Over the past year, bath bombs have become increasingly more and more popular. For good reason too! who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing soak in angelic scents and captivating colors that bath bombs provide?
So what the problem?
Many bath bombs can cause yeast infections, rashes, allergies and even cancer!!
This is no joke!!
So can YOUR bath bomb do more harm for you then good?
The main ingredients that are in all bath bombs include salts, citric acids, coloring/dyes, and perfumes/ fragrances. Some may contain more, some may contain less.
Let’s begin discussing the fragrances that are in these alluring little explosions.
Most bath bombs contain synthetic fragrances that are extremely unhealthy for the body!
Synthetic fragrances are made in the lab by combining various different chemicals to create the desired scent that is appealing to the consumer. While it may smell fantastic, it is extremely harmful. Some fragrances you began to see the adverse effects almost immediately, some experience pounding headaches, dizziness, watery eyes, even rashes and skin burns.
In the year 1986 a report by the National Academy of Sciences noted that 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil) and include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.
According to EWG (Environmental Working Group) “A rose may be a rose, but that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.” EWG went on to say that “The average fragrance product tested, contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.”
Some of the worst and most toxic chemicals are exposed to us daily in the form of lotions, soaps, perfumes, body washes, and the list is endless!
If your bath bombs do not explicitly say ‘natural fragrances’ or ‘essential oils’ then you may be exposing your body to these harmful chemicals.
Colorings and dyes
We get that satisfied feeling when we drop the bath bomb into the warm water and a rainbow of colors swirl out! It’s a beautiful sight!
Unfortunately, if the colorings or dyes are not natural, then they’re as beautiful as they are deadly.
Once the dyes are absorbed by the skin, they then pass directly into the bloodstream, instead of being detoxified by your liver or destroyed by the acids in your stomach.
Many of the dyes used in bath bombs have been linked directly to allergic reactions.
A study by the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency in 2007 showed that the consumption of foods containing dyes could increase hyperactive behavior in children. According to further research done in Rochester, they have also been linked to autism in children.
Synthetic dyes can even lead to yeast infections.
Your vagina contains a huge supply of “good” bacteria whose job it is to keep the pH at a very healthy 4 to 4.5 on the pH scale.
When you toss that bath bomb in the water, you are at serious risk of upsetting this carefully maintained balance.
Once this balance is upset, it can create the perfect opportunity for the growth of “bad” bacteria, which in turn can lead to a serious UTI (urinary tract infection).
At the same time, if your bath bomb contains glitter, it never dissolves, but it definitely can find its way inside where it certainly does not belong and cause even more problems.
Am I saying to stop using bath bombs altogether?
What I am saying remember to read the ingredients of the bath bombs and other personal body products you purchase to make sure you are not exposing yourself unnecessarily to harmful chemicals.