So you've just purchased or just been given your very first bath bomb / bubble bar gift set. But you've never used these products before. Or maybe you've been using bath bombs for a while and keep hearing about bubble bath bars, and are curious to try them but aren't sure what the heck the difference is between them!
These are common questions that we're asked fairly frequently, so lets take a look at each of these products and learn what they are, what they do, and what the difference is between a bath bomb and a bubble bath bar.
What is it?
A Bath Bomb, in it's simplest form, is a product you add to your bath water that fizzes like a giant alkaseltzer. They come in many different, shapes, sizes, fragrances, and colors, but at the end of the day they're all meant to improve the quality of your bath time experience. Some do this by making pretty colors on the surface of the water. Others color the water directly, and still others release various salts and oils, such Epsom Salt and coconut oil, into the water.
*PRO TIP: Soakey Dokey bath bombs do all of the above ;)
Bubble Bath Bar:
Bubble Bath Bars, while similar to Bath Bombs in that they enhance your bath time experience, take a somewhat different approach. As the name suggests, these products are primarily bubble bath, only instead of being liquid, they're solid (kind of.) And where a bath bomb might fizz and foam in your tub, a bubble bath bar's main focus is to produce mounds and mounds of bubbles!
Much like bath bombs, many of these are scented and add a nice fragrance to your bath time. However, unlike bath bombs one bubble bath bar should get you 2-3 bath nights worth of bubbles. :)
How do I use it?
Bath Bombs are about as easy a product you can use. You can check out our blog post on it here for more details (please?), but the short version is to simply fill up your tub with water, unwrap your bath bomb from it's packaging, and plop it right into the water. That's it! The bath bomb will take it from there :)
Bubble Bath Bars:
While still easy to use, Bubble Bath Bars are a little different in operation. If you unwrap your bubble bath bar and just plop it in the tub, you're sure to be disappointed as it will just kind of, well, do nothing. And for people who are new to these products this is a fairly common first experience with bubble bath bars (this is literally what I did the first time I ever used one).
To use your bubble bath bar properly, you'll want to break off a chunk roughly 1/4 to 1/3 of the bar, and while the water is running, gently massage the piece of the bar under the running water. The disruption from the running water is what leads to the creation of your mounds of bubbles, and the higher you have the water turned up the more bubbles you'll produce! Using a bubble bath bar also eliminates the problem of pouring liquid bubble bath into the tub, only to have the running water make a few bubbles and then push the rest of the bubble bath to the back of the tub!
How do I tell the Difference?
As mentioned above, there are a couple of core differences between how bath bombs and bubble bath bars perform, but the big question is 'how to do I know which is a bath bomb and is which is a bubble bath bar?
More than any other characteristic, the answer to this question simply comes down to feel. Bath bombs are typically very hard. If you tap your finger against one you should feel a satisfying clinking sound, almost like it's made out of porous rock. Bubble bath bars on the other hand have much more of a doughy / clay like feel to them.
And while both products are available in a whole host of shapes and sizes, an easy test you can perform to be certain is to simply push your fingernail into it. If it's a bath bomb, it should more or less resist your fingernail, whereas a bubble bath bar will yield to the pressure and your fingernail will leave a little indent in the bar.
Another point to keep in mind is that, generally speaking, bubble bath bars are meant to be broken into smaller pieces, where bath bombs aren't. So if you can gently break a piece off your product, it's probably a bubble bath bar (if you can gently break a piece off of it and it turns out it's actually a bath bomb, contact your retailer for a refund!)
And now for the big question:
Which is better?
I really hope you didn't expect Me to answer that question, because I've been asking myself precisely that for YEARS to no avail!
Ultimately, it comes down to your personal bathing preference. If you like pretty bath art with lots of foamy colorful swirls, than bath bombs are probably more for you. If you like to be immersed in big mounds of bubbles, than a bubble bath bar is likely more your style.
But the very best part about Bath Bombs and Bubble Bath Bars, is that you can use them both, at the same time, and have a colorful, fragrant, bubble filled relaxing bath while you try not to worry about what people will think about your most recent blog post! ; )
What are your thoughts?
Do you have a preference to bath bombs over bubble bath bars?
Is there a point of interest that I didn't list in my comparison?
Are there other bath product topics you'd like covered in a future blog?
Leave a comment below and let us know what YOU think!
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