There are various aromatherapy bath products to choose from, ISP
There are various aromatherapy bath products to choose from, ISP

There are a myriad of different bath and body products which you can buy or make yourself and sometimes the terms used to describe each one merge into one. If you are wanting to make your own natural bath products, bath bombs and bath melts are two terms that you will probably become familiar with. Although bath bombs have been around for a while, bath melts, as described here, are a more recent discovery. This post describes the difference between bath bombs and bath melts, based on the author’s own experience and training. 

What is a Bath Bomb? 

In simple terms, a bath bomb fizzes – which is probably why you will sometimes find that bath bombs are also described as bath fizzies. The main ingredients of a bath bomb combine together to cause a chemical reaction that produces the fizzing effect. If you are wondering why a bath bomb fizzes, it is described in more detail in my post, Why Does a Bath Bomb Fizz? 

Bath bombs are not always easy to make because you have to combine just the right amount of water with the other ingredients to make it fizz when added to the bath – but not before! Bath bombs are loved by children (and adults who are seeking to release the inner child in them!) because of the fizzing effect when you add them to the bath water. 

What is a Bath Melt? 

A bath melt is a more subtle release of ingredients into the bath water. Basically, the warmth of the bath water melts the ingredients that go together to make up a bath melt. Bath melts go by various other names, including tub truffles and tub treats; you may even find a bath bomb described as a bath melt but bath melts, as discussed in this post, are made up of different ingredients. 

The Ingredients Used to Make Bath Bombs 

Bath bombs contain the following basic ingredients: 

  • bicarbonate of soda

  • citric acid

  • carrier oils

  • essential oils

  • water. 

The Ingredients Used to Make Bath Melts 

Bath melts contain the following basic ingredients: 

  • butters

  • carrier oils

  • essential oils. 

Bath Bomb or Bath Melt? 

In summary, if you asked me to describe the main difference between bath bombs and bath melts, I would ask you to consider this scenario. If you are familiar with the fable The Tortoise and the Hare, I would describe bath melts as the tortoise and bath bombs as the hare. One is fast and quick, the other slow and methodical – but they both get there in the end! It all depends on your preferred mode of transport! And both contain great, natural ingredients for skin care. 

Make Your Own Bath Bombs and Bath Melts 

Bath bombs and bath melts are just two of six different bath products discussed in the Sedona Aromatherapie Basic Bath Products with Essential Oils course. This comprehensive course has detailed instructions and recipes for making various natural bath products, including information on the ingredients used to make each product and profiles of essential oils, carrier oils and butters. 

To learn more about this course visit the Sedona Aromatherapie Basic Bath Products with Essential Oils web page, or visit the courses home page for details on other courses offered by Sedona Aromatherapie.

Have fun!

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