It’s Time to Unwind with this DIY bubble bath!
Let this homemade bubble bath work its magic
Did you know that beyond its hygienic benefits, a hot bath is good for both your body and your mind? It’s true! It helps relieve tension of all kinds—and we think it’s twice as effective when the tub is full of bubbles. That’s why we’re calling our DIY bubble bath Time to Unwind!
To maximize the relaxing effects of our latest bubble bath recipe, we focused on three key points. First of all, it had to be skin-safe. Many bubble bath formulas rely on potentially toxic ingredients to create that wonderful foam. We wanted ours to be made of non-irritating ingredients so that you don’t have to worry about your health or the environment. Second, we wanted this bubble bath to do one better and actually hydrate and care for your skin, when used appropriately. And third, we formulated a recipe that generates luxurious, creamy bubbles. This winning combination helps rid your body of everyday tension and quickly calms your mind.
So, put on your favourite music and light up a scented candle because it’s Time to Unwind with your homemade bubble bath!
How to make bubble bath at home?
Before you begin
To make your bubble bath, you’ll need to handle coco glucoside, which has a pH of 12. So it’s very important that you wear gloves throughout the process of making this product. But don’t worry—thanks to the citric acid, the final product will have a pH of 5 to 7, which is skin-safe.
- 24 g (40%) coco betaine
- 30 g (50%) coco glucoside
- 0.5 g (0.8%) citric acid
- 3 g (5%) vegetable glycerin
- 0.7 g (1.2%) elderberry extract
- 1.2 g (2%) of the essential oil or aromatic essence of your choosing
- 0.6 g (1%) vitamin E
- 5 g mica of your choosing
- Personal protective gear
- Scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- A few strips of pH paper
- Two small stainless steel bowls
- Small silicone spatula
- A few spoons
- Cosmo bottle, 60 ml
Good to know!
- Thanks to its astringent properties, elderberry extract will care for your skin, leaving it visibly smoother.
- Coco glucoside and coco betaine are surfactants. Coco glucoside has strong foaming power but tends to yield very liquid products, while coco betaine activates the foaming power of coco glucoside and thickens the product. Neither surfactant can be replaced without changing the texture of the final product and its foaming power.
- Vegetable glycerin will provide complete skin hydration thanks to its softening and protective powers.
- Mica will add a slight sparkle to your bath. You could replace it with one of our oxide colourants, but note that they may stain your tub.
- You can scent your homemade bubble bath as you please. If using essential oils, keep in mind that some are dermocaustic and should make up no more than 0.5% of your recipe by weight. You can find our full list of dermocaustic essential oils here.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- In the first small bowl, weigh all the phase A ingredients. Mix gently with the spatula so that the mixture doesn’t foam up.
- Check the pH of the mixture using pH paper; it should be between 5 and 7. If the pH is above 7, dust a half teaspoon of citric acid over the mixture, mix gently and check the pH again. Repeat until the pH is between 5 and 7, then set aside.
- In the second small bowl, weigh all the phase B ingredients. Gently mix using the spatula until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Add phase B to the bowl containing phase A, then mix gently with the spatula.
- If you’re using mica, weigh the mica of your choosing and sprinkle it over your mixture. The mica will add a subtle sparkle to your product. Mix again.
- Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the bottle.
Use and conservation
While pouring your bath, add your desired quantity of your homemade bubble bath to hot or warm water and let the bubbles slowly form.
It’s important to note that as a bubble bath, this product is not formulated to be applied directly to your skin; it’s meant to be diluted in water. It should therefore not be used in the same way as a shower gel, for example, or it may dry out your skin.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, your DIY bubble bath will keep for at least one month.