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Are bath salts better than bath bombs?

Are bath salts better than bath bombs?

In the world of bath enthusiasts, it often seems like there are only two camps: the die-hard bath bomb aficionados and the devoted bath salt fans. But hey, is it really that cut and dry?

As a business specializing in CBD bath bombs, we're frequently asked: "When will you start selling bath salts?" Oh, they’re out there alright - there's a dedicated group of bath salt connoisseurs who are just as passionate about their soak time as their bomb-loving counterparts, if not more so. It's enough to make you wonder: are bath salts better than bath bombs? 

If you're a die-hard bath bomb fan who's never taken the plunge into the world of bath salts, buckle up – this blog's for you. And if you're a salt aficionado who's never dabbled in the fizz and fun of bath bombs, prepare for an eye-opening experience. And hey, if you're one of those rare souls who's yet to experience either, stick around – by the end of this, you'll know which side of the tub you want to be on.

Let's kick things off by getting to know our bubbly contenders: the bath salt and the bath bomb

What are bath salts?

Bath salts are crystalline substances made primarily from Epsom salt or sea salt, often infused with essential oils or herbs. They are designed to be dissolved in bathwater, where they release minerals and fragrances, offering therapeutic benefits such as muscle relaxation, stress relief, and skin nourishment. Unlike bath bombs, bath salts don't fizz but instead dissolve slowly, enriching the bath with their aromatic essence and beneficial properties.

What are bath bombs?

A bath bomb is a compacted mixture of dry ingredients, typically including baking soda, citric acid, and various fragrant oils or scents. Shaped like a ball or sometimes other fun designs, it's designed to be dropped into bathwater. As it fizzes and dissolves, it releases its aromatic oils and colorants, transforming your bath into a soothing and sensory experience.


The Ingredients

  • Bath salts typically contain mineral-rich compounds like Epsom salt or sea salt, often infused with essential oils or herbs for added aromatherapy benefits.
  • On the other hand, bath bombs blend ingredients such as baking soda, citric acid, and essential oils, creating the fizzing effect. Notably, bath bombs also incorporate colorants, like dyes or pigments, to impart vibrant hues to the bathwater, enhancing the sensory experience.
Additionally, some bath bombs may include moisturizing butters and natural oils, offering skincare benefits alongside relaxation and indulgence.

Function or Purpose

  • Bath salts are the OGs of relaxation, renowned for their ability to ease muscle tension and promote a sense of calm. Whether you've had a rough day at work or an intense workout at the gym, a soak with bath salts can work wonders for your weary body and mind.
  • Bath bombs, on the other hand, are more about the experience. Sure, they can leave your skin feeling soft and smelling divine, but their true magic lies in the spectacle they create. Drop one into your tub and watch as it fizzes and froths, releasing a kaleidoscope of colors and scents that turn your bath into a sensory extravaganza.


    • When it comes to cost, bath salts are typically the more budget-friendly option. You can find them at just about any drugstore or supermarket for a few bucks, making them accessible to even the most frugal of bath enthusiasts. 

    Some bath salts infused with CBD may be pricier than traditional varieties due to the added expense of incorporating this sought-after ingredient. CBD-infused products often command a premium due to the perceived benefits associated with CBD for relaxation and skincare.

    • Bath bombs are a bit pricier than bath salts, especially if you're splurging on artisanal varieties. While you can certainly find affordable options, indulging in a luxurious bath bomb experience can sometimes come with a heftier price tag. 

    High-quality bath bombs often contain additional skincare ingredients like moisturizing butters, natural oils, or even luxurious additives such as CBD. The cost of these ingredients can significantly contribute to the overall price of the bath bomb. 

    Certain bath bombs feature surprises inside, such as small toys for kids or even jewelry. This added novelty factor can significantly increase the cost of production, as manufacturers must factor in the expense of including these surprise items. 



    • In the packaging department, bath bombs take the cake for sheer visual appeal. With their vibrant colors and whimsical shapes, they practically beg to be displayed on your bathroom counter like miniature works of art.
    • Bath salts, on the other hand, tend to come in more utilitarian packaging, often housed in simple plastic bags or jars. While they may lack the eye-catching allure of bath bombs, their no-nonsense packaging gets the job done without any frills or fuss.

      Ease of Use

      • When it comes to simplicity, bath bombs take the crown with their effortless one-step application. Just drop one ball into the tub, and presto – your relaxation session begins. No need to fumble with measuring out salts or worrying about getting the proportions just right. It's a hassle-free experience that even the busiest bath enthusiasts can appreciate.
      • However, bath salts offer a touch more flexibility in terms of customization. You have the freedom to adjust the amount of salts according to your preferences, whether you're craving a subtle hint of fragrance or a full-on immersion in relaxation.
      Plus, their quick-dissolving nature means you won't be left sitting in a gritty bath, ensuring a smooth and luxurious soak every time. So, while bath bombs may win on convenience, bath salts still hold their own when it comes to versatility.

      Sensory Experience

      Ah, the pièce de résistance – the sensory experience. This is where both bath salts and bath bombs truly shine, each offering a unique olfactory journey that tantalizes the senses.

      • Bath salts envelop you in a cloud of soothing aromas, from the calming scent of lavender to the invigorating aroma of eucalyptus. As you soak, the warm water helps to release these fragrances, turning your bath into a veritable aromatherapy session.
      • Meanwhile, bath bombs dazzle you with a symphony of colors and scents, transforming your tub into a technicolor dreamscape. Whether you prefer the sweet scent of vanilla or the zesty aroma of citrus, there's a bath bomb out there to suit every mood and preference.

        What we recommend

        But wait, here's where it gets even better: imagine a bath bomb infused with Epsom saltBy combining the convenience of a bath bomb with the muscle-relaxing benefits of Epsom salt, you get the best of both worlds – a win-win experience for your body and mind. So, whether you're unwinding after a long day or simply indulging in a bit of self-care, a bath bomb made with Epsom salt is sure to elevate your bath time to new heights of bliss.


        It's a win-win: Lemon Jasmine Mimosa CBD Bath bomb made with Epsom salt, $15 each


        Our verdict?

        In conclusion, the age-old debate of whether bath salts are better than bath bombs ultimately boils down to personal preference. As self-proclaimed bath bomb enthusiasts, we may be biased towards the fizz and fragrance of these delightful spheres of relaxation. However, we're also not one to shy away from the occasional indulgence in bath salts to spice up our bathing routine.

        Ultimately, the best way to indulge in a sensory and therapeutic bath experience is to find a product that aligns with your preferences and needs. For those seeking a multi-dimensional indulgence, bath bombs made with Epsom salt, such as the Tub Therapy Soakshow CBD Bath Bombs, offer a perfect fusion of relaxation, skincare, and added benefits like CBD infusion for extra soothing effects.

        Whether you choose bath salts, bath bombs, or a combination of both, remember that bath time is your quiet sanctuary, a moment to unwind and rejuvenate. So, whatever floats your boat, make sure to savor every blissful moment of your me-time in the tub.

        Happy soaking!