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Bath Bomb Science: A look into our bath bomb ingredients

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Why does everyone love hot tubs? Because they’re great for muscle and joint relaxation, perfect for entertaining, and they promote a whole list of health benefits, especially better sleep. 

 

But not everyone has the luxury of owning, or even frequenting, a soothing hot tub. So what’s the next best thing? 

 

A nice hot bath! 

 

Believe it or not, a hot bath can offer the same therapeutic effects as a hot tub. It is just hot water after all, right? 

 

But we invite you to take your hot baths to the next level with CBD bath bombs. 

 

Now here’s the thing… When we apply hot water to our skin, our pores open up, and whatever’s in the water will enter into our body through our skin. 

 

That said, we know that CBD offers an array of therapeutic properties, so it’s a no-brainer to include a therapeutic CBD bath bomb in your next soak, right? 

 

Well, hold on just a second… 

 

Just because a bath bomb contains CBD, doesn’t mean it’s good for you to soak in. 

 

Here’s why… 

 

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of shady companies who are creating bath bombs with cheap, and quite frankly, dangerous ingredients. They add a little bit of CBD, if any at all, and then slap a glossy label on the front, hoping you won’t discover their deep, dark secrets.  

 

We know, it’s mind blowing. But it’s true. 

 

This is why we’re blowing the whistle and revealing which… 

Bath bomb ingredients to avoid 

In the CBD bath bomb market, there’s been an increase of bad companies that don’t take quality or safety seriously.

 

We’ve noticed that these so-called “CBD bath bombs” have similar ingredients that no bath bomb should ever have, so steer away if you see any of these on a product’s label: \

Artificial colors or dyes 

Scientists are exploring numerous health concerns regarding synthetic colors and dyes. 

 

Some studies even mention carcinogenic properties, which is why more studies are currently underway. 

Benzene derivatives 

There’s a list of the alarming symptoms associated with benzene exposure on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website, some of which include: headaches, dizziness, and even death (at extremely high levels). 

 

Some studies have even used the terms carcinogen and benzidine interchangeably. 

Parabens 

The FDA and CDC are very unclear about parabens, but they do mention that they will continue to explore the link between parabens and breast cancer as well as other endocrine disruptions. 

 

Nevertheless, companies are allowed to use parabens in their products to increase their shelf life and prevent the natural breakdown of biodegradable ingredients. 

Phthalates 

Again, there’s an interesting list of harmful symptoms linked to phthalate exposure on the CDC website. 

 

And scientists are pushing for future research regarding the link between phthalates and endocrine / epigenomic disruptors. 

Talc 

The FDA is aware that some mining sites, where talc is obtained, contain asbestos. 

 

And since the 1960s, scientists have been exploring the connection between talc and cancer / inflammation. 

 

Sadly, these ingredients are hard to spot when looking at your bath bomb ingredient label. But they’re often hidden under the term “fragrance”, which the FDA considers “confidential business information”.

 

Theoretically, this is a wonderful way to conceal your secret ingredients (think: KFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken’s original crispy chicken recipe). But the issue is that not all companies are looking out for consumers’ best interest, and this is true with bath bomb companies. 

 

That’s why we do things a lot differently at Alki

Our bath bomb ingredients 

We’ve been in the bath bomb industry for a good little while, and we’ve witnessed the shadiness of bad CBD bath bombs. It’s alarming and downright wrong! But somehow these companies are getting away with it. 

 

That’s why we took matters into our own hands and created safe, effective CBD bath bombs we personally use and love. 

 

Of course, our products don’t contain any of the potentially harmful ingredients listed above. Instead, all of our CBD bath bombs contain the following core ingredients: 

Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid

Otherwise known as baking soda and Vitamin C. When combined, these two ingredients create the “fizzy” effect of a bath bomb.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt baths are known to help soften rough or dry skin and may exfoliate dead skin cells. It’s also known to contain high levels of magnesium, a mineral that not many people get enough of. 

 

While it’s unclear how much magnesium is absorbed through the skin from epsom salt, it is clear that magnesium aids the body in recovery from soreness.  

Corn Starch

Corn starch manages the fizzing reaction of the ingredients; so if you drop your bath bomb in the water, it will not “explode!”

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is a non-comedogenic carrier oil, which means it helps to avoid skin pore blockages. In fact, one study found that sunflower oil improves hydration to the skin and can be used on all skin types. 

 

Additionally, sunflower oil contains Vitamin E, oleic acid, and other components that are quite beneficial to the skin. 

Water

This is what scientists refer to as H20. It is the most essential ingredient for life in general, but it’s the most important ingredient for moisturizing the skin. 

Organic Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is a naturally occurring and non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid found in both hemp and cannabis plants.

 

It contains antioxidant properties that are inherently great for skin health. 

 

Additionally, our CBD is 100% organic and is derived from nutrient-rich soils in Oregon. 

Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy, otherwise known as essential oils, offer tremendous therapeutic benefits.  

 

When inhaled, the molecules in essential oils work their way from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and impact the amygdala, which is the emotional center of the brain. 

 

Essential oils can be absorbed through the skin as well. In fact, scientists are still exploring the health benefits of certain essential oils like lavender and peppermint. 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA)

SLSA is a surfactant that’s derived from coconut and palm oils. It’s used to make bubbles and can help remove trapped dirt. SLSA is not to be confused with SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which is known to be irritating to the skin. 

Mica Powder

Mica powder, otherwise known as “nature’s glitter”, is used as a natural shimmer. Mica powder is what gives eyeshadows their shimmery finish. 

 

Because mica powder comes from crushed rock, it is considered a natural exfoliant for removing dead skin cells. 

Bottom line of bath bomb ingredients 

Like you, we were hesitant to just soak in any ol’ CBD bath bomb. Synthetic ingredients can be very irritating, and in some cases, dangerous for certain skin types. That’s why we decided to create our own. 

 

So if you’re ready to restore your body’s balance and melt away the troubles of a stressful day, check out our premium CBD bath bombs and enjoy a relaxing soak today! 

 

If you have any further questions or concerns, reach out to our Alki team. We’d love to hear from you. 

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Ingredient Information

Sodium Bicarbonate & Citric Acid: Otherwise known as baking soda and Vitamin C. These two ingredients combined create the “fizzy” effect of a bath bomb.

Epsom Salt: Epsom salt baths can help soften rough or dry skin and can exfoliate dead skin cells. It also aids in reducing soreness & pain.

Corn Starch: Corn starch manages the fizzing reaction of the ingredients; so if you drop your bath bomb in the water, it will not “explode”!

Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is a non-comedogenic carrier oil which is highly absorbent. In short: sunflower oil won’t clog your pores. Additionally, it is non-irritating for most people and can be used on all skin types.

Water: What scientists refer to as H20.

Organic Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol (CBD): CBD is a naturally occurring & non-intoxicating cannabinoid (chemical compound) found in both hemp and cannabis plants.

Aromatherapy Oils: Aromatherapy is simply the combination of essential oils for therapeutic benefit. When inhaled, the molecules in essential oils work their way from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and can positively impact the amygdala, which is the emotional center of the brain.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA): SLSa is derived from coconut and palm oils. SLSa is safe and skin-friendly.

Mica Powder: The biggest benefit of mica is its ability to create a natural shimmery finish, since it can be milled to a fine powder. It is naturally produced and safe to use on almost all skin types.