Glitter Regulations for Bath Bombs December 01 2017

Bath bombs are considered a cosmetic and there are rules and regulations imposed by the FDA for coloring bath bombs.  This has been a challenging time for people who make soap who have recently added bath bombs to their catalog.  Soaps are a rinse off product, whereas bath bombs are used in bathwater and are in contact with mucous membranes (genitals) for extended periods of time.

Glitter has been mostly ignored in the community as a color additive.  There are many who use glitter in every product and there are suppliers who supply these glitters with misinformation on their website.

Many glitters contain aluminum.  Some do not, but many do.  If you don't know if your does, look at the ingredient list on the label or on the website of your supplier.  If it contains aluminum, you may not use these safely in bath bombs (or other bath products).

I have confirmation from the Director of Color Certification at the FDA that if a glitter (or any color additive) contains aluminum, in cosmetics it is approved for the following:

  • Eyes:  YES
  • Generally (includes lipstick) NO
  • External: YES   This means it should not come in contact with mucous membranes (genitals) for extended periods of time (baths, for example).


So in layman's terms, ALUMINUM is:

  1. Not permitted on lips
  2. Not permitted in bath bombs, bath salts, bath bubble bars, etc.
One of our newest products that we (Mad Micas) carry is Bio-Glitter® made from eucalyptus cellulose, but still has aluminum in the ingredient list.  Because of this it is not allowed in bath bombs, unfortunately! 
There are other supply companies that state they are lip safe and okay for use in bath bombs.  This is not true and the FDA has confirmed this.
Mad Micas tries very hard to keep up on all of the color additive rules and regulations keeping you informed and in compliance with the FDA.
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