When it comes to bath bombs the market is flooded with options. You can choose from bath bombs that are mass produced by commercial retailers, and others that are handmade by local artisans. Quality ingredients are important when choosing a bath bomb. Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for a good product.
If you're searching for relaxation, and aromatherapy then it makes sense to seek out a bath bomb made with good quality essential oils. Popular scents like Lavender are easy to find. If you make your purchase on a handmade site such as Etsy, then be sure to closely read the listing to ensure quality ingredients have been used to make your product. Generally, bath bombs are comprised of baking soda, citric acid, essential oils (or fragrance oils.) Fragrance oils are synthetic, whereas essential oils are typically plant based. Some sellers may also use things like Epsom Salt, or Shea Butter to customize a product to the needs of their customer. Look for an artisan that uses organic ingredients when possible. Also, keep in mind that certain essential oils such as those in the citrus family can be phototoxic. Each essential oil also has various properties (relaxation, invigorating, muscle soothing, etc). Therefore, spending a little time doing some research on what your overall "soaking" goals are could yield time well spent in the tub.
Prices of bath bombs vary. A general price range is likely going to be six to ten dollars for a single bath bomb. This can vary due to size, and the quality of the ingredients used. If you're brave and not looking to spend that kind of money on a single bath bomb, then consider making some yourself. Sites such as YouTube and Pinterest have tutorials available that can help you get started. Making your own bath bombs allows you to customize your ingredients and price tag to your liking. Always make sure when you pick an essential oil or fragrance oil for bath and body DIY's that they are deemed "body safe." Online sites such as Bramble Berry are a good place to start when you are trying to gather your supplies. You can make a large batch of bath bombs and have enough left to give away as gifts or keep them for your next handful of bathing sessions. Happy Soaking!