Shower Bombs: Are they Worth Your Money?
At this point most people, or at least people who are passionate about a great bathing experience, are familiar with bath bombs.
Bath bombs are an essential oil, baking soda, dye, and citric acid combination that you can toss into your bathtub. The mixture erupts in the water, leaving a great smelling colorful mixture that leaves your skin fragrant and soft.
Bath bombs are simply divine, and I rarely bath without them since the inception of their popularity. However recently, companies have tried to hone in on our love for bath bombs, but this time in the shower.
Shower bombs are popping up everywhere and they work on a similar premise as bath bombs. Instead of the explosion of color and swirling fizz, shower bombs are all about the smell.
The purpose of the product is to add a fragrance to your shower that is calming and relaxing. From highend retailers to drug stores this product is appearing everywhere so I decided that as a self-care and awareness blogger it was my duty to try it out for my readers (good excuse, huh? *winks).
I took a trip to my local Walmart and emerged with three different brands of shower bombs/melts: Dr. Teal’s Aroma Therapy Shower Melts, HALLU, and Village Naturals Therapy Shower Bomb. Below I’ve listed details about each product and my personal review
Product: Dr. Teal’s Aroma Therapy Shower Melts
Scent: Eucalyptus and Spearmint/ Lavender
Company Website: www.dr.teals.com
Packaging: This product comes in a small box with several shrink-wrapped bath melts
How to Use: It is advised that you place one or two shower melts onto the wet shower floor.
Alternative Use: Plug the drain and throw one or two shower melts into the water to revive sore tired feet.
Experience (Original Use): I like to shower in water that feels like the flames of hell, so the little melts only lasted for a few seconds unfortunately.
I did smell the product for almost the entire duration of my shower which was about fifteen minutes. I tried out the lavender scent as well as the Eucalyptus and Spearmint fragrance.
Both scents smelled like the essential oil they represented, but then again there was also an odd artificial note. The artificial note in the lavender was too overwhelming to be likable. The Eucalyptus and Spearmint smelled the best, but still not the greatest.
Experience (Alterative Use): I plugged the drain and popped in two shower melts. The experience was the same as far as smell, but I must say my feet felt amazingly soft afterwards which was a nice surprise.
Rating: 3 ½ of five stars.
Product: HALLU Mermaid Shower Bomb
Scent: Sea Salt Citrus
Company Website: HalluEscape.com
Packaging: Before the package is opened it looks like kind of a bath bomb type ball, but there are actually two shower bombs cellophane wrapped together. Each individual shower bomb is wrapped in colorful foil.
Directions: The directions advise that the product is placed on its flat side away from the direct spray of the water.
Experience: Again, the shower bomb did not endure the steam or blistering water for long. The product smelled fantastic and I got that beachy mermaid vibe from it, however as soon as the product evaporated so did the smell.
Rating: 3 ½ of five stars
Product: Village Naturals Therapy’s Cold and Allergy Relief Shower Bomb
Scent: Echinacea, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Menthol
Company Website: www.villagenaturalstherapy.com
Direction: Place on the floor of the shower and breath in the steam for cold and allergy relief
Experience: This product caught my eye, because I am a year-round allergy suffer. I brought this shower bomb in the middle of an allergy crisis and it was absolutely amazing. Again, my hot water was no match for the physical product, but the smell did linger for a few moments after it dissipated. Those few moments were enough to offer major sinus pressure relief.
Rating: 4 of five stars
Pros and Cons
Each product had its pros and cons. I was slightly disappointed with Dr. Teal’s Shower Melts, because I love this brand and their products usually smell amazing and work well. The softer feet was a nice plus, but the smell was a strong turn off.
HALLU’s product was fun and smelled the best of them all, but it only lasted seconds. Village Naturals Therapy was for sure the most useful. I have used their brand for years and they always deliver, but again I would have liked the smell to have lasted a little longer.
So, Should you Buy a Shower Bomb for your Next Shower?
Yes, a shower bomb would be a fun addition to your next pampering experience, but for a medium of $1.75 a shower and not the greatest result this is not meant to be an everyday experience.
Let’s give shower bombs a break, they are a relatively new product. Once companies prefect the formula, shower bombs might became a pampering stable or at least a strong competitor of the people’s champion-bath bombs.