There is nothing more relaxing than a nice hot bubble bath. And believe it or not, making a bubble bath at home is a very simple operation with some nice side benefits. Not only can you control the oils and fragrances of the bubble bath, but you also gain the ability to control any additives. You can choose (or not) to add skin softeners, fragrances, etc. depending on your own taste. Homemade bubble bath is also a very generous gift of your talents for friends and family alike.
The main two additives that makeup a bubble bath, other than water, are Castille soap and liquid glycerin. Castille soap is made from 100% olive oil and is used to both soften and moisturize the skin. Liquid Glycerin is a by-product of soap making. Generally sold in block form, you will need to melt the glycerine to its liquid state using a microwave oven.
Basic Bubble Bath
1 quart (4 cups) distilled water
1 (4oz) bar castille soap (grated or flaked)
3 ounces liquid glycerin
Mix together the water, soap flakes, and liquid glycerin. This basic bubble bath can be enhanced by adding a few drops of essential oils. The following oils are popular in aromatherapy; however, use caution and add in small quantities as some of the following oils may cause skin irritations if used improperly.
Patchouli Oil – Known for its healing qualities, patchouli oil has been known to reduce inflammations due to acne, eczema, and dandruff; however, you should use only in a small quantity as it is also a powerful sedative.
Eucalyptus Oil – Provides a cooling and stimulating effect on the mind and body; however, using too much eucalyptus oil can irritate the skin and should not be used by children under the age of six.
Coconut Oil – Used to soften your skin, coconut oil also adds a rich nutty and floral fragrance to the bubble bath.
Almond Oil – Like coconut oil, almond oil is also a skin softener but is virtually fragrance free.
Ylang Ylang Oil – Known as a great stress reliever, ylang ylang oil is not recommended to use with inflammatory skin conditions as it may irritate sensitive skin.
Sleep soothing bubble bath
Basic Bubble Bath – Add 6 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of patchouli oil. The combination of the lavender and patchouli oil will help you relax and enhance your sleep.
Winter Bubble Bath
Basic Bubble Bath – Add 6 drops eucalyptus oil, 3 drops spearmint oil and 3 drops peppermint oil. This bubble bath will help you fight off winter colds, as the eucalyptus oil will ease any congestion, while the peppermint and spearmint oils are known for their restorative effects.
Aphrodisiac Bubble Bath
Basic Bubble Bath – Add 6 drops jasmine oil, 3 drops rose oil, 3 drops vanilla oil, and 6 drops ylang ylang oil. This bubble bath will help put you in a romantic mood, as all the oils are known aphrodisiacs.
Tips and Tricks:
Store the bubble bath in a decorative plastic container with a tight lid. Bubble bath has a long shelf life and can last for months if packaged properly.
Make a large batch of basic bubble bath; separate it into different containers and experiment with the different essential oils. Remember, a few drops of oil will add a pleasant effect to the bubble bath but overuse of certain oils can cause skin irritation. If in doubt you can research any essential oil at the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy or at your local health food store.
Add small, colored marbles or seashells to the bottom of the bubble bath container for a decorative effect. For a child or teenager, you might consider adding a small amount of glitter. Add a decorative label with a list of ingredients tied on with a pretty ribbon to personalize your bubble bath when given as a gift.