7 DIY Bubble Bath Recipes to to Sink Into Tonight

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I think we can all agree that there's nothing quite as relaxing as sinking into a frothy bubble bath after a long day. Of course, if you don't have any bubble bath on hand, you might be at a loss. Fortunately, you can easily whip up your own bubbly delight with common household items. To find out how, keep reading for seven DIY bubble bath recipes.

01 of 07

Two-Tone DIY Lush Bubble Bars

You'll Need:

  • Three mixing bowls
  • Strainer
  • Baking soda
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLSA)
  • Corn starch
  • Cream of tartar
  • Glycerin
  • Coconut oil
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Gloves
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife

Instructions:

  1. Add one cup of baking soda to mixing bowl, using the strainer to sift the soda to get out any clumps.
  2. Add one cup of SLSA into the strainer. Shake into large mixing bowl to sift out any clumps. (Ashley Blake, the creator of the recipe, admits that the SLSA is very fine and can plume into the air, which can be a bit tough on the senses, so you may want to wear a mask in the process.)
  3. Add one-third cup of corn starch into the mixture. Again, using the strainer to sift out any clumps.
  4. Add one-third cup of cream of tartar. Again, using the strainer to sift out any clumps. Once sifted, set the mixing bowl of dry ingredients aside.
  5. Add one-third cup of glycerin to a new mixing bowl, one tablespoon of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of water to the mixture and mix.
  6. Mix the wet and dry mixtures together.
  7. Separate half of the mixture into another mixing bowl.
  8. Squeeze the food coloring of your choice into each mixing bowl (just make sure that each bowl is different).
  9. Put on plastic gloves and mix the colors into each mixture. (Be sure to change your gloves between each mixture so as to not transfer dye.)
  10. Once both bowls are mixed, compress each bowl of mixture into a ball.
  11. Sprinkle a touch of baking powder onto wax paper. This will prevent the balls of bath dough from sticking.
  12. Pick up one of the balls of dough and mold it into a long, ovular shape before pressing it onto the wax paper. Sprinkle it with baking soda and place another piece of wax paper over top.
  13. Use a rolling pin to flatten, elongate, and stretch the dough.
  14. Remove the top layer of wax paper and place the second ball of dough on top, after shaping it like the first. Again, sprinkle with baking soda and replace the wax paper.
  15. Use rolling pin to flatten, elongate, and stretch the dough on top of the first layer.
  16. Remove the top layer of wax paper and gently roll the dough hotdog style into a roll.
  17. Once rolled, pat the ends in to give the roll smooth sides from all angles.
  18. Use a knife to cut into bars and enjoy.

*Makes six bubble bars.

02 of 07

Stimulating Eucalyptus Bubble Bath

Eucalyptus laying on light green towels.
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You'll Need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Castile soap
  • Carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, almond, argan, or grapeseed oil)
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Large jar or bottle

Instructions:

  1. Pour four cups of water into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add half a cup of Castile soap into the mixing bowl.
  3. Add three tablespoons of carrier oil into the mixing bowl.
  4. Add five drops of eucalyptus oil into the mixture. Remember: Too much eucalyptus oil can sometimes be irritating for the skin, so if you have sensitive skin, go on the lighter side.
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into jar or bottle.

*Makes two jars worth of bubble bath.

03 of 07

Multicolored DIY Lush Bubble Bars

You'll Need:

  • mixing bowls
  • Baking soda
  • Olive oil
  • Corn starch
  • Cream of tartar
  • Plastic gloves
  • SLSA
  • Glycerin
  • Essential oil of your choice
  • Whisk
  • Neon gel food coloring
  • Parchment paper
  • Knife

Instructions:

  1. Add one cup of baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in one tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Add one-third cup of corn starch.
  4. Mix in one-third cup of cream of tartar.
  5. Put on plastic gloves and a mask and add in one cup of SLSA. (While it's safe to use, the substance if quite cloudy and can make you cough.)
  6. Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choosing to give your bubble bar a pleasant scent.
  7. Mix everything together with a whisk.
  8. Split the mixture between two or three bowls and add a different food coloring to each.
  9. Once color is mixed into, shape each bowl of bath dough into a ball.
  10. Lay parchment paper on flat surface and drizzle with baking soda to prevent sticking.
  11. Once layered, flatten a ball of dough onto the paper. Once flattened, press each of the other balls on top of the first layer, one at a time. (Make sure not to flatten the edges of each color all the way out, as you want about an inch of space around each color so that it will show up in the roll.)
  12. Once layered, roll the bath dough hot-dog wise.
  13. Smooth edges by pressing the sides and ends.
  14. Slice with a knife to create your bars.

*Makes eight bars, but half of one bar suffices for a single bath, so you can get 16 baths out of the recipe.

04 of 07

Calming Lavender Bubble Bath

You'll Need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Castille soap
  • Coconut oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Large jar or bottle

Instructions:

  1. Pour four cups of water into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add half a cup of Castile soap into the mixing bowl.
  3. Add three tablespoons of coconut oil into the mixing bowl.
  4. Add five to eight drops of lavender oil into the mixture depending on how strong you'd like the scent to be.
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Use funnel to pour the mixture into jar or bottle.

*Makes two jars worth of bubble bath.

05 of 07

Mood-Boosting Lemon Bubble Bath

lemons on pink background

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You'll Need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Castille soap
  • Coconut oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Large jar or bottle

Instructions:

  1. Pour four cups of water into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add half a cup of Castile soap into the mixing bowl.
  3. Add three tablespoons of coconut oil into the mixing bowl.
  4. Add seven to 10 drops of lemon oil into the mixture depending on how strong you'd like the scent to be. (Fun Fact: Did you know that lemon scents are proven to boost mood? A 2008 study found that, when it comes to aromatherapy, lemon lifts spirits more than lavender.)
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Use funnel to pour the mixture into jar or bottle.

*Makes two jars worth of bubble bath.

06 of 07

DIY Lush Bath Bomb

You'll Need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Corn starch
  • Citric acid
  • Epsom salt
  • Whisk
  • Essential oil of your choice
  • Water
  • Ornament mold
  • Food coloring

Instructions:

  1. Add one cup of baking soda to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add half a cup of corn starch to the bowl.
  3. Add half a cup of citric acid to the bowl.
  4. Add half a cup of epsom salt to the bowl.
  5. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  6. Add three tablespoons of the essential oil of your choice.
  7. Add one teaspoon of water.
  8. Split the mixture into three or four bowls. Add a different color of food coloring to each. Blend.
  9. Once the colors are fully blended, start shaping your bath bombs. Use a spoon to press some color into each half of the ornament mold. Once filled, press the two together.
  10. Once each side of the bath bomb is secured, set it aside for 48 hours to allow it to dry.
  11. Remove the ornament casing once the 48 hours is up and enjoy!

*The number of bath bombs this mixture makes depends on the size of ornament molds you use.

07 of 07

Soothing Chamomile Bubble Bath

Person holding chamomile flowers in hand while sitting in bubble bath

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You'll Need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Castille soap
  • Carrier oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Large jar or bottle

Instructions:

  1. Pour four cups of water into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add half a cup of Castile soap into the mixing bowl.
  3. Add three tablespoons of carrier oil into the mixing bowl.
  4. Add five to eight drops of chamomile oil into the mixture—go for less if you'd like a lighter scent; or more if you'd prefer it to be stronger.
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Use funnel to pour the mixture into jar or bottle.

*Makes two jars worth of bubble bath.

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