Bath Bombs are all the rage coming in multiple colors, with some containing prizes or glitter! Are the fizzy bath treats good for our skin or just a bunch of hooey that gives more irritation than their worth?
Truthfully, the answer is in the ingredients. Knowing what to avoid can save you from irritated skin, toxins entering your blood stream and urinary infections. Here are a few smoke signals to help you keep clear of bad bombs.
The first sign of a sketchy bath bomb is when they have synthetic products. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient or it uses the word “Fragrance” or “Fragrance Oil” you are dealing with synthetics that can be harmful to you. But, do not confuse “fragrance” with “essential oils” because essential oils are amazing for your skin! Synthetics can be toxic to our bodies, interfering with our hormones, and some can affect the kidneys and nervous system.
The second sign is in the dyes. Synthetic dyes can directly enter your blood stream, and the easiest way for this to happen is for it to pass into the blood thru recently shaven areas like the legs. Synthetic Dyes, such as D&C Red33, contain Coal Tar that is a harmful substance that can cause bad allergic reactions in your skin.
So, if you’re looking for a great Bath Bomb look for a more organic and natural choice. Want a fun weekend project? Make some bath bombs of your own that you know are completely safe!
Basic Healthy Bath Bomb
½ cup Epsom salts
2 tbsp. organic, raw virgin coconut oil
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid- can be found at your local grocery store in the canning section
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well
- Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients slowly, into the dry ingredients.
- Start the process of forming the ingredients into small ball shapes.
- Prepare a muffin pan with a few drops of olive oil, making sure each muffin compartment is oiled slightly, so the bath bombs don’t stick after they dry.
- Take the small balls and firmly push them into each muffin mold. Note: do not put too much of the mixture in, as they expand.
- Leave in a well ventilated area for at least 3 hours or until they are dry upon touch. If it is humid, you may need to let them dry overnight.
- Pop them out of each mold and place in an air tight bag so they don’t get soggy. You can use natural parchment paper baggies from your local health food store to store your bath bombs.
Recipe Found at www.drpompa.com