Although bath bombs have been popular among bath fans for a few years, they're only now crossing over to majority consciousness. As such, the question of what bath bombs are and what they're good for has come up a lot. Until my sweetie started begging me to make some for them, I hadn't actually bothered figure it all out. Having just released my new collection of bath bombs in The Butters: Beauty, Health, & Hygiene shop, it's safe to say I've also fallen in love with the fizzy little buggers.
What're bath bombs?
So, to answer the question, bath bombs are like really, really big Alka-Seltzer tables that bubble and fizz when they hit the water. Usually they're made of baking soda, cream of tartar, and citric acid with some sort of binder like oil. Sometimes they also have scents, colors, salts, herbs, flowers, glitter, or other cool stuff to help your bath set or match your mood.
You'll usually see bath bombs as spheres or hemispheres, but there can be hearts, gems, stones, cars, animals and more. You can also find loose bath bombs called bath fizzies, but the shaped options are most popular.
What are bath bombs good for?
Usually, bath bombs are just for pizazz, a little fizz, sparkle, scent, etc. Still, most people opt for moisturization, aromatherapy, relaxation, physical therapy, exfoliating, pedicures & manicures, and pain relief, along with the rumbling action. There's probably a few more uses I'm forgetting, they're pretty great.
If you're suffering from dry itch skin, eczema, acne, dermatitis, poison ivy, poison oak, sun burn, or practically any other skin ailment, you'll probably find a bath bomb that'll help you out.
For example, The Butters Bath Bomb Collection has only just launched and we have 5 different ones for different wants:
The Butters Original Bath Bomb - Unscented with no dyes or shimmer, but it does include The Butters Original Moisturizer plus soothing Epsom salt and sea salt.
The ButtersBALL - Bright yellow color, Amber #1 Scent, with golden shimmer along with The Butters Original Moisturizer plus Epsom and sea salt.
Go The F*** To Sleep Ball - Lavender colored with purple shimmer, Go The F*** To Sleep #7 scent, organic chamomile flowers, The Butters Original Moisturizer plus soothing Epsom salt and sea salt.
BLK Ball - Deep black and purple color with purple shimmer, Thorns #10 scent, The Butters Original Moisturizer plus soothing Epsom salt and sea salt.
Black Soap Bomb - Pure white color with scarlet shimmer, Simple & Clean #12 scent, a 1oz mini bar of Black Soap in the middle, The Butters Original Moisturizer plus soothing Epsom salt and sea salt.
All that and I'm just a single guy making stuff at home. Lush, the company synonymous with bath bombs where I live, has over 30 options Lush cost more but they offer 25+ bath bomb options at any time. I hope to one day match, or surpass that but until then, they're a great option. They have some special shapes and scent combos that are exclusive due to their size, so you'll have to go there if you want those specific ones. You can also make your own pretty easily, but finding all the individual parts can be time consuming.
A few bath bomb tips:
Use your bath bombs relatively soon, they can lose some of their fizziness over time. Though they will still moisturize and smell great.
Put your bombs into air tight containers and keep away from moisture to help them last longer.
Break your bombs in half or crumble them to get more baths out of them… or just avoid Lush's bombs that start $5and IDK maybe go for a The Butters bomb which start at 2.50.
Cleaning your tub afterward can be a pain. Try using dishwashing liquid or The Butters Black Soap Liquid. The color usually binds to the fat, which is why it seems like darker colors bind to the bath tub.
Dissolve the bath bomb while the water is extra hot. This will help the harder fats melt better and prevent the messy tub problem.