mary founder of kaia naturals

By kaia naturals


This week, Mary decodes: Bath Bombs vs. Epsom Salt


There’s no better way to unwind and destress after a long week by taking a relaxing hot bath.

However, there are way more benefits of taking a hot bath than just for relaxing, in my opinion using products that can actually help your skin and your body matter more than a “tutti-frutti fizz.”

Personally, I would choose to use epsom salts over bath bombs any day! I know millennials, like the experience of a bath bomb but personally… I would rather spend on something a little more luxurious… which actually is less or the same price as a bath bomb.

Here’s why:


GOOD SPEND: Epsom salts

bath salts by pocahontas times


All epsom salts contain the naturally occurring minerals of magnesium and sulphates, which are critical nutrients our body needs to function. They are poorly absorbed through our food, therefore most people are deficient in these nutrients. Luckily, these minerals are easily absorbed through the skin, which is why it’s even more beneficial to soak in a pure epsom salt bath. It has been used for decades and ask any pharmacist they will tell you there is nothing like an epsom bath to make you feel better… in cold and flu season.

There are so many medicinal properties and benefits of soaking in epsom salts:

  • Helps boosts circulation throughout the body
  • lowers blood pressure
  • relieves muscle and joint pain
  • pull toxins from your pores
  • Helps to relax your mind
  • Helps relieve congestion during a cold or flu


BAD SPEND: bath bombs

bath bombs by soapqueen


Sure, bath bombs are definitely fun, watching it fizz and slowly explode in your water can be entertaining. However, if you actually want to get something out of your hot bath other than just ‘fun’, bath bombs are not the most beneficial.

Here’s why:

  • Bath bombs use inexpensive fillers such as baking soda and citric acid.
  • Most commercially made bath bombs use artificial colors and food dyes. A 2013 Slovenian study found that your skin can actually absorb these toxic dyes, particularly through recently shaven skin and the mucous membranes. From there, the dyes are absorbed directly into your bloodstream, instead of being broken down in the gut or detoxed through the liver.
  • Many bath bombs also use synthetic fragrance, talk about a bomb!
  • The one thing I really hate to see in bath bombs is GLITTER. Sure it makes your bath look so pretty and Instagram worthy, but don’t forget – they’re tiny pieces of plastic that won’t biodegrade once its down the drain. I can’t see tiny pieces of glitter being healthy for “certain body parts” as well!  



If the visual aspect of a bath bomb is THAT important to you, and you don’t care that you’re soaking in inexpensive ingredients but paying as much or more than Epsom salts… by all means… but colour, glitter and synthetic fragrance in a bath is not my idea of a good spend.

So, if medicinal and healing benefits are more important to you, spend your money on pure epsom salts.


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Mary, founder of kaia naturals



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