The world has an obsession with baths. Not just your regular old, run of the mill bath, but the elaborate, Instagram-worthy kind. My fellow bath lovers know that creating the perfect ambiance is almost as important as taking the actual bath. You know, break out the bath-board, set up your iPad or book, pour yourself a glass of wine, light a candle, and last but not least, drop in a fizzy, colorful, amazing smelling bath bomb!
Since I take a bath almost every night involving the same elaborate ritual, I thought it might be a good idea to dig into bath safety, including the use of the beloved bath bomb.
Yup, you knew it was coming. As with all good things, there’s a safety risk involved with the bath bomb habit.
Take a look at the top bath bomb hazards:
Check for ingredients like “fragrance,” “fragrance oils,” “fragrance oil blend” or similar ones. Chemicals that make up “fragrances” are things like benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and phthalates, to name a few. These ingredients are linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, allergens, respiratory irritants, environmental toxins, hormone disruption, reproductive malformation, allergic reactions, liver and breast cancer, and diabetes. No wonder a slew of these “fragrances” have been listed on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.
If you’re spending more than a half an hour in the tub, all of the perfumes, possible skin allergens, dirt, and hot water can irritate your urethra and end in a UTI.
Since perfumed products disturb the good bacteria in the vagina, chemical fragrances that fall under the “fragrance” term on the ingredients list can disrupt the vagina’s natural pH balance causing irritation, inflammation, or a even a yeast infection, no matter your age.
Most bath bombs contain glitter - I know, so pretty! But once the glitter runs down the drain, it won’t biodegrade. Remember, it’s made out of little pieces of plastic. Fortunately, popular brands have switched to lusters, which are vegetable-based. Either way, glitter and lusters don’t belong in the sensitive, pH balanced vagina.
Although this ingredient isn’t extremely popular in bath bombs, it’s been found in a few products of a well-known brand. Talc is very dangerous in a bath bomb because of its connection with ovarian cancer. The last thing a woman needs to be doing is soaking her lady-parts in talc! You can read more about talc and ovarian cancer here.
Don’t worry, there’s options!
After reading all that, I know you are turned off, and maybe a bit scared. But don’t worry, there’s good news! I’ve found much safer bath bomb options without all of the harmful ingredients. Bubbly Belle Bath Bombs with Rings are safe for you and the environment.
Essential oil blends are beautiful to add to your bath as well. We’ve got our favorites here.
Try Bubbly Belle
If you altogether refuse to relinquish your bath bomb addiction (I get it, I am in love with them, too), check out Bubbly Belle for talc-free options and products scented with recognizable ingredients rather than “fragrances.” Or, if you’re up for a fun DIY, you can try making your own! There’s some great options here. Now you can feel good about soaking in a “clean and green” bath!
Head over to Bubbly Belle to order some of our one-of-a-kind bath bombs.