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Bath Bomb

A bath bomb, also called bath fizzie, is a scented ball. When it is placed in a full bathtub, it fizzles out to impart color and fragrance to bath water. The key ingredients in a bath bomb are:

  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Citric acid
  • Skin-safe colors
  • Scent

At times, herbs and scents, used in aromatherapy, are also added in the bath bomb to produce therapeutic as well as relaxing effects.

The basic working principle of the bath bomb is quite simple. When a bath bomb is placed in water, sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, and citric acid dissociate, and an acid-base reaction takes place. Due to this reaction carbon dioxide is produced, which generates the fizzing effect.

A bath bomb can easily be made at home. All that is needed is baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, fragrance, color and vegetable oil, like coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil or avocado oil. Take two bowls. In one bowl mix the dry ingredients, that is baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch. In the other bowl mix the vegetable oil, fragrance and color.

Now, slowly incorporate the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Stir the mixture properly. Make 1-inch balls and place them on waxed paper to dry. The balls will take 24 to 48 hours to dry. Store the fully dried bath bombs in a sealed container, away from moisture. You can use these bath bombs either yourself or you can even give them away as gifts.