Are Bath Bombs Actually Safe? Take a Look at the Ingredients…

Relaxing with a bath bomb in your tub is one of the hottest trends, and it’s one of the most calming ways to spend an evening, but is it safe? Bath bombs often contain complex colors, artificial fragrances, and oils to moisturize the skin. They also fizz and dissolve, creating a mind-bending effect when placed in bathwater. There’s a lot to be tempted by when it comes to bath bombs. 

They might be one of the coolest things ever, but the ingredients often have hormone-disrupting chemicals and even disease-triggering artificial colors, which can attack your mucous membranes. There are ways to make your own bath bombs (we’ll provide a recipe later), but for now, the most important thing is to be aware and let your friends and family know the truth about commercial bath bombs.

Toxic Artificial Fragrances

Chemicals in test tubes

Artificial fragrances aka synthetic scents are one of the most toxic ingredients in bath bombs. Unfortunately, about 95% of chemicals used to create synthetic scents are derived from petroleum, which is crude oil. 

Many are endocrine disruptors and often include phthalates along with other chemicals that could cause hormonal issues. Many artificial fragrances can also increase your risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, infertility, and more. 

To keep away from such issues, watch out for ingredients such as “fragrance,” “fragrance oil blend,” “fragrance oils” or similar terms. Anytime you see a term like that, it is most likely a concoction of chemicals that create a particular smell.  

Acetaldehyde, which is a common fragrance compound, can be carcinogenic to humans and have negative effects on the kidneys, respiratory system, and nervous system. 

Food Dyes Absorbed by the Body

Food dye

Many people have learned to avoid foods with food dye, but did you know that your skin absorbs food dye too? According to a 2013 Slovenian study, your skin can absorb toxic dyes. The dyes are actually absorbed into your bloodstream rather than being broken down through the stomach and liver. 

It’s been observed that some dyes used in bath bombs can cause allergic reactions and symptoms of ADHD. Some studies have even found that food dyes can cause damage to neurons as well as increase the chances of developing several cancers. 

Glitter, UTI, and Yeast Infections

Glitter in hands

Not what you were expecting from your bath bomb, right? 

Unfortunately, the chemicals in bath bombs can cause urinary tract infection when they come in touch with genitals. 

Part of a bath bomb’s visual experience is all the glitter it comes with. However, it’s important to remember that glitter is nothing more than a bunch of small pieces of plastic. Not only will those tiny bits of plastic eventually the sea and become fish food, it’s also not the best idea to surround your body with plastic. 

Another unfortunate side effect of chemical fragrances is that they can disrupt the vagina’s natural pH balance. This can lead to an increased risk of developing vaginal yeast infections. 

The Natural Alternative Bath Bomb

We love bath bombs as much as the next person, but the risks involved with using commercial bath bombs are too many. As a solution, we’ve come up with a natural alternative bath bomb. Simply play the video below to learn how to make it!


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