The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, let's face it; lately, nothing sounds better than popping in a hot bath with a fun-to-look-at bath bomb...
However, unfortunately, according to Dr Minke Burke, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, they might not be as good for you as they feel.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan, the Doctor said that it's the baking soda in the bomb that could cause irritation:
"Bath bombs contain ingredients that can disrupt the vaginal ecosystem. This ecosystem of the vagina is a tight network of good bacteria that maintain a low pH, or 'acidic' environment. It keeps your vagina healthy and prevents infections. Bath bombs contain ingredients that are 'alkaline', which is the opposite of acidic. If the pH of the vagina is altered, the ecosystem of good bacteria breaks down, leading to irritation and possibly infection."
He continued to say that even the natural products could still cause harm.
"I’m not a bath bomb expert but I’d recommend avoiding highly perfumed bath bombs, or ones with glitter and strong dyes. Perhaps try to aim for more natural ingredients. Remember natural does not necessarily mean that it’s good for your vagina."
But wait, before you hysterically run to the bathroom to throw away your stash, there's a simple way you can still soak in fizzing pinks and blues without mucking up your beloved vagina.
Dr Burke suggests simply washing the area with warm water (no soap) after your relaxing soak!