
Why do they fizz?
Bath bombs are typically made of a weak acid and bicarbonate of soda. This means that they are unreactive when they are dry, but when you drop them into water, they react vigorously and produce a fizzing sound as well as a kinetic reaction for several minutes. Citric acid is often used in bath bombs as is sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulphate (better known as Epsom Salts) and of course, essential oils for smell.
How are they made?
Firstly, the various dry ingredients are all mixed up together and then slowly added to the blend of essential oils and other ingredients that are used to nourish the skin. The mixture is then poured into a mold and pressed firmly into them before being dried for between 12-24 hours depending on the climate and humidity. Then the bombs are popped out of the mold and are ready to be sent off to be enjoyed by people looking for the ultimate, relaxing, bathtub experience.
How do I use them?
Using a bath bomb is pretty simple. First of all, you need to run yourself a nice, warm, but not too hot bath. Secondly, you can then decide whether to use the whole bomb in one go, or whether you want to chop it in half, lessening the intensity. Once you have come to that decision, just drop it in the tub, into the water and watch it bounce and fizz around. Easy peasy!