There is honestly nothing as relaxing as a long soak after a hard day’s work. And what better way to enjoy your bath than with these super fun pretty bath bombs that seem to be breaking the internet.
Non-organic pretty bath bombs hold strong concerns for the health conscious. For one thing, they are toxic. They typically contain dyes, micas (that include lead and are colored with synthetic dyes), artificial fragrances, emulsifiers, phthalates, polysorbates, parabens. This means we usually soak in hormone altering materials, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and the like
If you have ever used an Organic bomb, and you are wondering what exactly goes into making this bubble ball like objects, you have come to the right place. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of all the ingredients usually used in organic bath bombs and the purpose which it seeks to accomplish.
- Baking Soda: well known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a weak base which weakly ionizes in water, in order words, it makes the water a little more alkaline, or lowering the pH value.
- Citric Acid: Citric acid is seen as a weak organic acid found naturally occurring in most citric fruits. The combination of baking soda, which is a weak base, with citric acid, which is a weak acid, inside of water, creates a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide; that’s what makes the fizzing action in pretty bath bombs! When the acid and base come together in the water, the carbon dioxide escapes, creating bubbles.
- Organic Soybean Oil: Soybean oil is said to have a high unsaturated fatty acid compound, including 30 IU per ounce of vitamin E. These types of oils have lovely skin-softening properties that work to moisturize the epidermis (top layer of skin). That’s why most people opt for organic soybean oil.
- Cream of Tartar: This is also well known as potassium bitartrate, when it comes to In pretty bath bombs, cream of tartar acts serves as a binding agent, making the bath bomb harder and stronger
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate: this ingredient is often mistaken for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, but they are NOT the same! SLSA is safe for most skin types, including sensitive skin. It removes oils and bacteria without irritating the skin. And it is gotten from coconut and palm oils. The purpose, of course, is to give you that long lasting bubble.
- Lavender Flowers: you may decide to use any flower of your choice, but we specifically chose lavender flower because it makes the bath come alive, adds a natural essence, and in fact just helps to enhance the whole lavender aspect of the fizz.
- Free Fragrance: to get that amazing fragrance, you should try a combination of fragrance oils that are made without phthalates to create the scent of lavender.
- The Colorant: Note that specific colors must be used to make sure that the majority of the color drains out of the bathtub after use. You certainly do not want a mess on your hands.
- Isopropyl Alcohol: This is used as a binding liquid, and it helps to avoid the initial reaction of the citric acid and baking soda.
- Glycerin: This is what occurs naturally when oils are mixed with lye when making soap. Glycerin is the leftover oil from this mixture. Glycerine is referred to as a natural humectant (this indicates that it is skin-softening because it attracts water).
- Yellow 5, Ultramarine Blue, D&C Red 7 Calcium Lake: These are the names given to specific colors by the FDA, derived from minerals in the Earth.
- Corn Starch: Cornstarch, also known as corn flour, is produced from the endosperm of corn. The endosperm is ground, washed and dried until it reaches a fine, powdery state. It is usually present in pretty bath bombs colorants for thickening purposes.
- Calcium Carbonate: This is also naturally occurring. It is found in approximately 4% of the earth’s crust, naturally derived from the mineral earth. Immediately it comes in contact with an acid, it produces carbon dioxide.
- Fluorphlogopite: Synthetic fluorphlogophite is a fluorine-substituted mineral, produced at very high temperatures and is composed of magnesium aluminum silicate sheets, weakly bound together by potassium.
- Titanium Dioxide: Titanium dioxide is a certain white unreactive solid that occurs naturally as the mineral rutile at the same time it is used extensively as a white pigment. This cannot be absorbed into the skin, which is why it’s also often found in sunscreens and soaps; it makes cosmetics white without being absorbed.
If you cannot find a store from which to purchase organic pretty bath bombs, you can make yours for a fraction of the price at which they are commercially available. There are several variations you can make to a basic organic pretty bath bombs recipe to suit your unique requirements.