Bath bombs are a big hit currently for everyone from teens to tired moms and even men are using them. They are amazing little things that make bath time fun and functional at the same time. There are bombs that moisturize, ones that are used to help detox, and there are bombs that even help with relaxation.
Sometimes there are duds though or warted bombs. Why does this happen? Is it really the makers fault or does the customer have responsibilities in the care and handling of these awesome creations? The following are a few rules to help make your bath bomb experience as magical as possible.
Bath bomb storage.
DO NOT STORE YOUR BATH BOMB IN THE BATHROOM. they are set off by moisture and are sensitive enough to start going off just from the moisture in the air when you shower. Even if they are wrapped in shrink wrap condensation is still a problem. The best place to store them is closet or anywhere dry really. This will start as warts and progress to mush.
Use your bath bomb.
When you receive your bath bomb or create your bath bomb you should use it at least in the first month. There is a chemical reaction between the materials used and once they are mixed together the chemical reaction starts to fade. After a month you will start to notice a decrease in the “fizziness”. If you wait three months the bath bomb may not fizz at all. You can extend this by storing in an airtight container. I keep my packaged bombs in large airtight storage containers while waiting to take them to shows.
Not all bath bombs spin or float.
In fact some are made to sink. There are these butter bombs I love that have shea and cocoa butter and sometimes other butters that make the bomb heavy and therefore sink. They still put on a beautiful show of colors and moisturize very well. Even if they are made to float and spin they may not always behave. This is why there is testing before a batch is sold but even bombs from the same batch may not behave the same.
If your bath bomb stains your tub.
One of my tubs was resurfaced and even with precautions taken on the maker side of things some things still stick to my tub. Glitter and activated charcoal are the worst. Some colorants will too but they are all easily removed. Just clean your tub like you normally would. I use a sponge and body wash or soap and just scrub a little and it comes right off.
Can bath bombs irritate the skin?
Some are made with what are called surfactants which can irritate skin. Some may be detergents or emulsifiers. If you have problems with certain laundry detergents or soaps then ask the person making the bombs what are in them. A good bath bomb maker should know. Or you could google ingredients.
If you are prone to yeast infections avoid bombs made with cornstarch.
Cornstarch is used in some bath bombs as a hardener or filler. I don’t use it because I have a tendency towards yeast infections and I found that it exacerbated the issue. It doesn’t really do much for the bomb but make it less expensive to make. I would rather charge a little more and have a less irritating bomb. That is not to say that no one should use cornstarch just that I don’t.
Why is my vanilla bath bomb turning brown?
Vanillin is what creates the vanilla scent. It also turns everything brown from soap to bath bombs. Not immediately, but usually when it’s been on the shelf and I am about to take it to the next craft show. Some scents have vanillin in them like oatmeal, milk and honeybut don’t really smell like vanilla and it sneaks up on you. As a maker you can check vanillin content and invest in vanilla stabilizer. The stabilizer will keep it from changing colors.
You can not reuse a bomb.
Yes I included a bonus one. Once a bomb goes off that is it. Bubble bars can be broken into pieces to use just pieces of, or foaming bath salts that are poured into a tub so that you can use a little or a lot. But bombs cannot be unexploded after they are set off.
Do you have more questions to add? Problems you have met? Things you have noticed? I would love to hear all about them.