Let’s face it we all have to bathe – whether we take a quick shower or a long indulgent soak, the primary purpose of bathing is to clean our skin. In ancient times communal bath houses were used by communities as a place to bathe, relax and socialise. Evidence of elaborate bath houses have been excavated from archaeological sites in ancient Greece and Rome. Bathing was also a form of religious ritual. As the cultures of society changed throughout the different empires and eras bathing practices changed as well. During the dark ages the bath houses and aqueducts were not maintained and thus crumbled. Hygiene suffered and illness increased. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that bathing and hygiene was considered necessary to help prevent the spread of disease.
However, bathing doesn’t just need to be functional – we want to help turn your bathing experience into an easy indulgence that is good for you! As with our soaps, the Soap Bar uses the finest ingredients in carefully formulated recipes to provide you with hand made bath bombs to give you the perfect bathing experience.
Most of us lead busy lives, and we usually don't look after ourselves enough. Some of us have children we need to get ready for school, supervise homework and take to their extracurricular activities. Some of us have infants and toddlers as well that cause nocturnal disruptions which in turn leads to lack of sleep. Some of us have stressful work roles and long commutes. We are so good at putting the needs of everyone else above our own.
When we were children, chances are we fought bath time, both getting in and getting out! Children love to drop a bath bomb in the bath and hop in as it fizzes away. As we get older and busier we realise there is nothing quite as relaxing as coming home after a busy day; feeling rushed and stressed, running a warm bath, lighting some candles, burning some essential oils, turning on some relaxing music and dropping a bath bomb in the water. We watch mesmerised as it fizzes away, releasing its goodness into the water. As we relax our skin absorbs the goodness of the oils and the essential oil aromas surround us to help calm spirit and mind. A long soak in a bath is often the key to a good night’s sleep.
The Soap Bar bath bombs are handmade with sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, which together soften the water, condition the skin and provide the fizzy fun. We also add generous amounts of apricot kernel oil and cocoa butter. Apricot kernel oil is a light oil obtained from the seeds of apricots it is high in Vitamins A and E, both essential for healthy skin. It deeply penetrates the skin leaving it soft and supple. Cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids which helps to repair and maintain the skins protective barrier enabling it to retain moisture and suppleness. These two ingredients provide the moisture and nourishment our skin needs. The Soap bar bath bombs also contain milk powder – Cleopatra is attributed to promoting the skin benefits of bathing in milk. The lactic acid in milk acts as gentle exfoliant helping to restore suppleness to our skin.
Our scents are careful blends of pure essential oils, each one designed for a different purpose, be it energising or soothing, uplifting or calming. The aroma is released into the bath for us to both breathe and absorb through our skin.