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OMG! We FINALLY found out whether bath bombs are bad for your health


We hate to break this super bad news to you but bath bombs might be bad for your health.


We know guys, we’re completely 100% FREAKING OUT right now. But it’s true and we’ve figured out why.

The main reason why people are starting to think bath bombs are bad for us is the (sorta obvious) fact that they include LOADS of irritants. Yep, they’re as nasty as they sound – the irritants not only damage your skin but your private parts too. Yikes!

Metro UK were one of the first to discover this. They spoke to Dr Vanessa Mackay (a spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) who revealed that the perfumes and dyes used to create the bombs can result in infections like cystitis.

“It’s a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation,” says Dr Vanessa Mackay.


So what exactly does this mean? Should we cut out bath bombs all together or do we just have to avoid the extra sassy ones? You know with all the glitter and vibrant colours in them.

Tbh, we’re not happy about ditching either kind. Bath bombs are life.

Maximum Pop! decided to dig a little deeper though. We asked our friends at Lush Cosmetics what they thought of the news. It’s worth noting that ALL of their bath bombs use essential oils as opposed to perfume. They also use safe synthetics.

A spokesperson for Lush said:

In terms of all bathing products, bath bombs are probably the most benign.  The main constituents of a bath bomb are sodium bicarbonate and citric acid which create a solution in water that is commonly used to ease itchiness and irritation.

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They also revealed that all of their products are tested by human volunteers for sensitivity:

Each and every one of our extensive range of products are thoroughly tested by human volunteers for sensitivity (amongst other things).  This process is essential to ensure the products deliver the desired effects without causing any adverse reactions.

Hmmmm, so it sounds like Lush’s products are pretty safe.

So where do we go from here? Personally, we reckon it’s all down to knowing your skin type. We’d recommend reading the ingredients before you use homemade bath bombs. Double check you’re not allergic to any of the products used to make them.

It’s also worth popping in store to discuss sensitivity with any of the Lush staff if you’re concerned about bath bombs or any of their bathing products. Better safe than sorry and they’re always on hand to help!

Will you still be using bath bombs after this news? Let us know by voting below.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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