Note: I am not a doctor, herbalist, aromatherapist or chemist. I am just an everyday mom trying to figure out how to live naturally. This recipe is one that works for myself and my family. Please consult your doctor before using any diy recipe or essential oils to confirm that they are safe for you. This holds especially important if you are currently pregnant.
Homemade Bubble Bath Doesn’t Exist
Is there anything better to a toddler than big, face making bubbles in the bathtub? Well, perhaps homemade bath bombs because watching them fizz is fun! Bubble baths are one of those classic necessities as a child so making a homemade bubble bath seems like a no-brainer, right? WELL… let me open your eyes on that one…
Like most daily products, bubble bath seems to be loaded with all sorts of harmful, seemingly unnecessary ingredients. When checking bubble bath into my EWG app (do you have this app? It’s kind of awesome an gives you a “risk rating” of your product) most traditional bubble baths were coming back waaayyy to high for my liking.
Once I started checking, even many of my favorite natural brands were coming back with a higher than expected rating. This is mostly because so many companies add the elusive “fragrance” ingredient into their bubbles geared towards kids.
The issue with fragrance is that it can literally be anything. Since companies coin their particular scent, they don’t have to declare what ingredients (if you can call them that) the scent is made of. This is by far not something I am comfortable having my daughters soak in.
On top of that, because we’re a bit more natural in my house, using artificial scents irritate my nose and give me a slight headache (ugh I’m one of those people).
But the truth is (I feel like I say this a lot in my blogs??), I didn’t really consider making homemade bubble bath until a photo client requested it. For some reason, the thought had never crossed my mind. My toddler is only just getting into bubble baths so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give some recipes a try!
Unfortunately, making your own bubble bath freaking sucks.
And here’s why:
The more I read about homemade bubble bath, the more I learned that there was really only two ways to go about it: the egg white way and the glycerin way.
Homemade Bubble Bath With Egg Whites
To be honest (jeez, another thing I say faaarrrr to often), this particular recipe freaked me out the first time I read it. I mean, who wants to bathe with egg whites? Umm yuck. But the internet world assured me that it would work splendidly. The recipe is pretty much just:
- Egg whites
- Castille soap
Everything I read said that the egg whites were what helped the bubbles to be larger and not disappear too quickly.
The internet was wrong.
And on top of it just not working was the fact that it was just gross.
This recipe did produce bubbles for a brief period of time. And then it produced slimy chunks. It turned the water white and somewhat sticky.
Which was wonderful because baby bear got her hair wet and refused to drain the tub for clean water. So she instead, bathed in the egg whites for the next twenty minutes which left her hair the next day sticky and weird.
It was lovely.
Okay it wasn’t, honestly it was just gross and I’ll never forget the creepy feeling of the bath water.
The Glycerin Recipe
So after the disaster that was the egg white “bubble” bath, I obviously switched gears towards the glycerin approach. This recipe goes something like:
- Castille soap
- Vegetable glycerin
- Essential oils
The glycerin is supposed to keep the bubbles that the soap makes.
This recipe wasn’t as horrific as the last one but it still sucked.
It does produce some bubble when you pour it in (though you need to use about a cup of mixture!) but the bubbles last less than two minutes. After which the water was a gorgeous diluted milk color which again was just grand 😛
Ever the optimist, I tried the glycerine style recipe again. I tweaked the ratios, added almond oil and tried literally everything I could think of.
It. All. Sucked.
As a natural mama I love making so many of our own household products… but bubble bath isn’t one of them. Homemade bubble bath just doesn’t work.
If you manage to get bubbles they don’t last longer than a few minutes or the somehow turn the water icky.
So what’s a natural mama to do?
Unfortunately, this is one of the situations in which buying your bubble bath is probably the best way to go (sorry to all the die hards!).
Since it looks like I’ll be buying bubble bath for the foreseeable future (seriously, homemade bubble bath is sooo not worth the attempt!), I consulted my EWG app and began scanning away as many bubble baths as I could to find one I feel comfortable using on my daughters skin. The two I came up with were (click the image if you’d like to check them out or purchase):
These two products have a rating of two on the EWG scale (10 being extremely toxic) and are as natural as I could find locally (though I haven’t searched online yet!). they foam up fairly well and while they don’t last thirty minutes they do last for most of my daughters bath
Don’t forget to pin this homemade bubble bath fail!
While I love making homemade products for my family. I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always possible or practical. Bubble bath is one of those things that is better off purchased. After all, no toddler should have to go without a foam fun bubble bath at the end of the day!