Are bubble Baths safe for our bodies? What about ‘natural’ bubble baths, are they as safe as they seem?
Traditional bubble baths contain a myriad of chemicals to help create thick bubbles which last. The biggest culprit is SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) which is often in soaps, shampoos, hand washes and laundry products. There is strong evidence it is a human irritant. According to the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List, it’s classified as expected to be toxic or harmful. So steer clear of those cheap Kmart bubble baths – Like this Funtime Bubble Bath – Aqua Splash.
As well as SLS it contains Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone and Cocamidopropyl Betaine . All of these ingredients I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole! High toxicity levels, irritants and more. Methylisothiazolinone is banned in body lotions, deodorants, and other leave-on cosmetics sold in the European Union. It’s however often used in Australian and US products. I’ve seen it in an old formula of ‘Organic Care’ shampoo which you get from the supermarket. But let’s look at the more natural brands as you probably assume a $2 bottle of 1ltr bubble bath isn’t going to be great. It just can’t be for $2!
Made by the exact same company as the above product is Organic Care Kids Bubble bath. They haven’t put in the above ingredients apart from the fragrance (which can have up to 300 different toxic chemicals in it, you can read my post about fragrance here) it also contains Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium 10 and Sodium Benzoate. All very skin irritating. You might assume it is a natural choice, it’s called Organic Care so it must be organic. I couldn’t actually find on the packaging any organic ingredients in it.
I was asked about Moogoo and Jack N’ Jill bubble baths the other day.
Moogoo has an ingredient which the above $2 bubble bath also has, that is Cocamidopropyl Betaine. It’s the main ingredient as it’s second after water and is a derivative from coconut. Just because something is derived from a natural ingredient it doesn’t always mean it’s safe.
According to the EWG, Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.
It was also voted allergen of the year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society in 2004.
To be honest, I am not personally a big fan of Moogoo. Any time I look into the ingredients they don’t have enough data on them to determine if it’s actually safe or not; there are a lot of ‘derived from’ ingredients in their formulas.
Jack N’ Jill also contain Cocobetaine because it is a surfactant and creates the bubbles. It also contains Sodium Benzoate which is skin irritating. Not the safest choice in my opinion.
I am yet to actually find a natural product specific to being a BUBBLE BATH, they all contain Betain unfortunately as you need a surfactant for thick bubbles.
I have however found a couple of products which foam up and are a ton of fun. They won’t last as long as the above brands because it is missing the surfactant . But as you can see below you do still get some fun out of it. They’re body washes but contain ingredients which can foam up just without the surfactants, yippee. They also do a brilliant job washing the skin, leaving it all smooth and smelling beautiful. All without any toxicities or irritants 👍
My daughter Ellie has a blast with these, you get a good 10min of bubble fun before you need to swish the water back up to foam it all up again (I use a whisk)
Biologika – Baby Wash/Bubble BathSale!
We have also used Ahria Top to Toe Gel as a bubble bath to the same effect, this is a more premium product for washing and does a brilliant job as a wash for babies and children with sensitive skin, it is also amazing for washing hair- Best shampoo for kids hair I’ve found so far to be honest.
So all in all, you can’t get a safe bubble bath, well not that I have found yet. But these types of products still do the job in my opinion.