Are Store-Bought Bath Bombs Safe For Your Family?
If you scroll though Instagram on any given day, you’ll see that bath bombs are all the rage. People everywhere are throwing these colorful balls into their bathtubs and slowly easing into the fizzy bubbles they create to relax from their day.
But are these bath bombs good for your skin or your overall health?
Read the Ingredients
- Fragrance – one ingredient you’ll see in most store-bought bath bombs is “fragrance”. Seems harmless enough, right? Actually fragrance is a nice word for synthetic scent. And according to research, “more than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a slew of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies—some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list” (source).
- Artificial Dye – another main ingredient you’ll see is “dye”. Typically they’ll use artificial food dye. And even though we’ve determined that food dye is bad to ingest, many people won’t realize that it’s also bad to put on your skin.
Your skin is your largest organ and it only takes a few minutes for something to be absorbed by your skin cells and directly into your bloodstream. This is very dangerous!
Artificial dyes have been linked to things like ADHD, allergies, neuron damage, and even cancer.
It’s important to pay close attention to the personal care products you’re putting on your skin. Many chemicals found in beauty products are endocrine disruptors, which are linked to tumors, birth defects, early puberty, developmental disorders, and behavioral issues in children. And in adults, they can interfere with reproduction, increase cancer risk, and disturb the nervous and immune system.
In addition, chemicals disrupt the respiration of healthy cells by depriving the healthy cells of oxygen, this converts them to anaerobic respiration. Cancer cells are anaerobic. Read more about this on my post, What Cancer Is and What Cancer Isn’t.
Here are a few non-toxic bath bombs that I found:
- Beauty by Earth set – these are free of toxins and harsh chemicals. They are made with high quality organic ingredients, including dead sea salt, Epsom salt, kaolin clay, shea butter, cocoa butter, sunflower oil, and vitamin E.
- Vegan Essential Oil Natural Lush Fizzies Spa Kit – 6 different recipes made with different essential oils, organic sunflower oil, cocoa butter and organic shea butter.
DIY Bath Bombs
Can’t find bath bombs you’re comfortable with? Make them! Here is one I found from doTERRA’s website:
- 1 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup fractionated coconut oil
- 8–10 drops favorite essential oil (I love lavender or serenity® for relaxation, and wild orange, citrus bliss®, or peppermint for an energy boost. Click here to get your wholesale account and my favorite bath bomb oils).
- Place citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl.
- Add eight to 10 drops of the essential oil or blend of choice.
- Mix well with spoon until soft dough is formed. It should have the consistency of damp sand. Note: If the mixture is too wet, try adding a little more baking soda and cornstarch until consistency is correct.
- At this point, you may add dried herbs, or flower petals to mixture.
- Place mixture in molds. Let sit 24 hours before removing from mold.
- To use, drop in tub or shower and allow to dissolve.
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