When choosing a bath bomb, it's important to remember that not all bath bombs are created equal. It's like the difference between a well-maintained submarine and one that's been negligently kept; only one is going to give you a safe and smooth journey.
Among the key culprits often found in bath bombs are undisclosed fragrance oils. Fragrance companies aren't legally required to reveal what's in these oils, which can often contain chemicals like phthalates, parabens, and benzene.
Phthalates are often used to prolong the scent of fragrances, but they're also known endocrine disruptors. This means that they can interfere with your hormone system, potentially leading to reproductive and developmental issues. There's also evidence to suggest they may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
Parabens, meanwhile, are often used as preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products. However, they can mimic the hormone estrogen in the body's cells, and while a direct link between parabens and cancer is still being studied, some research suggests an association between the two.
Benzene is another concerning chemical often found in fragrance oils. It's classified as a human carcinogen, and exposure to it has been linked to a range of health issues, including leukemia and other blood cell cancers.Artificial dyes are another common ingredient to be wary of. These are often used to make bath bombs look appealing, but they can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to a number of health problems, such as cancer and hyperactivity in children.
Another ingredient to be cautious of is talc, which is sometimes included for its absorbent properties. However, if it's not completely pure, it can contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. Some studies suggest a link between talc in cosmetics and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
On the other hand, bath bombs that are made from natural and transparently listed ingredients are a much safer choice. These bath bombs use 100% essential oils, which can provide beneficial properties and pleasant natural scents without the need for synthetic chemicals. The colorants in these bath bombs come from natural sources like clays, vegetables, or fruits, avoiding the need for potentially harmful artificial dyes.
Additionally, they often contain skin-friendly surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI), which are derived from plant sources and effectively cleanse the skin without causing dryness or irritation.
In essence, while navigating the bath bomb market might initially seem as challenging as steering a submarine through treacherous waters or navigating a Titanic-sized ship, it's worth taking the time to investigate what's in your bath bomb. Remember, the safety of your bath products is paramount to your overall wellbeing. Choose wisely, select natural, toxin-free bath bombs, and enjoy the benefits of a truly relaxing and healthy bath.
Also purchase bath bombs from companies that are transparent with their ingredients. Exposure to the above chemicals listed is especially dangerous for babies and young children so make sure to use natural non-toxic bath bombs in their baths. Choose one with gentle essential oils like lavender or chamomile. Here are the ingredients that are in some natural bath bombs:
SLSA POWDER - Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate: Not to be confused with SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. SLSA powder is is derived from coconut and palm oils and is classified as a safe skin friendly surfactant for both skin and hair because of its large molecular structure. This mild plant derived surfactant creates a lather that effectively removes surface oil, dirt, and bacteria, without stripping or drying sensitive skin.
SCI POWDER - Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate: A surfactant based on fatty acids from coconut oil and isoethionic acid, a type of sulfonic acid. It’s excellent for soap, lotion, bath bomb, and other commercial uses. SCI acts as a foaming and cleansing agent. Commonly used in shampoos, shower gels, soaps, and bath bombs.
Citric Acid: Citric acid exists in a variety of fruits and vegetables and gives them their tart, sour taste.
Baking Soda: Sodium bicarbonate is a salt composed of a sodium cation and a bicarbonate anion. So next time you plan to take a nice soak with a bath bomb ask yourself: What’s in my bath bomb?