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Natural Homemade Bubble Bath

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On my gradual journey towards a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been slowly eliminating products with harsh chemicals from our home and replacing them with homemade versions. If you’re a regular reader here, you know I am stingy with my time and money so I’ve only made the switch when it’s easy and affordable to make products myself rather than buy the store version. For examples, check out my Homemade Beauty Products and Homemade Cleaning Solutions.

Why I Decided To Make My Own Bubble Bath

In the winter, I like to take a nice, hot bubble bath to relax and warm up from the freezing weather outside. Have you read the ingredient label on store-bought bubble bath? Here’s what mine said: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, and 6 more ingredients equally long and difficult to pronounce. I did some research to see if it would be difficult to make my own and discovered that most natural homemade bubble bath recipes only need 3 ingredients!

lavender vanilla bubble bath in a pump bottle on a bathroom counter with title text reading Homemade Bubble Bath

Oddly, every natural homemade bubble bath recipe I found had the same 3 ingredients (castile soap, vegetable glycerine, and water) in different proportions. I tried 3 different recipes, wasn’t happy with any of them, and finally played with the proportions myself until I came up with one that (to me) was the perfect balance of bubbles, moisturizing ability, and a pleasant scent. I combined all mine in a clear pump bottle, but you can order similar bottles in blue, amber, or purple.

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You can order them in 2 packs rather than in packs of 6, but they are more expensive (per bottle) that way. I stocked up at Christmas when I was making a lot of gifts. You’ll see this bottle again in a couple of weeks when I share my homemade shampoo recipe that I made for my best friend for Christmas.

Free Printable Lavender Vanilla Bubble Bath Labels

I wanted to make sure that I knew this was bubble bath, so I made up a label for it. Then, I went ahead and made a whole sheet of them so I could share them with you.

lavender vanilla Bubble Bath Labels

Lavender Vanilla Bubble Bath Labels

Here’s a hint – I created them in Word using an Avery label template. So, if you pick up these Avery Name Badge Labels you can print directly onto the adhesive name badges, trim around the label, and peel of the back sheet to expose the adhesive and attach to your bottle of lavender vanilla bubble bath.

lavender vanilla bubble bath in a pump bottle on a bathroom counter

Lavender Vanilla Bubble Bath

Wondermom Wannabe
This bubble bath is amazing!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Bath


  • 1 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup vegetable glycerine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10-15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10-15 drops vanilla essential oil


  • Combine all ingredients in a 16 oz pump bottle. Secure lid and shake well to mix ingredients.
Keyword bubble bath
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13 thoughts on “Natural Homemade Bubble Bath”

  1. 4 stars
    Made this w Egyptian musk for my man. I added a lil table salt….read that that causes soponafication….ie thickener n suds. It has worked well in both shampoos and soap and bubble bath for me…. I added about 1/4 to the water, and stirred til it dissolved. If u don’t do it that way it clumps……hope this helps others.

  2. 5 stars
    Hi! I, too, first had no bubbles, but read on to discover it may be my water (we live in the country on our own well & im sure it’s hard water). So upon filtering the water and THRN attempting the recipe, I did, in fact, get bubbles. This helped me encourage my husband to put a water softener/filter system on our well. Hope this helps anyone else confused about the lack of bubbles.

    • Yes, you can do that, softening the water to use real soap to make it sudsy — but you wind up with very soapy water for the amount of bubles you get. As long as you have softened water, there’s a way to make a heap of suds on top without getting the whole bath as soapy as dishwater, and that’s to blow thru a soapy washcloth. Use a cloth with a dense weave (high thread count) and no holes, soap it up (you needn’t use liquid castile, any soap will work, but the more lather-prone the soap the better), hold it around your mouth so there’s no other way for the air to escape, and blow. Re-wet and re-soap the cloth as needed. To keep your face from getting sore where the soapy cloth keeps getting pressed around it, you could rig one of those arrangements with a cut-open plastic bottle and rubber band to blow thru, or you could get one of those pillowcase-like pouches they soap you up with in a Turkish bath (hamam) or make your own. This way you cover yourself (or your kids) and the water surface with suds, but don’t get the entire bath very soapy.

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  4. Thos eo fyou who got no bubbles did nothing wrong. Similar recipes have been getting around forever despite the factt that this is the expected behavior of soap in bathtubful of most waters, which have enough “hardness” to turn it all into curds, not suds. If you want bubbles, you have two choices. The better choice is to use the hard-to-pronounce ingredients, which are much gentler than soap for the amount of bubbles they produce. The worse choice is to use enough soap (preferably starting with soft water) to make the bath as soapy as dish or laundry water.

    As to repurposing the mixture, simple: use as hand or body or any other soap that doesn’t require mixing it with a large volume of water in use.

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  6. No bubbles for me either. Just cloudy water. What a waste of all those ingredients. Any ideas on how to repurpose this concoction anyone?

  7. I love the idea of adding essential oils, so the bubble bath smells lovely! I also love your labels! I think swapping out commercial cleaners and beauty products with healthier homemade versions is a great idea, and doing it as you run out of something is a great way to save money 🙂

    Looking forward to trying your homemade bubble bath. I could use a nice relaxing bath!


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