Bath bombs have a fizzing, overly-scented and garishly coloured reputation, but right now they are making a bid to reclaim their reputation . Newer options use natural ingredients and good-for skin oils so your body feels great and your mind soothed with aromatic elements.
Let’s face it, having the time and inclination for a leisurely soak is a luxury itself, but adding a sensorial upgrade in the form of a dissolving bath soak, bath bomb or tablet that includes skin-nourishing ingredients and subtle, beautiful scent takes the tub to a whole new level.
Extra points when there’s elements of dried flower petals for that luxe spa vibe!
Here are our pick of the best bath additives so you can soak the day away.
The brand is partly responsible for establishing the (admittedly fun) craze for multi-coloured, glitter filled and strongly scented bath bombs, Lush also has some more low-key options like Butterball, which sees Fair trade organic cocoa butter disperse into your bath to leave skin soft and hydrated and scented with ylang ylang.
These tongue in cheek ‘Chill Pills’ bath bombs are even shaped like pills, and have a soothing aroma of jasmine and rose as well as containing natural hemp, jojoba and safflower seed oils to leave skin in great shape long after you exit the tub.
Don’t expect any fizzing, but this beautiful bath soak is well worth a try. It contains dead sea and epsom salts as well as pink and white French clay, intended to gently cleanse skin. The sprinkle of red rose petals adds a desirable aesthetic to your soak.
We were initially beguiled by the clever twisted tube packaging but the thoughtfully created blends in NZ brand Botanical’s bath bombs had us convinced. This sweet orange and calendula version calms the skin and gives you a little aromatic pick me up in the process.
These all-natural bath bombs aren’t overwhelmingly large but they create a great fizz and the fruity scents – there are watermelon, strawberry and grape versions – are a hit with young and the young-at-heart.
Yes it’s bright but we couldn’t resist including Anihana’s raspberry marshmallow bath bomb, for the sweet tooths among us. Made with natural ingredients including coconut oil it’s a more vibrant option if you do enjoy a touch of colour in the water.