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Winter Bubble Bath in a Bottle

In honor of Bubble Bath Day, boost your mood this winter with this DIY bubble bath recipe. We propose the following scents to offer a bit of a spring (literally, using a spring mint aroma) and bounce.

In honor of Bubble Bath Day, boost your mood this winter with this DIY bubble bath recipe. We propose the following scents to offer a bit of a spring (literally, using a spring mint aroma and more spring florals) and bounce.

The Options

Castile Soap Bar

Castile soap is the staple cleansing base in a homemade bubble bath recipe or soap. This is because castile soap is gentle enough for sensitive skin yet it is effective at disinfecting and doing what it is called upon to do. Its neutral, fragrance-free composition also aids in being suitable for all skin types.

Vegetable glycerin is a staple moisturizing base. But it also helps the bath stay bubbly.

Sapindus mukorossi or Indian soapberry is used for many pharmacological and cleansing purposes.

If you’d like to try another cleansing, moisturizing base that also provides suds inherently, consider soapberries that you can either boil or buy in premade liquid soap form from various retailers such as Amazon and eBay.

Soapberries, also known as soap nuts, are actually not nuts at all and are natively grown on Himalayan trees in Nepal and India and get their name from the natural soap called saponin that it produces when soaked. Saponin is a natural surfactant that foams when dissolved in water, removing dirt and odors from surfaces. Interestingly, soapberries can be wild-harvested without any pesticides ever needed because pests don’t like the taste of the fruits. But soapberries can be used for more than bathing. As an all-purpose cleaner, soapberry solution can also be used for laundry, dishes, floors, and bathroom cleaning.

The DIY Soapberry Recipe

If you decide to make your own soap nut liquid bath wash, you will need:

  • 20 soap nuts
  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 drops of essential oils (Use 2-3 drops of any of the following: mint, cardamom, sandalwood, jasmine, blondwood, orris, ambroxan, patchouli, cedarwood, sage, and cashmere musks.)
  • 16 oz Boston round glass bottle
NOTE! Your house or the space where you boil and make this homemade bubble bath recipe will smell a little funky while your soap nuts are boiling on the stove.

From there:

  • Combine soap nuts and water in a medium pot.
  • Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 1 hour.
  • Allow the liquid to cool, then strain and add essential oils for scent. Transfer liquid to a glass bottle.
  • Compost or discard soap nuts.
Cedarwood and Cedar Oil

The Alternative DIY Bubble Bath Recipe

If you want to go with the tried and true castile soap/vegetable glycerin cleanser option, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 16 oz Boston round glass bottle
  • 10 drops of essential oils (The same as mentioned before.)

From there:

Combine all ingredients in a glass mason jar. Add about 1/2 cup to warm running water, and soak your cold winter cares away!

Tips for Storage

Like any other botanical water-based liquid, your soap nut liquid cleaner or DIY bubble bath recipe made with castile soap will go bad after a period of time. If keeping at room temperature, store your glass bottle and use it up within a week or so. The refrigerated liquid will keep for a few months. If you make large batches, simply freeze portions of your concentrated cleaner to ensure freshness.

Now get going with your relaxing winter bubble bath!


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