Let’s get into the science of it all. Bath bombs are pretty unique—they’re made with citric acid and sodium bicarbonate, which dissolve in water and fill the tub with various heady fragrances and luxurious oils, as well as colorful detergents. If you’re new to the whole thing, start with a simple bomb in a gentle fragrance. Not only is the SunFeather Bodycare Vanilla Goat’s Milk Bath Bomb ($17.07) destined to soften your skin, it also won’t stain your tub.
There are a number of concerning reports about children accidentally ingesting detergent pods because they mistake them for candy. Those colorful pods are not unlike bath bombs, which is why it’s critical to keep your bath bombs out of reach of kids. And even when they aren’t within arm's reach, it’s a good idea to opt for non-toxic bath bombs that are free of harmful ingredients. I love Hugo Naturals Fizzy Bath Bombs ($4.99). They’re available in numerous scents, including soothing Sea Fennel & Passionflower. It’s fresh and relaxing, and it’s made with hydrating sweet almond oil and nourishing vitamin E.
What good is a soak in the tub if you spend the next hour scrubbing an unsightly ring of color from its walls? Opt for a bath bomb that promises to leave your tub just as it was before, such as Yumscents Bath Bombs ($3.50). Available in plenty of fragrances (including unique options like Amaretto Nog and Blackberry Frankincense), the bombs brighten your bathwater without dyeing your tub.
I tested so many bath bombs last year that I couldn’t actually decide on the best of the best—until I came across Fizz & Bubble Bath Fizzies ($7). Not only do they look beautiful, but they also offer everything you could possibly want from a bath bomb. They’re infused with eight gentle oils, including avocado, grape seed, and olive, and are made with mica clay that doesn’t leave stains. Try the effervescent Rose Garden (it’s topped with real dried rose petals!) for a skin-softening treat.
Made with essential oils and Epsom salts, ME! Bath Ice Cream ($6.99) is a guilt-free indulgence that’s good to your skin. I’m partial to the Land of Milk N Honey, which imparts a gentle, creamy fragrance and leaves skin especially soft—even sensitive types like mine. Honey and milk are naturally soothing, and this formula contains both honey powder and nonfat dried milk.
Aromatherapaes bath bombs are made with 95% natural ingredients; the remaining components are safe synthetics that cannot be substituted with anything natural. I’m a believer in the Detox Therapy Effervescent ($3), which delivers an enigmatic blend of grapefruit and ginger. It’s an instant pick-me-up and a natural toxin buster.