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Busting out the Bubbly! Let's Talk Bubble Bars.

A few weeks ago, I posted a poll over on my Instagram asking what you guys would like to see more of, and the resounding answer was bath treats!

I am HERE for the bath treats, anything I can pile onto the edges of my tub to choose from during my Saturday night bath is good - the more the merrier! If you've been around for the last few years, you've seen the solid bubble bath before. Super glad to have these back, and there will be more bath treats soon!

Some people are very hesitant to use bubble bath, and rightly so! It has earned itself some flack over the years, but it's important to remember that not all bubble bath is created equally. Allow me to elaborate!

Myth: bubble bath causes yeast infections

What actually causes yeast infection:

1) harsh detergents such as SLS, SLeS in bubble bath.

Not only are these sulfates incredibly harsh, but they have alkaline pH whereas the skin is slightly acidic (4.5-5), and the vagina/vulva is around 3-4 in pH (acidic). Disrupting the pH balance of the vulva/vagina can create an environment that's inhospitable to GOOD fungus/bacteria and a playground for BAD fungus/bacteria. We want our pH to stay juuuUuUst right!
Sulfates in bubble bath can also make your skin feel incredibly dry and itchy, they strip away all of the lovely oils that your skin so desperately needs to stay happy and healthy.

2) fragrance: ah, fragrance...here you are again, on another list of irritants, untraceable in your exact origins, so we have no way of knowing which of your components brings us such agony. NEVERTHELESS.

3) improper pH: I know I just mentioned this in the harsh detergents bullet, but it bears repeating. The pH of the ingredients matters, but the pH of the final product does too!

4) too much of a good thing: Listen....I love a bath. I love things IN my bath, but too much of a good thing is not good. If you like to soak in the tub several times a week, limit your fancy bath (with the works) to 1, maybe 2 times weekly. Any more than that is a recipe for trouble. If you need a little something to make your bath special, try just throwing in some plain magnesium (epsom) salts and light your favorite candle or incense

Myth: Cocamidopropyl Betaine is an irritant:

we're gonna abbreviate that baby to CapB for the sake of my fingers...

CapB is not inherently irritating.

When formulating with surfactants/detergents, there is a maximum usage rate for a reason, going beyond that percentage for the sake of more bubbles leads to ingredients getting a bad rap for something that is not wholly true.

In formulations, CapB is actually known to increase mildness, promote better solubility of difficult-to-dissolve solid ingredients, it has a relatively neutral pH around 7, overall it really is a very flexible an necessary ingredient in a lot of cases, especially when you want stable, fluffy bubbles.

In my formulas, I use CapB alongside other detergents to reach the desired effect of the product; however, I never use anywhere near the maximum concentration. A little goes a long way, and as always my goal is to love on your skin! 

With ALLLLL that being said, check out the bubble bath collection! Yay!

TTFN,
Courtney

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