When you just want to unwind after a long and stressful day, it is helpful to have a trusted relaxation routine that you follow. It could be taking a hot bath using bubble bars, your favorite bath bomb, bath oils, or even shower fizzies in your tub.
Keep in mind that there are a variety of things to consider. For instance, using a bubble bar or lush bath bomb infused with an essential oil like lavender and all its lovely ingredients can be quite a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Enjoying bubble baths full of healthy, soothing natural ingredients will help you recover from a stressful day.
Are bath bombs reusable?
If you are careful, you can use a single-use bath bomb designed for one bathing session more than once. This can be done by cutting the crease in the middle of the bath bomb and keeping the other half for later.
You can also remove the product almost immediately after you soak it in the water or when it produces bubbles. Doing so will stop it from dissolving totally.
Can you use a 1-year-old bath bomb?
The 1-year mark is a bit of a gray area for most bath bombs. Generally speaking, as long as the bath bomb appears in good shape and has not been exposed to excessive moisture or hot air, it should still fizz just fine.
However, some ingredients may lose their effectiveness over time. For example, essential oils and floral additives may fade in potency after a year, potentially decreasing the aromatherapy benefits of the bath bomb.
Our best advice is to use your judgment and sniff test any older bath bombs before using them - if they still have a strong scent and look intact, they're probably good to go!
Overall, a 1-year-old bath bomb may still work fine. But for the best experience, we recommend using them within 6 months to a year of purchasing.
How many times can you use one bath bomb?
There's no set rule on how many times you can reuse a bath bomb - most people find it's all about experimenting with different options.
Lush bath bombs are luxurious and fun, but they can also be expensive. One way to stretch your dollar is to break the bath bomb up into smaller pieces before dropping them into the tub. This allows for a slower dissolution and longer-lasting scent and color.
Another option is to use half of the bath bomb in one soak and save the rest for later. This is also a unique way to mix and match scents or vary the color of your baths.
TIP: If you split a bath bomb, shower bomb, or reusable bubble bar, store the unused halves in Ziploc bags in a cool place to keep them fresh.
How to use bath bombs more than once?
There are two main ways to make a bath bomb last longer.
Splitting the Bath Bombs in Half
Some bath bombs are not created to be divided into two halves; it causes them to just crumble.
Aim for a circular-shaped product that also has a crease in the middle. You'll need tools such as Ziploc bags, a cutting board, a flat-head screwdriver, a kitchen mallet, or a hammer to get the best results when you split the bomb.
Begin by placing the bath bomb on the cutting board and locating the seam.
Hold the bath bomb in place while hitting the top of the flat-head screwdriver with the mallet lightly.
After splitting the bomb, keep the two bath bomb halves in a Ziploc bag or similar plastic bag.
Bath bombs are made of citric acid and other ingredients, which can cause them to become oxidized when in the open. So keep them in a closed bag after splitting.
Reusing the Same Bath Bomb
This method requires caution because only a few bath bombs do not dissolve properly or fizzle out immediately after being placed in a bathtub.
You need to remove the bath bomb from the bathtub before it completely dissolves or gives off a fizzy explosion.
In our experience, you get the best effect when you simply drain any excess water from the bomb, then use a blow dryer to quickly dry it with hot air. That will ensure it doesn't dissolve completely.
Seal the remaining part in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
These methods are not only practical but also cost-effective. To get the best experience, use your bath bombs during your shower time with your loofah and shower gel and come out feeling fresh.
To top it off, you can incorporate a body or bath oil that will seal in all the lovely ingredients to moisturize your skin.
Do bath bombs expire?
Like every product, a lush bath bomb also has an expiry date. Perhaps while searching through the cupboard in your bathroom you come across an old bath bomb, or you find one behind your sink or in a corner. If you do, check the expiry date before using it.
While it may be cost-saving to use old bath bombs, using expired bath bombs after a long day won't give you a luxurious feeling, and an expired bath bomb could harm your skin.
How to store your bath bombs?
The process for storing your bath bombs is simple.
You can use a bath bomb more than one time if stored properly. Keep the bath bomb inside a Ziploc bag, organza bag, or an airtight container. Sealed Tupperware boxes underneath your bed or in a dark closet is a great way to maintain bath bombs fresh.
Store half a bomb in a plastic storage container or a Ziploc bag to prevent water from coming into contact with it and causing it to dissolve completely.
Try storing them in a cool dark cupboard away from sunlight and moisture to ensure they remain fresher and rejuvenating until you're ready to use your bath bomb next time.
Whether a regular or colored bath bomb, you can find the best way to reuse bath bombs.
It is quite a delight that shower fizzles can be split and kept for use later. Then you don't need to always be purchasing new bombs whenever you want to relax in a full tub. Like most bubble bars and most bubble baths, bath bombs keep for up to a year, so there's no reason to miss an opportunity to enjoy them!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can bath bombs be used more than once?
Yes. You can use a bath bomb numerous times and not just once. However, you must be fast at removing it before it has time to dissolve in the warm water.
Can you save half a bath bomb?
The short answer is yes. Your favorite bath bomb can be cut into two halves. With a cutting board and a few other items, you can split the bath bomb in the middle and save the two cut halves.
Which types of bath bombs last the longest?
Pay attention to the ingredients used. Sea salt, baking soda, and citric acid tend to last longer than other ingredients, and they help to create the fizzing effect. Some ingredients also have excellent skin-nourishing benefits, ideal for sensitive skin, but the nourishing benefits of fragrances, oat milk, and cocoa butter may be lacking after the expiry date. If you don't bathe with bath bombs frequently, consider purchasing smaller bombs or sets to ensure freshness.
How many bath bombs per bath is ideal?
It depends on the size of the bath bomb. A general guideline is to use one bath bomb per bath, but we would recommend using more or fewer bath bombs depending on the size of your tub. If you have a really big tub, you might be able to get away with using two or three bath bombs. Experiment and find what works best for you!