Bubble baths are one trademark of a happy childhood. As a child, I spent many pleasant afternoons making beards and hats out of white bubbles during my baths, or running the jets in my grandparents’ Jacuzzi tub to make a capful of Mr. Bubble grow into mountainous white globs of foam.
Of course, when I hit adulthood, I realized that bubble baths aren’t as great as I thought they were. They were fun, yes, but probably not so good for my skin. Most bubble baths that are available in the supermarket have tons of dyes and fragrances in them, both of which can be irritating to skin, eyes, and even the urethra. If you’ve suffered chronic urinary tract infections, you’ve probably already been advised to cut out bubble baths completely.
In spite of all the fun bubble baths I took as a child, I realized pretty quickly as a parent that I couldn’t give my kids a lot of bubble baths. They have somewhat sensitive skin as it is, so adding an extra irritant to bath time isn’t a good choice for us. (That’s not to say they’ve never had bubble baths – they have, a few times, after I left them briefly unattended and they poured shampoo into the jetted tub.)
I was excited when I realized that I could make bubble bath myself, and even more excited when I realized that it has just a few simple ingredients and couldn’t possibly be easier to make. It isn’t exactly like my old favorite stuff, but it’s pretty good, and my kids love it.
Homemade Bubble Bath
- ½ cup warm distilled water
- ½ cup liquid castile soap, scent of your choice (find unscented castile soap here)
- ¼ cup vegetable glycerin (find organic glycerin here)
- (optional) essential oils of your choice (find 100% pure essential oils here)
I was serious when I told you that this is easy. Honestly, the hardest part for me was finding vegetable glycerin, and that was only hard because I realized at the store that I didn’t actually know how to pronounce it, and I wasn’t keen to ask the sales associate where it was. (Side note: it’s gliss-er-in. You probably already knew that. The sales associate certainly did.) It was also kind of hard to choose which scent of castile soap to go with. I decided on almond, but keep in mind that if you have very sensitive skin, you should probably buy unscented or even the “baby mild” kind.
Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, all you have to do is pour and mix them together. The water and castile soap will mix well, but the glycerin may settle at the bottom of your container. That’s normal!
To use your homemade bubble bath, first give your jar a gentle shake, just enough to mix in the glycerin. (Don’t over-shake – it’ll get foamy and too bubbly.) When it looks less separated, simply pour an eighth of a cup of the liquid bubble bath into warm, running bathwater. If you find that’s not enough, keep adding in small amounts until you’ve reached your desired bubble level.
How about you?
Have you used similar recipes? Let us know the differences in the comments!