This store requires javascript to be enabled for some features to work correctly.

What is a Bath Bomb?

What is a Bath Bomb?

Bath bombs are bath additives that are a step above traditional bubble bath or Epsom salt. More specifically, bath bombs create the ultimate mood for your bath and help create a comfortable, relaxing, and fun vibe. That’s not all (made for TV voice), bath bombs condition and soften your bath water to leave your skin feeling silky smooth and fully hydrated. Keep reading to learn the basics of bath bombs. 

What is in Bath Bombs? 

A high quality bath bomb will be made with moisturizing oils, aromatic essential oils, baking soda, citric acid and that’s about it. 

What makes our bath bombs better? 

All of the ingredients that go into our bath bombs are all food grade ingredients and over 90% of Spa-Da bath bombs are made up of baking soda and citric acid. We cut no corners when it comes to our use of baking soda and citric acid.  Baking soda and citric acid condition your bath water, neutralizes hard water problems, and both ingredients have been known to exfoliate and soften the skin. Baking soda and citric acid is also what creates the fizziness when exposed to water. To learn more about the science behind bath bombs check out our blog, What Makes Bath Bombs Fizz?

Other ingredients that go into bath bombs include colors, fragrances, moisturizers, and in some cases sudsy surfactants. The benefits and/or side effects  that your bath bomb has all comes down to the ingredients that are sourced and the quality (freshness) of those ingredients. 

Are Bath Bombs Soap?

This is one of the top questions that parents have before buying bath bombs for their kids.  Bath bombs aren’t technically considered a soap, but they do clean the body and promote good hygiene.

Bath bombs are regulated by the FDA and according to their regulations, bath bombs are considered cosmetics that have cleansing properties that are similar to soaps. The biggest benefits of bath bombs revolve around the aesthetics, aromatic, and water conditioning benefits

Can you use a bath bomb as soap?

Many customers love the feeling of holding a fizzing bath bomb in their hand and even gentle rubbing the bath bomb on their skin. This is perfectly safe, but for best bathing and cleaning results you should really use soap and use the bath bomb to soak in. 

Do Bath Bombs Clean You?

Yes, soaking in bath bomb water can clean the body, without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Baking soda and citric acid create the artistic fizz behind bath bombs, but these two ingredients also bring the clean and neutralize the minerals that can be found in hard water. More specifically, baking soda and citric acid lay on the opposite side of the pH scale and this creates synergies when combined together. Both ingredients are food grade ingredients that have a long history as cleaning agents for personal care and non toxic natural cleaners. Furthermore, both ingredients have antimicrobial properties, are safe, and beneficial for our skin. - For more information on our hero ingredients, check out our blog, Reducing Skin Inflammation With Baking Soda and Citric Acid.

Cleansing Properties of Baking Soda 

Baking soda is an all-purpose cleaner that can replace many harsh chemicals in personal care products and household cleaning products. As an alkaline base, baking soda has the ability to cut through and dissolve dirt, grit, and grease. Household cleaning uses of baking soda include removing grim and disinfecting surfaces. The all-purpose benefits of baking soda is why it can be found in deodorants, tooth pastes, cleansers, and more. Baking soda is already a staple in most kitchens and modern moms are bringing baking soda to the bathroom

Cleansing Properties of Citric Acid  

Baking soda works by dissolving dirt and grime and citric acid works to optimize the texture and overall skin glow via exfoliation. Citric acid is an antioxidant that has become a mainstay in personal care products and even wound care due to its acidic nature. Our skin is slightly acidic and citric acid balances out the alkaline properties of baking soda, to create bathing products that optimize our skin’s natural pH. The vast majority of super market soap bars, bubble baths, and bath bombs pay very little attention to pH levels - To learn more about skin pH and why it’s important, check out our blog, Understanding Your Skin’s pH Level

Side Effect of Citric Acid: It is important to note that when an open cut is exposed to high concentrations of citric acid, you may experience a burning sensation due to the acidity. 

Are  Bath Bombs Good for You? 

This is a loaded question that many wellness bloggers and dermatologists have tried to answer, but the vast majority of answers come up well short or purposely leave out information to further their argument one way or another. Bathing in bath bombs can be great for our mental and physical health, but to accurately answer this question one would needs to dive deep into the ingredients used in each bath bomb. Not all bath bomb manufacturers use the same ingredients, so it’s impossible to make a claim whether bath bombs are good for you. However, scientists have confirmed that warm water baths are great for your mental and physical health and at Spa-Da all of our ingredients are food grade ingredients that soothe and soften our skin. 

Are Bath Bombs Good for Your Skin? 

Spa-Da bath bombs have been formulated with you skin and senses in mind. Over 90% of our bath bombs are made up of baking soda and citric acid that condition your bath water, soften skin, and soothe skin inflammation. Both baking soda and citric acid also act as exfoliators that help to remove dead skin cells. - Try out Wanderlust Bath Bombs or Kids Bath Bombs today. 

Spa-Da Tip: Bathtubbers should dry exfoliate prior to bathing and exfoliate after soaking for 10 minutes. For best results try the Spa-Da exfoliating bungee spongee. 

Disadvantages of Bath Bombs

Warm water bathing and bath bombs have a long list of benefit, but the biggest disadvantage to bath bombs may be their size. As of today, the largest bath bombs on the market hover around 6 ounces and many of our customers want more fizz and foam, especially the kids. 

Nobody wants to disappoint the kids and that’s why we’ve created the complimentary line of Kid’s Bath Sprinkles. The Kid’s Bath sprinkles work similarly to kids bath bombs, but they contain a safe surfactant called Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA). SLSA doesn’t create any more fizz, but it does provide the foamy bubbles that are often associated with bubble bath. When you combine Kids Bath Bombs with Kids Sprinkles you get the best of bath bombs and bubble bath.