New bath bombs

Bath BombsThis weekend I was busy experimenting with some new bath bombs to add to our range. I came up with these Mango and Passionfruit heart-shaped bath bombs that have rose petals in them. I have to say I was pleased with the outcome! I tried some other ones in silicone mini cupcake moulds, but these did not really work as the mixture stuck to the silicone, even after they were fully dry, and they didn’t hold a definite shape. I will rethink the mould for this one. Plastic is definitely superior in this case.

Shower gel, bubble bath, whatever…

I saw a programme a few months ago that was exposing the bathing industry – DID YOU KNOW that shower gel and bubble bath/bath essence are exactly the same thing, but just labelled and sold as two different products? Scandal, I hear you cry! On my next visit to Superdrug (or was it Boots?), I picked up a bottle of Herbal Essences shower gel and the same fragrance in their bubble bath range – exactly the same ingredients and the bubble bath was twice the size and half the price! Following this revelation, I now buy bubble bath as a multi-use product; shower gel and bubble bath. Now that I think about it, when I was a teenager, I realised we had run out of bubble bath, so I squeezed some shower gel under the running tap instead and noted what amazing bubbles it produced… Always good to read the ingredients methinks.

What’s in it?

The soaps we make at the soap cabin are very different to your bog standard soap bars that you get at the supermarket. Our soaps are made of vegetable glycerin, with the addition of essential oils (or fragrance for our fruity varieties) and a hint of cosmetic colour and flowers, poppy seeds or pumice powder.

We always had Imperial Leather in our bathroom when I was growing up, and you somehow felt comfort in how squeaky it made your hands. So what is in it?

Ingredients: Aqua, sodium palmate, sodium palm kernelate, glycerin, talc, parfum, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, etidronic acid, coumarin, eugenol, linalool, benzyl benzoate, gerniol, citronellol, alpha-isomethyl ionone.

Commercial soaps are basically detergent and often heavily perfumed and extremely cheap to buy.

Talc is not only used in cosmetics, but also in paper making, plastic coatings, paint, rubber, electric cable and pharmaceuticals. Tetrasodium EDTA is a preservative made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. Etidronic acid is a chemical that prevents soap scum. Coumarin is a synthesized perfume. Of course these chemicals are not in their original state once processed and are therefore safe, but it doesn’t mean they are doing anything good for your skin.

You certainly won’t find these soaps in my bathroom nowadays!


With all the bad weather since Christmas, there have been sink holes opening up all over the UK. It was scary enough hearing about the one in someone’s driveway in High Wycombe that swallowed the car, but then a 20ft sink hole appeared 4 miles away in Croxley Green of all places! There was also one in Hemel Hempstead. Argh, they’re closing in! We’ve just got a lot of surface water here and large potholes that seem to have appeared over night. On the drive along Tilehouse Lane to Denham on Thursday morning, my car actually fell into a crater.