Are bath bombs safe?
After a long and busy day, all you would want to do is step into a hot tub and wind down a little. Better yet, drop a bath bomb and watch it fizzle while you relax. With bath bombs becoming more and more popular, we question the safety of using them. Just like soaps, do bath bombs contain harmful chemicals too?
A very common term "fragrances" can be seen in the ingredients label throughout cosmetic products and bath bombs are no exception. Although, a very simple and harmless term "fragrance" is used, many different kinds of chemicals can be used to create this fragrance blend and they may be toxic. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require companies to list out every chemical used in their "fragrance" and toxic chemicals may just be hidden under the term "fragrances".
Other harmful ingredients
Aside from the possibility of harmful chemicals hidden under the the term "fragrance", harmful ingredients may be listed in the Ingredients list. For Instance: Talc which shows association with increase in risk of ovarian cancer.
Examples of harmful ingredients
Paraben which are known to disrupt endocrine system. Phthalates which have been found to decrease hormone level, sperm quality and has been linked to obesity, ovarian aging and some forms of cancer.
What can you do?
Make your very own bath bomb! You will know exactly what are the ingredients going into your bath bomb and you get to design them yourself too! Soap Ministry provides bath bomb workshops teaching people how to create their bath bombs naturally! Enjoy a relaxing hot bath knowing that your bath bomb is skin-loving.
Soap Ministry do not use ingredients such as synthetic fragrances. Instead we use 100% Pure Essential Oils for the scent of our bath bombs which you will get to choose during our workshop.
Throughout our workshop, you will know exactly what are the ingredients used and what benefit do they have for your skin.
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Why essential oils?
Essential oils have several benefits not only for your skin but also for our health. Essential Oils are often used in Aromatherapy and part from the pleasant smell, some essential oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits. How it works? The molecules of essential oils enters your system through olfactory system ( a sensory system used for smelling and reaches the blood). The molecule particles of the essential oil interacts with olfactory organs and the limbic system also called the Emotional Brain. This is because the limbic system is a set of structures in the brain that deals with emotions and memory. Hence, smelling different scents and smells triggers different emotions and reactions.
Different essential oils provide different benefits and have different effects of the body. For Instance: A lavender scent bath bomb would be great to use after a long day of work to relax and wind down. It can also help relieve headaches and migraine. An Eucalyptus and Peppermint blend bath bomb would be perfect for one who is having a cold or flu as it helps to relieve the airways. It may help respiratory conditions such as Asthma and sinusitis.
Other uses of bath bombs
Aside from using them in your bath, you can use bath bombs as a foot bath. After a day of long standing or walking, a foot bath would be great to relax the muscles and pain on your feet. A Rosemary and Tea Tree blend bath bomb would be ideal. Rosemary helps to support circulatory and nervous systems and Tea Tree has antimicrobial, antiseptic and disinfectant qualities.