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Taking Care Down There

The lowdown on bath bombs

Want to hop into the tub with your favorite bath bomb, but aren’t sure if it’s safe? Well, we’re here to help!

Recently, several articles asked the question: are bath bombs safe for our vaginas? Naturally, we wanted to address these concerns head on, so you can get back into the tub feeling safe, secure and ready to soak.

Are bath bombs safe?

In a word, yes. Originally, our bath bombs were created for those whose skin was too sensitive for bubble baths, but everyone is different and what works for one person might not work for another. If you’re using bath bombs and bubble bars on the regular and they don’t bother you, then you’re good. However, if you’re using bath bombs, bubble bars or anything else in the bath that causes any kind of irritation, you should stop immediately and talk to your doctor.

Go ahead, hop in the tub!

Woman in bathtub

Are all bath bombs created equally?

While we certainly can’t speak for all the other bath bombs on the market, we’re happy to tell you what’s in ours. The fizzing action of a bath bomb is a very basic combination of baking soda and citric acid (the same stuff that gives sour candies their lip-puckering goodness—and ours is made from corn). Then we add simple ingredients like sea salt, cocoa butter, mineral-based glitters, food- and cosmetic-grade colors, and essential oils to the mix. You might also find some safe synthetics or a synthetic perfume added to the otherwise natural base, but bathers shouldn’t worry. Our best advice? Read the labels and ask staff (no matter where your shop for bath bombs) to tell you about any ingredients that are unfamiliar. We’d never put an ingredient into a bath bomb that we’d want people to stay away from; we want you in the tub, not running from it!

Are there risks I should be aware of?

Like everything in life, moderation is key. If your bathtime ritual is causing irritation or itchiness, take some time to give your vagina a break from the tub. All kinds of things, even some of the foods we eat, can throw off our body’s pH balance, which can make your vagina unhappy and irritated. If things are starting to feel amiss, see your doctor to help determine the cause. And if you have any allergies, always read the ingredient list first.

Is there anyone that should never use bath bombs?

A general rule for babies and young children is to avoid bath bombs and bubble baths altogether. Your little one’s urinary tract is still developing and the solutions in these products can cause unwanted infections. Check with your doctor and when you get the go ahead, our Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb’s super gentle mix was made specifically with kids in mind.

If your skin is very sensitive, but you’re interested in trying out our bath bombs, ask our associates for gentler fizzers like the cocoa butter-rich Butterball, berry-scented Blackberry or the skin-hydrating Avobath to see what works for you.