What Are Bath Bombs?

Bath Bombs are lovely lumps of wonder which when added to your bath erupt in a wild fizz and foam releasing essential oils, fragrances or herbal heaven.  They create a spa-like therapy to relax, soothe and make bath-time more ‘me-time. Available in pretty much any colour in the spectrum and infinite combinations thereof. Containing any number of scents and aromatic blends Bath Bombs often have surprise ingredients which remain undiscovered until the fizziness begins. You can buy them on the high street, online or even make your own.

A luxurious treat for yourself, a gift for a special friend or loved one, or a DIY hobby for fun or craft business. Bath Bombs have a multitude of uses.

The Bath Bomb Guide points you down whichever avenue you wish to go, with comprehensive information and answers to every question you have.

History of Bath Bombs

There isn’t a great deal to be fair.

Bath bombs are a relatively new invention. Along with the list below, we had not experienced them prior to 1989

Bath Bombs share their birth year with..

  • The World Wide Web.
  • The 1st Episode of the Simpsons.
  • GPS satellite was first launched into orbit.
  • Nintendo GameBoy released.
  • The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Taylor Swift.

Can you imagine the World without the internet now? It would be as dull as life without a bath bomb, I am sure!

Personally, I’ve not experienced The Simpsons [I know!], was never nerdy enough for a Gameboy and had to Google [thanks internet] Taylor Swift. [I know again!]

Anyway, the point being, Bath Bombs are fairly new in history, as essential as the internet and GPS, and put you in a place where consideration of the Dalai Lamas morals and guidance seem oh so right.

Bath Bombs since 1989
Yes, there is a Bart Simpson bath bomb

Who Invented Bath Bombs?

The invention of bath bombs is credited to Mo Constantine. Co-Founder of the LUSH Brand.  Rightly the most famous bath bombs on the planet.

LUSH is based in Poole, Dorset in the UK and have been since the beginning of time. (Well, bath bomb time at least)

With over 400 LUSH stores worldwide; 80+ in Britain, and outlets as far afield as Australia, Japan and America, you could say Mo’s original thought has ‘exploded’ somewhat!

Originally conceived as an alternative to salts and bubbles, bath bombs are kind to the skin and create a spa-like ambience at home.

The first bath bombs remain as popular today as they were when first detonated in public in the 1990’s.

Lush Bath Bombs
Lush Bath Bombs


Bath Bomb Evolution

But there is always evolution, right?

Now you can experience kaleidoscopic colours, slow release of seaweeds, non-plastic glitters and all manner of other bath-time treats.

Multi-layered bombs are now considered ‘Bath-Art’ and with the advent of Do-It-Yourself creators coming up with endless new bath bomb concepts.

LUSH has inspired a generation of bath-time scientists, craving the ultimate bath bomb experience.

Unicorn Poo Bath Bomb
Unicorn Poo! You can’t stop progress!

What Do Bath Bombs Do?

Good bath bombs will begin to fizz, foam and disintegrate in your tub upon contact with water.

Whilst doing so, the bomb releases essential oils to soften your bath water and skin whilst filling your senses with calming, spa-like aromatic scent.

Bath Bomb variations will release other ingredients like glitter, seaweed, fruit peels, petals and even popping candy, [more of that later].

Some of the newer inventions may have a message tucked away until dissolved.

Bath Bomb Fragrance
Release aromas for a relaxing bath

Having little surprise gifts or messages hidden in the bath bomb is great for romantic gestures or more. There are bombs available that might be best suited to couples bath sharing and the adult section of the vendor’s outlet!

Usually found to be spherical in shape, bath bombs will also be found in various other guises. Some of which you’ll find elsewhere on the site.

What are Bath Bombs Made of?

Whatever the shape or size, bath bombs are made using the same base ingredients that produce the characteristic fizz and bubble when added to bath water.

The base ingredients consist of bicarbonates and acid in the right composition as to release sodium citrate and carbon dioxide in a reaction when water is introduced to the mix.

Quite simply the ingredients are not out of place in the cupboard under the kitchen sink.

Bath Bomb Ingredients

  1. Baking Soda 8 ounces
  2. Citric Acid 4 ounces
  3. Sea Salt 4 ounces
  4. Cornstarch 4 ounces
  5. Oil [Olive Oil is fine] 2 tablespoons
  6. Water 3 teaspoons

That’s it, although the above will give you the fizz and the cornstarch will provide the silky softness it won’t provide a lot of fun.

Here is where you add the fun stuff and your imagination is your only limitation to the scents and look of your DIY Bath Bombs

  • Essential Oils for your aromas – 30+ drops will do
  • Colour/s

Finally, you can add things like seaweed, fruit peels, bio-degradable glitters and any manner of things.

Just remember that whatever you add will potentially be going down the plug-hole so keep it environmentally friendly.

How to Use Bath Bombs

The clue is pretty much in the name and they are designed for the bathtub. They don’t work particularly well in the shower,  although there are derivatives designed for scent release in the shower which is covered in this guide.

  1. Fill the Bath Tub.
  2. Set your lighting – candles are perfect.
  3. A little mood music perhaps.
  4. Drop your bath bomb in the water.
  5. Enjoy the release of the fragrances and maybe colour.
  6. Drop yourself in the water, lay back and relax.

Admission time. After writing that, I had to fill the tub and grab a bomb. I couldn’t resist. And for your information, it was a coconut milk and vanilla explosion. Bliss!

Let the bath bomb do the magic
Don’t forget the wine

What do Bath Bombs do to Your Skin?

Depending on the ingredients, and we are talking only natural and safe ingredients here on the Bath Bomb Guide, they do the same as any bath, with bubbles, salts or softners.

The same oils are generally to be found in bubble baths and lotions and in bath salts. They are present to soften the water and the skin and in general will be no more irritating than the products you find on the supermarket shelves.

If you have sensitive skin we recommend exercising the same caution with bath bombs as you would with any other bath products. Cease use if you find they irritate or do not agree with you.

In the main though, you will find them beneficial to your bath time experience. Not just your skin but accompanied by a sensory overload of colour, fragrance and enjoyment whilst laying back and letting the stress of the day melt away in a crumbly fizz.

Will a Bath Bomb Stain my Bath?

Depending on the ingredients, there will almost certainly be a residue of colour or oil around the tub. Much in the same way as you would get a ‘tide-mark’ with a normal bath.

Simple cleaning with your normal bathroom detergents will remove any residue that is simply more visible due to the colouring of the bomb.

A good quality bath will not be permanently damaged with a normal bathroom cleaning routine.

Can a Bath Bomb be Reused?

In a word. No!

Once you’ve popped that baby in the bath or got it wet in any way, science and nature take over. Once any moisture gets to the bicarb and citric acid mix, you have nature taking over.

You may find that a whole bath bomb is a bit much.

If you are on a budget and want it to last longer, simply take a serrated knife and carefully cut your bath bomb in half.

You have now enough for two baths.

Store your bombs away from moisture

Make sure you store your bath bombs in a dry place away from any source of moisture

You don’t want the chemical reaction to begin until your ready to be a part of it!

We would also advise not buying and storing bath bombs for lengthy periods.

The fresher the better!

Bath bombs begin to oxidise as soon as they are produced, meaning the longer time before bath bombs are used, the less fizz you will get.

The less fizz, the less the release of the fragrances and nice stuff. You may end up with undissolved lumps in the bath you’ll have to pick out later.

Treat your bath bombs like a fresh piece of fruit. The fresher the better!

Bomb Guru

A bathbomb enthusiast who happened to be in the birthplace of bath bombs as they were born. My passion remains to this day

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