An Explosion of Bath Bombs

When bath time becomes a work of art, you know there is a bath bomb at work. Sayoni Bhaduri defuses this craze…

At the time this article is going up, Instagram has 1,421,806 public posts under #bathbomb. Over the last two-three years, these exploding aromatherapy bath products have become a global rage. The curious aspect is the fact that bath bombs have been around since 1989. Mo Constantine, co-founder of Lush Cosmetics, was the first to concoct bath bombs.

bath_bombs-1Today, bath bombs have become synonymous with Lush, and most other companies have been creating their versions of the effervescing water-grenade. The composition of the bomb is excruciatingly simple, making it a popular D.I.Y project—a mix of essential oils, soap, colouring, bicarbonate and weak acid. Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda, acetic acid or vinegar when mixed with water causes the effervescence (similar to water-soluble antacid) with the waves of suds and colours, and aromatic wafts.

The question which needs to be asked is: what is the point of a bath bomb? Apart from having some fun while soaking in the tub, these bombs make for a perfect spa experience at home. The natural ingredients can range from soothing oils to Epsom salt which make these balls of effervescence easy home spa remedies.

Commercial bath bombs have surfactants (cleaning agents) that do the work of a soap, to an extent. Generally, there are barely any allergens in these products making them suitable for all skin types. But, if you still want to stay wary, look out for limonene, linalool and sodium lauryl sulfate.

Here in India, it’s tough for bath bombs to see the kind of success it has seen in other nations. The reason is a very practical one — no bathtubs! Unless of course you have one or are a regular visitor to luxury hotels. Amazon India and Nykka do list bath bombs, both Indian and imported, which promise to be a mini-spa treatment in privacy. We have listed five suggestions to get you started!

Lush Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb
The Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb is the perfect homage to recently concluded season 7 of Game of Thrones. Made by Lush Cosmetics, this bath bomb has refreshing citrus and bergamot bound to rejuvenate giving you the strength of the Dragon Mother herself!
AromaWorks Single Nurture AromaBomb
Rich with essential oils and detoxifying Himalayan sea salt and chamomile, AromaWorks bath bomb is therapeutic. Part of their Nurture series, this bath bomb has a mix of fruity and woody aromas derived from May Chang and sandalwood. It is designed to wash away the stress of the day and instill calmness.
Patisserie de Bain Lemon Bon-Bon Mini Bath Bombs Sweetie Jar
Britain-based Rose & Co’s sub brand Patisserie de Bain offers bath and body products which will remind you of being at a confectioner’s. This jar of Lemon Bon Bon bath bombs has the innocence and sweetness which will remind you of childhood days and energise you.
Seychelles Fizzy Aromatic Bath Bomb with Rose Petals
A new kid on the block, Seyechelles Incense makes bath bombs using local ingredients. This one using essential oils and rose petals contains Epsom salt which is known to soothe body aches and pains. The food-grade colour used in the bath bomb will add a creative touch to your bath.
Iraya Seakelp Bath Bomb
Detox with the sea kelp bath bomb. Epsom salt soothes irritated skin and sunflower oil helps with hydration. This power-packed bath bomb aims at all-round relaxation and rejuvenation for your body.