An Insider's Guide to the Best Bath Bombs | Tub Therapy
Bath bombs are a popular way to pamper yourself after a long, stressful day or when you just need a little pick-me-up. They come in a bevy of delightful shades that magically transform your plain bathwater into a fizzing kaleidoscope which makes for a highly entertaining soak. From various colors, scents, shapes and formulations - the combinations are endless.
As bomb afficionados and DIY-ers, we’ve already tried them all! To help you cut through the clutter and find what you need to soak with confidence, continue reading below for an inside scoop of the best spherical delights:
1. Scented Bath Bombs
Scented bath bombs are made with essential oil or fragrance oil blends that provide aromatherapy benefits.
Most people enjoy a scented bath bomb to boost feelings of relaxation while soaking in the tub. If you’re looking for therapeutic relief from colds, coughs, or an inflamed throat, you may want to look for bath bombs that are made with expectorant oils such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Tea Tree. For a soothing and relaxing aroma, pick something with Lavender, Ylang Ylang, or Chamomile.
While many people enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of a bath bomb soak, scent plays another important role. Fragrance has the power to stir vivid memories and emotions, evoking nostalgic feelings that trigger the release of dopamine - a brain chemical that is most notably involved in helping us feel pleasure.
At Tub Therapy, our bath bombs are made with playful and unique-smelling scents that bring to life your favorite things, places and memories. Even better news, our scents are IFRA-certified and made without Phthalates so you can safely soak in the tantalizing aroma.
Recommended: Tub Therapy Merlot Wine Fizzy CBD Bath Bomb, $15
2. Moisturizing Bath Bombs
Bath Bombs are mainly a combination of baking soda and citric acid, the two most important ingredients that allow bath bombs to create the iconic fizzing effect when dropped in water. The most basic bath bombs are made with just these two ingredients and a binder; however, while it’s easier to make bath bombs with few ingredients, the best bath bombs are filled to the brim with beneficial emollients for that extra boost of wellness.
Bath bombs made with plant-based fats and emollients make for a safe and moisturizing bath experience as well as providing natural relief from ugly skin symptoms. When the bath bomb dissolves in water, it slowly releases the emollients and softeners in your bath water so you can bask in a tub of hydrating oils, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.
Always look out for bath bombs that contain a range of skin-friendly ingredients. Case in point? Tub Therapy bath bombs are formulated with carefully curated ingredients like Organic Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil and CBD Oil that are nourishing additions to your bathwater so you can step out of the tub with soft, supple skin.
Recommended: Tub Therapy Oatmeal MIlk & Honey Fizzy CBD Bath Bomb, $15
3. CBD Bath Bombs
CBD bath bombs are a luxurious take on traditional bath bombs. These balls of bliss are infused with the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of the hemp plant that has been known to contain a host of skin benefits proven to repair the skin and prevent it from further damages.
Studies have shown that when applied on skin, CBD can combat signs of aging, prevent acne, soothe dry skin, moisturize, serve as an antibacterial agent for skin infections and help augment the skin’s healing process.
While you loosen up in the tub, CBD bath bombs work by helping sooth mild physical discomfort and aiding your skin with its skin-healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies also show that CBD’s localized effects that come from transdermal absorption are felt immediately at the area of absorption and because heat expedites the process of absorption into the skin through the pores, this means you're more likely to feel CBD’s immediate and direct effects resulting in an ultra-relaxing soak.
Recommended: Tub Therapy Whiskey Highball Fizzy CBD Bath Bomb, $15
4. Salt Bombs
Salt bombs are bath bombs made with benefiical salts such as Himalayan Pink Salt, Sea Salt and Epsom Salt. Among the incredible benefits of salts for baths is that they detoxify and absorb toxins from the skin as well as relieving a host of skin conditions from acne to arthritis.
While the more popular Epsom salt can help reduce swelling and ease muscle tension just like sea salts do, Epsom Salt is actually not salt. It is a 100% natural compound of magnesium and sulfate that helps regulate the magnesium levels in the body, leading to the production of serotonin which is a hormone that soothes and helps relax, making it a popular choice among bathers.
For a more conditioning effect on the skin, look for bath bombs made with sea salt instead (like Tub Therapy bath bombs). Since sea salt does not go through the same manufacturing process as table salt, the bounty of minerals and nutrients from the ocean remain, providing many skin benefits. It is known to rejuvenate, cleanse and hydrate the skin to give you a smoother, younger and glowing complexion. Other benefits include antiseptic effects, gently exfoliating and softening the skin and reducing fluid retention.
Recommended: Tub Therapy Champagne Pop Fizzy CBD Bath Bomb, $15
5. Natural Bath Bombs
Natural bath bombs are free of toxic, fillers, and harsh chemicals but are made with oils and emollients found in nature that are naturally built-in with a multitude of healing and antioxidant properties to repair the skin without disrupting your skin’s pH balance, making it a gentler choice for those with sensitive skin.
Additionally, natural bath bombs don’t require artificial preservatives which makes it a safer and better option than commercial bath bombs that are most likely produced with parabens and other irritating detergents. The everyday ingredients that are used to make Tub Therapy bath bombs are natural preservatives in themselves as opposed to mass-produced bath bombs that may rely on a chemical makeup. In fact, our bath bombs don’t grow molds which are common to see in organic skincare products.
Although we usually recommend that you use your bath bomb within six months from purchase, the only enemy that can cause your bath bomb to age is humidity. The solution? Just store them in an airtight container for a shell life well over a year.
Recommended: Tub Therapy Blueberry Fizzy Bath Bomb, $9
Whether you enjoy bath bombs for their aromatherapy benefits or moisturizing qualities, the best bath bomb will instantly take bath time to the next level. To help you get the most of your me-time, Tub Therapy created an explosive bath ball that not only oozes a fizzy charm but combines all the best features - fragrant, moisturizing, natural, and packed with the healing goodness of CBD and sea salt - to help you safely enjoy what can be quite a monotonous event and will have your coming out of the tub with soft, glowing skin and a cheek-to-cheek grin.