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Are Bath Bombs Better Than Bubble Bars?

On the surface, bath bombs and bubble baths look the same but theyíre actually different. To make things simple, bath bombs fizzle while bath bars create foam.


When a weak acid like citric acid is added with a base like sodium bicarbonate, they are inert. But when they are added to water, they neutralize each otherís reaction. Carbon dioxide is released into the water along with sodium citrate. Thus, a fizzing activity happens. These neutralization breaks down the bath bomb which then releases the other ingredients such as fragrances, surprises, essential oils and colorants.

Amongst the benefits of bath bombs is the moisturizing effect it does for the skin. These bath products also relaxes the mind and body. Bath bombs also contain bath salts that help soften the water.

But with all the wonderful benefits that bath bombs have to offer, they can be a disaster sometimes. Sensitive skin wonít love bath bombs. It is because bath bombs contain preservatives, additives like dyes and fragrances and glitters.

Not all bath bombs have glitters but if they have, they are mesmerizing. However, glitters can have adverse effects to the skin and the environment. Thatís why, experts believe that after using bath bombs with glitters, one has to wash in order to remove the shiny effect on your skin.

This is where bubble baths come in. Bubble baths are surfactant that helps remove glitter from the skin and the tub. Instead of creating fizz, these bathing products build up and create foam.

Bubble bars are the least favorite and least common bath product. They are not as enticing as bath bombs are but they are excellent choices when you are looking for a more bubbly and foamy bath.

So what makes them bubble? Bubble bars do contain foaming agent called sodium cocoyl isethionate or SCI. They can be solid like bath bombs or liquid. Just like bath bombs, essential oils are added along with colorants and fragrances. But unlike bath bombs that effervesce when added to water, bubble bath must be allowed to crumble first before adding to warm water.

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Bath bombs contain lesser nasty chemicals than bubble bars. They tend to do a little to less skin irritation depending on the skin type because they contain natural and organic ingredients.

Bubble baths, on the other hand, can contain discreet chemicals you may never even know or heard. These can be pretty alarming especially if your child is going to use it.

However, bath bombs need to be stored in an airtight container unlike bubble baths. Bath bombs can crumble whilst bubble bars wonít. Unless you store it, it can be travel-friendly.

The dyes or colorants that stain your tub from using bath bombs can be a strenuous cleaning job. Unless youíd like to sweat it out, then no worries.

Bath bombs are expensive whilst bubble baths are relatively cheaper, especially those that are in liquid bottle can last twice or as much as a single bath bomb. Unfortunately, liquid bottles can pile up to plastic waste pollution.

If you are thinking of what to give as a present, bath bombs can either come as they are or can be packaged plainly because the product itself is already a standout.

In conclusion, when it comes to bath bomb or bubble bath, neither is better than the other. It entirely depends on your own preference and needs. Both of these products have clear advantages and disadvantages.

If you want a foamy and bubbly bath then use a bubble bath. If you want a fizzy bath, drop a bath bomb into the tub. Either way, you can relax, which is the point by the way.

The good news is, both can be used together. You can drop a bath bomb and enjoy the fizzy effect and if you want to add in bubbles, crumble or mix a bubble bath in it. Itís a colorful, fragrant, bubbly, fizzy and relaxing bath experience! All in one.

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