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Bath salt balls are a bath accessory made from salt, fragrance and, in some cases, other ingredients. The ingredients are blended and then packed into ball-shaped molds. After drying, individuals can drop the bath salt balls into a tub of water where they dissolve quickly, softening, scenting and perhaps even coloring the water. Like many other types of scented bath products, bath salt balls can make bathing a very relaxing and luxurious experience.
One type of bath salt ball type is actually better known as a “bath bomb” or a “bath fizzy.” These bath products incorporate bath salts into a recipe that typically also includes citric acid and baking soda. When a bath bomb or fizzy is dropped into water, it produces an effervescent effect. Many people enjoy the visual display as well as the sensation of the bubbles produced by the bath salt balls.
Commercial bath fizzies come in all shapes and sizes, although the bath ball shape is quite popular. Other ingredients used in their manufacture may include fragrance oils, herbs or even flower petals. Some manufacturers even use glitter to create a particularly stunning effect in the bathwater. Some of these products may also include moisturizing ingredients that can help protect and soften the skin while bathing.
Another type of bath salt ball is made from salt, fragrance, oil and water. Like bath bombs, these ingredients are packed into molds and then allowed to dry. Unlike bath bombs or fizzies, however, they are made up almost entirely of bath salts and do not produce effervescence when added to water. These may be more suitable for those who appreciate the effects of bath salts and are uninterested in the more dramatic display offered by bath bombs.
It's possible to purchase bath salt balls in many shops that sell personal care and bath products. In addition, it is fairly easy and inexpensive to make them at home. Making one's own bath salt balls offers two advantages: the first is that homemade bath products are typically significantly less expensive than those sold in stores. The second advantage is that by making the balls at home, individuals can control the ingredients used to prepare them, allowing the maker to avoid including ingredients that may trigger sensitivities or allergies in users. Those who do wish to try making bath salt balls at home can usually find information on the process online and can even by kits that contain a mold as well as other necessary ingredients.