Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make your own bath bomb? Well, in this blog post we will talk about how to make a bath bomb. There are five easy steps that you can follow in order to create the perfect bath time experience for yourself or someone else. We will discuss ingredients, smells and types of bath bombs.
Bath bombs have been popular since the early 1900s when they were first created by an American company called “Luna.” They became more mainstream after 2000 and now there is a huge market for them!
What ingredients do I need to make bath bombs?
- Baking Soda – This is an alkali that loosens dirt and grime in the pores. It also fights odours, so it can be used to make your bath smell fresh!
- Citric Acid – This ingredient will provide a citrusy scent for you when you’re scrubbing away at those rough spots on your skin. The acid also helps with breaking down oils and fats from food and other substances which makes some of them dissolve better than others. Citrus fruits contain citric acid naturally, but if you don’t want any brightening effects (or prefer not to use products made with natural ingredients) then this is something we recommend avoiding since it’s one of the main factors that causes discolouration.)
- Coconut Oil – This is a nice addition to your bath bomb because it helps with moisturising the skin. It also has antibacterial properties, which means that you can use this oil for disinfecting and soothing minor burns.
- Essential Oils – These provide fragrance (and therapeutic benefits) but they come in many different scents such as lavender or peppermint! Lavender offers calming qualities while Peppermint provides an invigorating experience!
- Glycerine – This ingredient will give your skin some extra moisture when combined with coconut oil! It’s usually found near products like soaps and lotions. Glycerine is used in these instead of water because it maintains its consistency better over time.
- Gelatine – Flavourless starches like gelatine help bind ingredients together because they act as thickening agents when mixed with water or liquid. They also make bath bombs softer which leads to better shape retention (i.e., not flattening out).
- Mica Powder – This powder gives off sparkles in the tub, but it has many more benefits besides just being pretty! It’s used as a moisturiser, it has a cleansing effect on your skin because of the abrasive particles that are in it.
- Almond Oil – This is a great choice for both sweet and savoury scents! It’s also good to use when making bath bombs with soothing essential oils because almond oil will help strengthen and soothe any fragrances you’re trying to create. Plus, this ingredient can moisturise dry skin as well!
How do you make a simple bath bomb?
To make a bath bomb, you will need:
Mix the baking powder, citric acid and Epsom (or sea) salts together in a bowl. Add to this mixture your desired colourant of choice, whether it’s food colouring or powdered clay! Next add oils from a few different scents because smelling like flowers all day can be overwhelming sometimes.
Mix these ingredients until they are fully combined and then roll them into balls with small amounts of water at room temperature for about three minutes before chilling in the refrigerator for hours on end. When chilled enough, take them out and package as desired.
Other ways to make bath bombs
Use a candy mould to make your bath bomb. You can use any type of candy that is hard and will hold the shape (i.e., rock candy, chocolate or clear). The downside with this method is you have less control over ingredients since it’s already mixed together in the moulds. Plus, some people don’t like eating their bath bombs!
If using these types of moulds, I recommend adding cocoa butter for moisturising purposes too!
Instead of rolling them into balls before chilling in the refrigerator, add all your dry ingredients and oils into a bowl first then pour boiling water over top before mixing at room temperature until combined – then let it chill overnight instead.
Are bath bombs toxic?
Bath bombs are not toxic in any way.
There are a few different types of chemicals that can be used to make bath bombs, and the only ingredients you should be worried about when it comes to toxicity is baking soda.
Baking soda is something that I would personally avoid or use sparingly if sensitive skin – especially because some people find them itchy. The fragrances and dyes are the most common ingredients that may cause irritation for some people, but if you don’t have sensitive skin then they should do just fine.
Bath bombs are safe to use around kids and pets as long as you’re careful with them – especially because bath time is a lot of fun for everyone!
Do you need baking soda for bath bombs?
In order to make a bath bomb it is necessary to have baking soda.
Baking soda is the main ingredient of bath bombs and for them to work you need it in there so that they can dissolve quickly.
Otherwise, your bathroom will be covered with a powdery mess! Without this chemical other ingredients would not do their job but you can use alternative ingredients.
What can you use instead of baking soda for bath bombs?
Instead of baking soda you can use Epsom salts or baking powder.
Epsom salt is a type of mineral that has been used for its medicinal purpose in therapeutic baths and soaks since the 19th century! It’s known to help relieve muscle aches, joint pain, swelling, and even reduce fever.