Few things can evoke feelings of serenity and calm the way a long soak in a warm, luxurious bath can. Nothing compares to the feeling of being immersed in the warm glow of water's sweet embrace as pleasant aromas emanate from the bath bombs you've added to the water to enhance the experience.
That's the thing about taking a bath – we don't bathe simply to get ourselves clean. We bathe for the experience, to lift ourselves up from a daunting day, and give ourselves a sense of peace that helps us face the next day to come. If we happen to get clean in the process, that's just an added bonus.
The perfect bath takes more than warm water. We want those bathroom lights off, and we want candles lit to provide a flickering dance of the flame's warm glow. And we don't want to just immerse ourselves in the water. We want that water to be alive, vibrant with the effervescence and aroma that only a good bath bomb or exfoliating sugar cube can provide.
One of the suggestions below on our top-rated list is certain to offer you the bathtime experience you desire — and so well deserve.
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In a nutshell, a bath bomb is a mixture of powders, oils, and essences, all compacted into a nice form that typically looks like a giant gumball. The best bath bombs are infused with fragrant oils to produce a pleasing aroma when dissolved, and they contain minerals that effervesce when they come into contact with water. Bath bombs are usually perfectly spherical, but they’re often formed into cute shapes that resemble fruits and flowers to highlight the fragrance and feelings they represent.
There are even bath bombs for kids, made to give our little helpers the same enjoyable bathtime experience, with an added twist of fun to keep it interesting for them.
Sugar cubes are similar to bath bombs, in that they dissolve to produce a fragrant atmosphere, and foam when they come into contact with water. Just as bath bombs often do, bath sugar cubes can foam into a swirl of delightful colors that dance across the surface of the water. The key difference is that sugar cubes usually contain additional ingredients to help exfoliate the skin as you wash.
There is no big secret on how to use a bath bomb. The first step is to get the bath bomb. There are whole bath bomb sets, so you can enjoy a new one every night. Natural bath bombs offer the same uplifting experience as any other on the market, except that you know that you are keeping the environment safer when you drain the tub. They’re also better for your skin, because they’re not full of harsh dyes and chemicals.
The next step is simple — prepare for the experience. Dim the lights, light a candle, and put on some soothing music or grab a book.
Next, fill the tub one-half to three-quarters full of very warm water. Start it a few degrees warmer than you would typically prefer, because it will likely cool off a bit by the time you enter the tub.
Now, drop in the bath bomb or sugar cube of your choice with the water still running. Watch as it dissolves in the water and produces its colorful, swirling foam.
The final — and most rewarding — step is to get into the water and ease yourself down into the warm effervescent tingle that the bath bomb provides. Soak for as long as you like, and enjoy the goosebumps as the foamy bubbles kiss your skin.
It’s best to use a bath bomb as quickly as possible. They’re designed specifically to respond to moisture. It’s the contact with water that gives them their fizzy magic and releases the fragrances that heighten the experience. So it stands to reason that the ambient moisture present in the air will inevitably come into contact with the bath bomb and reduce its effectiveness.
The expected shelf life of a bath bomb or sugar cube is six months. After that, bath bombs lose their fizz and tend to just crumble in the water. You should never store a bath bomb in the bathroom or kitchen, since these areas of the house are usually rampant with moisture, and will kill the effectiveness of the bath bomb much more quickly. If you have purchased a natural bath bomb, there is also a strong likelihood that the natural oils and organic plant material infused in the bath bomb will go bad within a year and spoil any fragrance that it would have once produced.
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