Are Bath Bombs created equal?
Not by a long shot!! NO! Not even a little bit!
The Honey B Soap Company's Bath Bombs are different on every front:
*No Fragrance Oils
*No Dyes/Aluminum Lakes
*No Polysorbate 80
Our Bath Bombs contain beneficial ingredients like:
*Sweet Almond Oil
*Mango and Shea Butter
*Non-GMO Citric Acid
*Some contain Pink Himalayan Salt and/or clays
We don't believe our bath bombs would be any better if they contained a ring or toy. In fact, we despise those plastic toy/ring holders. How many of those actually get recycled?! We know you are a smart consumer and if you want a ring, you'll go buy a ring. You don't need to put a bath bomb in your tub to get a cheap prize. Can you tell this irritates me a lot?!
As far as we can tell, the only reason this is used as an ingredient is to be a cheap filler and to possibly slow the fizzing to make the bath bomb last longer. Cornstarch is oil-absorbing and will soak up oil from your bath bomb or your skin. This can actually dry your skin out. It also can act as a medium for bacteria to grow (it's corn...food for a bacterial feast), causing acne breakouts. Since it's from corn, it's most likely a GMO and we realize there are many of you who are fine with that, but we are erring on the side of caution here. Finally, there is a HUGE difference between cosmetic-grade and food-grade cornstarch. When you read that your high end makeup has cornstarch in it, it's not even close to the container in your cupboard.
No Fragrance Oils
Ok, we know you like strawberry or pumpkin pie scented items. The truth is, it's very, very bad for you! Fragrance oils contain phthalates. Simply put, these are endocrine disruptors. This means a change in your reproductive abilities. For reals people! We are talking reproduction! Fragrance oils are nearly 95% derived from petrochemicals meaning they are (possibly) carcinogenic (they cause cancer). They are used because there is a wider selection of smells and they are cheap.
We use high quality essential oils because we believe that poisoning you with fragrance oils is unethical. We feel so strongly about this we feel you should avoid any product that says, "Fragrance." If a company isn't willing to tell you where their smell comes from, what else are they hiding?
These abbreviations stand for the various "Sulfates" that are found in the cosmetic world. Sulfates are surfactants -when you combine them with water they will foam and emulsify greasy substances. They are largely synthetic derived from...can you guess? We knew you were smart... petrochemicals! These aren't so much a health risk as they are an irritant to skin. By the way, foam does not mean clean. Toothpaste didn't used to foam, but we have been conditioned to think suds and foaming means "clean."
No Dyes/Aluminum Lakes
FD & C (Food Drugs & Cosmetics) colors are derived from coal-tar, a petroleum by-product.
There are Dyes and there are Lakes, these are "organic" colorants. Not organic like "I buy organic vegetables," but organic because they contain carbon chains and rings; it's a chemistry definition.
Dyes are powdery and are soluble in water. Lakes are oil dispersable. Lakes are usually what you will find in personal care products. Lakes can be derived from coal-tar. Lakes are generally formed from reacting dyes with precipitants and metal salts like barium, calcium and aluminum. There are studies suggesting a link between Alzheimer's and aluminum.
We use what is considered "inorganic" colorants, micas and oxides. These are synthesized to avoid heavy metal contamination that you would find in nature. We are ever researching this because we want to make sure we are doing our best to keep you safe, but provide pretty soaps and bath products.
Polysorbate 80 is found in foods, medicines, vaccines, and personal care products to name a few. It is added to bath bombs to keep the colorant off the sides of your tub. Admittedly, this might be the only drawback to our bath bombs, but customer feed back has been very positive**.
There is limited research, but it suggests a low health risk. Like cornstarch, there is a difference between food grade and cosmetic grade. Here however, food grade is far better because is contains less contamination. These contaminates are where they find the carcinogenic compounds. The other issue we have with Polysorbate 80 is it's origin. Polysorbate 80 comes from sorbitan. Sorbitan comes from Sorbitol which comes from (most likely GMO) corn. We'll take a little bathtub ring over soaking in the tub with Polysorbate 80.
So, are bath bombs created equal? We encourage you to shop around and compare. We are confident you will find there are few bath bombs on the market that are made as pure and have as many benefits as ours at The Honey B Soap Company.
**If the ring is bothersome to you, you can clean the tub with a mixture of vinegar, dish soap and a soft cloth. Spray on the mixture, let sit for a couple minutes and wipe. Rinse tub. Clean as a whistle!