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Jun
30

Bath Bomb Tips

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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.

Jun
24

Bath Bomb

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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.

Mar
08

Soy Wax Candles & Bath Fizzies

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1.What’s your name & Your Company Name?
Liz Flugel, Liz’s Country Collectibles

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?
I have always been a *crafty* person so this gave me a way to channel my energies and ideas into a business, especially after people kept complementing me on my items, asking me if they could buy my items and telling me I should go into business for myself. I have had a Washington state business license for approximately 20 years.

3. What products do you make and sell?
I do a wide variety of items from soaps, lotions, bath salts, bath fizzies and soy wax candles & tarts to Red Hat bears, Victorian bears and home décor that includes decorated wreaths, swags, window boxes, bird cages and assorted silk floral arrangements. During the last year I also added a bakery line of candles & soaps that includes soy wax cobblers, pies, muffins & cinnamon rolls as well as soap cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, carrot cakes, brownies & donuts.

4. What are your business goals?
To continue to make quality products at a reasonable price and to keep promoting my business so it reaches more customers. I have currently sold items to not only the U.S. and Canada but also to the U.K. and Greece.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?
I use a variety of your fragrance & essential oils and herbs. I was particularly THRILLED when I found your Huckleberry Harvest and Spiced Cranberry after the suppliers I used to purchase comparable scents to these two went out of business since these are two of my top selling fragrances. And I love, love, LOVE your prices because they are very reasonable and allow me to keep my prices down which is very important in today’s economy.

Website:  www.lizscountrycollectibles.com
Facebook:  Liz’s Country Collectibles