The Big explosion
When bath time becomes the cause of an explosion and a work of art, you know there is a bath bomb at work. SAYONI BHADURI defuses this craze.
At the time of writing this article, Instagram has 1,305,921 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.
Today, 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 —or 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 bathtub! Unless of course you have one or are a regular visitor to luxury hotels. Amazon India and Nykka.com 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!