A few months ago, I bought some baby bubble bath that said “helps calm fussy babies for sleep.” Not that miss Jade is even fussy, but I figured it would be a nice “night-cap” in her bath to calm and help her sleep better (couldn’t we all use that?). It smelled deliciously like lavender, which makes sense because lavender is said to be a calming scent. However, after reading the ingredients (which I should have done before I bought it), I realized there was no lavender in it whatsoever.
well, that’s nice. But what’s IN the fragrance?
Jade has sensitive skin like her momma, so I didn’t want to keep using it. And, it didn’t really do much “calming,” either. I knew there had to be a more natural version of a bubble bath, so I did some research on bubbles.
In my quest I learned that vegetable glycerin is used in many homemade bubble recipes. So, why not try it in bubble bath? Vegetable glycerin is also quite moisturizing for the skin, which is why many people with sensitive skin use glycerin soap. I played around with the recipe a bit, but I think it works quite well! AND, it smells good; with actual natural essential oils, instead of the mystery “fragrance” ingredient. Yay!
To make your own calming bubble bath you’ll need:
- 1 cup castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild, since it’s unscented for sensitive baby skin)
- 1/3 cup vegetable glycerin (I found mine at Whole Foods)
- 1 Tbs. distilled water
- 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used lavender)
Measure out your castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and water. Mix into a container that is easy to pour.
Add in your essential oil. For the “calming” part of this bubble bath, I used lavender essential oil. It’s known to be soothing, calming, and to promote relaxation. These are the perfect bubbles for a bath just before bed! Lavender is also soothing to the skin; another bonus!
To use: Add about 1/4 cup to warm running bath water. Let your little one enjoy this relaxing time! (And you, too!)
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.
ANOTHER NOTE: Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild (as well as any other scented castile soap of theirs) is NOT tear-free. Be careful to not get these bubbles in their eyes!
Another essential oil I like to use in this bubble bath is the gentle baby blend. It was designed specifically for babies (and pregnant women), to help calm and comfort them. It’s also really great and soothing for chapped skin, so if your child has sensitive skin, this blend would be the perfect addition!
Jade loves taking baths, and lately this bubble bath recipe has been a great end to our day! Not only is this great for kiddos, but it’s equally as relaxing for you! Win-win! 🙂
Looking to get your family healthy? Want to get rid of harsh and toxic chemicals in your home and beauty products? My family and I have slowly been replacing a lot of our store-bought cleaners and beauty products with homemade items using essential oils. You can also get them at wholesale prices and save money, while reaping their fabulous health benefits!
Do you make your own beauty products? What’s your favorite product to make?
Happy weekend, friends!
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