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September 12, 2019 5 min read

FUN WITH FOAM!

Bubbles in the bath - endless fun for kids, luxuriously relaxing for the adults, everyone loves them. And now there are ways to make your own bubbly creations using natural surfactants instead of the sulfates and other nasties found in store bought bubble bath.


First up is the good old traditional-style liquid bubble bath. It is really as easy as blending gentle natural surfactants with water. Try this ultra gentle bubble bath suitable for smaller children. I’ve left the amounts in percentages so you can decide how much to make.


Gentle Kiddies Liquid Bubble Bath

65% distilled water

25% coco betaine, or a combination of coco betaine and decyl or coco glucoside

5% vegetable glycerine

1% euxyl 940 (preservative)

Essential oil of choice, try chamomile or geranium (optional)

5% citric acid solution to adjust the pH


Blend the surfactants together and add the glycerine. Add the preservative to the water, then add the surfactant mixture to the water, stirring gently. Blend in any child friendly essential oils and add in the citric acid solution to adjust the pH and you’re good to go. Add a dash or two of bubble bath to the running bath water and let the fun begin!



If you would like slightly stronger bubble bath, you can substitute the decyl glucoside for lauryl glucoside. Mix it with the coco glucoside (if using) and the coco betaine then follow the recipe as usual.




Next up is a foaming bath powder. This can be made extra fun with the addition of colour. Have a look at DIY Natural Colourants for inspiration.

Foaming Bath Powder

70g baking soda

60g citric acid

30g lauryl glucoside

20g coco betaine

30g cornstarch or arrowroot powder

A few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)

You can adjust the quantities of this recipe to make your desired amount.

Blend the lauryl glucoside with the coco betaine to make a surfactant paste. Then blend it with the arrowroot powder. Leave out in the sun for a few hours (I left mine for the whole day) to help some of the water content evaporate. While that is happening, mix the citric acid and baking soda together in a bowl. Then once most of the ‘wetness’ has evaporated from the surfactant mixture, add it to the citric acid and baking soda and mix well. You may need to work it all in with your hands, until the texture resembles clumpy damp sand. Leave to dry out a bit more then store in a sealed glass jar. To use, run a bath and throw a handful of the foaming powder in. Slosh the water around with your hands to develop the best bubbles.

If you find your mixture is too wet, simply add more ratios of baking soda and citric acid. If too dry, spritz on some water.



 

Bubble Bars

A popular request we’ve received is for bath bombs that will foam. Because bath bombs require 95% dry ingredients and we only have liquid surfactants, you will need to evaporate some of the water content out in order to achieve the right consistency for bath bombs. If you are planning to make a large batch of foaming bath bombs, you may want to prepare the evaporated surfactant mixture ahead of time. Simply spread it out in a baking dish and leave in the sun for the day, or try popping it in the oven on a gentle heat. This may seem like work but the result is worth it - fizzy and beautifully foaming bath bombs!

To make foaming bath bombs, simply follow the recipe for the Foaming Bath Powder above:

70g baking soda

60g citric acid

30g lauryl glucoside

20g coco betaine

30g cornstarch or arrowroot powder

A few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)

You can adjust the quantities of this recipe to make your desired amount.

Blend the lauryl glucoside with the coco betaine to make a surfactant paste. Then blend it with the arrowroot powder. Leave out in the sun for a few hours (I left mine for the whole day) to help some of the water content evaporate. While that is happening, mix the citric acid and baking soda together in a bowl. Then once most of the ‘wetness’ has evaporated from the surfactant mixture, add it to the citric acid and baking soda and mix well. You may need to work it all in with your hands, until the texture resembles clumpy, sticky damp sand. Pack into molds and leave to set and dry then store in a sealed glass jar. To use, run a bath and throw in a bath bomb or two. Slosh the water around with your hands to develop the best bubbles.

If you find your mixture is too wet, simply add more ratios of baking soda and citric acid. If too dry, though unlikely, spritz on some water.

 

Here are some alternative recipes for bubble bars, which are basically foaming bath bombs but with some additional skin-loving ingredients. You can also experiment with colouring your bars with natural pigments. Read DIY Natural Colourants for inspiration.

 

Skin Moisturising Bubble Bars

¼ c arrowroot powder

¼ c citric acid

1 c baking soda

¼ c milk powder

¼ c cocoa butter or shea butter

2 T coconut oil

1 T lauryl glucoside

Pinch of hibiscus powder for colour (optional)

10 drops essential oil of choice


Blend the dry ingredients together. If you want to make two-toned bars, separate some of the mixture and add the hibiscus powder to it. Melt the cocoa butter/shea butter and coconut oil together and stir into the dry ingredients. Add the lauryl glucoside and stir in. Put a small amount of baking soda on a surface and knead the mixture into a dough-like consistency. Finally you are ready to shape your bars. If you have a cookie cutter use that, or roll the dough into a log and slice up. Otherwise simply press the dough into molds. Leave your bars to dry out for 2 days then store them in a sealed glass jar. They will keep for 2 months (after that they will still keep but may become very hard). To use, break off a piece of bar and hold under your bath tap, or throw in the whole bar and let it dissolve in the water. Swoosh about with your hand to develop the bubbles more.




This recipe contains Epsom salt which is great for relaxing muscles and relieving cramps, and can also be used as a foot soak.

 

Epsom Salt Bubble Bars

1.5c baking soda

⅓ c arrowroot powder or cornstarch

½ c Epsom salt

1 tsp natural colourant of choice such as hibiscus powder (pink),kelp powder (green) or turmeric (yellow) (optional)

2 T coconut oil

2-3 T lauryl glucoside

2 T coco betaine

10-15 drops essential oil of choice


Combine the baking soda, arrowroot powder, epsom salt and colourant powder (if using) together in a bowl. Blend the lauryl glucoside and coco betaine together to make a paste and add the coconut oil. Pour this mixture slowly into the dry ingredients, stirring as you go until a good dough forms. You may want to get stuck in with your hands to facilitate the mixing process. If the dough is too wet add more baking soda. Once your dough is formed, press into molds or shape it and leave to set for a day or two. To use, crumble under a running bath tap.



Now you have a couple of easy ways to bring natural foamy fun into your bath time routine, enjoy!


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