Bath & Body

Common Questions

Essential oils are organic compounds derived from plant sources such as roots, bark, flowers and seeds. They are complex chemical compounds and not technically oils at all! They are extracted using a variety of methods to capture the scented particles, leaving many of the other chemical constituents of the plant behind.

Below is a list of some of the traditionally accepted contraindicated oils for specific conditions. There is little scientific research to support most of these contraindications so they are usually avoided as a precaution.

PREGNANCY: Basil, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, fennel, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, origanum, pennyroyal, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme.

BREASTFEEDING: Mint, parsley, sage and jasmine. (research has shown that jasmine inhibits milk production in lactating mothers)

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, rose, rosemary, sage and thyme.

LOW BLOOD PRESSURE: Clary sage, garlic, lavender, lemon, marjoram and ylang-ylang.

EPILEPSY: Fennel, hyssop, rosemary, sage and wormwood.




The following oils should never be used in any form of therapy:

Almond (bitter), Boldo Leaf, Calamus, Camphor (brown), Camphor (yellow), Horseradish, Jaborandi leaf, Mugwort, Mustard, Rue, Sassafras, Sassafras (Brazil), Savin, Southernwood, Tansy, Thuja (cedarleaf), Thuja, Plicata, Wintergreen, Wormseed, Wormwood.

**Compiled and written by Lyn Gardenchild DipIFA IEB Aromatherapist and IEB registered tutor.



This is commonly known as lye, you cannot make soap without lye. Since the 1700s sodium hydroxide has been derived from sea salt and is now sold in a standardized flake or grain form, much like table salt, or sodium chloride. sodium hydroxide produces bar soap, potassium hydroxide (another “lye”) is used to make liquid soaps.


FRUIT, VEGETABLES & NUT OILS: Our suppliers only use pure non-animal oils to make their soaps. Some products would not however be suitable for vegans since they may contain beeswax, honey or goat’s milk. 

BEESWAX: This is added for colour, scent, and to produce a harder bar of soap that will last longer in your soap dish.

HONEY: A natural humectant (draws moisture to your skin) and is used for colour and scent since it caramelizes during the gel phase of the soap making process.

OATMEAL: Added to soften as well as to gently buff your skin. 

GLITTER: Our suppliers use glitters which are vegetable cellulose based and are also biodegradable. 

OTHER: Lavender flowers, ground almonds, myrrh powder and other natural ingredients can be added for texture, eye appeal or to provide mild exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells.

*Please note the above is useful information only.

*All our Children's bath bombs and Soaps are Vegan friendly. 

*Only some of our other bath products are not vegan friendly and contain Gelatin, these are apart of our Bubble T range.

*Please check the individual products listing page for full list of ingredients and product information. 

Sulfates are used in shampoos and body wash products to make them foam and dissolve oil, sulfate can sometimes be spelt with a "ph" as in sulphate but the chemical is exactly the same.

There's a lot of confusion surrounding sulfates, particularly around which are considered safe to use on the skin and those which are not.

The four common sulfates are: 

1) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
2) Sodium Laureth Sulfate
3) Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
4) Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. 

Of these only one is permitted for use in certified organic products. Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) is certified by the European organic regulator (Eco-Cert) as OK to use in organic toiletries and cosmetics because all the research on the irritancy and toxicity of ALS point to this particular sulfate being safe to use on the skin.

Some manufacturers of natural products choose to avoid sulfates and they substitute them with chemicals which have not had such bad PR, unfortunately this sometimes results in an even more irritating chemical being used. For example Sodium Olefin Sulfonate (also know as C14-C16) is much more irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate but because it has not been talked about in the press it slips under most people's radar. 

Many people with allergies to sulfates are not actually allergic to the sulfate itself. The problem is that some sulfates excessively breakdown the skin's natural oils and this means the skin is more permeable to other ingredients in the product. It is usually deeper penetration by other ingredients which causes the allergic reaction. 

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ORGANIC: While some of our suppliers do use organic ingredients to make their products, they are not "certified" as an organic company so cannot make the claim in a product title that it is organic. This certification is something that is paid for annually by companies who choose to pay to have this title, however without the title most companies do use fresh and/or natural ingredeints without the paid certification, including the suppliers we stock. 

CRUELTY-FREE: We source products which are cruetly free only and this is also EU LAW. Every manufacturer in the UK or EU must be cruelty-free. That means that any products and/or ingredients used in manufacturing must NEVER have been tested on animals at any time in their production. This came into effect several years ago but became official 3 years ago. This used to be something that was used by companies as a selling point and some still do. The fact is it's already law and has been for some time.

VEGAN: Some of our suppliers products are not vegan friendly as the use of ingredeints such as beeswax, honey, goats milk, gelatin etc may have been used, however Sugarplum Moon do opt to purchase the majority of our chosen products from suppliers which are vegan friendly. 



Soap bars can last around 24 months if kept wrapped when not in use.


These can last up to 6 months.


These can also last for around 6 months, although as they are made from natural butters, they may soften in the summer if left out in a warm bathroom or in the sun, so checking their consistency is key to keeping them at their best.


The average shelf life for bath bombs is approx. 6 months, this ensures the freshness and quality of the ingredients used are still at their best.

*Bath bombs can be used after this time but will lose some of their fizz and magic.


It is recommended not to use bath bombs after their expiry date so always try to use them within the span of their shelf life.

To prolong and to ensure the best in your bath product you should always keep them away from moisture, humidity and sunlight, as even the steam from a shower or the rays of the sun, can spoil your unused bath products and/or cause them to disintegrate.

TOP TIP! Keeping your bath product(s) in their original packaging and an air tight container, such as a glass jar, container or somewhere dry, is best for maximum quality and longevity of the product.


All product ingredients are listed online and can be found in the individual products listing page as well as any other additional product information. 

*In case of allergies please always ensure you check the ingredients before you purchase!


To be on the safe side, please avoid use of products containing essential oils if you have any the following conditions.

  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Cardiac Fibrilation
  • Kidney Disease
  • First Trimester Pregnancy


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Yes, you can return bath products as long as they have been unopened, un-used and are in there original condition and packaging.  (returns are at the customers expense)

Bath Products Information Guide

Traditional Solid Soap Bars.

Soaps bars can now come in an array of Beautiful fragrances and designs, with some containing pieces of Fruit, Seeds, Flowers and even Glitter!

Shelf life.

Soap bars can last around 24 months if kept wrapped when not in use.

It is recommended not to use bath products after their expiry date. 

Whipped Soaps.

A whipped soap has a thick consistency, a bit like mousse and acts like a foaming body butter, they can be used for a variety of things, such as shaving, showering, as a hair conditioner or as a face wash.

Whipped soaps also generally contain skin loving ingredients such as healthy oils and butters and come in a variety of colours, designs and fragrances.

Jelly Soaps.

Jelly soaps are fun to use and are great for the kids!

Use just like a regular bar of soap, although be careful, as they are made of jelly (hence the name) and will wobble and jiggle about.

Jelly soaps also come in a variety of colours and fragrances and some designs also contain decorations such as a toy or glitter.

Shelf life.

Whipped and Jelly soaps have a shelf life of around 6 months, Jelly soaps are best stored in the fridge to prevent them going gloopy.

It is recommended not to use bath products after their expiry date. 

Bubble Bars.

Bubble bars are super fun for children to use and also come in a variety of designs and scents.

Bubble bars act as an eco-alternative to traditional liquid bath soak, just in a solid form and without the bottle!

To use bubble bars simply crumble off your desired amount into warm running water and watch the bubbles grow!

Shelf life.

Bubble bars can last around 6 months.

Bath Bombs.

Bath bombs come in a colourful array of designs, shapes, fragrances and sizes and are a wonderful addition or pick me up to any bath time.

Bath bombs can be used for a variety of reasons, wether you wish to add colour, decorations, bubbles or a pop of fizzing fun, there are plenty of choices to choose from.

Shelf life.

The average shelf life for bath bombs is approx 6 months, this ensures the freshness and quality of the ingredients used are still at their best.

Bath bombs can be used after this time but will lose some of their fizz and magic.

Soap Scrubs.

Soap scrubs just like bath bombs come in an array of beautiful scents and also contain lots of skin loving emollients, the majority are made using fine sugar which gives the grainy texture for removing impurities and dead skin.

Shelf life.

Sugar scrubs should last fo up to 6 months but can last upto 12 if looked after and stored correctly, such as in the original packaging or a plastic bag or container to help keep out moisture.




Top Tips! 💡

  1. All bath products are best stored in a dry place away from moisture, humidity and direct sunlight, as this can spoil the quality and longevity of the product.
  2. It is recommended not to use bath products after their expiry date.

  3. Keeping your bath bomb(s) in an air tight container, such as a glass jar, or somewhere dry is best for maximum quality and longevity of the product.

  4. Please always ensure you check the ingredients before purchase! This is for your own or the recipients safety, In case of possible allergies. 

  5. Bath products are best used before the expiry date so you get to enjoy them at their best.