A Pampering Present: DIY Concentrated Bubble Bath

With temperatures dropping quickly, it only makes sense that you’d want to wrap yourself in cozy sweaters, sip on hot beverages and, of course, take way more warm, sudsy bubble baths. While you’ve got plenty of pre-made options available to you, sometimes it’s fun to create something from scratch with simple ingredients that you know will nourish your skin. Today’s DIY concentrated bubble bath does just that, and the fact that it’s housed in our stunning perfume bottle makes it that much more brilliant. Did we mention it makes for a perfect gift, too?

What You Need:

  • 1/3 cup of vegetable glycerin
  • 2/3 cup of unscented castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon your preferred oil (almond, jojoba, rosehip, coconut)
  • Essential oil (to desired scent level)
  • Decorative bottle

Combine Your Glycerin and Castile Soap

Either in a measuring container or bowl, combine your 1/3 cup of pure vegetable glycerin and 2/3 cup of unscented castile soap (we recommend an organic option, such as Dr. Bronner’s or Quinns). The vegetable glycerin will soften and hydrate your skin while the soap cleans and gets sudsy.

Customize with Your Preferred Oil

To further nourish your skin in these cold, dry months, we recommend adding about a tablespoon of your preferred, skin-approved oil. Some great options include jojoba, almond, rosehip, plum, prickly pear, maracuja, and coconut. You can also use a blend, which is what we did!

Top Off with Essential Oil

Adding fragrance to your DIY concentrated bubble bath is completely optional and something you can customize according to your preferences. To match our beautiful glass bottle, we decided to go with a rose scent. You can also try lavender, eucalyptus, sandalwood, rosemary, or a mixture of your favorite scents. How much you add is up to you, but keep in mind that the water in your bath will dilute the scent, so you may want to go a little bit on the stronger side. We opted for 30 to 40 drops.

Mix It Up & Pour Into Your Container

Stir vigorously until all the ingredients are well blended, then pour your mixture into a container. To make this less messy, use a funnel or a container with a tapered lip.

Enjoy Your DIY Bubble Bath!  

As long as water doesn’t get inside of your container, your bubble bath mixture should last for at least six months. To enjoy, dispense roughly 1/4 cup of your concentrated bubble bath into your tub. (This recipe will give you about four uses.) For extra suds, slowly pour the mixture underneath the running faucet. Here’s to staying warm and hydrated, and to a serious treat yourself moment!

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About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme.

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    Ziah 11/12/2018 at 3:43 am #

    hy Dear,
    This is really very nice post you shared, i like the post, thanks for sharing..

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    Robert 09/15/2019 at 8:03 am #

    How “concentrated” is it if you need to use 1/4 cup? Regardless, even that much castile soap in a bathtubful of most waters won’t make suds, just curds and then scum. And even if your water is soft enough that the soap makes it sudsy, that’s only by making the bath as soapy as dish or laundry water; sure, that’ll make it cleansing, but also relatively irritating and degreasing.

    You’d be better off using other ingredients, like the ones commercial bubble baths use, to make the water foamy without getting it very soapy and grease-cutting. You can even use detergents as used for actual hand dishwashing, but just use less in the bath than you would for washing a sinkful of dishes. Save actual soap for washing with.

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