These Bombs are the Bomb!

As a little girl I never tolerated things like bubble bath in my tub. Now I know why. While bath bombs are eye candy to any little girl – most of them contain a number of human carcinogens, hormone disruptors and artificial dyes.

This weekend, we decided to make something BETTER.

Below are the recipes from @mindfulmomma (thank you!) we followed. While we were at it we made some toilet bombs too. Did you know that traditional toilet cleaners are some of the most toxic home cleaning products you can buy?

Have fun and let me know what you think!


Homemade Fizzy Toilet Bombs

A natural way to keep your toilet fresh and deodorized in between cleanings.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ⅓ cup citric acid
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 30 drops essential oil eucalyptus or peppermint

Instructions:

  1. Mix baking soda and citric acid together in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in hydrogen peroxide, mixing as you go. Slowly add the essential oil, mixing constantly. The mixture will bubble and fizz a little bit but that is OK.
  2. Press the mixture into silicone molds. Make sure the mixture is packed into the molds tightly. Let the molds dry for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Push bath bombs out of the molds. Store in a sealed container.

Homemade Bath Bombs

Made with non-toxic odor neutralizing, disinfecting and stain fighting ingredients – this is a nice freshener to use between cleanings. Just drop on in the water and it will start to fizz.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/8 cup Espom salts
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2.5 tablespoons skincare oil (almond, grapeseed, jojoba)
  • 10-20 drops essential oil
  • 3-4 drops natural food coloring (optional

Instructions:

  1. Mix water, oil and essential oil (and food color if using) together in a small jar and shake well. Slowly drizzle wet ingredients over dry ingredients, mixing constantly. A slight fizzy reaction will happen but that’s OK. The mixture will be crumbly but packable.
  2. Press mixture together into 1 to 2 inch balls. This can be done free-form or using a mold. We used a small melon baller.

Nailing It…

Nobody loves a mani/pedi as much as this girl. Anything that involves a foot rub is a-okay with me. For years I unknowingly visited the salon and had umpteen chemicals slathered all over my nails and body… these days I am trying to do BETTER. I haven’t given up the salons altogether (’cause let’s keep it real, nasty nails aren’t exactly hip), but I do go less often and when I do I have adopted a regimen that makes me feel just a little more clean and green.

When I walk in and they ask me to pick my color, I give a wink and a nod and say “I brought my own.” Cue the eye rolls and conversation in a language I can’t understand. Unphased, I proceed to unload my little cosmetic bag of tricks.

I turn on my massage chair (I prefer kneading to knocking), and I am ready to roll.

In a perfect world, we would all have salons like this that take the health of their workers and customers seriously. As timing would have it, just this week a suit was filed against the FDA for their unconscionable (that’s a fancy word for bullshit) disregard and lack of follow-up to the formal request filed over 5 years ago asking them to investigate the makers of products that have been shown to harm salon workers and their customers since 2008.

Those of us who visit hair and nail salons are negatively impacted… but it’s the workers themselves who suffer the most. There are over 17,000 nail salons in this country, very few of which have any standards at all when it comes to safety. At the same time, salon workers continue to show side effects like headaches, rashes, breathing problems and higher rates of certain cancers, asthma and birth defects in their children.

Luckily many new health-minded nail care companies have entered the scene over the past few years, making it easier for us to have access to safe products. First they came out with 3-free polishes, then 5-free came along and now you can find 7, 8 and even 9-free polishes. 9 free? What the heck does that even mean? It means chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (which are completely legal, yet completely toxic) have gotten the boot from their little glass bottle of color.  Does it matter? Do polishes even penetrate the nail? This study and others like it confirm that to be the case.

But do the healthier alternatives work? In short, yes.

Non-toxic products of the past used to carry a stigma of ineffective and un-cool (think crystal deodorant that you tried 15 years ago which didn’t do any of us any favors). Nowadays it isn’t just hip to be green, there are actually plenty of products that work – and often perform better than their toxic counterparts. Brands like this and this don’t exactly look ho-hum.

If you’re lucky enough to live in California, you can choose a healthy salon. For the rest of us, we better start packing… or, look for salons that have good ventilation and stock at least 3-free polishes. Or, better yet, take a cue from moi and BYOP (bring your own polish).

If you or someone you care about works in a salon, there are things they can do too. Many of them are simple like improving ventilation (can be as simple as opening a door). You can find helpful information here and here.

Below are a few of my go-to nail products and a few on my wish list to try.

NCLA

LVX

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AILA

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Jenna Hipp

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Smith and Cult

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Zoya

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For a healthier polish remover, try either of these soy based removers. You have to let the cotton ball sit on your nail for a little while before you start rubbing but if you have patience, they do work.

AILA

Priti NYC 

Now go forth and get nailed!

xx