Calming Homemade Bubble Bath for Kids

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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.

SONY DSCSay what? How misleading! Besides the 20+ chemicals that I couldn’t even pronounce, all it mentioned about the scent was just “fragrance.”

well, that’s nice. But what’s IN the fragrance?

SONY DSCJade 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.

SONY DSCAdd 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!

SONY DSCStir your ingredients well, and then slowly pour into a container. I reused an old baby soap bottle.

To use: Add about 1/4 cup to warm running bath water. Let your little one enjoy this relaxing time! (And you, too!)

SONY DSCNOTE: 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!

SONY DSCAnother 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! Find out more info HERE!

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    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Amy! Haha! I love that word, “crunchy.” 😉 I am too though, so this was a no-brainer for me! I need to be careful which labels I read sometimes, or I’ll be full-blown “crunchy” before I know it! Haha! Thanks for the pin! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Awesome, Lisa! This would be so perfect for your daughter. The bubbles disappear kind of fast, BUT it leaves my daughter’s skin sooo soft. And it smells super great. 🙂

  1. Danielle says:

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing, and including where to find your ingredients. I’m just getting started with EOs, but my son is already benefitting a lot! Bath-time is kind of a struggle right now, so hopefully some nice calming bubbles will help.
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    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Danielle! EO’s are SO fabulous, and have really helped our sensitive skin, too! Our bath time struggle is AFTER the bath. 😉 I hope this helps!

    • Amanda says:

      It’s so true, I NEVER looked at labels as much as I do now! I just worry that something will irritate my little one’s sensitive skin. I’ve really been more careful, and have been making a lot more of my own beauty products! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Kristen! I hear ya, my daughter has sensitive skin too, and I just hate using that stuff. And baths are definitely always better with bubbles. 🙂 Thanks for checking it out!

  2. Kendra @ says:

    Love this info, Amanda! Ever since we had our little ones, I read more labels… and hense, I set more stuff back on the shelf. Such a great idea to make your own!!! I bet this would be amazing with peppermint in it too… for aching muscles! Thanks for sharing!!! xo

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Kendra! Man, it’s amazing how much I read labels now that I have Jade! I just worry about her sweet sensitive skin. Oooh peppermint would be SO nice in this, too! Great idea! 🙂 Have a fab week!

  3. Karen McAuliffe says:

    I have to comment on the big misconception that essential oils are safer than fragrance oils. I make and sell soap and body products and use both. Essential oils have warnings to never use full strength (which I know you didn’t) and not to be used on pregnant women or those who have seizures. Please Google dangers of essential oils. Just sayin.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks for the info, Karen! I agree, it’s SUPER important to dilute essential oils, especially on children. While they worked fabulously, it is important to do your research. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  4. Jam Jar Gill says:

    It is so shocking what is in baby products – we assume that they are all natural and safe but even the biggest brands aren’t necessarily. I love the idea of making your own, then you know for sure exactly what is in it. I’m definitely pinning this for the future. I do have one question though, what is the shelf life once it is made?
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    • Amanda says:

      Absolutely, it was scary to me reading through the ingredients on my store-bought bubbles. SO many chemicals that don’t need to be touching my baby’s skin! For awhile we just stopped using bubbles altogether, but I didn’t want to deprive my baby of fun bubbles, so this recipe was born. To be honest, I’m not sure the shelf life of this recipe. We went through ours really quickly, probably in two weeks!! They aren’t crazy bubbly, so we found we used more.

  5. Jessica says:

    I just tried this tonight… I didn’t get any bubbles at all! I’m very disappointed, I followed the recipe. Do you have a special trick?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jessica! I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you!! I don’t have any special trick, though I know the bubbles we did get unf. didn’t last long. We also sometimes used more than the 1/4 cup, and had to turn the shower on to actually get some of the bubbles going. We definitely only use this some of the time rather than for every bath, because we found we were going through it so quickly!! Sometimes instead of bubbles I’ll just put 10-15 drops of lavender straight into the bath water, which still gives my daughter (and us!) that calming affect right before bed. Hope that helps a little! 🙂

      • Kate says:

        I just made some for my nephews birthday and I doubled the recipe to fill a big bottle. I had a little extra I saved for myself and I uses it tonight and I did not get ANY bubbles either! Just a nice smelling bath… Which I don’t mind but I made it for my nephew. I understand that the recipe says the bubbles don’t last very long. But I didn’t get any at all! Even tried the shower head. Nothing! 🙁

        • Amanda says:

          Oh no, Kate!! I’m so sorry! I’ve tried playing with the recipe a bit too, and I think adding just a tad more of the vegetable glycerin helps (as well as adding more of the solution to the bath water). I’ll keep playing with the recipe and see if I can find a better way of getting more bubbles! Thanks for letting me know!

          • Robert says:

            It’s not that, it’s your water — and possibly also the amount of water you fill the bath with. The amount of soap has to be more than the total amount of “hardness” (calcium & magnesium) in the water, or no bubbles. Presumably you have less of it than the people who are getting no bubbles.

    • Robert says:

      These soap-based bubble bath recipes have gotten around a lot, but unless your water is soft, the amount you’d need to make bubbles in a tubful of water will be somewhere between large and huge. If when you take a bath you notice soap lather turns into curds instead of remaining bubbly when you rinse it off, you can expect the same to occur if you put soap in the water at the beginning of the bath. And if you do add enough soap to soften the whole tubful of water completely (and thus make suds), you’ll have very soapy water that’s rather degreasing to skin.

      Oh, and soap IS a surfactant. You CAN make your own bubble bath that’s practical in hard water, but it’s got to be based on surfactants other than soap. See my Web site for my success doing so.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Amber! I didn’t use distilled just because we go through it so fast. But, if you don’t use it very often, it might be a better idea to use distilled. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Yay, Rachel! Let me know what you think! It may not be super bubbly, but it will smell yummy and still be a nice calming bathtime! My daughter loves the smell of lavender. 🙂

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