Bubble baths are a childhood rite of passage. Who doesn’t have an old photo of themselves in a tub surrounded by a sea of bubbles? I deprived my children of a favorite childhood pastime for too many years. If you are looking to avoid harmful chemicals in your home and around your children, you can easily make a safe, natural bubble bath soap. Add the fun back into bath time with this Homemade Bubble Bath!
Sleep doesn’t come naturally for all children. Some kids require a bit more of a nudge to send them off to dreamland. My children, however, pretty much need Mr. Sandman himself to put them to sleep.
I’ve tried so many methods over the years to help increase their sleep. We always use essential oils at bedtime, both applied topically and in a bedside diffuser. I finally found a winning combination by adding this bubble bath to their nightly routine.
A warm bath before bed is a must. Studies show that a warm bath 1-2 hours bedtime can increase sleep, help you fall asleep faster, and also improve the overall quality of sleep. Couple that with calming essential oils, and a good night’s rest is almost guaranteed.
Essential Oils to Promote Sleep
Certain essential oils can have a sedative effect on the body and mind. If you are making this bubble bath to promote healthy sleep, choose some sleepytime oils.
I used a blend that is similar to to the Young Living Seedlings Calm blend – Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, and Geranium. The Calm blend is used in all of the Seedlings products. It was specifically created for infants and children. The aroma is mild, floral, and relaxing. Perfect for promoting healthy sleep!
You can always substitute your favorite essential oils in this recipe. Be sure to use only kid-friendly oils when making this bubble bath recipe for children. Here are some tips for safely using essential oils with children. Some good substitutions would be Cedarwood, Frankincense, Vetiver, and Marjoram. I also like using Joy essential oil or Stress Away in this recipe since they are on the sweeter side.
Bubble Bath Safety
Who doesn’t love big, overflowing bubbles in a bathtub? Bubbles are just fun, no matter your age! Unfortunately, those bubbles come from ingredients that are not so fun. Our skin absorbs everything we put on it. Soaking in a tub only intensifies that absorption.
Most store-bought bubble baths contain junk like sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrances, dyes, and parabens to name a few. These ingredients can irritate skin and eyes and are known hormone interrupters. We avoid these ingredients in our home at all costs.
If you have used traditional bubble bath soaps, you’ve probably gotten used to a certain type of bubble. This recipe will produce ample bubbles, but they won’t quite be as big as the bubbles you may be accustomed to. A bit more splashing and some giggles and your kids won’t notice the difference!
Natural Bubble Bath
As a natural mama, I keep certain staples on hand to make my DIY household and beauty recipes. Castile soap and vegetable glycerin are two ingredients that I use almost daily. Since natural recipes don’t contain any chemical emulsifiers, these two powerhouses are my go-to in DIY recipes. They create a consistency similar to that of a conventional product.
Vegetable glycerin is perfect in homemade body washes, shampoos, and even in your laundry routine. It helps produce the suds in this recipe. Castile Soap is gentle and mild and a favorite in household and beauty recipes.
This bubble bath recipe has just 4 ingredients and is so easy to make. Get my sleepytime bubble bath recipe below:
Essential Oil Bubble Bath Recipe
- 1/2 cup Castile soap
- 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
- 2 tablespoons water
- 8 drops Lavender
- 8 drops Bergamot
- 4 drops Ylang Ylang
- 4 drops Geranium
- 8 oz. pump bottle
- In a bowl, mix Castile soap and vegetable glycerine. Stir to combine.
- Add essential oils.
- Add to a pump bottle or jar.
- Gently shake to mix.
- To use: Fill a bath with warm water. Add 10-15 pumps under the water stream to produce bubbles. Repeat if bubbles dissipate.
Note: This recipe is not tear-free. Use caution around the eyes and always supervise your children in the bathtub.
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