DIY Bubble Bars Recipe
There’s nothing quite as cozy as a bubble bath. These easy homemade bubble bars are just like lush’s which is what inspired me to experiment with this DIY natural bubble bar recipe. If you have struggled with making homemade bubble bath but end up with sad, barely there bubbles, then check out how to make bubble bars!
Why Make Bubble Bars?
I am seriously addicted to Lush, like I could spend forever in their stores given the opportunity. I am not fortunate enough to live very close to one so when I do get into one of their stores, I stock up and buy loads of bath bombs and bubble bars….which get’s pretty expensive.
Lush bubble bars range from $7 to $13 each, which is pretty pricey for bubbles, even if you split it in half. I’m all for indulgences now and then and I will always love Lush products but I figured out a way to get those awesome bubbles for a fraction of the price! With all the ingredients used, I had enough to make about 2 batches which makes each bar about $2-$3 each.
Which is great because I am pretty serious about taking bubble baths, probably because I’m always cold and bubble baths are pretty much the coziest thing ever.
These bubble bars were super easy to make and don’t take long at all to put together, they just take about 72 hours to dry completely before you can use them. You’re gonna want to make sure you keep them up high while they are drying though, otherwise your kids might grab one and bite into it….like mine did.
A fun part of making these bubble bars yourself is that these are 100% customizable! You can add whatever color you want (I’m a sucker for pastels so I was pretty conservative with my colors but you could totally go bright and bold if you want) and whatever scent you want! I use lavender oil in mine because I tend to take bubble baths at night after my kids are in bed so I could use a little extra relaxation, but you could use citrus and peppermint for a more energizing scent.
These make awesome gifts too, you could totally dye these pink or red and add a floral scent for Valentine’s Day, red and green with peppermint or Christmas spirit for Christmas, maybe orange and red with cinnamon and orange for a fall themed scent. There’s a ton of different directions you can go with these and you don’t have to make the swirl design, you could just form them into balls, use a mold or cookie cutter instead.
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How To Make DIY Bubble Bars
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup corn starch
1/3 cup vegetable glycerin
1/3 cup cream of tartar
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp water
20 – 30 drops essential oil of your choice
parchment or wax paper
NOTE – Sometimes people get confused about sodium lauryl sulfoacetate and think it’s the same as sodium lauryl sulfate, but it’s not. Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate is naturally derived from coconut and palm oil and is what gives these bars their awesome bubbles!
- First combine all the dry ingredients, straining them through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any clumps, then mix them together with your hands
- In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (this includes whatever essential oils you choose).
- Combine all ingredients together and mix with your hands until it is somewhat crumbly like in the picture.
4. Separate the dough into two different bowls and add the soap dye to each bowl to make what color you’ve chosen. Make sure to mix well to incorporate all the dye
5. Put one color of dough on the parchment or wax paper and gently flatten it into a vertical rectangle, about half an inch thick. Make sure you press together any cracks that form.
6. Layer the second color on top of the first one and gently push that one down as well so you get both colors layered and press out any cracks.
7. Using the edge of the paper, very gently lift and slowly start rolling the dough in on itself until it is completely rolled up. Make sure you continue to gently press out any cracks that form. (if you have a lot of cracking, you can try drizzling a little bit of vegetable glycerin on cracking spots to help hold them together).
8. Cut the roll into slices very gently that are around 1-2 inches thick.
9. Place them on a tray or parchment paper to dry for around 72 hours.
When filling your tub with water, start squeezing and breaking the bar apart under the running water. After it’s completely dissolved, it helps to agitate the water with your hands to maximize the bubbles.
I love to make these because of how much I love Lush’s bubble bars and they always turn out great! Check out the bubbles these made when the tub wasn’t even half full yet! I’ve made homemade bubble bath before and it did not generate anywhere near the bubbles that these did and they are way more fun to make. Plus they’re so cute!
Enjoy your bubble bath!