We don't believe in chucking new products out there on a whim, and in the case of our Bath Bomb range the process was a ten month one before we launched them. Along the way and even prior to proper research, we learned a lot.
We will begin with the basics. As Bath Bombs fall under Cosmetics, they are heavily regulated. Any cosmetic product sold in the UK should be assessed by a chemist to ensure its general safety.
"Does this mean Bath Bombs are safe?"
Everybody is different, and so is our skin - some people have sensitive skin and no Bath Bomb on the market can be described as friendly to those with sensitive skin. You may think that a smaller Bath Bomb would be safer, but these can also be more concentrated with a particular ingredient, so 'safer' wouldn't necessarily be the case. In the case of our products, the same formula is used irrespective of size - again, this doesn't mean a small Bath Bomb would be friendly to your skin.
"So what's in it which could irritate me?"
The most basic Bath Bombs are generally made up of bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, fragrance and a colourant. Ours contain several other ingredients, including Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, which is what creates the bubbles and is found in many cosmetic products, including most shampoos - but again, SLS is thought to irritate skin . Even those products containing no SLS can be irritant to skin.
"Why, what's wrong with bicarbonate of soda and citric acid?"
Whilst not ordinarily harmful, bicarbonate of soda on its own can irritate skin - and most people wouldn't know until they've used it. As a high alkalinity product, when mixed with an acidic product such as citric acid, the idea is that the two balance the Ph level is balanced out, though the chemical reaction or even a slight imbalance in the Ph level can lead to irritation.
"How about fragrance, that's surely safe"
Again, this isn't necessarily true. When completing the assessment stage of our products, each fragrance has a percentage at which it is deemed safe in a wealth of products - so we don't use beyond that. That said, perfumes are essentially made up of a blend of chemical components, and some contain allergens. This information is specific to each fragrance, and all allergen information is readily available via our website, packaging and Point Of Sale with every cosmetic product we produce.
"I'm still buying them, but what about kids?"
Children's skin can be incredibly more sensitive than ours. These are NOT for the use of children under 36 months. However, we're aware kids love Bath Bombs - so moderation and ensuring older children have all the information required to hand is possibly the best policy.
"How about your dyes and colourants, will these stain my bath?"
They shouldn't do and they haven't done at all in testing. We use an ingredient which helps leave as little residue in your bath tub as possible, it'll just need a quick rinse afterwards. Owing to the design of some of our Bath Bombs, you may get slight staining on your hands when handling it - again, this washes out.
"I've heard microplastics are harmful to fish and noticed you use glitters"
We heard that too. Our Bath Bombs contain glitters derived from either synthetic mica or are mineral based. These are biodegradable, cosmetic grade and contain zero plastic.
"My Bath Bomb has slight cracks or is a little crumbly, is this faulty?"
No. These have been batch tested and this will still work. It still contains the same percentage of ingredients as every other Bath Bomb with the same fragrance. Bath Bombs can be finicky things and we've invested several hundreds of pounds in reducing the humidity of our production and storage facilities, as well as maintaining an optimum room temperature. It is the case however, that sometimes the Bath Bombs will crack, others will be slightly crumble. You can still use them and they should still do the same job. When our Bath Bombs are too wet in production, causing ingredients to activate, those batches never make it to sale.
"Your Bath Bombs don't fizz as much as some others"
They shouldn't do. If we kept ingredients to a minimum by using the two cheapest ingredients - sodium bicarbonate and citric acid - we could probably produce some really fizzy bath bombs, but they wouldn't bubble, the process will be over in a shorter period of time, and the effects wouldn't be as great.
"What if I get itchy and/or redness?"
Well hopefully, you're still in the bath. It is our very best advice to rinse off your skin with the shower - the same can work well with itchy skin. We've tested hundreds of Bath Bombs over time and every now and then, it irritates our skin. As soon as this occurs, we definitely rinse off with the shower. If this persists, please contact your GP and make sure you have our product label or the product label of the Bath Bomb you've purchased to hand.
"You've put me off, this doesn't make business sense!"
Well to be honest, we're not that bothered. As with any cosmetic product or any product containing fragrance - natural or otherwise - there are things to consider; especially when that comes into contact with our skin. Bath Bombs are no exception. They're good fun to look at, add a bit of luxury to your bath, but we believe in giving you a fuller picture. After all, you're the end user.
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