The 14 Best Bath Bombs for Your Most Luxurious Soak

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The 14 Best Bath Bombs of 2022

Byrdie / Sabrina Jiang

While baths might be a self-care stereotype—right up there with face masks and steeped tea—there's no denying the relaxing luxury of a good soak. To take the experience up a notch, consider tossing in a bath bomb or two.

"Bath bombs are a concentrated form of bubble bath, which combine wet and dry ingredients including essential oils and cleansing agents," explains celebrity esthetician Joshua Ross of SkinLab. Additionally, he says they often include skin-softening agents and moisturizers.

Aromatherapy, effervescent cleansing, and soft, supple skin? Sign us up! When browsing options, you'll see that bath bombs come in various sizes, quantities, colors, shapes, and scents. And like all other beauty categories, there's a wide spectrum of price points and tiers, ranging from everyday bombs to giftable sets to premium soaks.

Meet the Expert

Joshua Ross is an esthetician and celebrity facialist with over 15 years of industry experience. He is also the founder of SkinLab, a Los Angeles beauty boutique specializing in non-surgical cosmetic rejuvenation.

Scroll down for the best bath bombs available today.

Best Overall: OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs

OUAI Chill Pills Bath Bombs
What We Like
  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Nice scent

  • Unique design

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Contains synthetic fragrance

Ross is partial to Ouai Chill Pills, and we're here for it. From the beloved haircare brand, these luxury bath bombs come in 1.5-inch tabs chock full of skin-loving ingredients. We're talking jojoba, safflower seed, and hemp oil that moisturize, nourish, and leave your body with a silky-smooth, glistening sheen.

"This line is great because they have a ton of hydrating oils, which are vegan and natural as opposed to all essential oils, which could be overly fragrant and lead to irritation in the skin," Ross tells Byrdie.

We're also big fans of the scent. Featuring a jasmine base with notes of rose, it's refreshingly floral but not overpowering. Gift a set of Chill Pills or pop a couple next time you take a bath.

Size: 6 bombs (1.5 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Budget: Dr. Teal's 5-Count Ultra Moisturizing Lavender Bath Bombs

Dr. Teal's® 5-Count Ultra Moisturizing Bath Bombs in Lavender

Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Lavender aromatherapy

What We Don't Like
  • Contains synthetic fragrance

For something more budget-friendly, go with Dr. Teal's. These bath bombs combine jojoba, almond, and sunflower oil with the scent of lavender to deliver hydrated skin and a dose of calming aromatherapy.

Size: 5 bombs (1.6 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Drugstore: Bodycology Cherry Blossom Bath Fizzies

Bodycology Cherry Blossom Bath Fizzies

Amazon

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Generous size

  • Nice scent

What We Don’t Like
  • Contains dye

  • Contains synthetic fragrance

Bodycology Bath Fizzies are over 2 ounces each and come at a very reasonable price point. They hydrate and soften with glycerin and vitamin E, then grace your senses with a divine aroma of vanilla, sandalwood, and cherry blossom.

Size: 8 bombs (2.1 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Splurge: Prima Bath Gem Effervescent Mineral Soak

Prima Bath Gems Effervescent Mineral Soak

Sephora

What We Like
  • Generous size

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Nice scent

What We Don’t Like
  • Expensive

If you like the top-shelf stuff, Prima Bath Gems have your name on them. Each 6-ounce cube contains mineral-rich Epsom salt and meadowfoam oil, plus essential oils for aromatherapy and hemp extract for a teensy dose of CBD.

Size: 1 bomb (6 ounces) | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Color-Changing: Lush Cosmetics Intergalactic Bath Bomb

Intergalactic bath bomb

Courtesy of Lush

What We Like
  • Generous size

  • Fun colors

  • Popping candy effect

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Let's be honest: swirling colors are often part of the fun with bath bombs. That's why we love the Intergalactic bath bomb from Lush, which begins as a condensed tie-dye patterned ball and slowly disperses dreamy hues reminiscent of a deep-blue galaxy—extra points for the candy-popper fizzing effect.

Size: 1 bomb (7 ounces) | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Skin-Softening: Fur Bath Drops

Fur Bath Drops

Courtesy of Fur

What We Like
  • Softens skin

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Nice scent

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

If it's softer skin you're after, go with Fur. Toss two or three drops into your bath, then sit back and relax as a blend of plant oils and the humectant glycerin envelop your body and leave you with oh-so-silky skin.

Size: 18 bombs | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Moisturizing: Capri Blue Volcano Bath Bomb

Capri Blue Volcano Bath Bomb

Amazon

What We Like
  • Generous size

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Nice scent

What We Don’t Like
  • Expensive

  • Contains synthetic fragrance

This sizable bath bomb combines shea butter and coconut oil to moisturize your skin while you soak in the tub. What's more, it features Capri Blue's signature sugared citrus scent, a seriously invigorating aroma you may have smelled in a luxury candle or two.

Size: 1 bomb (4 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Natural: Pardo Naturals Bath Bombs

Pardo Naturals Bath Bombs

Pardo Naturals

What We Like
  • Plant-based formula

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Nice scent

What We Don’t Like
  • Expensive

For those who prefer natural formulas, we recommend Pardo Naturals. This bath bomb comes in over 10 scents, ranging from lavender to eucalyptus to sandalwood, each fragranced with essential oils—there's an unscented option, too!

Size: 1 bomb | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Stress Relief: Happy Dance Stress Away Bath Bomb + CBD

Happy Dance Stress Away Bath Bomb + CBD

Ulta

What We Like
  • Stress-relief aromatherapy

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Nice scent

What We Don’t Like
  • Can be difficult to break apart

Feeling overwhelmed? Take a load off with Stress Away. Infused with CBD and earth-sourced moisturizers like cocoa butter and coconut oil, these bath bombs help you relax while uplifting your senses and hydrating your skin.

Size: 4 bombs (1 ounce each) | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Cubes: Yuzu Soap Bath Bomb Cube Set

Set of 2 Bath Bomb Cubes

Nordstrom

What We Like
  • Generous size

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Nice scent

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Think outside the sphere with Yuzu Bath Cubes. These naturally scented effervescent bombs cleanse, purify, and hydrate the skin with a plant-based blend of coconut oil, clay, matcha powder, and witch hazel.

Size: 2 bombs (3 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Novelty: Da Bomb Candy Bath Bomb

Da Bomb Candy Bath Bomb

Ulta

What We Like
  • Generous size

  • Good for gifting

  • Prize inside

What We Don’t Like
  • Contains synthetic fragrance

Da Bomb novelty fizzers make excellent gifts. While there are many variations, we're all about this candy-colored bomb, which dissolves into a pink-sprinkled swirl to reveal a playful prize at the center.

Size: 1 bomb (7 ounces) | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Gift Set: Miss Patisserie Great Ball of Fizz Gift Set

Miss Patisserie Great Ball of Fizz Gift Set

Anthropologie

What We Like
  • Generous size

  • Hydrating and moisturizing

  • Softens skin

  • Comes in giftable box

What We Don’t Like
  • Contains dye

  • Contains synthetic fragrance

If you're shopping for a bath enthusiast, you can't go wrong with Miss Patisserie. Reminiscent of a jawbreaker with a rock-candy center, these hydrate with cocoa butter, soften with sea salt, and come in a cute giftable box.

Size: 4 bombs (7 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Shower Steamer: Musee Shower Steamer Set

Musee Shower Steamer Set

Anthropologie

What We Like
  • Aromatherapy

  • Nice scent

  • Can be used in shower or bath

What We Don’t Like
  • Expensive

To enjoy the spa-like aromatherapy of a bath bomb while shampooing your hair, reach for a shower steamer. We're loving these effervescent tabs from Musee, which call on essential oils to infuse your shower steam with invigorating scents. You can also toss them in the bath for a similar effect.

Size: 4 bombs (4 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Kids: Laguna Moon Bath Bombs for Kids

Laguna Moon Bath Bombs for Kids

Laguna Moon

What We Like
  • Nice scent

  • Naturally pigmented

  • Toy inside

What We Don’t Like
  • Small toy inside poses a choking hazard

Laguna Moon makes the best option for kids. These sizable bath fizzers are naturally scented with essential oils and contain plant-based pigments instead of synthetic dyes. Not only that, but a prize at the center makes bathtime all the more exciting.

Size: 6 bombs (4 ounces each) | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Final Verdict

Ouai Chill Pills (view at Amazon) is by far the best bath bomb on the market. These esthetician-approved fizzies not only smell amazing, but they also moisturize with plant oils and leave you with supremely soft skin. If you're on a budget, go with Dr. Teal's Bath Bombs (view at Walmart), which boasts an ultra-moisturizing blend of almond, jojoba, and sunflower oil.

What to Look for When Buying Bath Bombs

Ingredients

When browsing bath bombs, be sure to look carefully at the ingredients list. As Ross explains, they combine wet and dry components to cleanse the skin. "In addition, they could include softening agents, which will make your skin feel extra soft after a bath," he notes.

Cleansing and softening ingredients often include sea salt, Epsom salt, baking soda, clay, matcha powder, oat flour, glycerin, and coconut oil. Many bath bombs also moisturize with shea butter, cocoa butter, and plant oils, such as jojoba, safflower, sweet almond, sunflower, hemp, and meadowfoam.

Scent

One of the most important considerations of a bath bomb is the scent, as they're often formulated with aromatherapy in mind. Some invoke a calming, peaceful ambiance, while others are more refreshing, rejuvenating, or invigorating.

Many options contain synthetic fragrances, which may not be an issue, though they could irritate sensitive skin.² On the other hand, lots of bath soaks are naturally scented with various essential oils, and there are some unscented options as well.

Size/Quantity

Bath bombs come in various sizes, ranging from about 1.5 ounces to roughly 7 ounces. With smaller fizzies, you may need to use two or three per bath, whereas larger options offer a hefty dose of cleansers, skin softeners, and aromatherapy.

Additionally, pay attention to the quantity. While lots of bath bombs have affordable price tags, many include only one fizzer, which could mean you're paying a higher price per soak.

FAQ
  • What are the benefits of bath bombs?

    "The main benefits of bath bombs are additional hydration and softening of the skin," Ross tells Byrdie. "Depending on which ingredients are included, [they] could also have additional benefits for treating specific skin concerns." For instance, some bombs may include moisturizing agents for extra-dry skin or natural anti-inflammatory ingredients for eczema.

  • How often should you use a bath bomb?

    Most bath bombs can be used at least a few times a week, and if you're a daily bath-taker, you might be able to use one every time you soak. However, if you experience irritation, unusually dry skin, or another skin concern, you may want to use them less frequently or discontinue use altogether.

  • Do bath bombs expire?

    Like most other skincare products, bath bombs will eventually expire. While the lifespan depends on the ingredients, formulation, and packaging, you can expect them to hold up for a year, give or take. Unless it's moldy or rancid, an expired bath bomb may not cause any harm. However, it might not dissolve or create the desired effervescent effect anymore.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Theresa Holland is a commerce copyeditor and content creator specializing in self-care, wellness, and lifestyle. For this story, she interviewed a licensed esthetician for product suggestions and insight into formulations, then combed through the ingredients lists of dozens of bath bombs before landing on her final selections. Theresa has been contributing to Byrdie since 2020, where she covers skincare and fitness gear. You can find more of her bylines on The Spruce.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough bath bombs from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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