We asked an expert if bath bombs are actually bad for your vagina

There’s something undeniably delightful about dropping a bath bomb into the tub and watching it fizz while it offers the scent of the gods. But there’s a dark side to bath bombs that we need to talk about: Bath bombs are not always great for your vagina.

A recent article in SELF.com revealed this sad truth about bath bombs, in which two gynecologists confirme that the colorful—but often chemical-filled—bath products can disrupt the delicate balance of your vaginal bacteria. A healthy vaginal pH level is between 4 and 4.5 — the ideal balance for keeping your vagina bacteria- and pathogen-free, but bath bombs can upend that delicate balance.