Jelani Jones loves watching anime cartoons and going to amusement parks with friends. When she’s not doing those things, she manages a business! The 13-year-old from Fredericksburg, Virginia,
makes and sells bath bombs. These hardened mixtures dissolve in bathwater, adding color and scent to the bath.
When Jelani was 9 years old, she attended a class at a local store on how to make bath products. “There, I learned the science behind bath bombs,” she says. Working with her family, Jelani used what she learned to start her business, Lani Boo Bath.
Bath bombs have two main ingredients: baking soda and citric acid, the sour substance found in lemons and oranges. When the ingredients get wet, a chemical reaction takes place between them, producing bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. As the bubbles pop, they release scent into the air. The dissolving mixture also adds colors to the water.
Since 2017, Jelani has sold about 2,500 bath bombs online and at events. She’s now using her business knowledge in new ways. Today, she spends much of her time talking to groups of kids about how they can start their own businesses. Jelani recently spoke with SuperScience about her work.