Treat yourself to a bubble bath with these soothing, luxurious recipes!
Posted on January 7, 2022 Written by: 100% PURE®
Awaken your inner child, attain a few moments of peace, or simply luxuriate in self-care with a charming bubble bath. For those that aren’t already bath lovers, a bubble bath can be a soothing way to relax and unwind. It doesn’t require us to leave the house. And, since bathing is something we’re already doing, picking up products for bath time is a great investment.
We always value the importance of turning our everyday tasks into something beautiful or enjoyable. As they say – romanticize your life. So, with that, we’re diving right into all of our bubble bath tips and tricks.
There’s a certain magic about a bubble bath that we just don’t get in the shower. Finishing the day with a deliciously warm soak in a scented cloud of silky water and foamy bubbles allows all our stresses and troubles to float away.
On the surface, a bubble bath is primarily about getting clean. And the transformation we see and feel in our skin after time in the tub is totally worth it. We’ll talk more about bath products later, but adding in detoxifying bath salts or aromatherapy-scented bubbles truly upgrades the experience to magical and purposeful me-time.
There are also true health benefits to taking a bath. For example, a hot bath can actually burn calories, similar to quick exercise or a brisk walk. Stimulating for blood flow, a bubble bath helps to promote improved circulation and boosts immunity. This time spent soaking and relaxing is the perfect setup for an upgraded night’s sleep as well.
One major benefit that we only get with a bubble bath is the time to soak away tension and soreness. For anyone with regular ailments, post-gym muscle soreness, or a non-ergonomic workstation, a 20+ minute soak works wonders for easing away tightness, strain, and knots.
We also love the mental benefits of taking a bubble bath. Whether that time is used to enjoy peace and quiet, meditate, or listen to our favorite music, a bubble bath is true personal quality time.
Beyond that, a bubble bath doesn’t have to be only a quiet and relaxing experience. Bubbles are fun! We can bring a beverage with us to enjoy while we soak or set up a bath tray with our phone or tablet to resume our latest binge session. A tailored bubble bath experience is the best bubble bath experience.
Not all bubble baths are created equal. For those of us with sensitive areas and sensitive skin, we have to be a bit more careful about how we approach bath time. With that in mind, there are some bath product ingredients that we’ll all want to skip. When shopping for bath time products, here are some ingredients to avoid:
Known as a “plasticizer”, phthalates are commonly added to mainstream cosmetics as a solvent. However, an ingredient that can make plastic more flexible and durable has no business in a bathtub. It is a known endocrine disruptor, meaning that repeated exposure could increase the risk of hormonal imbalances, certain cancers, fertility challenges, respiratory problems, and immunity troubles.
Many of us may have heard of this ingredient. Used in embalming fluid to preserve flesh, formaldehyde is a penetrative substance that can cause severe allergies and developing asthma. We’re not sure why it would ever be included in a bath product, but we certainly do not recommend using it.
This one can be tricky because not all synthetics are bad. However, artificial fragrance used in bath products has a track record of irritating the skin, potentially causing dermatitis or other stressful skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, as well as increased risk of allergies and asthma.
A great bubble bath should be great for the skin, right? In the safe and clean formulas we’ve found, the common thread is the inclusion of a simple conditioning oil, like coconut or almond, and liquid soap or soap flakes made from sugars and vegetable oils.
To properly round out the formula, rather than a synthetic or artificial fragrance, look for essential oils like lemon peel and lavender. It’s important to utilize a soap that we’d feel comfortable using on our skin.
It might be intimidating to DIY a bubble bath recipe, but we promise it’s pretty easy. Here are 3 DIYs to try at home!
#1: Spa-Inspired Bath Time
Lovers of the eucalyptus-bunch trend that picked up steam in early 2020 will love this bath recipe. It uses our Eucalyptus Shower Gel as the bubbling base. We’ll also scoop in some Eucalyptus Sea Therapy Bath Salts for added luxury and a double dose of that soothing spa scent.
Drop the salts into the empty tub, then add the shower gel as the water is running for the best calming bubbles.
#2: Floral Bubble Bath
This recipe utilizes a clean, unscented soap base (Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap is recommended). Into a mason jar, add ½ cup of soap, ¼ cup of coconut oil, and a quarter cup of rose water (or, if making this in a pinch, steep some chamomile or lavender tea as a rose water substitute). Add in 20-30 drops of any desired floral essential oil, like rose or chamomile.
Seal the container, shake to combine, and add the full container to a steamy hot bath for a romantic, relaxing bubble bath.
#3: Milk & Honey Bath
Warm 1 can of unsweetened coconut milk and ½ cup honey in a pot on low heat until the honey fully dissipates into the milk. This is also the time to add in a generous amount of essential oils or desired herbs. We recommend orange oil for an uplifting, brightening effect, or lavender buds for a spa-like aromatherapy touch.
Once the honey and milk are mixed, let the mixture cool until tepid. Then, add to your bathwater when it’s half full. As you finish filling the tub, squeeze a little Honey Almond Shower Gel into the stream for a gentle bubble bath effect. This is our favorite recipe for a creamy, decadent bath experience that will moisturize and soften the skin.