Soap Vs Shower Gel Vs Bath Salts – The Pros and Cons

January 20, 2023 by No Comments

Most people use soap by default to clean their bodies when showering, but shower gels and bath salts are two other very popular bath products. Asides from daily cleaning, these are also popular gift items that can be used for just about any event. Before choosing which to use for your daily routine or what to give out as a party favor or gift, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of using each bath product.

If soaps are part of the souvenir gifts then know that the three different kinds of bath products – soap, gel, and bath salts – may be agreeable to some and not as agreeable to others. Here are some of the pros and cons of each item:


Pros: Soap can come in bars, soap chips, and sheets. The bars can come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors, which make them great gifts for themed parties. The soap chips are great for they can be placed in cute sealed jars and beribboned. Then there are the soap sheets. These sheets can be shaped into flowers. Some are even made into roses and presented to girlfriends as a gift. They not only look like roses but they are rose scented too. Soap is very easy to store. They can be used for the bathroom, the powder room or the kitchen and are usually the least expensive bath product.

Cons: There is some soap which can be very harsh and it is really best to find out exactly what the main ingredients are in the soap. There are some people who react strongly to lye while some can react strongly to some oils in the soap. Hypoallergenic soaps are also a tad more expensive than the ordinary ones and fancily shaped hypoallergenic soaps are harder to find. Soap is also the least glamorous bathing item when compared to gel and bath salts.


Pros: A lot of people prefer receiving gels in dispensers as gifts for they are colorful, attractive, scented and are just plain pretty. The gels are really attractive packages and there is no denying that someone who receives one will definitely use it. So far, gels are one of the more popular forms of the soaps. Since they come in a body, they are also easier to transport when traveling.

Cons: Some containers can break as most are made of thin plastic. Having one break will result in leakage. Also, some people may not like the slimy texture and it is a little harder than just running a bar of soap over your body as you have to keep pumping the gel when you need more.

Bath Salts

Pros: Everyone loves bath salts for they can be used in times when the need to relax the muscles is a must, especially after a stressful day. Soaking in a tub of warm water and bath salts will surely inspire everyone and knowing that the salts are there will make them even more grateful. Bath salts are colorful as well so they make beautiful gift items when placed in clear jars.

Cons: Bath salts needed or not, are always welcome for they are the kind of gift that could be kept for times of emergencies and knowing they are there and not having to rush out to get some is more a pro than a con. Bath salts are typically the most expensive bath product. Another downside is that they can sometimes clog the drains in your shower if the salt pieces are too big.