What is the difference between bubble bath and shower gel?

We often hear about bubble bath and shower gel and wonder what the difference is.

Many people believe that they are the same thing and, instead, they are two quite distinct products. The first is designed to dissolve in water, to take a nice warm bath, while the second is more suitable for washing under the shower spray.

The shower-bath is the most easily found in courtesy kits for hotel guests because showering is more common than bathing. Generally, the shower gel can be found in the form of a dispenser, mounted directly in the shower cubicle of hotels. This, unlike vials, reduces plastic production and thus environmental pollution.

Albogroup Solid Shower Bath lines

AtAlbogroup, we are an Italian company, a leading manufacturer of soaps and courtesy kits containing top quality shampoos and shower gels that are distributed to Europe’s top hotel chains. Our company upholds a plastic-free policy and is very attentive to environmental protection. We have many hotel product lines under our own brand name, but we also offer contract manufacturing services for private lines for hotel chains worldwide.

In the world of hotel amenties or hotel courtesy lines, great space is given to the production of solid cosmetics that are slowly but decisively replacing traditional liquid cosmetics. But why is this change so important? And how are hotels all over the world committing to introducing courtesy lines in solid form in the bathrooms of their facilities?

The importance of plastic-free solid cosmetics for the hotel industry cannot be underestimated. These revolutionary products drastically reduce water consumption, saving up to 50% compared to conventional products. Being completely environmentally friendly, they produce no plastic waste, thus helping to reduce pollution in a real way.

Furthermore, solid cosmetics represent a modern, smart and innovative solution for skin care and environmental friendliness. They are gentle on the skin and free of harmful chemicals, offering a sustainable beauty solution for hotel guests.

In this context, Albogroup stands out as a leading company in the production of solid cosmetics. Their range includes solid shampoos and bubble baths designed specifically for the hotel industry, but not only that, they also provide contract manufacturing services for major international cosmetics brands.

What is the difference between bubble bath and shower gel?

A bubble bath is a cosmetic product designed to be diluted in bath water. It may contain a large quantity of foaming ingredients. The shower gel, on the other hand, is designed to be used during the shower.

Bath foam is used for the bath and has a composition suitable for dilution in plenty of hot water. It can therefore have a rich concentration of surfactants. The pH of bubble bath is higher than that of other detergents and it is generally cheaper than shower gel.

Shower gels generally have a gentler pH and contain more nourishing and moisturising ingredients that remain in direct contact with the skin. Surfactants are present but in much smaller quantities. To increase delicacy, they can be fragrance-free and based on substances such as Aloe, rich in moisturising and soothing substances, or with oils of Argan Olive, Shea and more, depending on the line and fragrance. The fragrance is fundamental for a real wellness experience, which is why shower gels are usually characterised by refined, distinctive fragrances, in many cases even particularly elegant to completely envelop the body in a beauty experience that involves body and mind. Just think of the hotel proposals of the Albogroup courtesy lines characterised by particularly distinctive fragrances.

What is a shower gel in solid form and what features and advantages does it have over a traditional shower gel in liquid form?
The advantage of using solid shower gel over liquid lies mainly in its durability and sustainability. The solid shower gel is not a classic soap, but a true cosmetic designed for the body and also for the hair. It offers a true wellness experience by generating a soft, enveloping and fragrant lather for cleansing the body and hair, especially in the shower.

In terms of sustainability, the solid shower bath is a more environmentally friendly option. This is because it does not require the use of plastic containers, thus eliminating the generation of plastic waste. It also contains very little water compared to liquid shower gel, helping to reduce overall water consumption. In fact, even the cosmetics industry is now paying particular attention to the over-consumption and waste of water, which has now become a precious resource. What is the point of producing a liquid bubble bath composed of up to 90% water when the same body cosmetic can be produced, transported and distributed in solid form and without plastic? This is why in the hotel industry, the use of solid shower gel can be an important step towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly management.

Find out how Albogroup’s solid cosmetics and contract manufacturing services for hotel courtesy lines in solid form Albogroup provides for its customers, including full service, from design and customisation to final production.

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Shower Shampoo or Shower Gel?

They may look similar but have very different uses. Personal care may seem like a simple daily routine, but choosing the right products can make a big difference in the health of your skin and hair. Let’s focus on Shower Shampoo, which is also referred to in English as HAIR & BODY WASH, a versatile product that can be used for both body and hair.

A Shower Shampoo is a concentrated formula that contains the right cleansers to clean skin and hair. However, not all Shower Shampoos are the same. Some contain more detergents or surfactants than others, which can be too aggressive for sensitive skin or dry hair. Therefore, it is important to choose a Shower Shampoo with gentle ingredients that respect the body’s natural skin barrier and leave the hair soft and shiny. It is a popular product in hotel toiletries because it is easy to use and suitable for all skin and hair types, very versatile, with the right fragrances and available in wall dispensers, mini-size or disposable sachets. Generally at home it is replaced with 2 more specific products, such as a shampoo and shower gel with more technical and specific characteristics, especially for treated, conditioned or problematic hair.

To use the Shower Shampoo for body and hair instead, follow these steps:

  1. Wet the skin and hair with lukewarm water. Hot water can dry out the skin and hair, so it is best to opt for a lower temperature.
  2. Apply a small amount of Shower Shampoo to the hand or a sponge and create a light lather.
  3. Gently massage the foam into the skin and hair, paying attention to the areas most in need of treatment.
  4. Rinse well with water, making sure to remove all product residues.
  5. Gently dry the skin and hair with a soft towel, avoiding rubbing too hard so as not to damage the skin and hair. The right technique is to dab the hair with a soft sponge.

Shower Shampoo for body and hair offers a practical and convenient solution for personal care. With the right choice of product and the correct application, you can keep your skin and hair clean, moisturised and healthy.

In the Albogroup’s cosmetic lines for hotels, HAIR & BODY WASH is an ever-present product and is available in many different fragrances, from the refined Argan line to the exclusive lines of Italian excellences with Cinotto, Olive, Myrtle or Red Vine.

Reading the Bath or Shower Shampoo label

It is important to learn to read the INCI of the products we buy. To make sure we buy products that contain satisfactory amounts of nutrients and are free of plastic and petroleum derivatives that can be harmful to our health in the long run. Many times SLS are present in shower gels, these are agents that serve to make the foam we love so much in the bath but can be aggressive on the skin. Alternatively, they are replaced by SLES or Sodium Coceth Sulfate which have the same effect but are less aggressive. Remember that the ingredients on the label are listed according to the amount present, from highest to lowest. If we find, for example, argan oil in the first places, it means that the percentages are very high.

In the 1950s, many artificial surfactants were produced, but they were very aggressive. Today, fortunately, gentler anionic surfactants are used. Bath foams also contain softening substances such as waxes, vegetable oils and tocopherol that nourish the skin, keeping it soft and supple. Bath foams contain fragrances of varying intensities. Generally, they are found in larger quantities in shower gels and in smaller quantities in shower gels, because they come into direct contact with the skin and could irritate it.

Albogroup’s contract manufacturing of hotel cosmetics, contract production of shampoos, shower gels and innovative solid cosmetics follow a different philosophy that places special emphasis on ingredients of natural origin and sustainable, skin- and environment-friendly processing processes.

This is why it is also possible to apply to the Albogroup for productions with important eco and natural certifications:

  • Third-party product lines with Cosmos Natural certification
  • Third-party product lines with Cosmos Organic certification
  • Third-party product lines with EcoLabel certification
  • Third-party product lines with RSPO certification

And much more.

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