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Bath Bomb Safety

I think it’s time to share with you what is in my bath bombs! Recently, there have been reports on the news and articles surrounding bath bombs… not mine of course. I was shopping not long ago at a popular store where I saw these amazing gold star bath bombs, and when I read the label I was in complete shock at the ingredients.  Bath bombs can be a great way to relax, but just like with any product, you need to make sure it will be compatible with your skin.  It would be nice, but we don’t all react to even naturally occurring substances the same and some products simply are not for you.  Children and those like me with skin conditions are susceptible to reactions from various products.

So this leads me to two suggestions… First, know what is in your products. Second, do a quick skin test. So, I’ll help you with the first part! Let’s explore those 7 ingredients! Our bombs contain sodium bicarbonate, citric acid (commonly found in food), sea salt, sunflower oil, fragrance oil, organic shea butter, and colorant.

  • Baking Soda can raise the pH in water and help with dry, scaly skin. It also soothes itchy skin, has antibacterial properties, and softens calluses. Though it has excellent benefits, skin can be irritated by baking soda and it should not be used on broken skin.
  • Citric Acid comes from citric fruits and is used frequently for beauty benefits. According to Livestrong.com “When applied to skin, citric acid can slough off dead skin cells and speed new cell turnover. The latter promotes new skin growth that can help alleviate the appearance of age spots, acne scars, small wrinkles and areas of uneven tone and texture.” Now, for the balance in all this… Citric acid has these great properties but we know how strong the juice from citrus fruits can be.  Applying citric acid to skin could cause irritation because of it’s astringent properties, but those properties are also what creates those awesome benefits.
  • Sea Salt helps to heal skin, prevents entry of microbes, and includes minerals and nutrients that are excellent for skin. The only downside is that in large quantities, salt burns if it is applied to open skin. Lucky for us, our bombs only have a small amount.
  • Sunflower Oil has many benefits. It has compounds that help prevent premature aging and slows the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, fights acne, prevents sun damage, and prevents infection. Using the right amount is the most important of all things. Excessive amounts of sunflower oil are not recommended. A small amount is used in my bath bombs for safety.
  • Shea Butter is literally the best part of all of this!  First, just the right amount of shea butter is included so that you bath is not greasy but provides a nice amount of oil to the water that you can barely see but definitely feel on your skin. The shea butter in our bath bombs will make your skin feel moisturized and silky. Bath bombs have a small amount of shea butter and like anything else, a skin test is ideal.
  • Colorant & Fragrance Oils are chemical compounds like all other ingredients. They are prepared and then used according to the skin safe limits published by the manufacturer.  Bath bombs made with essential oils are always a better choice if you would like to limit your contact with fragrance oils and chemicals. 

 

So, here we are and ready for my second suggestion… the skin test! Try one bath bomb and see how your skin reacts. We stand behind our products and have so many satisfied customers. However, we also understand that every product is not a perfect fit for everyone and skin safety comes first.

 

Try a Shea’la favorite! The Blueberry Bath Bomb!

https://shealabutter.com/product/blueberry-bath-bomb-4-5-oz

References:

https://www.curejoy.com/content/benefits-baking-soda-for-skin/
https://www.livestrong.com/article/538904-beauty-benefits-of-citric-acid-powder/

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/skin-care/benefits-of-sunflower-oil-on-skin.html

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