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.

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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!

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