August 10, 2017 6 min read

Bath bombs are a fun way to bring more excitement to your bath, but did you know that these fizzy bombs also supply many great additional benefits for your skin? We've put together some common questions that we get about our bath bombs, so you can better understand why we think they're da bomb!

What is a bath bomb?

Bath bombs are palm-sized spheres or blocks that fizzle and dissolve rapidly when tossed into your bath water. Not only do they add a bit of fun to your bath but ours are made with variety of all-natural ingredients, designed to soothe, detox and help you relax.

What makes bath bombs different from bath salts and bubble bath?

Bath bombs are made with baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, which provides a naturally high alkaline substance with a reputation for helping to remove toxins. Baking soda's natural sodium content and alkalinity give the bathwater a silky feel and baking soda can help with a number of common health issues. The plant oils and baking soda soothes and adds moisture to the skin. Along with the pleasant scent and essential oils, bath bombs can also create an aromatherapeutic effect.

Bubble Bath is made with soap for cleansing the surface of the skin to help loosen dirt and oil. They make bubbles for a short time and dissolve while softening the water.

Bath Salts are high in minerals and also work to help remove toxins, depending on what bath salts you are using. Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) soothe tired muscles by relieving the lactic acid build-up caused from muscle exertion and are therefore recommended for people with back pain, arthritis, muscle tension or spasms, and minor work and sports injuries. Pink Himalayan and sea salts help draw out toxins, deep cleanse the skin, and cleanse the body energetically.

How do you make them?

We mix together citric acid and baking soda, then add a blend of essential oils, plant oils and a bit of witch hazel to help it stick together. Then the mixture gets pressed into a mold at our workshop in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Check out this video of how we make our bath bombs:

Are the bath bombs quite fragrant?

Yes. If you are sensitive to scent, bath bombs might not be a good choice for you. Instead, you could try adding bath salts, which are a little less fragrant but still provide a great detoxifying and relaxing bath experience. 

What makes them fizz and dissolve?

The reaction between baking soda and citric acid is responsible for the fizzing action. When the bomb touches water, the sodium bicarbonate in it reacts with the citric acid to release carbon dioxide gas. The bath bomb starts to break apart as this happens, releasing with it the pigments, essential oils, and skin-conditioning plant oils.

How long can I keep a bath bomb before using?

Store your bath bombs in an airtight container or a ziplock bag in a cool dark place. This helps to protect the bath bomb from moisture and keeps it from drying out or losing scent. We always recommend using our products sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the less effective the product will be unless it is stored well.

Can you cut them in half to use it twice?

You can try this, but from our experience they may break and crumble. The pieces will then dissolve faster than a whole bath bomb. Our bath bombs are designed for single use. To get the full benefits we do recommend using the entire bomb in your bath. If you choose to take it out of the water half way through and keep it for later it might still fizz the next time you use it, but it won't be as effective.

Are the ingredients safe to go down the drain?

Yes! Our bath bombs are made with only the best ingredients that are good for you and our Earth.

Are bath bombs gluten free?

All of our bath bombs are gluten free, with the exception of Oatmeal and Honey.

Are bath bombs nut free?

We do not use peanuts in any of our products, but we are not a nut-free facility and therefore cannot 100% guarantee that our other products will not contain any traces of nuts or nut oils. With the major increase in nut allergies our goal is to be nut-free, so we have stopped formulating new products with nut oils and will gradually be phasing it out of any existing products. Please be aware that we do use shea butter and almond oil in a number of our products, so there may be a small chance of contamination in other products. Our bath bombs are made with cocoa butter, which may be considered a tree nut for some allergies.

Are bath bombs safe for use during pregnancy?

Most of our bath bombs are safe to use after your first trimester, but we do advise limiting the use of lemongrass because this particular scent can be sensitizing during pregnancy. If you still have questions about using particular products during pregnancy, make sure you read our guidelines on pregnancy and essential oils.

 Are bath bombs safe for kids?

Our bath bombs are safe to use for children ages 2 and over. Our most gentle blends are Lavender & Calendula or Oatmeal & Honey, which are great scents for children to try.

Do bath bombs irritate your skin?

Our bath bombs should not irritate your skin, but they should not be used with broken or irritated skin. It is important to note that reactions to scent blends and essential oils are possible, so make sure you know what works best for your skin.

Are bath bombs moisturizing or will they dry your skin out?

Not only do our bath bombs smell great, they are also very moisturizing for the skin. All of our bath bombs are made with coconut oil and cocoa butter, which work to hydrate the skin. 

Which bath bomb is the best for dry skin?

If you've got dry, itchy skin the Oatmeal & Honey bath bomb is perfect for you. We've packed it with colloidal oats and honey, both of which work together to provide deep moisture, and a natural antihistamine quality to soothe itch and irritation. We've also used coconut oil and cocoa butter for their amazing ability to richly hydrate and leave skin dewy and glowing. 

Is each bath bomb specific to a need?

The best bath bomb for you might be the one that smells the best. Otherwise, here is what we had in mind when we created each bath bomb:

  • Oatmeal & Honey - works best for dry and itchy skin.
  • Lavender & Calendula - helps soothe the senses of stress and anxiety.
  • Minty Eucalyptus - helps clear your breathing passages if you are feeling under the weather.
  • Seaweed & Spirulina - works to detoxify the skin and stimulate circulation to provide a healthy glow.
  • Juicy Orange - brings an uplifting and energizing aromatherapeutic experience to your bath.
  • Vanilla Coconut or Raspberry Rooibos - both are great hydrating bath bombs that contain the anti-aging goodness of cocoa butter and coconut oil.
  • Lemongrass - supports the immune system and packs an anti-bacterial punch.

Do your bath bombs change the water colour?

Our white bath bombs turn the water a little cloudy, whilst our colourful bath bombs will change the colour of the water.

Do I need to clean my tub after using the bath bomb?

It depends on which bath bomb you use. We do have natural colours in a selection of our bath bombs (Orange, Raspberry, Lemongrass, Lavender and Seaweed), which have been found to leave a coloured ring around the tub. It is best to wipe any ring left from colours right after letting out the water to prevent colour stain build up. If you do this right away and use a soft microfibre cloth, it should come off without the use of a cleaner. Botanicals/grains can be rinsed down the drain or you can prevent this from happening by putting the bath bomb inside a small thin cloth bag, organza bag or a piece of nylon stocking. The bombs will still react, releasing scent and plant oils through the fabric but the solids will remain inside the bag or nylon stocking. Once the bath is over, all you have to do is empty out the bag or recycle it. 

Do your bath bombs stain the tub?

Baking soda itself does not leave a residue and is commonly used in cleaning. To make them more fun we've added colours, essential oils and organic plant oils which hydrate the skin wonderfully but can also cause the pigments and essential oil colours to cling to the tub wall. Colours will build up more with each use so it is best to wipe residue away each time to make cleaning easy. If not, regular cleaning products and a bit of scrubbing may be required.

Can you use them in a jet tub or jacuzzi?

We don't test for that, you would have to check with your manufacturer regarding the ingredients allowed.


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