How to make you rown beauty spa bubble baths.
Imagine the delicious feeling of sinking down into a luxurious bath full of warm, fragrant bubbles. Perhaps there is a candle or two flickering calmly in the background, and an inviting book that you have been meaning to read and a glass of wine on the table beside your bath. The bathroom door is locked, and your most fluffy towels await you on the heated towel bar. Best of all, the bubble is your favorite scent, made by you!
Making spa-quality bubble bath is surprisingly easy and inexpensive. The ingredients are readily available, they can be found at health or drug stores, some major department stores and over the Internet. The basic ingredients are water, castille soap, glycerin, fragrance oil, and a drop or two of food coloring, which is optional. Fragrance oils can be purchased in a variety of scents, from floral to herbal to food scents. They are very strong, however. Remember that a little bit goes a long way. The process for making bubble bath is simple and straightforward. Anyone can make bubble bath at home from scratch for themselves or for a gift at a fraction of the cost it would be to buy it.
Basic Bubble Bath Recipe
1 quart water
1 bar castille soap, grated
2 ounces glycerin
3-6 drops perfume oil of your choice
3 drop food coloring (optional)
Mix the water and grated castille soap until the soap is dissolved in the water. Add the glycerin, fragrance oil and food coloring. Mix well and pour into a decorative jar or bottle.
Castille soap is made from olive oil or another kind of oil. If you cannot find it, you can use unscented shampoo or mild baby shampoo, like in the following recipe.
Alternative Bubble Bath Recipe
½ cup unscented shampoo
¾ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
10 drops fragrance oil of choice
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a decorative container.
Children also enjoy a tubful of bubbles to play in. Bubble bath for them can be expensive, as well. This recipe is for a gel bubble bath, and a fun thing to do is insert a small rubber toy such as a duck or frog into it before it sets.
Jelly Bubble Bath
1 package unflavored gelatin
¾ cup water
½ cup clear liquid soap
2-3 drops fragrance oil (for kids, vanilla or apple is a good scent)
1-2 drops food color (optional)
Heat the water until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin. Keep stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Slowly stir in liquid soap, fragrance oil and food coloring. Stir gently, or else the mixture will become foamy. Pour into containers, such as clean, dry baby food jars. Add the small toy. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set.
To use, scoop a small amount of the gel into your hand and dissolve it under running water into the bathtub.
Bubble bath makes a great gift. Everyone likes to relax in the tub from time to time, and a new, lovely smelling bottle of bubble bath is just the thing to make us put aside the time to do it.
When giving it as a gift, use a pretty jar or unique bottle. Canning bottle work well if they are dressed up with a fabric top cut with pinking shears and some pretty ribbon or raffia tied around the neck with a small card detailing the instructions for use. A gift that is attractive to the eye as well as the nose is perfect and homemade gifts from the heart are always appreciated.