Being a bath bomb maker/creator beautifully colored water is a big thing in my life. So when I look at this gorgeous pink lake, Lake Hillier in Western Australia, my first thought is, 'What a great place to do an ad campaign for bath bombs.' Maybe I should call Mary Kay and pass on this brilliant suggestion?
Doesn't it look spectacular?
This is real and created by nature. If you want to read the scientific explanation its in decent laymen terms at Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Hillier and if you haven't seen the video that this photo came from, taken from a plane, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/SeeAustralia/videos/10155128936135909/
Getting back to my favorite topic: We bath 'artists' are all about creating amazing bath art, which ultimately changes the color of the water. There is a bit of thought required because when you mix colors they make other colors and brown water is not really as appealing as say, tropical blue. For example, the Christmas colors of red and green make brown.
The color of the water is the last part if you are making a fancy schmancy bath bomb, because then there should be a mesmerizing show to watch which is the beginning of the slow down, stop, relax process of me-time baths.
Below are some examples of colored water and bath art from bath bombs I've made.
Then there is the trick of making black water in bath bombs when using food coloring is the easiest and most effective way, but illegal if you are selling them in the US. Doesn't make sense to me that you can eat it but the FDA won't allow us to put a minuscule amount in a product that is then going to be diluted in a bath tub full of water? But I'm not taking them on!
The skinny on black bath bombs:
I have done a lot of experimenting in making black water bath bombs and there are some pretty gobsmacking disasters you can create. If one of the ingredients of a black bath bomb is activated charcoal ... Run! Took me a month of repeated cleaning for my bath tub to recover from that one. While activated charcoal is a wonderful ingredient in other products, for example, I love it in soap, its just not good in bath bombs when it hits the water!
Black oxide may leave sediment on the bottom of your tub but if an emulsifier has been used then it should rinse off easily (except maybe from those spots that you haven't cleaned properly, its a good way to find the bits you may have missed!) but don't worry, a bit of good ole Dawn will wash that off very easily.
The optimum way to create black water in baths is to mix primary colors, yep, just red, yellow and blue.
Personally I don't find it appealing to get into black water, probably a kick back from swimming in water holes as a kid and being afraid of what was deeper down in that dark water. Down there where you can't see the bottom and a piece of weed touches your foot and you just about walk on water to save your life. Oh, a reminiscent shudder.
Darkest water I was most scared of at age 10: Ingar Dam at Wentworth Falls in The Blue Mountains, Australia: http://www.truebluemountains.com.au/ingar-campground-wentworth-falls/
After this distraction, its back to creating this website. I need an elf... a team of elves!