Look, we all get shiney object syndrome every now and then… some of us more often than others. So it’s no surprise that we get drawn in by the bright colors, patterns, and scents of stores like Lush and Bath & Body Works. It’s natural to be attracted to something eye-catching, and of course to something that smells delicious or luxurious. But the ‘natural’ aspect stops there. Those colors and scents that you are getting from bath and body products are often attributed to ‘fragrances’ and dyes that are far from natural.
I love me some hot pink, but I don’t need to bath in it, I mean isn’t it like dying an Easter egg? Creepy to think about! Not to mention they are likely to dye your bathtub as well. People have even claimed to have literally been dyed by Lush bath bombs before. Ummmm YUCK! There are natural colorants, which we sometimes use in the Unicorn Droppings, but we make sure they are naturally occurring substances, and even then, we use them sparingly. These are biodegradable and vegan.
Scents are also great, but can sometimes be overwhelming to those with a delicate palate. Fragrance, or perfumes which are often the way scents are listed in bath bombs are often just a pretty word for chemicals. Most companies can use the friendly words because these are proprietary blends that are protected by trademarks. Fair right? With natural bath bombs you want to look for products that are naturally scented with items like essential oils. Sure, they won’t be as ‘strong’ as the fragrance laden items, but 1. you won’t be breathing in a chemical, 2. you will benefit from the variety of oils (calming, breathability, headaches, etc.) , and 3. you go nose blind within minutes anyway, so while you may not smell it anymore, you are still going to be inhaling it (good or bad!).
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a devote natural user. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just usually that I don’t know what to choose, especially on a budget. Natural or organic is, as you’ve probably figured out by now, more expensive to purchase. That’s because you are paying for better ingredients. But one cannot test out everything, so we often go to the fall back. I’ve slowly started to swap out items that I once used. It’s a work in progress, but I am trying. But again, bathing in something is direct skin immersion rather than say a soap that you are quickly putting on and then rinsing off. You are bound to soak in some of those dyes and toxins.
The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t choose your bath bombs based on their bright colors or how powerful their scent is. You should look for a bath bomb that has the right ingredients. Sometimes they might not be the prettiest or the most powerful smelling, but they should be the ones that give you the most physical benefit.