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achtlana1
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« on: May 28, 2012, 10:39:46 PM »

I have been doing research on bath bombs. I watched a video on how to make them (seems simple enough) but then looked at the recipe and it called for borax. This was the first time I have seen borax in a bath bomb recipe.

Then I went to another website (sorry didn't copy any links) and it said to never use borax. That website additionally said to never use corn starch as it can cause yeast infections. But on a different website it said that was untrue and corn starch does not cause yeast infections.

They all talk about colouring you bath bombs but only one says what colourant they are using (this was a gel colourant for icing Wilton I believe) but this was the same lady using Borax so not sure I trust that.

So here are my questions:
1. Should you ever use borax?
2. Does corn starch cause yeast infections or is that a myth?
3. How do you colour your bath bombs?

Thanks for any info/help you can give me
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 05:03:46 AM »

You can make great bath bombs without cornstarch or borax.  I sometimes use colored clays or bath salts dyes for my bath bombs.  Here is a link for great bubbling bath bombs.
Click on the video for "No fail foaming bath bombs."
http://www.essentialwholesale.com/Learning-Library/Bulk-Cosmetics-Natural-Organic_13
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 06:47:25 AM »

I have never used Borax or corn starch in my bath bombs or salts.  As for colouring you need to be careful, it is a fine line between what is too much colour, as your tub will end up with a coloured ring around it and your washcloths and towels could be stained.  I use the same colourings that I use for my soaps, just a small amount gives a nice pastel colour.   This is th book I used to get going on the bombs.

http://www.saffireblue.ca/shop/books-e-downloads/books/bath-bombs-by-elaine-stavert

Now Saffire Blue list borax in their wet ingredients for the cupcake bomb.

http://www.saffireblue.ca/shop/recipes-formulary/bombs-baths-recipes/bath-bomb-cupcake-recipe

Anne-Marie has a few tutes..

http://www.soapqueen.com/category/bath-and-body-tutorials/bath-fizzies/


Check out this old thread

http://www.talksoapforum.com/bath-and-body-discussion/bath-melts/
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 12:30:00 PM »

Thank you both -

lsg - loved all the videos - i am a very visual/kinetic learner so videos really help me

CeeBee - thanks for the links - I had seen the thread here - but love the soapqueen link.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 08:17:13 PM »



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My daughter sent me this picture tonight, wants me to teach her how to do this, she wants to make a bunch up to sell at the school fun fair. The school is trying to raise money for all the year end trips.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2012, 09:08:10 PM »

aww peas in a pod - that is really cool
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012, 09:57:34 PM »

Would make a cute baby shower favour.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2012, 04:11:03 AM »

I have never heard that corn starch causes yeast infections.  I  am no doctor, but I am more likely to believe that yeast infections come from an imbalance INSIDE rather than a substance from the outside.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2012, 05:37:59 AM »

Love those Peas in a Pod. Are they just a pic from the net or did someone make them?

Here is mine that I just made last night. Lavender scented, colored with powdered(mostly)and sifted alkanet root.

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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2012, 07:57:20 AM »

Bath bombs are on my to-do list, but have not done them yet.  Your bb is adorable, Debbie!
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2012, 07:57:35 AM »

Love those Peas in a Pod. Are they just a pic from the net or did someone make them?



No they are a pic from the net, but my daughter wants to make them.  

I have also never heard about corn starch being a problem, now I have heard about bubble baths causing problems.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2012, 08:25:54 AM »

Bath bombs are on my to-do list, but have not done them yet.  Your bb is adorable, Debbie!

Thanks situ! They aren't really hard. I think(didn't really time myself) it took me about 15 min. and that was getting everything out, measured, mixed and in the mold.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2012, 08:46:51 AM »

People like to soak here in the winter - it's just the nature of the beast...  I'll start on them after Labor Day when everything else dies  down.  There's a nice break coming between tourists and Christmas!  Time to experiment with new items!
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2012, 12:25:27 PM »

deb love the hello kitty - so cute
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2012, 04:57:34 PM »

Super great bath bomb pics... I make them . No borax and no cornstarch.  There has to be low humidity or the bombs don't stay together. I love the peas in the pod. How do you keep them from expanding and going "plop"? I have to seal mine with heat wrap (I don't like heat wrap =1. I am not good at it 2. you can't smell through it 3. I hate adding plastic to the world).

I am still on the hunt for the seret to the hard shell that won't fizzle out on the shelf.
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