Donations to LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter Organizations

Hey guys! I have a new announcement about my business: 15% of the profits from all lemongrass bath bombs will be donated to several black lives matter organizations. The ones I’m planning on donating to now are Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, and Color of Change. I chose lemongrass because it’s one of the most popular bath bombs that I make. Also, I’m making rainbow ylang ylang bath bombs and rainbow may chang bath bombs! 15% of the profits for these pride bath bombs will be donated to LGBTQ+ organizations: The Trevor Project and GLAAD. This rainbow bath bomb will continue to be for sale after pride month is done. Racism and homophobia aren’t just going to vanish after black lives matter isn’t “trending” and pride month is over, so it’s important to continue to work towards change.

The “Secret Ingredient” of Bath Bombs

People often comment on how soft their skin is after using a Bubbles & Fizz bath bomb. This is because of one ingredient that several other brands of bath bombs don’t have: coconut oil.

Coconut oil is naturally moisturizing. It hydrates dry skin without making it feel oily or greasy, like some lotions do, and instead it leaves the skin feeling smooth and silky! A little bit goes a long way. There’s only 1/3 teaspoon of coconut oil in each bath bomb! The coconut oil in Bubbles & Fizz bath bombs is certified organic and non-GMO and is naturally refined, so you can be sure that everything you’re getting is good for your body. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the bubbles and fizz!

The Truth About Self-Care

While the majority of us are quarantined, it’s crucial that we take care of ourselves, mentally and physically. When you think of self-care, usually face masks, cupcakes, and bubble baths come to mind. While these things are amazing and they really can help your overall mental state, it’s important to also be able to focus on the aspects of self-care that aren’t as fun, like how you need to be able to recognize when you’re feeling stressed or anxious and make the decision to go workout, or when you make yourself clean your room and go outside when you’ve been in the same space for a while. Sometimes self-care is doing what doesn’t seem like the best thing at the moment because you know it will help in the long run, like giving yourself a break when you have a lot to do so you don’t burn out, or making yourself a fresh meal when you feel like heating up a frozen dinner. Keeping yourself healthy involves knowing yourself and what you need. It isn’t as simple as drinking water and watching Netflix (which still can be great things! They just shouldn’t be the only things), but future you, even if it’s just ten-minutes-from-now-you, will thank you for it.

The After-Workout Bomb

One of the most popular bath bombs I make is the After-Workout Bomb. It’s purpose is to help you cool down and relax your muscles after a workout, so the recipe is a little different than my other bath bombs.

A main difference in the recipe is the use of Epsom salts. All of the other bath bombs contain 1/3 cup of cornstarch and 1/3 cup of Epsom salts. But in the After-Workout Bomb, there is 2/3 cup of Epsom salts and no cornstarch. The lack of cornstarch changes the shape of the bath bomb, but it’s worth it. Epsom salts are used to relieve minor aches and pains and soothe sore or tired muscles, so the extra amount is sure to benefit you post-workout.

The After-Workout Bomb also has a unique scent combination: peppermint and clary sage. Peppermint essential oil has a cooling effect, and it can help relieve muscle pain. Clary sage essential oil also has this cooling effect, is known for relieving stress, and blends nicely with peppermint! This bath bomb will leave you feeling clean and relaxed without stress, cramps, or sore muscles.

Valentine’s Day Sets: Bath Bomb and Jewelry!

For a limited time- from now until after Valentine’s Day- I have partnered with Catwalk Gems to sell sets of a Bubbles & Fizz bath bomb (strawberry or grapefruit) and Catwalk Gems jewelry (earrings or a bracelet)! Here are the details:

Bath bomb (strawberry/grapefruit) and earrings- $15

Bath bomb (strawberry/grapefruit) and bracelet- $20

Catwalk Gems jewelry is all handmade, and so are the bath bombs. Grapefruit bath bombs are all-natural, too! These adorable sets are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone- or yourself! 🙂

For more Catwalk Gems jewelry, click here.

Valentine’s Day is coming soon- so make sure you order a set before it’s too late!

Aromatherapy: Is it All BS?

You may have heard about how aromatherapy can cure illnesses, improve organ health, boost immunity, and do all of these other amazing things. But is there any truth to that? Because you also may have heard about how it’s all fake, a scam by essential oil companies. So, what’s going on?

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (usually by smelling them or skin absorption) to promote health and well-being. People use aromatherapy for several reasons, such as using lavender oil to treat kidney stones. As great as these benefits may sound, there’s not much proof that aromatherapy is actually effective. Research is limited, and the few studies that have been done are small-scale and not the most reliable. It isn’t clear whether the results are caused by the essential oils used or if they are caused by other factors in the study and just correlated with the use of essential oils.

So, the medical benefits of aromatherapy may be a stretch, but there still may be some truth to other benefits. For example, there are claims that certain essential oils can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms. This makes sense because of the way the sense of smell works with the brain. Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory (smell) system, which sends a message to the limbic system (the part of the brain responsible for emotions). This process is why sometimes a smell can trigger a specific memory, such as a certain perfume making you think of the summer you wore it. So although there hasn’t been much research to confirm emotional responses to essential oils, people report feeling calm or relaxed from oils such as chamomile or lavender, so go ahead and try it!

Although it can’t hurt to try aromatherapy to see how it makes you feel, there are some risks associated with improper use. There are some claims that you should ingest essential oils or apply them directly to the skin without a carrier oil, but it is not a good idea to do that unless directly instructed to by a medical professional. Essential oils can be wonderful, as long as they are used properly. But with that, there’s no harm in putting a few drops of peppermint oil in a diffuser or using a lavender bath bomb. Even though there isn’t enough conclusive evidence to make a claim on whether aromatherapy is effective or not, it may be beneficial for some people. So, go ahead and relax with a chamomile bath bomb!

Why I Chose to Make my Bath Bombs Vegan

Something very important to me is that my bath bombs are always 100% vegan. But why does this matter so much? Well, the answer isn’t super straightforward, so let me explain.

When it comes to the topic of animal treatment, people usually fall into one of two groups: animal rights and animal welfare. The animal rights group believes that animals are not for human use or consumption in any way. These people usually are vegetarian or vegan. The animal welfare group believes that it is okay to use or consume animals, as long as it is done humanely and ethically. And although my products are vegan and I personally follow a vegetarian diet, I support animal welfare.

So, why don’t I use animal products even though I believe that humane animal use is okay? Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine exactly how the animal products we buy were produced. There are several FDA and USDA loopholes that companies can make, causing product labels to be misleading. For example, the term “free range” really only means that poultry have to have access to the outdoors for at least some time each day. Because of the vagueness of this rule, many companies take advantage of it. To avoid accidentally buying ingredients from a company that may mistreat animals, I don’t use animal products at all. Because of the way the industry is currently set up, Bubbles & Fizz is a 100% vegan business, not because I am against the use of animal products altogether, but to avoid supporting the mistreatment of animals.

Essential Oils vs. Fragrance oils: Is Natural Really Better?

“Don’t ever buy bath products with chemical ingredients!” “Only 100% natural essential oils are safe!” “Synthetic scents are bad for your health!” Sound familiar? Maybe your friend was going on a rant, you saw a label at Whole Foods, or read it on some website you found, but I’m willing to bet that everyone has heard these claims before. Many people have come to the conclusion that natural equals good and synthetic equals bad. But is this really true? The short answer is no, but there’s a little more to it than that. Because Bubbles & Fizz uses both essential oils and fragrance oils, I’m going to explain the difference to clear up any confusion.

First, we have to understand what each one is. Essential oils are extracted from plant sources. They are natural because they come from plants, but it is important to know that just because something is natural doesn’t mean it is perfectly fine and safe to use however you want. Remember, cyanide is also natural. Fragrance oils are commonly used in most bath products. They are synthetically made from chemical compounds that are not found in nature, so they aren’t natural, but that does not necessarily mean they are bad or unsafe. For example, the majority of medicine is man-made, and it is completely safe. I use both fragrance and essential oils in my bath bombs because they each serve different purposes. Essential oils are great for aromatherapy and earthy, woodsy, citrusy, and sometimes floral scents. Fragrance oils are used in place of plants that can’t have oils extracted from them, such as strawberry, watermelon, and apple, and also just for fun scents that aren’t found in nature, such as cupcake and gingerbread. 

So, why do so many people think that fragrance oils are bad because they are artificial? Well, the truth is that there are some bad fragrance oils out there that are cheaply made and aren’t great for you. But the problem is that people mistake the bad quality for being a result of “synthetic” instead of just being a cheap product. Products that contain harsh chemicals aren’t bad because they contain chemicals, they’re bad because the chemicals are harsh. To ensure the safety of my products, I always do extensive research on the fragrance oils I use. Even though not all Bubbles & Fizz bath bombs are all-natural, I always make sure that the ingredients are high-quality, vegan, and safe!

Holiday Bath Bombs!

The holidays are coming soon! That means it’s time to enjoy all of those things we only get for a short time each year: bringing trees inside, seeing your extended family (although, that one sometimes isn’t as enjoyable), watching Christmas movies,- and holiday bath bombs! For a limited time, I will be making candy cane and gingerbread scented bath bombs to celebrate this Christmas season. So when you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of people you have to buy gifts for, sick of the cold weather, or just looking for something to get you in a festive mood, unwind with a Bubbles & Fizz holiday bath bomb!