Posts Tagged ‘bath bombs’

Bath Bomb Shapes

Monday, July 14th, 2014

bath bomb shapesBath Bombs are typically known for traditionally being in a ball like shape.  But, the bath bomb shape does not have an effect on what bath bombs are known for.

The combination of baking soda and citric acid when in a dry environment are just that; baking soda and citric acid.  However, when these two elements are put together, and then placed into water a reaction occurs.  As this bicarbonate base and weak acid are dissolved in the water, they start to fizz and fizz and fizz.  This fizzing action is actually carbon dioxide.  As the bath bomb dissolves and the carbon dioxide releases into the water, any bather feels a light tickling sensation on their skin.  Hence the well known attribute that bath bombs are known for.

When it comes to the bath bomb shapes, the world can be your oyster.  There are already many varying elements that you can change to make your bath bombs unique.  Whether you choose to do this through scent, color, skin loving oil, or herb addition; the possibilities are endless.

Bath bomb shapes are just as limitless as the other unique qualities you can give your bath bombs.  In fact, you can even make your bath bomb mixture in loose scoop form allowing the overall design of your bath bomb package to really sell the concept.  As for shaped bath bombs, there are tons of molds you can use.

The creative team at Natures Garden has created various bath bomb recipes that produce bath bomb shapes other than balls.  Through the use of  silicone molds, ice cream scoopers, hard plastics (such as fillable ornaments), wax paper, and even your hands, these bath bomb recipes create truly unique bath bombs.

If you are interested in making some bath bomb shapes that will turn some heads here are a few recipes you can try.  These recipes as well as others can all be found on Natures Gardens website under the free recipes and classes link; which you can view by clicking on this link.  All of the supplies needed to make these bath bombs can also be purchased at Natures Garden.

Silicone Mold Bath Bomb Shapes:
Chocolate Dipped Bath Fizzies Recipe
Gingersnap Cookies Bath Bomb Recipe
Mothers Day Bath Bomb Recipe

Hard Plastic Bath Bomb Shapes:
Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe
Easter Egg Bath Fizzes Recipe

Ice Cream Scoop Bath Bomb Shapes:
Rainbow Sherbet Bath Fizzies Recipe 
Superman Bath Fizzies Recipe

Hand Formed/ Wax Paper Bath Bomb Shapes:
Hatching Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs Recipe
Raspberry Zinger Bath Fizzies Recipe

Loose/ Scoopable Bath Bomb Shapes:
Fairy Dust Fizzy Bath Recipe
Fizzy Milk Bath Recipe
Lavender Fizzy Bath Recipe
Snake in the Grass Bath Fizzie Recipe

Enjoy the journey of new bath bomb shapes!

 

 

Bath Bomb Tips

Monday, June 30th, 2014

bath bomb tipsBath Bomb Tips

Recently, the creative team at Natures Garden has been working on various bath bomb/ bath fizzy recipes.  As with anything homemade it seems like there are endless possibilities.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Natures Garden carries over 800 fragrances, so it is totally viable to really achieve some super unique bath bomb concepts.

Needless to say, in our quest to discover new and interesting concepts within the realm of bath bombs; we stumbled upon amazing tips and interesting concepts.

For anyone that has never made a bath bomb, that oh so enjoyable fizz that the bath bomb gives off when added to water is produced by a reaction between the baking soda and the citric acid.  Once these two ingredients are met with water, fizzing ensues.

A bath bomb recipe broken down into percentages is largely dry ingredients, usually around 90-98%.  The other remaining 2-10% is liquids, whether that be distilled water, witch hazel,  skin loving oils or butters, colorants, fragrance; or a combination of them.  Depending on the amount of fizz that you are looking to attain in your bath bomb, the ratio of baking soda to citric acid is about 2 to 1.  That means that for every 454 grams of baking soda, you will add 227 grams of citric acid.

Generally, for our bath bomb recipes, we try to keep our dry ingredients around 95-98% of the total recipe.  This leaves a 2-5% liquid content.  We have found that this ratio does produce a drier bath bomb mixture to work with; but it also produces a bath bomb that is packed full of fizz.  When going this route, the key to remember is to spritz witch hazel into the ingredients only as needed to get the mixture to be a crumbly dough consistency.

When using a fillable ornament as a mold, spritzing both ends of the bath bomb with witch hazel before connecting allows just the right amount of reaction to occur in order to bind the two halves together.  There are also many bath bomb crafters that unmold their bath bombs and then spritz with witch hazel.  With this method, as the bath bomb dries, and the water portion of the witch hazel evaporates, a harder bath bomb is created.  This little tip comes in handy for both display ideas and shipping reasons.

As for when a bath bomb recipe calls for the addition of water, there is also a little trick of the trade that can be used.  Completing all of the bath bomb steps but withholding the addition of citric acid until the very end helps to reduce the amount of premature fizzing in the bowl.  The end result is still the same; a hard bath bomb.  However, since the citric acid is added after the liquids have already been introduced and incorporated into the mixture, only a very small amount of fizzy action occurs in the bowl; increasing that wonderful fizz for your bathtub.

 

For anyone that is interested in making bath bombs, or currently makes them; these little tricks do work.

Bath Bomb

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

bath bomb recipeHello everyone, my name in Christian.

You are probably wondering where I came from.  Well, this summer in order to save for college in the fall; I am helping out my Aunt and Uncle at Natures Garden.

Recently for the first time, I was approached with a recipe challenge.  I had been asked to make a body product.  I have to admit that I was overwhelmed when I first looked at the recipe.  I had never made a bath bomb, so this was something completely new to me.

I glanced at the recipe and the steps, and then I reaffirmed myself that I could totally accomplish this.  The task at hand did seem excruciatingly daunting.  However, now I can admit that I actually found the process to be a lot easier than I had originally anticipated.

After finding all of the supplies and ingredients that were needed for the recipe, I cleaned up and sanitized my work area.  I was then officially ready to start the process.

In case you are wondering exactly which recipe I created, it was the Cotton Candy Bath Bombs.

Here are the supplies and ingredients that I used:
The Dry Ingredients:
Citric Acid , Corn Starch, Baking Soda, and Bentonite Clay Powder
The Wet Ingredients:
Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
As for the color:
Fun Soap Colorants:Neon Pink and Neon Blue
Other Items Needed:
Scale, 4 mixing bowls, witch hazel in a spray bottle, and 8 fillable acrylic ornaments.

And, here is what I did:

making bath bombs

First, in one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 292 grams of citric acid, 134 grams of cornstarch, 596 grams of baking soda, and 12 grams of bentonite clay.  Mix.  If you see any clumps, break them up.

 stirring the wet ingredients

Next, in another one of your mixing bowls, weigh out and add 6 grams of castor oil, 2 grams of sweet almond oil, and 40 drops of cotton candy fragrance oil.  Stir these liquids together to incorporate.

dispersing colorant

Now, in the last two remaining bowls, add 150 grams of the dry ingredients mixture to each one.  Then, to one  bowl add 4 grams of neon blue colorant.  To the other bowl add 4 grams of neon pink colorant.  Carefully disperse the color among the dry ingredients using your hands.  

drizzle the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
In a drizzling manner pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Then, using your hands, mix the ingredients together.

crumbly dough consistency

Next, begin to lightly spritz the mixture with witch hazel.  Then stir.  Continue spritzing and stirring until the mixture feels like crumbly dough.

combining the colors
Now, add some of the blue and pink mixtures to the rest of the mixture.  Slightly rotate the mixture, then add more pink and blue.  Continue doing this until all of the colored mixtures are added.

pressing the halves together
Next, get your fillable ornaments and begin pressing the mixture into both halves.  Fill them firmly.  Once filled, spritz both halves with witch hazel, then quickly attach the halves together.

allow your bath bombs to set

Finally, allow your bath bombs to set.  Then, carefully remove them from the mold.

In the end, I found the bath bomb making process to be simple, straight-forward, and actually enjoyable.  I really appreciated the opportunity to watch chemistry at work first hand.  I enjoyed the way my finished bath bombs looked and now know how they are made and used in the real world.

Natural Bath Bombs with Fruit

Friday, January 31st, 2014

make your own blueberry bath bombAre you looking for a Natural Bath Bomb?

Using a bath bomb in your tub is refreshing and rejuvenating for your skin.  And now, you can make your very own homemade bath bombs using natural fruit powder.  Plus, they are quick and easy to make!

With the exception of baking soda and witch hazel, all the ingredients you need to make these blueberry natural bath bombs can be found at Natures Garden.  To view the complete recipe for these bath bombs, please click on this link.

The two crucial components for this recipe are citric acid and baking soda.  These two ingredients when mixed with water have a chemical reaction that results in the fizzing of the water. This fizzy nature is characteristic of bath bombs.  But, did you know citric acid also acts as a water softener?

Besides the feel good aspect that bath bombs provide, these blueberry bath fizzes are also skin loving.  Using the superfood Blueberry, you can incorporate tons of antioxidants, amino acids, and the beneficial nutrients of vitamins and minerals all with the simple use of blueberry fruit powder.  This herb will help to rejuvenate the skin and keep it young and healthy.  The sweet almond oil is a non-greasy oil that moisturizes and is easily absorbed into the skin.  To really hammer home the scent of blueberry, Blueberry Fragrance Oil is used to scent the fizzes.  To really capture the blue color of the blueberry fruit powder, you can add additional colorant with the FUN Soap Colorant- Ultramarine Blue.

To make your very own blueberry bath bombs, here are the steps: 

Step 1:  Pour some witch hazel into a spray bottle.  Set aside.

Step 2:  Place 2 mixing bowls in your work area.  To each bowl, place 256 grams of citric acid.  Then, add 560 grams of baking soda to each bowl.  If you notice any clumps, break them up in your hands now.  Mix well.  Finally, to one of the bowls, add 5 grams of blueberry fruit powder and stir, leave the second bowl alone.

make bath bombs

Step 3:  Now, get two more bowls.  Place 9 grams of sweet almond oil in each. To each bowl, now add 20 drops of fragrance and stir.

recipe for bath bombs

Step 4:  Finally, to one of the bowls add 10 grams of Ultramarine Blue Fun Soap Colorant and stir.

colored bath bombs

Step 5:  Slowly add the wet ingredients bowl containing the blue soap colorant to the dry ingredients bowl containing the blueberry fruit powder.  Using your hands, mix the ingredients together until they are completely incorporated.

how to make colored bath bombs

Step 6:  Lightly spritz the mixture with witch hazel and mix.  Continue spritzing until the mixture feels like crumbly dough in your hands. Be very careful not to spray too much witch hazel into your mixture or it will activate the citric acid.

Step 7:
  Press the bluish mixture into half of your fillable ornament and press down firmly.  Set aside.

how to make bath fizzes

Step 8:  Now, get the remaining two bowls.  Slowly add the wet ingredients bowl to the remaining dry ingredients bowl.  Mix these ingredients together so that they are completely incorporated.

Step 9:  Again, slowly spray the mixture with witch hazel.  Mix, and continue in this manner until the mixture feels like crumbly dough.  Do not over spray.

making bath fizzes

Step 10: Press this into the other half of your fillable ornament and press down firmly.

Step 11:  Now, spritz both halves of the ornaments with witch hazel.  Then, attach the ornament halves together.

putting bath bombs together

Step 12:  Allow the bath bombs to set.  Then, gently release them from the mold.

bath bombs in the mold

Your Blueberry Bath Bombs are now ready for use.  Enjoy!

easy to make bath fizzes

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Handmade Soap

Monday, January 13th, 2014

handmade soap My name is Amy Garrett, and I own Alberta Handmade Soap Co. It’s a tiny “just me with the support of my family” company located in rural Alberta so it’s been a lot of work getting seen, but I love my work and products, and my customers really make it worthwhile for me!

I am an American from Oregon who married a Canadian from Alberta, which is what started my soap making adventure (and living in Alberta) – I wanted to make handmade soap wedding favours, and it turned into a major part of my life! There was no way I could do it as a hobby, there is too many soaps to make in a week and my house couldn’t contain them all, so once we finished the immigration process into Canada and got moved up here, *and* learned all the Canadian legalities, I formed Alberta Handmade Soap Co. and it just keeps growing. It wasn’t long after bar soap that I started expanding what I make – it makes me very happy to make bath and body products that my customers love.

My specialty is cold process handmade soap, but I also make lotions and body butters, lip balms, bath bombs, and more, with more products on the horizon. I’m a new customer to Nature’s Garden, and the fragrance oils have been so well received in all my products – I am so happy with the quality! I use a few suppliers but can easily say that Nature’s Garden has replaced a large portion of my regular scents, and I’m adding so many new ones, they are all so nice; Pink Sugar and Pumpkin Apple Butter sold huge this season, what I thought would last me til spring is just about out of stock from just a month of holiday sales!

Bath Bomb Recipe

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

sinus relief bath bombOh, how the weather outside is frightful….

If the winter time blues has got you down, and you are not feeling like yourself, we have a little recipe we would like to share with you that will not only help to clear your sinuses, but will also put that little pep in your step that you have been missing.

Our recipe is taking the homemade crafting industry by storm.  It has been shared on Pinterest over 1000 times, and after trying these bath bombs out, you will completely understand why.

Bath Bombs are super easy and fun to make.  They can be made into any shape using plastic fillable ornaments, molds, or left in loose form.  To read all about bath bombs, and how to use them, click on this link.

A bath bomb is a straightforward chemical reaction between an acid and a base.  Within the realm of bath bombs, the citric acid is the acid, and the baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is the base.  Logically speaking, bath bombs can be made with these two ingredients and a very small amount of liquid (witch hazel) to help them keep their shape.

However, bath bombs are the perfect luxurious product to introduce skin loving oils and benefits to your products.  The addition of various ingredients like castor oil and olive oil will allow for moisturizing aspects.  Then, with the addition of herbs like peppermint and spearmint, you can allow your bath bombs to have a refreshing and revitalizing effect.

If you are looking for a wonderfully refreshing bath bomb recipe that is sharing like wild fire on social media, click here.  Natures Garden’s Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe is one in a million, so get your crafting area prepped these homemade bath bombs are exactly what you need!

Citric Acid

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

citric acidCitric Acid

Naturally found in bitter/sour tasting fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, etc; citric acid is the naturally occurring organic acid that gives such fruits mentioned above their typical sour taste.  Although citric acid is found in various fruits and vegetables including raspberries, tomatoes, and some peppers, it is most potent in limes and lemons consisting of up to 8% of the dry fruit’s weight.  This amount varies based on factors like climate and soil conditions.

Besides fruits and vegetables, citric acid can also be produced from cane sugar, molasses, and dextrose as well.

For biochemistry means, citric acid occurs in the metabolism of nearly every living creature.  This is due to citric acids vital role in the Krebs cycle.  Outside the metabolic role of citric acid, it is also a common go to ingredient for cosmetics, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, and cleaning industries.  In fact, citric acid has been deemed safe by all major food regulatory agencies both on the national (FDA) and international end.

Sold most commonly in a powdered or crystalline form that is white, citric acid can be used as an antioxidant, preservative, pH adjuster, emulsifier, additive, cleanser, and stabilizer.

The industry yielding the most use out of citric acid is food and beverage.  This is because citric acid is an additive that can be found in everything from meat to ice cream to candy and especially soda pops.  Obviously, citric acid can be ingested and very few people are allergic to this ingredient.  Although a typically harmless additive; this natural substance is sour and when consumed in larger quantities, may cause an upset stomach.

On the cosmetic end of things, citric acid is starting to gain popularity.  More and more, people are starting to realize the benefits of using citric acid in their homemade bath and body products because of its pH adjusting abilities.  Items like bath tablets and bath bombs (or bath fizzes) require citric acid as a base ingredient for their formulation.  It is solely this ingredient’s interaction with baking soda that produces carbon dioxide the characteristically known and sought out fizzy action when introduced to water.  Citric acid is also used in masks, peels, creams and lotions because it is an alpha hydroxy acid, giving products great exfoliate and emollient properties.

To view some great bath bomb recipes, click here.

When it comes to antioxidants, citric acid is phenomenal.  Not only does this natural substance help to rejuvenate and refresh the skin, but it also helps to stall the aging process in your skin.  Citric acid also works as both a tonner and a cleanser.  For recipes outside of bath bombs, citric acid can be used up to .5% of the total recipes weight.  To add this ingredient to bath and body recipes, simply dissolve the citric acid in a liquid, and heat the mixture to 165 degrees Fahrenheit before blending it into your other ingredients.

The cleaning industry also has many uses for citric acid.  It is considered an environmentally friendly cleaning agent.

This natural substance makes a great water softener, breaking down the small amounts of metal that is commonly found in water.  When it comes to treating hard water, citric acid is an optimal choice for an all natural water softener.

As for a cleaning agent, citric acid is quickly gaining popularity in kitchen and bathroom cleansers.  Not only does citric acid remove hard water stains from glassware, but due to the nature of this natural ingredient, it works great as a deodorizer with its instinctive clean citrus scent.

To view a natural coffee maker cleaner recipe, please click here.

There are some cautions that should be noted with the hands on use of the concentrated (powdered form) citric acid.  Always use caution when dealing with citric acid.  Skin irritation may occur from interacting with large amounts of citric acid, especially if you have sensitive skin.  Always wash your hands after touching citric acid.  Never rub your eyes after touching citric acid.  Finally, when using products with citric acid for its alpha hydroxy acid benefits; prolonged and aggressive use is not advised.  Doing so will cause skin irritation.  Most skin treatments that involve alpha hydroxyl acid are followed by applying a facial toner that neutralizes the skin’s ph.

To store citric acid, it should be placed in an air tight container away from moisture.  The container should be kept at room temperature.  This will eliminate any chance of humidity from activating its fizzing ability.   If housed in this manner, citric acid can have a shelf life of up to multiple years. 

 

Bath Bombs

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

bath bomb A bath bomb (also called a bath fizzie) is a skin softening bath product that produces “fizz” when it comes into contact with water.  Bath bombs contain citric acid and baking soda, although the more elaborate bath bomb recipes include luxurious butters, oils, colors, fragrance, and herbs.  In order to get bath bombs to form a shape, witch hazel is gently sprayed into the bath bomb mixture until it is crumbly.

Making your own homemade bath bombs is really easy to do.  With a few essential ingredients and fillable plastic ornaments, you are able to create any number of different bath bombs. In fact, even if you don’t have the fillable plastic ornaments, you can use other things like silicone molds or even leave the bath bomb in a loose form that you can scoop into your tub.

Bath bombs or bath fizzes can introduce many great elements to tub time. Some examples of this are the wonderful aromatic or healing capabilities of herbs and/or essential oils.  You can even make bath bombs bright, colorful, and fun by introducing fragrance oils and soap colorants to the mix.

Knowing how stressful the holiday season can be for many of us, we recently sought out to make some soothing and relaxing themed bath bombs.  Anyone with a chaotic and busy schedule can relate that sometimes, it is necessary to take a step back, breath, and focus on relaxing; even if it is just for a short period of time. The recipe that was created was inspired by the goal of relaxation; and are called Lavender Sage Bath Bombs.  These enjoyable fizzes are just what you need to take the edge off.

Some of the key ingredients used in these fabulous lavender bath bombs are:

Bentonite Clay Powder- used to help clean impurities on the skin
Lavender Flower Powder- a natural relaxant, is also used for the soothing of irritated skin as well as healing.
Castor Oil- a humectant that draws moisture to your skin.
Rose Petals- great for relaxation but also have antiseptic, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Citric Acid-  reacts with baking soda and water to create fizz.  Citric acid is a natural water softener.

To view the complete Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe click here.  To view other free bath bomb recipes simply click on this link.

When you are ready, here are the steps to use a bath bomb:

1.   Tell your family you are out of commission for 30 minutes.
2.   Run your bath water.  Do not add any bubbles to the water.
3.   When you are ready to get in the tub, hold your bath bomb above water.  Do not let it get wet.
4.  Gently get in the tub and finally place your bath bomb in the water.
5.  Set back, relax, and enjoy your peace and quiet while also enjoying the delightful fizz, calming scent, and tranquility of the moment.

Hint:  If you make bath bombs that contain herbs, but you do not want those herbs floating around your tub, you can always place the bath bomb into a nylon, cheesecloth, or gauze prior to putting it into the water.

Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Jenny1Here at Natures Garden, we are currently having an employee challenge.  For this spotlight challenge, we have asked each staff member to choose one of their favorite Natures Garden’s fragrance oils and create a project pertaining to that fragrance.  

Yet, another week has passed and we all know what that means!  It is time to get super excited to see this week’s Spotlight Creation.  Jenny, who has only worked for Natures Garden a few months, was the lucky Natures Garden employee selected for this week, and her spotlight creation is cleverly called “Berry Bewitching Bath Brew“.

Jenny is no newbie when it comes to crafting.  She enjoys spending her free time using jewelry crafting as her creative outlet.  Although, she enjoys beaded jewelry; her passion involves making jewelry with glamorous gemstones- adding a little bling to life.Bath-Brew1

When she is not designing beautiful jewelry, Jenny likes to spend time with her family.  Jenny is a newly married wife and also has a daughter.  She and her husband Scott will be celebrating their 1st year anniversary this Sunday.

Jenny, who has the sign Cancer, enjoys being outdoors.  She is a nature lover and animal lover too!

When it comes to leisure time, Jenny enjoys reading.  Her favorite author right now is Dan Brown.  Jenny thinks he is a great author because it’s a combo of “history, mystery, and a little bit of action.  It’s fun.”  Besides Dan Brown books, she has quite a collection of books in her personal library-sci fi, horror, and mystery.  But, she has a special liking for culture, history, and especially genealogy.

Jenny also enjoys listening to cultured music, and is patiently waiting for the new season of The Walking Dead to start.

Jenny loves the color purple and when it comes to Jenny’s life motto she reinvented an age ole adage:  “Knowledge is empowerment!”

For complete instructions for Jenny’s Spotlight Creation, click here or view it under Natures Garden’s free classes and recipes section of the website.

Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil

This combination fresh scent of ginger and lime is the perfect addition to any spring or summer fragrance line.

 

Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Standing out in a fragrance oil line of over 800, this scent is turning many heads.  According to Natures Gardens Trend Report for 2013, this fall and winter customers will be wanting those fragrance notes with the surprise twist.  With citrus type fragrance oils all the buzz right now, Ginger Lime fragrance oil is a revitalizing fragrance for hotter months and will soon to be a most wanted citrus scent for your fall and winter lines too.  The clean fresh twist of lemon and lime coupled with ginger leaves this fragrance oil getting rave reviews from our customers.

What does Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A bright and zesty lemon-lime blend combines with the warm and comforting notes of honeyed ginger for a sophisticated twist on a refreshingly clean combination.

How Do Our Customers Use Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil?

This fragrance was in our VIP testing program and given a 2 thumbs up by customers!

For candles, tarts and air fresheners, Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil performed perfectly in Wow, Joy, and Ecosoya waxes.  This fragrance oil also has a very nice, strong hot throw from soy waxes.

On the bath and body end, this fragrance passes with flying colors.  The usage percent Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil is 5%, and is used to make:  bath bombs, shower gels, melt and pour soaps, body butters, homemade lotions, bubble baths, lotions bars, and bubble bombs.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance received awesome reviews.   Here are the official results:  Perfect pour.  No acceleration, no ricing, no separation.  Discolors to a brown sugar color.  Absolutely amazing scent!