I remember my mum would bribe us with bath beads. If we were exceptionally well-behaved kids, we’d be gifted one or even two precious bath beads in our soapy warm water.
I loved rolling the pearl-like bath beads around in my fingers as the rubbery skin eventually dissolved and the lovely scented oil seeped out into the water. The empty skin shell of the bath beads provided great sensory play, while soaking in the now-fragrant bath tub.
And then it was as if bath beads just vanished…making way for the far more popular bath bombs, which in my opinion whizz around like madness and dissolve far too quickly for my liking.
Bath Beads Are Back!
So I wanted to scream from excitement when I spied the comeback of the retro bath beads in my local Kmart.
They are available for a 15-pack for only $4! Let me tell you, that is super cheap. A quick look through online shops reveals sellers flogging 25 pack bath beads for between $22 and $35.
The Kmart bath beads (AKA bathing pearls) are available in four variants – Coconut & Apricot, Strawberry & Peach, Juniper Berry & Hibiscus and Passionfruit & Guava.
So Much Excitement
It looks like I am not the only one excited about this retro return of bath beads. A Kmart fan has posted about the bathtime treat on the Kmart Mums Australia website.
“Aaaah yes, I remember the oil ring around the bath and the goopy ball that got stuck in the plug hole… those were the days!” reminisced one shopper.
“Heheh, I always wanted these things, but my mum wouldn’t let me get them!! Now I can!!! Hahahahahaha mum!!” chuckled another fan.
One mum did warn that the bath beads transform the water into a slippery pool of oil:
“Has anyone else tried these and found them to be super super oily? They smell amazing but I feel like I’m bathing in an oil slick,” one consumer warned.
So just be careful when you climb out of the bath – the bottom will be slippery with oil.
Are you excited about the return of bath beads / bath pearls? Tell us in the comments below.