My two girls just love to have a bath together, they have so much fun splashing and playing in the water and the addition of bubbles just makes it that much better! Bubble bath is always something I forget to grab when I’m doing the weekly shop (and it runs out pretty fast in our house too!). For interest sake I looked at the bubble bath options in the store over the week and I put them all down as quick as I picked them up!
Arrhhh so many nasty chemicals, artificial dyes and fragrances, and a whole lot of crap I couldn’t pronounce! Nope just can’t do it, yuck! I knew when I got home to pull out some natural ingredients and create my own. I’m confident in knowing just what my kids were bathing in, as well as ingesting (we all know kids love to drink bath water.. nope just mine? OK).
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Conventional bubble bath liquid contains SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) which are both commercial foaming agents, these were originally created for degreasing and cleaning garage floors and cars. Whilst they are not highly dangerous, they can be irritating on the skin and if it gets in the eyes.
Because this recipe does not contain surfactants, you won’t get loads of fluffy bubbles like you would from a store bought brand. I suggest filling the tub to where you almost want it with tap water, then adding a quarter cup of your bubble bath liquid under the running tap right towards the end. When the bubbles are gone, your family are going to benefit from the wonderful natural ingredient properties such as:
- Lavender Floral Water and Essential Oil: because of lavenders powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties it can help heal cuts, scrapes and burns, it’s also very beneficial to people with skin conditions such as eczema and acne. The calming scent will soothe and relax you, making it perfect for using right before bed.
- Vegetable glycerin: Is a natural humectant which means it draws moisture to the skin, leaving your skin feeling silky and smooth. Its pH level closely matches our skin so it’s gentle enough to be used by babies and those with sensitive skin.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which can help to soothe and calm irritated skin, reduce skin infections and in assist in healing wounds. It’s also known to be excellent in keeping hair soft and silky and promoting hair growth.
What you will need to create natural bubble bath
- 1 cup of liquid castile soap (Purchase HERE)
- 4 tbs of vegetable glycerine (Purchase HERE)
- 4 tbs of lavender floral water or distilled water (Purchase HERE)
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil (Purchase HERE)
- 5 drops of vanilla extract (optional) (Purchase HERE)
Measure out your liquid castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and water into a glass measuring jug with a lip. Mix together and pour into your bubble bath bottle. Then add your vanilla and lavender essential oil. Pop the cap onto your bubble bath bottle and give it a good swirl to distribute. You can certainly customise this recipe with you preferred essential oils.
NOTE: These are not the big fluffy bubbles you get with the store-bought bubble baths. This recipe does not contain surfactants, which is a chemical in store-bought bubble bath to help create the bubbles. These chemicals can be toxic or pose a health risk. The bubbles in this recipe do not last as long, either. However, even when the bubbles are gone, your child will still benefit from the soothing lavender scent, as well as the moisturizing vegetable glycerin. Make sure to give the mixture a good shake before each use to disperse essential oil.Print
Make your own homemade DIY bubble bath liquid with calming lavender floral waster and vanilla extract using this simple recipe
250ml of liquid castile soap (Purchase HERE)
25ml of vegetable glycerine (Purchase HERE)
25ml of lavender floral water or distilled water (Purchase HERE)
1ml lavender essential oil (Purchase HERE)
1ml vanilla extract (optional) (Purchase HERE)
Make sure to give the mixture a good shake before each use to disperse the essential oils. Use within one week, if you want this mixture to last longer you could add a natural preservative such as Geogard UltraⓇ see my post here for more details.