The best bath bombs are always a treat. These grenades of shimmering mica powder, luxurious fragrance oils and streaming bubbles can turn a simple bath into your own decadent spa.
LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set
This gift set is handmade in California with a range of colours, effects and scents including beautiful petals. These are made with a green manufacturing process and they never test on animals. LifeAround2Angels began life as bath bombs made for the founder’s children but soon customers around the world were able to enjoy this handmade quality.
- Black Raspberry Vanilla
- Fun in the Shower
- Fun on the Beach
- Kiwi & Strawberry
- Lemongrass Green Tea
- Mango papaya
- Melon Ball
- Shea & Coconut
- Victorian Rose
INTEYE 24 Organic Bath Bombs
These organic bath bombs are great for sensitive skin. All ingredients are made from natural organic Grape Seed Oil, Shea & Cocoa Butter and Organic Coconut Oil and so these are the least likely to cause any skin irritation.
They are quite small but pack a powerful punch.
- Summer Dream – Yellow, Orange and Blue, rich in Rose essential oil
- Morning Rose – Yellow and Redrich in Rose essential oil & special essence
- Ocean Pearl – Blue and White rich in Mint essential oil
- Good Night – Purple and Green rich in Lavender essential oil
- Rainforest – Yellow and Green rich in Lemon essential oil & special essence
- Lovely Cupid – red, white and green rich in Lemon essential oil & milk essence.
Sweet Retreat Birthday Bubble Bath Bombs Gift Set by Two Sisters Spa
Two Sisters offer a wide array of bombs including some that come with gifts like toys and nail varnish inside. These don’t seem like particularly sustainable products (read about our mission for eco-friendly grooming here) , although could be nice as a one-off gift, but this bubble bath set offers nothing but effevescent satisfaction inside.
Two Sisters Spa only uses high quality USA-Sourced Ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin and won’t stain your tub!
- Birthday Cake
- Cotton Candy
- Black Raspberry Vanilla
- Caribbean Crush
- Lemon Sugar
- Pink Champagne
Bath Bombs With Rings
While some bombs come with toyds inside, we love these ranges with rings inside. This would be a great way to make a proposal to your lover.
Sadly we’ve struggled to find any bath bombs with rings of a high quality suitable for an engagement – but maybe you could just use one of these cheaper rings as a stand-in for the initial surprise, especially if you don’t know their ring size yet to get the “real” engagement ring.
Alternatively, see our guide below on how to make bath bombs and you could include your own choice of ring.
Mermaid Love Potion
These bath bombs come with a suprise ring that could be worth hundreds of dollars. It’s a lucky dip!
- Mermaid Daydream Bath Bomb – citrus soaked marine scents mixed with the fresh impact of waves of spearmint and hints of floral notes
- Love Potion Bath Bomb – Roses
What is a bath bomb?
Bath bombs were invented in 1989 by Lush Cosmetics co-founder Mo Constantine in her shed in Dorset. She was inspired by Alka-Seltzer tablets to create what she called “aqua sizzlers”
At first these early bath bombs just looked like large Alka-Seltzer tablets but she and her husband soon began experimenting with shapes and fragrances.
“We were up and down the high street, buying different shaped jelly moulds, anything. In the garden centre, Mark was saying ‘What are you looking at, why have you got that pond mould upside down?’, and I’m just looking at its contours thinking I can probably press something in that!” – Mo Constantine
Bath bombs’ primary ingredients to produce the reaction are a weak acid and a bicarbonate base. This is the same sort of chemical reaction as vinegar and baking soda. The ingredients are kept dry in powdered form and so don’t react.
When mixed with water they combine and react fast, producing carbon dioxide. Most also use soapy ingredients to turn this gas into foam bubbles.
Are bath bombs safe? Some can contain skin-irritating chemicals and allergens so if you experience discomfort it may be because of one of these ingredients. Generally most people bath bombs a soothing and gentle experience.
How to use a bath bomb?
To use bath bombs, simply drop one into your bath just before you get in. The reaction should begin immediately, filling your bath with colour, bubbles and scent.
This is all that is required to create an indulgent bath. Obviously they don’t come cheap so make sure to set aside time for a real indulgent bath.
Set aside time when you aren’t going to be disturbed. Pour yourself a glass of wine or a quality soft drink. Maybe even bring some chocolate with you. Have a good book at the ready or a film you’ve been waiting to see on your ipad.
Watch out for bath bombs packed with glitter and flower petals as you may want to rinse these off yourself afterwards.
A lot of bath bombs will leave a residue in the bath. This can be simply washed away using the shower.
Milliard Bath Bomb Press
If you have a bath bomb recipe you want to start manufacturing then you can now buy a bath bomb press. This could be a great way to save money as each bath can be expensive if you use a bomb regularly. These products are also a great thing to make to sell as a hobby with many people selling them on Etsy.
The leading bath bomb press is made by Milliard and includes bath bomb molds. This solid stainless steel construction is a made to an industrial standard that will last a long time.
To make bath bombs Milliard recommends this recipe with its press. It takes a bit of practice to get right but when you manage it you will have the means to produce thousands.
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1¼ cups citric acid
- ¼ cup corn starch or other starch powder (for buoyancy)
- Oils, scents and/or coloring
- Mix your powdered ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together thoroughly.
- Add your oil, scents, and coloring to a separate container or small cup with about a ½ ounce of water in it and mix it to spread the coloring evenly.
- Slowly drizzle your wet ingredients into the powder mix while whisking until the mixture is evenly distributed without clumps.
- You will want to use a spray bottle with water to mist the bowl and keep the mixture just moist enough to stick together in the mold. Spray it 2-3 times every few minutes and continue whisking to prevent the ingredients from activating. If it starts to foam, the mixture is too wet.
- Scoop the mixture into the bomb molds and pack it tight. Then, pull the lever firmly to form a bath bomb. Be careful not to deform or break your bath bombs by cranking down too hard. (The press is very durable, but the bath bombs are still just powder.)
- Repeat until you have your desired number of bath bombs.
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