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June 15, 2011

Make Your Own Bubble Bath


A couple of weeks ago, I wandered miserably through the aisles of a suburban CVS after a long day at the office. I had come down with yet another nasty upper respiratory infection, and there were only two things that I knew would make me feel better: antibiotics and a bubble bath. But surveying the drugstore selection of foamy soaks was disappointing. The options were either chemical-laden, overly fragranced, just-for-kids Mr. Bubbles or intended for campers with poison ivy. I wanted none of it, so I learned how to make my own bubble bath at home. The resulting soak is green, affordable and easy as pie to D.I.Y. —Meghan


1 quart of warm, almost hot water;
1 four-ounce bar of castile soap
2 ounces of liquid vegetable glycerin
Essential oils to scent (I used Wyndmere’s Anxiety Release blend. Other recommendations: lavender, rose otto, rosemary mint, sweet orange or eucalyptus.

1. Grate the bar of soap with a cheese grater.

2. Stir the soap into the warmed up water until it melts down, about five or so minutes. It’s OK if you have a few pieces of solid soap floating around.

3. Mix in the glycerin and essential oil.

4. Transfer to a resealable container.

When it’s time for your bath, pour 1/2 cup of the mixture into running water. Luxuriate in foamy paradise!

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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