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Bombs away: Chemistry Club fights stress with science

Colorado State University’s Chemistry Club is putting the “bomb” in “bath bomb”. 

The club is making and selling bath bombs to send members of the group to the American Chemistry Society conference this spring. They will be selling these bath bombs on Feb. 11 and 12 within the Lory Student Center flea market.

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The bath bombs are being sold in half-spheres for $5 a piece in five different scents: tea tree, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint.

The idea behind selling bath bombs as half-spheres instead of the full ball is because college students do not always have access to a bathtub, but just about everyone has access to a shower.

Bianca and Nathan make bath bombs
Bianca Hodge Pardo, an undeclared freshman, and Nathan Sommers, a junior buisness major, make bath bombs for Colorado State University Chemistry club’s fundraiser for their trip to the annual American Chemical Society conference. (Julia Trowbridge | Collegian)

“So you’re not like bathing in it, but you’re still getting the whole fizz, the smell … it’s like aromatherapy,” said Luca Zocchi, Chemistry Club demo specialist. “A lot of people could take the time out of their day to de-stress.”

The reason they are selling them at the flea market for $5 is partly modeled after other organizations that have similar fundraising tactics. 

“I have friends in the horticulture club and they make bank selling succulents for five bucks,” Zocchi said. “So we test ran the bath bomb idea at a chem club meeting. It went over quite well, so we thought, ‘Can we make this a marketable concept?’ And this is our first go at trying to have another revenue stream for the club that brings members together.”

Previously, a fair amount of money for the Chemistry Club came from a fundraiser in which they sold safety glasses to general chemistry students. Bath bombs, on the other hand, are a way to add a little more variety to their means of fundraising.

“This is something that we have a lot more control over,” said Jake Neuwirth, Chemistry Club President. “There’s a lot more we can do with this fundraiser, which is more exciting.”

The money made from the fundraiser will be used by the Club to send members to the American Chemical Society conference, which will give students the opportunity to further learn and discuss chemistry. 

Chemistry club is a collection of people who are interested in the fun side of chemistry”-Jake Neuwirth, Chemistry Club President.<

“We get to go to a conference at the end of every year, supported by fundraising activities such as this bath bomb activity,” Neuwirth said. “This year we’re sending 14 people there. Essentially, it’s a four-day conference where we have opportunities to go to as many talks as we’d like from different branches of chemistry. Physical chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, whatever it may be, and it’s also a trip down to Orlando.”

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Zocchi said because of the Chemistry’s Club increasing membership, different types of fundraising are needed to sustain it. 

“There are only so many people that take lab classes, so that’s not really an expanding model of revenue for us,” Zocchi said. “So the ability to have another revenue stream does help the club. We can buy more chemicals to do more interactive experiments, because the more interactive experiments are, they get pricier, because they use chemicals that we can’t like reuse.”

The group is not exclusive to chemistry majors and is ultimately oriented towards people who are just curious about what chemistry can do.

“(The) Chemistry club is a collection of people who are interested in the fun side of chemistry, Neuwirth said. “There are a lot of fun activities that you can do. Bill Nye the science guy-like activities,” Zocchi.

 Chemistry Club will be selling bath bombs on Feb. 11 and 12 in the Lory Student Center. 

Collegian reporter Maddie Wright can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @maddierwright.

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