Hey ya’ll! It’s been a little quiet over here (projects on projects on projects have kept me busy!) but today I wanted to welcome Sydney from ConsumerSafety.org to talk about the big craze going on- bath bombs. Today she is talking all about some of the not-so-great ingredients in your luscious bath fizzies and why you should avoid them.
Take it away!
As a 9-5 desk-ridden gym lover, I naturally love baths! Sometimes I catch myself day-dreaming of hopping into my warm bathtub after the long day is over. I know, it’s a little ridiculous. But it feels so good, and studies have shown baths are good for your heart health, GI health, muscles, joints and bones, and of course, the mind. So after stalking gorgeous Instagram photos of rainbow filled bathtubs, I took the plunge and indulged in bath bombs. And let me tell you- I fell in LOVE.
This love affair went on for about six whopping months (I’m embarrassed) before I started to wonder if my glittery, vanilla-berry-roma, multi-colored baths were safe. As the Health & Nutrition Investigator at ConsumerSafety.org, I decided research was necessary before I continued to marinate in yet another bath bomb. Initially going into the research, I knew I’d probably find some things that weren’t great, but I also didn’t expect for it to be as bad as it really is. Yup, you guessed it. My love affair with bath bombs is over. Take a look at some of the crazy stuff I found that’s in bath bombs:
- Fragrances: Check for ingredients like “fragrance,” “fragrance oils,” “fragrance oil blend” or similar ones. Many bath bomb ingredients will list out fabulous essential oils, and then, it says “fragrance”. Hmm. This was confusing to me at first, but then I learned that the FDA gives companies a labeling loophole for fragrances to protect a company’s proprietary perfume blend and trade secrets. Sketchy. Below are a few of the many possible chemicals that may make up a portion of “fragrance” in bath bombs.
Dangers: Decreased hormone levels, low sperm quality, obesity, ovarian aging, can lead to cancer
Dangers: Human carcinogen, hormone disruption, reproductive malformation, lower immune response
Dangers: Respiratory allergies, liver disease, embryo toxicity, diabetes/hypertension, sclerosing peritonitis, cerebral ischemia/neurodegenerative diseases, and other aging-associated diseases
- Artificial Dyes: Synthetic/artificial beautiful swirls of color are known for causing an array of ill health effects. Not so beautiful anymore…
Dangers: Allergy-like reactions, ADHD in children, and some have even been linked to neuron damage and brain cancer
D&C Red 33: A dye derived from coal tar or petroleum. Coal tar dyes are known human carcinogens.
- Talc: This ingredient isn’t super popular in bath bombs, however, it’s in a few bath products of a well-known brand so I thought it was important to include.
Dangers: Talc isn’t something you want to be soaking in due to it’s strong connection to ovarian cancer. Ladies: the last thing we need is for a relaxing bath to turn into a horrendous health problem.
- Parabens: Many of us know about the dangers of parabens, but for a quick reminder, parabens are a type of preservative ingredient that prevents a product from expiring too soon.
Dangers: Known to disrupt endocrine system and can lead to early puberty. They can trigger allergic reactions in the skin which leads to quick exposure to the body, especially if you’re soaking in the bath. Certain parabens have been associated with breast cancer.
Unfortunately, this was a very small list of the many toxic ingredients found in bath bombs. But if you’re a bath fanatic like me who needs more than just hot water to feel pampered, here are some fabulous solutions!
Fragrance fix: Use scented candles or an essential oil diffuser. If you’re into DIY, check out this blog post on how to make aromatherapy candles! What’s nice is you’ll still get that calming aroma without steeping yourself in unknown fragrance chemicals—and the soft light will set the mood.
Bubbles: Let’s be honest- most of us can’t drop thousands to get those super jacuzzi bubbles, and you definitely don’t want your bubble mountains to be made from toxins. You can find natural recipes for making bubble bath all over the internet. Here’s a yummy DIY vanilla honey bubble bath from Hello Glow.
Rainbows: There are much safer options to consider than tie-dying your body (and your bathtub). Look for submersible LED lights that can illuminate your bath from below. Alternatively, you can throw a handful of herbs directly into the hot bathwater. Here’s a few ideas:
Mint: stimulates and heals your skin.
Rose petals: relaxes your body and refreshes your skin.
Orange blossoms: aids in relaxation and lowers blood pressure.
Fellow bath lovers: I hope you try some of these tips to replace bath bombs! There’s some lovely DIY bath bomb recipes online, too. Be sure to check them out and see what’s right for you and your family. Happy bathing!
Ya’ll, when I first read her post I freaked out! I was 100% ready to jump on the bath bomb bandwagon (try saying that 5x fast) but stopped after she sent me the article.
But you wanna know what is CRAZY?! Around this same time we were collaborating- Young Living came out with their own bath bombs! I snagged a bag quickly and- holy moly- they’re amazing!
They don’t contain any of the scary ingredients mentioned above, plus. there are two scents- Lavender and Stress Away. And when it comes to price- they’re about the same as what you’ll find in your precious makeup store (and they’re even big enough to cut in half and get more of your dollars worth).