Q&A: Why use cream of tartar instead of citric acid for fizz in bath bombs or solid bubble bath?

I wrote this last year, but didn’t share it, for some strange reason. It was supposed to come after the ingredient entry for cream of tartar last November… So why use might we use cream of tartar (INCI: Potassium bitartrate) instead of citric acid? Why do I use it in my bubble bath bars instead of citric acid?…...

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Comment catchup: Spectrastat G2 and bath bombs

In this post on Spectrastat G2, Ally D shared, So far I have had success with this in my shampoos. However, at 1% usage (recommended usage is 1-1.2%) it curdled my lotion emulsion! I was very disappointed to say the least. I may try to pre-mix it with a bit of the emulsion and then add…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Is guar gum a good thickener for bath bombs? What’s the science behind bath bombs?

Wow! What a lovely outpouring of concern and help I’ve seen over the last few days. You’ve made amazing suggestions for how I can supplement my income and re-assured me that things happen for a reason. I totally believe they do, and I’m open to what can happen next. Please keep those ideas and thoughts…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Modifying bath bombs

In this post on bath bombs, Emily ask: Can you use bio oil instead of vegetable or soy bean oil? Are you referring to this product, Bio-Oil? Yes, you could use any type of oil soluble ingredient or oil in a bath bomb. But I’m wondering why use this ingredient? It’s really really expensive, and…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Using corn starch in bath bombs?

In this post, Back to Basics: Bath bombs, Annie asks: I found your link when I was enquiring on Google as to why cornstarch is used. I really couldn’t find a valid reason and didn’t want to waste time and ingredients. I always go to you – my first place to enquire on anything technical…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Compensation for evaporation, Polawax as a possible replacement for beeswax, and using Epsom salts in bath bombs

Have something you want to ask? Visit the Weekend Wondering comment post and ask away!  COMPENSATION FOR EVAPORATION AFTER HEATING AND HOLDING In an e-mail, Brittany asks: I’ve struggled with the heating of the water phase for a while now. You suggest to heat the water phase for 20 minutes, but to add more than…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating Christmas presents – bath bombs

One of my first projects was making bath bombs. This is one of those things that can seem completely easy or unbelievably hard, and I’m not really sure why some people succeed so well at making them and others have so much trouble! One of the big issues is water – whether you’re adding it…...

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Sponsored by readers like you: Bath bombs, salts & fragrance sprays

Another late morning for Swift, so here’s a post on what we’ve done in our craft groups lately! I’ll be back with a post on ferulic acid tomorrow morning!  I love teaching bath and body classes to youth. They have the fun and excitement of making something that smells and feels amazing and I can…...

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Back to basics: Bath bombs

Bath bombs seem like a really simple concept – a little citric acid, a little baking soda, some fragrance oil, and you have a wonderful acid-base reaction in the tub that brings happiness to the bather. But they can cause such headaches to even the most seasoned bath and body creator! As a point of…...

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