Bath bombs are hard-packed mixture of dry ingredients which effervesces when wet. They are used to add essential oils, scent, bubbles and color to bathwater.
Recently I emailed the FDA to ask whether a bath bomb was a cosmetic and here was their reply.
The FD&C Act defines cosmetics by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance” (FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)). Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, and deodorants, as well as any substance intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product. It does not include soap. (To learn what products are considered “soap” for regulatory purposes, see “Soap.” Please verify your product, “bath bomb” fits the aforementioned description, as the regulations regarding these color additives are specific to this category of products.
So where does a bath bomb fit into the above list of what would be considered a “cosmetic?”
Is it rubbed on to the skin?
Is it sprayed, sprinkled or applied to the human body?
Does it cleanse?
Is it beautifying?
Does it promote attractiveness or alter your appearance?
Is it a moisturizer, perfume, face makeup, nail polish?
If we are talking about the traditional bath bomb that one throws into the tub water to color it and add fragrance then I don’t think it comes under the heading of a cosmetic. If you are adding herbs, teas, butters etc to moisturize the skin, combat itchiness etc then yes it could be a cosmetic.
What do you think? Feel free to comment.
Here are a couple of short articles that may be of interest.http://www.allure.com/story/do-bath-bombs-really-work