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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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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.