Written By Ryan Barrett
Bath bombs, specifically bath bombs for kids, are the most important thing in your bathroom. Is this a controversial statement? More important than toothpaste or deodorant. Maybe not for you, but how about your little one? Do they care about clean teeth? Smelling good? Or bubbles? If you have a bathtub, you probably realize the importance of bubbles in your existence! Even more so if you are a parent! Sure you may like a nice bubble bath from time to time. The lack of bubbles isn’t the end of everything, right? ‘Wrong!’ Says every parent reading this. Most of you parents out there know that a bubbleless bath is a declaration of a war fought with tantrum bombs and surface-to-surface snot missiles. A lot of you parents out there know that after a while even bubbles cease to cut the mustard. Kids get bored. And when kids get bored it’s World Snot War Three!
As many of you parents probably know one way to keep bubbles exciting is bombs. Bath bombs for kids. They are a great way to add an extra element to the bubble bath. It changes the whole experience, especially for kids.
Worry not though! If you’re reading this your kids or yourself will never have to go bath bomb-less again. You’ll never have to hear the torturous wails of a kid who craves bubbles. And if you or your child have never experienced the bubbly wonders of the bath bomb read on! Also don’t forget to check out the bubblicious coupon code above!
What is a bath bomb?
The idea for the bath bomb seems might have come about when someone was watching something fizzy. Watching something dissolve, like say an Alka Selzer. Well, that’s exactly what happened, sorta. Supposedly the founder of the bath and body care company Lush came up with the idea when watching Alka Seltzers fizz away. Late one night after eating some off oysters he desired a bubble bath while watching his stomach medicine dissolve in water. Vuola! How convenient it would be he thought if he could throw something in a bath and have the same effect. He then made an experiment by combining citric acid and baking soda. Consequently, the bath bomb was born!
A bath bomb is a tennis ball-sized for those who are unfamiliar. When it meets the water, it dissipates and creates a trough of bubbles. Bath bombs come in a multitude of scents and fun shapes. Especially for your little ones. (Just wait till you get a load of our festive little iconic expression and Easter fizzers!) As the founder of Lush discovered, bath bombs are made up of a combination of baking soda and citric acid. Acid! Don’t worry! It’s the safe kind. (And although bombs produce a psychedelic color scheme, it’s not that kind of acid!) Let’s explore just how harmless these fizzy bombs are.
Are bath bombs safe for kids?
Let’s start by pointing out the obvious: Bath bombs are safe for kids! As stated above bath bomb ingredients usually consist of baking soda, citric acid, and essential oils. Baking soda is a common household and probably doesn’t frighten you. It excites you as it represents delicious baking. However, citric acid might send faint tingles down your spine. Fear not though! Citric acid is an organic acid that you can find in all citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons.
It’s worth noting that some bath bombs contain dyes and other flavorings that might be an irritant on the skin. So when choosing a bath bomb make sure to check out the ingredients. Or buy bath bombs that are specifically for kids, such as our selection!
How to use a bath bomb?
It would seem that using a bath bomb is pretty straightforward. You put it in water and it does what it’s supposed to do. Sure even your toddler could do it, which would be lots of fun for them. In a way making a bath bomb is like making tea. You can put the bag in the cup before or after the water. The tea will steep either way. And like tea, there is also a better way. For a bath bomb the best way is to fill your bathtub with water first then places the bomb in. Though your toddler is most likely going to want to jump in while the fizzy magic takes place, wait! It’s best to wait about 5 minutes or the fizzing has subsided. Here are 4 easy steps:
1) Fill your bathtub with warm water to a suitable bath temperature (92f)
2) Put your bath bomb into the water.
3) Allow the bath bomb to dissolve and emit its smell for 3-6 minutes.
4) Fill the tub with water.
5) Get in the tub and begin to relax
Do bath bombs expire?
Like everything else in the universe bath bombs does have an expiration date. If you have a family bath bombs going bad are probably not an issue. Your little one is likely a bath bomb fiend! The majority of bast bombs have a shelf life of 6 to 12 months. It is worth noting that usually, they lose their potency after a few months.
Is there anything I can do to prolong a bath bomb’s shelf life?
The higher quality bath bombs, such as the ones we offer, are more likely to retain their potency for longer. Another way to increase shelf life is proper storage. It is best to store them in a dry place. This is because the two main properties of bath bombs react to water. The more moisture there is in the air the more your bath bombs will react to it. Subsequently decreasing their potency. Safe to say a bathroom is not the best place to store them. Try a pantry or laundry room.
How to make bath bombs for kids?
With the simple ingredients listed above the gears in your head might have already started turning. Once you find that dusty bright orange box of baking soda behind the cake batter, you must find the citric acid. Do you have any? Can I use orange juice? Squeeze a lemon? These are all fair questions. Though we offer a DIY kit, let’s also look at how you can make a bath bomb at home.
You’d be surprised just how easy it easy to make a bath bomb. Like boiling water easy. Your kids will love to do it with you and you can see what goes inside. Just like our food, it’s nice to know what goes in it. It’s also a great way to teach your kids(and maybe yourself too) some basic chemistry.
So how to make bath bombs at home? How to make bath bombs for kids? Come on, tell me. TELL ME! OK, relax! First, you want to start with bath bomb molds. Something silicone is perfect. If not a metal one works. A couple of pro tips before we get to the steps:
- Though the mold is usually round, it’s advisable to just use half the mold. A flat bottom will aesthetically look fine. And more importantly, using half the mold makes it easier to take the bomb out.
- Be especially careful when mixing your wet ingredients into dry ones. Like baking getting, just the right mixture and consistency are essential to the final product.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way here are the ingredients you’ll need:
Baking soda, 1 cup
-Acid Citric, 1/2 cup
-Epsom salts, 2 teaspoons
-Melted Coconut Oil, 2 teaspoons
-Oil Essentials 6 to12 drops
-Water spray bottle
-Molds for bath bombs
Here are the steps:
1) Thoroughly mix the Epsom salts, citric acid, and baking sodium bicarbonite in a bowl. Melted coconut oil and essential oils should be combined in a separate basin.
2) As you combine with your hands, gradually add the wet components to the dry bowl. You want to create a consistency that just holds together and is crumbly, moist, and sand-like.
3) Spray in a little water and mix again if it seems a bit dry. If necessary, gradually add additional water to get the desired consistency.
4) If you wish to add color, now is the time to do it. Use something natural that doesn’t stain. Now you can put fragrance and surprise charms in the mixture.
5) Additionally, you might make use of a few drops of liquid coloring. Children love multi-colored bath bombs, so you may divide this mixture in half (or more) and add more colors.
6) Time to put the mixture in the molds for bath bombs. Pat the liquid in after adding it to prevent large air bubbles. Fill them to the top.
7) Put the two sides of the mold together to create a circular shape .
8) After allowing it to set for 30 seconds, remove half of the mold by twisting each side of the form separately. Keep the other half on it ideally till it sets. Put the first half you removed back on the mold if you need to reuse it.
9) Put them on a baking sheet if their bottoms are flat. If you can’t maintain a spherical bomb in half of the mold, you need a soft surface.
10)Take a minimum of 12 hours off. Eliminate any mold. Use an airtight container for storage.
Bath bomb DIY kits
Best bath bombs to blow up any occasion
Like anything, there are many options when it comes to bath bombs. Your head probably spins in a multi-colored fizz trying to figure out the best bath bombs for you and your family. To keep your head from spinning, keep it simple! Choose a bath bomb for the appropriate occasion. From bath bombs for Easter, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day we have the bomb to blow up any occasion in a bath of warm fizzy, and colorful bubbles.
And since Christmas is coming up the best bath bombs are the ones you put in a stocking or under the tree! We have a wide selection of themed bath bombs that will fit perfectly inside your child’s stocking. Many of our bath bombs come with dinosaurs, figurines, or even surprise toys. These are especially great for a birthday present or birthday party favors. If you haven’t noticed kids love surprises. Especially surprise toys!
Let’s take a look at some more unique bath bomb ideas and holiday-themed bath bombs below.
Once bath bomb a time: unique bath bomb ideas
The bath bomb itself is a very unique thing. Bubble baths are already something we look forward to, especially for kids. Detonate a bath bomb in a tepid tub and it kicks a kid’s excitement into overdrive. However, like anything bath bombs can lose their edge over time. Especially for kids. That’s why we offer some special bath bomb kits that are sure to keep the bubbles fizzing all year round. Heck, your kids might start to wonder why their bath bombs mysteriously disappear. Little do they know you’ve become addicted to a froth of rainbow bubbles yourself. It might sound silly but wait till you get a load of our rainbow bath bomb kit. This six-piece bath bomb kit comes with clouds wearing a different joyous expression each. These bubbly clouds are packed with coconut oil. And say you run out of your adult bath bombs. These will be a nice substitute. They smell great!
Dessert bath bombs are a bubbly delight
Most kids have a sweet tooth. So much so that we can call them sweet fangs. Your kids will love our dessert bath bombs. If you have a child who doesn’t like to take baths or showers these sweet bath bombs will get them in the tub. After they try these cupcakes and donut bombs your water bill might go out of control! If dessert doesn’t get your kids in the tub our iconic expression bath bomb kit will! iconic expression are a cultural sensation. Kids love them so much a major movie studio decided to make a movie about them. These are also good ways to learn different feelings for toddlers out there. All of these above make great Christmas gifts for kids! Even great Easter gifts for kids! Put them in a stocking or add them to an egg hunt!
Bath bombs with toys inside your kids will go nuclear for
So up to this point, the above bath bombs have failed to convince you. Convince you that these bombs will get your kids to enjoy bathing. Maybe even you don’t appreciate a bath’s joys and therapeutic aspects. If a smiling cloud or color-dripping donut doesn’t get your child in the bath our bath bombs with toys inside are likely to do the trick! Imagine it: you convince your water-allergic child to at least watch the bath bomb fizzle out. Then to their surprise, a toy T-rex or unicorn bracelet appears amid the bubbles. Before anyone knows it the bath-hating kid is splashing around with their newfound surprise trinket.We offer five different bath bomb sets with toys inside. To name a few of the surprise toys there are dinosaur toys, cute mochi squishy toys, toy unicorns, and animal erasers. These sets contain 6 to 12 pieces. That is to say, they make great stocking stuffers and would be perfect as birthday party favors.
Holiday bath bombs ho ho’ing or Halloweening
At this point in your life, there’s a good chance you’re running out of ideas for gift ideas for any festive occasion. Or maybe it’s not that you’re running out of ideas, but you give the same gifts every year. This is boring for you. And to say the least, boring for the little ones on the receiving end. Have you ever considered bath bombs? We have a plethora of bath bomb gift sets that cover the holiday gamut. Your kids will not even realize they’re getting something that’s meant to clean them. They’ll be so focused on the toy inside. Or the coconut smelling rainbow froth on the outside. From Halloween bath bombs to Valentine’s gifts for kids. Let’s take a look at our holiday bath bomb selection below!
Halloween bath bombs to go boobbles for
Halloween bath bombs never cease to cause a spooky kind of confusion. The doorbell rings. “Trick or treat!” A mixture of puzzlement coats the smile spreading across the little ghouls’ faces. As they on the one hand like the cauldron or bat-shaped thing you have put in their pumpkin basket. Yet they are befuddled as to what it is. Doesn’t smell or feel like candy. A toy? Well, you’re getting closer Jr. Drac.Parents will especially appreciate these bloodcurdling bath bombs. They’re a break from the ridiculous amount of candy. And in contrast to staining teeth as most Halloween treats, these spooky bath bombs clean. There are a few different Halloween bath bomb gift sets to choose from that will serve any Halloween purpose. There’s a 6-piece bath bomb kit. The bath bombs are shaped like little cauldrons that look perfect on any Halloween party table spread. Another 8-piece Halloween bath bomb kit may look like your typical spherical bath bomb. However, each of these bombs is packed with Halloween figures ghoulish enough to make an Adams family reunion appearance.
Christmas bath bombs to keep the bubble merry all the way
Let’s change the song jingle bells to jingle bath bombs. ‘Jingle bath bombs jingle bath bombs, fizzing all the way!’ You’ll be singing this after you get a whiff of our pleasant-smelling Christmas bath bombs. This 6-piece bath bomb set is multi-functional. Not only does each bomb have a toy inside but the bombs themselves are meant to hang on a tree like a ball ornament. Would it be strange if your kids ran downstairs on Christmas morning and did a beeline for the tree ornaments? You go downstairs to have your Christmas cinnamon roll. And instead of your little ones tearing apart wrapping paper they’re stripping the tree of ornaments. Additionally, Christmas baths are sure to take over your Christmas morning traditions! Kids will be itching to not only open the bath bomb surprise inside the ornament but also the toy inside the bomb! We also have a bath bombless variety of Christmas bath toys and Christmas gifts for kids. They are a great addition under your tree. Check them out here.
Valentines bath bombs
Valentine’s Day is a holiday where full of baths and body soap and candy heart exchanges. What if you could combine wonderful scents with classic heart-shaped Valentine’s candy? Our 12-piece heart-shaped Valentines bath bombs do just that! Imagine the look on your loved one’s face. Their eyes widen over the romantic candlelight as they realize these aren’t your typical heart-shaped presents. These Valentines bath bombs have a unique fragrance. That means you won’t have to get an extra lotion or perfume just for the fragrance. These bombs are a two-in-one! These Valentine gifts for kids or adults come individually wrapped and are an excellent addition to any valentine’s Day party.
Easter bath bombs
Undeniably though, our Easter bath bombs have the potential to be your all-time favorites. Especially if you have small children. This 6-piece bath bomb set comes with different bunny toys in each bomb and a variety of nice scents. The bombs are very close in shape and size to easter eggs. Henceforth, they are a great addition to any egg hunt. Once your kids figure out that these aren’t any ordinary eggs they’ll beckon you. Beckon you to get the tub ready as they search for colorful bubbling-exploding eggs!
Hopefully, now you see the importance of bubbles. What would a fried chicken be without golden crispy skin? What would a bath be without a froth of bubbles? We rarely bother asking ourselves these existential questions because they are taken for granted. But really, think about it. How does a bath feel with bubbles and sans bubbles? Hopefully, this doesn’t make you start to question the fabric of reality. Just appreciate the importance of bubbles even more! Since is Christmas is upon us, you might want other Christmas gifts for kids as a pair to our bath bombs. We have a wonderful selection of military toys and advent calendars to do the trick. Check out our previous blog posts about them here. Also don’t forget to use the coupon code above. Don’t let the bubble burst on this deal!