So, we’re going to paint a picture.
After a hard day at work, you want nothing more than to unwind. From your office desk, you hear a long, relaxing bath calling you.
Inspired, on your break, you head to the shops with a mission: buy a bath bomb or bubble bath for a little treat yourself moment.
But then, you’re faced with a problem in the form of an endless selection of products, including bubble bars – a seeming marriage of the two, bubble bath and bath bombs.
In this blog post, we will break down the difference between bath bombs and bubble bars as well as explain how to use a bubble bath bomb.
Chances are you’ve seen these joyful, colourful spheres being sold in the shops.
These sherbet-like bonbons are designed to dissolve and fizz when you place them in the bath. They release a scent, and as they do, the water transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours.
Typically, bath bombs are made from three core ingredients:
- Baking soda
- Citric acid
From here, companies add their own moisturising elements.
Before we move on, we just have one tip for people shopping for bath bombs: please steer clear of any products that use glitter which is not eco-friendly. These particles, while pretty, can have a disastrous effect on the environment and our native wildlife.
If you want to learn more have a read of our blog post, what is a bath bomb.
Now, bubble bath bombs are the next evolution of their namesake.
Not to confuse things, but you may have also seen a similar product referred to as bubble bars.
Whether they are round or rectangular, the shape doesn’t matter. Essentially, both are solid forms of the liquid bubble bath we all fell in love with as kids… only they’re more indulgent and better for you.
Bubble bars and bubble bath bombs are designed to create a luxurious, creamy bath with bubbles-a-plenty.
Now, the core ingredients here are pretty much the same as bath bombs, but the bubble variety differs slightly in that it is chockful of oils and butters which help to keep skin healthy.
For instance, at Raw Beauty Box, we use three different skin-lovers. For the sake of transparency these are:
- Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
- Cocoa Butter
- Mango Butter
We also have a vast array of fragrances to choose from: everything from coconut and lime to marshmallow, to unicorn poop – a magical fragrance that must be experienced to be believed.
Now, Raw Beauty Box’s bath bombs and bubble bath bombs are pretty easy to use. We dare you to try and mess it up.
All you have to do is add either product to warm, running water. This activates the natural ingredients and allows them to do their thing.
With bubble bath bombs, you’ll want to hold the sphere under running water. This creates the best, and highest, bubbles ever.
Rectangular bubble bars work a little differently when compared to standard bath bombs.
For these products, it’s recommended bath-goers break off a small portion of the bar, roughly about a quarter to a third. From here, you will need to massage the bar under running water. This helps to create the mound of bubbles you will then chill out in.
Top tip: the more water used, the higher the mound of bubbles.
Now we don’t know about you, but this massaging business sounds like a lot of effort in what is essentially your downtime.
That is why we created the bubble bath bomb. It’s minimal work, with maximum reward.
If you’re weighing up the pros and cons of a bubble bar vs bath bombs, or bath bombs vs bubble bars, depending on what you’re more familiar with, we have a simple trick to help you choose.
Remember when we painted that very vivid scene in the opening paragraph?
Well, you have to ask yourself, what did you picture from your bath time?
If you were after a fizzing effect, with a stack of colour and drama, then you will want to buy a bath bomb.
On the flip side, if you pictured bubbles galore, you would want to purchase a bubble bar or bubble bath bomb.
There are still some differences between these two products. We discussed one above – namely how to use them. Bubble bars are a lot more work, but as you’re breaking sections off you get more from one bar.
Whereas bubble bath bombs are low effort and low maintenance. You simply pop them underwater, and they will dissolve and generate a lather. However, they are a one-time use deal.
It depends on your preference.
If, after all of this, you are still weighing up the pros and cons between bubble bars and bath bombs then go for the bubble bath bomb as it’s a happy medium between the two.
We hope this helps.
And hey, at least you can rest easy in the knowledge that at the end of the day there is NO wrong answer. Have fun, and experiment!
If you found this blog post useful, please check out our article explaining the wonderful world of bath dust. Yes we know, this is just another amazing bath time experience to consider!
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