Few things are more pampering than unwinding with a hot bubble bath after a chilly day. But, if you’re anything like me, lying in a mixture of “cocamidopropyl betaine” and “red #5” sounds anything but relaxing. Despite the daunting ingredient list on your bottle of Mr. Bubble, whipping up a batch of DIY-bubble bath is much easier than you might expect. This simple, eco-friendly bubble bath makes a thoughtful gift for your Valentine, or an even better gift for yourself if you’ll be soaking (or sulking) solo.
A bubble bath is supposed to ease your body and mind, so why not use products you can feel good about?
Castile soap is a mixture of organic oils that gently cleans while producing a rich lather. It smells awesome and, better yet, is completely biodegradable, organic and fair-trade. I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Soaps, but any brand will do. You can find these at drug stores, natural food stores, or the organic section of your local grocery store.
Liquid glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap making process, combining water with the fat derived from vegetable oil. It has a wide range of uses, from lotions to household cleaners to candy. Liquid glycerin can be found at most drug stores or in the health and beauty aisle of many grocery stores.
Once you’ve picked up your supplies, your project is near complete. Simply combine one part castile soap to one part glycerin and stir, adding a few drops of essential oil if you please. Essential oil is not necessary (no pun intended) for your bubble bath, but it can help you create some fun scent pairings. Mix lemon essential oil with mint castile soap for a refreshing scent, or lavender oil with rose soap for a little romance. If you’re looking to create a really exotic fragrance, try ordering your soaps and oils from the endless options online. Try Young Living for unusual essential oils, including nutmeg, lemongrass and pine.
Time to kick off the month of love right: throw some Barry Manilow on the ipod speakers (or Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”, depending on your situation), pour some of your homemade bubble bath under a running bath, and slip into a state of bubbly bliss.