Are Bath Bombs Good For You?

Baths are a great way to relax and soothe tight or sore muscles and with bath bombs on the rise, taking a bath is more fun and colorful than ever before. But could bath bombs be doing more harm than good? While bath bombs can add moisturizing oils to your bath, many of them also contain harsh ingredients that can actually irritate your skin, especially if you already have sensitive skin (via Healthline).

Unfortunately, there's often no way to know which ingredients are aggravating your skin. That's because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't require companies to list the specific additives and chemicals that add fragrance to cosmetic and skin care products. As a result, bath bombs can secretly contain harmful chemicals that may increase your risk of cancer, expose you to hazardous waste, or interfere with your hormone levels. In addition, many bath bombs contain talc and parabens, which have been linked to ovarian cancer and a disruption of the endocrine system, respectively.

How to find safe bath bombs

That being said, not all bath bombs contain harmful or irritating chemicals. You can find the right bath bombs for you by reading over the list of ingredients and looking out for any chemicals or unspecified fragrances, which you definitely want to avoid (via Bustle). You should also try to steer clear of any potential allergens.

In general, organic or all natural bath bombs are the best and safest bet. Organic bath bombs are mineral-based, contain natural ingredients, and are free of any artificial dyes. In fact, they're made with food-grade colors instead. Experts at Health recommend Good Common Sense's Milk'n Honey bath bomb. It's made with coconut oil and natural essential oils and is completely free of dyes and fragrance. In addition, Soapie Shoppe's Peppermint and Pine bath bomb is another great option. This bath bomb is both organic and fragrance-free. It's also made with essential oils, like peppermint, and plant-based dyes.