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Aug
09

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe


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Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe

Green Tea is incredibly popular these days. It’s considered a super food in today’s world of healthiest foods to eat or drink. However, this little leaf that’s made into a tasty beverage, isn’t just for drinking! While the health benefits for the inside of your body are endless, green tea can be beneficial for the skin as well. It can be used in a toner, facial masks or scrubs. Lotions, soap, shampoo and conditioners. In fact, Nature’s Garden has developed a brand new  Green Tea bath bomb recipe that incorporates the mighty                                                                                                 Matcha!

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Let’s Talk About Green Tea

Before we get started, though, let’s talk about what Green Tea can do for your skin. Green Tea contains polyphenols called catechins. These powerful antibacterial agents that are responsible for effectively delaying the signs and symptoms of aging. Also present are high amounts of enzymes, amino acids, vitamin B, folate, manganese, potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are perfect for improving your skin complexion and giving you a healthy glow. Not only will it improce the skin’s elasticity, but the antioxidants, tannins and Vitamin K in green tea can help treat puffy eyes and dark circles.

Green tea is perfect for those that suffer from acne. It is also wonderful for correcting sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. It can even promote new hair growth and prevent common problems like dry scalp and dandruff! It’s amazing stuff, that’s for sure! There’s no time like the present on getting started with treating your body right! Trying out our new bath bomb is the perfect way!

Did you know? There are four main varieties of green tea prepared in Japan. Each type depends upon it’s leaf length, method of processing, and season of harvesting. However, the most common kind of green tea that I am sure we are all familiar with is, Matcha. This is the leftover powder of green tea and it is also called “Dust”. While this green tea has a more subtle, aroma and natural sweetness than the other varieties, this tea is more common in traditional Japanese ceremonies.

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Ingredients you can find at Nature’s Garden

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need

  • Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Scale

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts

  • 300 grams Citric Acid
  • 600 grams Baking Soda
  • 5 grams Bentonite Clay Powder
  • 5 grams French Green Clay Powder
  • 18 grams Argan Oil
  • 18 grams Lemongrass Kiwi Cassis Fragrance Oil
  • 5 grams Green Tea C/S
  • 5 grams Green Tea Powder

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Before You Get Started

Before you get started on creating your bath bombs, it’s important to take a few precautionary steps. Always clean and sanitize your work area. Plus, you will want to make sure all of your utensils packaging materials are clean and sanitized. We strongly suggest that you should wear gloves, safety mask, safety glasses and protective clothing when preparing this recipe. Have a spray bottle filled with the witch hazel ready to go and all your equipment within arms reach. These steps will allow your creating to run smoothly with no interruptions!

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Lemongrass Kiwi Cassis Fragrance OilGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Lemongrass Kiwi Cassis Fragrance Oil

While we could have used our Green Tea Fragrance Oil in this recipe, we chose to use Lemongrass Kiwi Cassis. This fragrance oils is an unique, refreshing combination of fresh lemon pulp, orange rinds and tropical kiwi along with middle notes of eucalyptus, cassis, green tea, and bamboo. The base notes are of cedarwood and vanilla! A very uplifting, fresh green fragrance! It works perfectly in cold process soap, with no discoloring, accelerating, ricing or separating. The scent retention was strong and perfect!

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Let’s Talk about a Few of the Ingredients

For this recipe we will be using citric acid and baking soda. Citric Acid can be used for many different industries and products. It can be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, hair care, bath and body products, soaping, and cleaning purposes. When used in soaps, it works as a water softener, and helps to produce better foam. When used in bath bombs and combined with baking soda, citric acid is responsible for the actual “fizzing” action of the bath bombs. Baking soda. Many skin care benefits come from baking soda. It gives the skin a silky and soft feeling, helps to treat many skin conditions and is also great for exfoliating the skin. For hair care, baking soda can be used in a rinse to make the hair softer and give it a silky feeling.

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: French Green Clay PowderGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: French Green Clay Powder

French green clay powder is a perfect addition to this bath bomb recipe. French Green Clay is the most frequently used clay by health professionals and spas to treat skin conditions, to nourish the skin, and to remove impurities. This clay is light green in color when dry, but turns dark green when wetting agents are added.  The reason French green clay is green is because it contains actual decomposed plant material; making French green clay very nutritious for the skin. It contains some very important minerals such as,  Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, and Selenium.  Since French Green Clay powder is so full of healthy minerals, it can be added to mineral baths to help nourish the skin, remove impurities, relieve sunburn, and to aide in the relief of arthritis pain.

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Bentonite Clay PowderGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Bentonite Clay Powder

Bentonite clay is a light greenish/beige colored clay that turns an olive color when water is added to it. Also, Bentonite clay is used in face mask formulations to help clean impurities from the skin and adding bentonite clay to bath bomb recipes helps to make your bath bombs harder.

 

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Green Tea PowderGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Green Tea Powder

A green tea bath bomb wouldn’t be complete without, of course, the Green Tea Powder and we all know how awesome this is for your skin! We have also included Green Tea Leaves. These leaves are cut and sifted and will help give you some gentle exfoliation! While you can use any oil that you have available, we chose Argan Oil. This oil is very luxurious feeling and helps leave the skin soft, smooth and supple!

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Let’s Get Started

To begin with, you will need two mixing bowls. The first mixing bowl will be for your dry ingredients and the second bowl will be for your wet ingredients.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Preparing The Dry IngredientsGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Preparing The Dry Ingredients

In your first bowl, weigh out 300 grams Citric Acid, 600 grams Baking Soda. Using your hands or a large mixing spoon, combine these ingredients together until fully mixed. Set this bowl aside, while you get the wet ingredients together.

 

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Preparing the Wet Ingredients

Next, in the second bowl, you will prep the wet ingredients. So, in the bowl, weigh out 18 grams of Argan Oil and 18 grams of Lemongrass Kiwi Cassis fragrance oil. Give these a stir with your spoon.

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the Wet and Dry Ingredients

Now we are going to add the two bowls of ingredients together. To the dry ingredients, add the bowl of wet ingredients.

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Combining the Ingredients

Next, you will be mixing the ingredients together. Using your hands to combine the ingredients well. You want to be sure the oils are evenly dispersed throughout the mixture.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Dividing the Mixture

Now we are going to divide our mixture in half. Leave one half of the mixture in the bowl and place the other half of the mixture in another mixing bowl.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the French Green Clay and Green Tea PowderGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the French Green Clay and Green Tea Powder

Next, to the first bowl, weigh out 5 grams of French Green Clay and 5 grams of Green Tea Powder. Mix these ingredients together using your hands.

 

 

 

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the Green Tea C/S and Bentonite Clay PowderGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Adding the Green Tea C/S and Bentonite Clay Powder

Now you will take the second bowl of mixture and weigh out 5 grams of the cut and sifted green tea and the 5 grams of bentonite clay powder. Give this a good mix together using your hands.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Using the Witch Hazel

At this time, we will begin using the witch hazel that was prepped earlier in your spray bottle. Begin with the first bowl and spray the mixture while mixing the contents with your hands. You want to keep spritzing and mixing until you have a crumbly dough-like consistency throughout all the bath bomb dough. Once the first bowl is done, you will set that aside and do the same with the second bowl.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Creating the First Half of the Bath Bomb

Now you will be forming the bath bomb and for this you will need your bath bomb molds. Keep in mind that each mold set will consist of two differently shaped parts. So, take one half of the bath bomb mold and fill it with the mixture that contains the green tea powder. Pack this into the mold half tightly and compactly.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Creating the Second Half of the Bath BombGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Creating the Second Half of the Bath Bomb

Next you will be making the second half of the bath bomb. Using the mixture that contains the cut and sifted green tea, pack the other half of the mold tightly and compactly.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Putting the Bath Bomb TogetherGreen Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Putting the Bath Bomb Together

Now you are going to put the bath bomb together. Before doing so, lightly mist each half of the bomb with the witch hazel. Then, press the two halves together tightly. The mold should snap together. You can set this mold aside to set up and continue the process of packing the halves of the molds and putting them together with the remainder of the dough. This recipe makes 6 bath bombs.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Letting Them Set Up

Finally, you will give your bath fizzies enough time to set up. This can be anywhere from 24-48 hours depending on the humidity of your environment. Keep your bath bombs in a cool, dry area away from places that they could get knocked down or roll away.

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: Ready to Use

You can choose to keep your bath bombs in their molds until you are ready to use them. This makes selling or giving your creations easy, clean and simple! However, if you wish, you can also remove the bombs from their molds and package them how you prefer. When it’s time for a bath, simply drop a bath bomb into some warm, running bath water. Relax and enjoy a nice, soak in a beneficial bath!

 

Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe: That’s the End

We hope you enjoyed this new recipe from Nature’s Garden. Using green tea in any or all of your bath and body products is sure to give your skin some glowing, healthy results! If you would like to add another green tea bath product to your line, check out our Green Tea Blooming Bath Oil. This bath oil has some skin softening oils that will leave your skin feeling extra moisturized and luxurious!

If you would like to learn more about how amazing green tea is, follow this link to read about 10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea. It’s a very informative article that may inspire you to start adding this healthy beverage to your diet!

Let us see what you have been creating! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter (ngscents) and Instagram (ngscents). We love hearing from our customers and seeing what you have been up too! Plus, it’s a great way to show off something you are proud of! Show us and show everybody!

 

 

Mar
01

Bath Bombs vs Bubble Bars


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Bath Bombs vs Bubble BarsBath Bombs vs Bubble Bars

We are often asked about what the differences are between a bath bomb and a bubble bar.  The short answer, you will get fizz with bath bombs vs bubble bars which produce foam.  However, below, we will go into a little more detail.  In addition, we will show you a couple of bath bomb recipes and bubble bar recipes.

Bath Bombs vs Bubble Bars: Bath Bombs

First, let’s take a closer look at bath bombs.  We will talk about why they fizz and how to make them.  So, learn how to color them, scent them, and create them.

Bath Bombs:  Why Do They Fizz?

First, let’s look at bath bombs, also known as bath fizzies.  I am sure you have looked at videos of bath bombs fizzy and creating beautiful colors and designs in bath water.  Well, do you ever wonder why they fizz?  A basic bath bomb is created by combining citric acid with baking soda.  Now, once that combination is placed in water, a chemical reaction is produced.  The product of that chemical reaction is carbon dioxide.  The carbon dioxide is what causes all that fizzing.

Bath Bombs:  How Are They Made?

Creating a very basic bath bomb is quite simple.  You simply mix baking soda and citric acid together.  Once you have mixed your ingredients together, you will begin to lightly mist the mixture with witch hazel.  Witch hazel basically causes the ingredients to slightly react, in the same way water would.  Then, the powders in your mixture are able to attach to each other, thus they can be put in a mold, and once setup, your bath bomb is ready to use.

Although that is all it really takes to create a bath fizzy, you can make it more interesting and beneficial.  Some will add oil to give their skin a little extra love.  Cosmetic clays can also be added to harden the bath bombs and provide your skin with extra nourishment.  The sky really is the limit from micas to herbs, and foaming agents to corn starch.  Of course, bath bombs can also be scented and colored.

Bath Bombs:  How Are They Colored?

We are often asked by clients, how they should color their bath bombs.  Since we carry several types of colorants, it can be a little confusing.  There really are a few ways you could color your bath bombs.  First, you could use Da Bomb Soap Dyes.  These are simply FD&C dyes.  Yes, they will work, BUT since they are water based, they will cause your bath fizzies a slightly activate.  I highly recommend the FUN Soap Colorants.  The FUN Soap Colorants are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin.  They stay vibrant and true to color.  They are my personal choice for coloring bath bombs.  However, you can also use natural herbal colorants.

To add color to your bath bombs, simply add the colorant right to your powdered mixture.  Then, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  It can take quite a bit of mixing to get the colorant fully dispersed.  Of course,  I would highly recommend wearing gloves.  When using multiple colors, you would want to wear clean gloves for each color that you are mixing.

Bath Bombs:  How Are They Scented?

Bath bombs can be scented very easily.  They can be scented with either body safe essential oils or fragrance oils.  As far as the amount of fragrance oil or essential oil to use in a bath bomb, generally our maximum recommendation for fragrance oil is 5% in a body product, but when creating a bath bomb, we tend to use around 1%-3%.  Ultimately though, you don’t want to use any more than 10% total liquids in your bath bomb recipe.

Bath Bombs:  What Kind of Mold Should I Use?

As far as molds and shapes, you really have numerous options.  You can mold them in a round acrylic molds, place them in silicone molds, place them in a jar, or even scoop them!  In fact, bath bombs can even be formed with your hands, just like you would pack a snow ball.

Bath Bombs:  A Few Bath Bomb Tutorials

Below, I will give links to a few bath bomb tutorials.  I will link you to one of each type so, whether you want to mold them, hand sculpt them, scoop them, place them in a jar, or add a little foam, you will find something below.

A Few Bath Bomb Tutorials: Sphere Bath Bombs

First, we will talk about traditional round sphere bath bombs.  To the left, you will see our Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe.  I chose this recipe because, not only does it use peppermint powder as a natural colorant, it also incorporates bentonite clay powder and cut and sifted spearmint leaves.  Finally, it is scented with Natures Garden’s Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil.

A Few Bath Bomb Tutorials: Hand Sculpted Bath Bombs

Now, let’s talk about hand sculpted bath bombs like our Camouflage Bath Bomb Recipe.  So, I know what you’re thinking.  That bath bomb looks round, why can I just use a mold.  Well, to get the army toy in there and the camo look, we needed to hand sculpt it.  You see, this bath bomb has an army toy inside that will come out when it is used.  In addition, we wanted to add camo colors.  So, the best way to create our bath bomb was to hand sculpt it.  Can you imagine, how much your kid would love this bath bomb with a toy that surprises him at bath time?

A Few Bath Bomb Tutorials: Silicone Mold Bath Bombs

Next, we have bath bombs that are placed in silicone molds.  Our Mother’s Day Bath Bomb Recipe is the perfect example.  This bath bomb not only uses a silicone mold, it also uses arrowroot powder and calendula flowers.  Lastly, we scented these bath bombs with Happy and Free Fragrance Oil.  The nice thing about a silicone mold is that it makes removing your finished product a breeze.  Just use caution when choosing your silicone mold.  If you choose one that has too much detail, it may not come through in your finished products very well.

A Few Bath Bomb Tutorials: Ice Cream Scoop Bath Bombs

This type of bath bomb breaks the mold, using an ice cream scoop to create our bath fizzies.  Simply, scoop the bath fizzy mixture just like you would real ice cream.  Give this Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe a try!  This recipe uses our FUN Soap Colorants for a vibrant rainbow sherbet color!  But, it doesn’t stop there, it’s also scented with Natures Garden’s Rainbow Sherbet Fragrance Oil.

A Few Bath Bomb Tutorials: Bath Bombs That Foam

Now, let’s talk about a sort of bath bomb/bubble bar combo.  Ok, so while it isn’t really a combo in terms of creating a full bubble bath, it will produce a little bit of foam.  The foam is created by the addition of a foaming agent such as SLS, SLSA, or SCI.  Take, for example, our Foaming Rose Petal Bath Bomb recipe.  This rose petal bath bomb contains SCI, so, not only will it fizz, it will also foam.  In addition, SCI, or Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a gentle surfactant.  It will leave your skin feeling soft and silky smooth.

A Few Bath Bomb Tutorials: Bath Bombs in a Jar

Finally, bath fizzies can also be placed in a jar.  Then, you can simply place a few spoonfuls of the mixture into your bath water.  However, the mixture can also be placed in a disposable tea bag so you can add herbs without them getting in the tub and going down the drain.  For example, our Fairy Dust Bath Fizzy Recipe will show you how to do just that!  In addition, we added some diamond dust mica pigment to give the fizzy some sparkle and shine!

Bath Bombs vs Bubble Bars: Bubble Bars

Next, let’s look at bubble bars.  While bubble bars are not quite as popular as bath bombs, they are quickly gaining in popularity.  This leaves many people wondering exactly what they are.  While bath bombs fizz, bubble bars produce a ton of bubbles for a relaxing bubble bath.

Bubble Bars:  Why Do They Bubble?

Bubble bars are perfect when you are looking for the ultimate bubble bath.  But, why do they bubble?  The main reason is due to surfactants that are added to bubble bars.  For more information on surfactants, and to read our free class, click here.  Bubble bars contain ingredients such as Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  These ingredients are foaming agents that produce the bubbles in your bath tub.  My personal favorite surfactant is sodium cocoyl isethionate or SCI.

Bubble Bars:  How Are They Made?

A bubble bar’s bubbles are created with a foaming agent, such as SLS or SCI.  However, there are several other ingredients used as well.  First, baking soda, corn starch, and cream of tartar are the powdered base of a bubble bar.  In addition, vegetable glycerin is added to moisten the ingredients, turning it into a dough.  Once a bubble bar is formed, no matter the shape or type, it will need time to harden.  It can take several days for the bubble bars to harden.  However, once they have hardened, they can be crumbled under warm running bath water and will create a bubble bath.  While it is a solid bar, it will create a bubble bath the same way a traditional liquid bubble bath would.

Bubble Bars:  How Are They Colored?

When coloring a bubble bar, you can use either our Da Bomb Soap Dyes or our FUN Soap Colorants.  Either one will work in a bubble bar.  Both will create a beautifully colored bubble bar.  In addition, you can add powdered herbs to naturally color your bubble bars.

Bubble Bars:  How Are They Scented?

Bubble bars can be scented with any of Natures Garden’s body safe fragrance oils.  We recommend using 1%-2% of the concentrated fragrance oil in your bubble bar recipe.

Bubble Bars:  How Do I Shape the Bubble Bars?

Bubble bars are formed, often times, into a rolled loaf, then, sliced like a loaf of bread.  However, they can also be hand formed into a variety of shapes.  You can create a unicorn horn, a rainbow, an animal, a flower, or even ice cream scoops.  The possibilities are endless.

Bubble Bars:  How Are They Used?

Bubble bars are very simple to use.  You simply crumble a bubble bar under warm running water.  Then, your bath tub will fill with bubbles.

Bubble Bars:  A Few Bubble Bar Tutorials

Below, we will talk about a few of the bubble bar recipes we have created.  We will talk about the scoopable bubble bars as well as one of our rolled bubble bars recipes.  These tutorials will give you step by step instruction on creating bubble bars.

A Few Bubble Bar Tutorials:  Scoopable Bubble Bars

First, one of our scooped bubble bar recipes.  The dough for these types of bubble bars are created just like any bubble bar.  Then, it is place in the mixing bowl.  Finally, it is scooped just like ice cream.  Then, the ice cream scoop bubble bars simply need time to setup before using them.  You can create our Galaxy Bubble Bars, pictured to the left, in this manner.

A Few Bubble Bar Tutorials: Rolled Bubble Bars

Now, we will talk about a rolled loaf bubble bar recipe.  This type of bubble bar is rolled out just like cookie dough.  You can create multiples layers simply placing rolled out layers directly on top of each other.  Then, you roll the bubble bar dough, in the same manner, you would roll up a pumpkin roll or a jelly roll.  Finally, you simply slice the rolled like just like you would a loaf of bread.  Once the bubble bar hardens, you can use a slice for your bubble bath.  To use your bubble bar, simply crumble a slice under your warm running bath water.

Hopefully, this helps to give you an understanding bath bombs vs bubble bars. Both have a wonderful and fun purpose but they are two different types of products.  If you are looking for even more bubble bar or bath bomb tutorials, click here.  You will find an array of recipes that you can create and use at home or for your business.