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With our busy work schedules, family life, workout regimens, and Netflix shows to catch up on, there’s less and less time to just kick back and focus on ourselves. This is a shame because in a world of constant distractions and screens, it’s essential to find ways to simply disconnect, detach, and do….nothing.

This type of self care is arguably best done snuggled up in a warm bath without a smartphone in sight. But what if you could combine it with CBD? That’s the thinking behind CBD bath bombs, a growing niche within the wider CBD market.

The CBD bath bomb craze actually makes perfect sense – it combines the self-care and wellness trend with a sort of in-home DIY spa treatment that feels good no matter what the science may or may not say about its actual effectiveness.

But should you be wary before purchasing a CBD bath bomb?

The safety concerns of bath bombs

Bath bombs are effervescent, typically spherical concoctions made of a mixture of wet and dry ingredients. They are meant to be dropped in a bath where they quickly fizz up and disperse their ingredients throughout the water.

They typically include an acid along with a bicarbonate base which combine when the bath bomb becomes wet. In addition, all types of active ingredients are added to the bath bomb, such as essential oils or CBD, which then bubble out into the water to create a soaking solution.

A CBD bath bomb is simply a bath bomb which includes CBD, which can be in the form of CBD isolate or full or broad spectrum CBD oil.

The additives is where you should exercise some caution. A researcher who examined bath bombs for ConsumerSafety.org recently stated that “people are using these toxic products on a daily basis, unknowingly exposing themselves and loved ones to harmful ingredients.”

According to ConsumerSafety.org, many bath bombs “contain harmful ingredients that may discourage you from the tub altogether.”

The organization lists a number of specific concerns, including:

  • talcum powder, which has been linked to a heightened risk of Ovarian cancer
  • perfumes and dyes, which can cause vaginal infections
  • synthetic scents listed merely as “fragrance,” which could potentially include as many as 3,000 unlisted toxins

The ingredients in some bath bombs can also cause a variety of skin problems, including redness, itching, and scaling. This can also be true for the “natural ingredients.” One doctor interviewed by the Cleveland Clinic recommends staying in bath bomb water no longer than 10-15 minutes, and rinsing off in the shower afterwards to remove any residual chemicals.

In addition, bath bombs that contain fragrances, essential oils, and dyes may also cause irritation if they enter the eyes.

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