Yay!! One of the newer trends in bath time fun is the bubble bar. Made popular by Lush Cosmetics, they’re super fun and make fantastic gifts or “treat yourself” items.
What is a bubble bar? Well… it’s bubble bath… in a solid state instead of gel state. There are advantages to this! Sure it can be crumbly, but (depending on who made it) it can contain a lot less chemicals than liquid bubble bath. Sadly this does not mean that if you’re one of the unlucky women who get nasty side effects from taking a bubble bath that all of your problems will be solved. You’ll still most likely get some of those side effects because bubble bars still contain a bubbling agent, even if it’s naturally derived.
How do you use a bubble bar? Generally speaking, you crumble the bubble bar under warm running water into your bath tub. You can do this through a strainer of some sort also to ensure all of the pieces get dissolved. Most bubble bars are a 1 or 2 time use. You either need the whole thing, or half of the bar to get a decent amount of bath time bubbles (psst… you can get 5-6 baths out of my bubble bars…just sayin’).
So let’s break down a bubble bar…
Standard bubble bar ingredients include but are not limited too:
- Baking Soda
- Cream of Tartar
- Corn Starch
- SLS or SLSa (more expensive, naturally derived)
- Fragrance Oil
These are standard components. They can be substituted, used in different quantities etc. There are countless things makers can add to make their bubble bar their own so you may think they’re all the same, but they’re definitely not! Makers have to consider their environment when they make bubble bars. For example, I live in Pennsylvania and some combinations of ingredients just won’t solidify in my spring and summer months. There is just too much moisture in the air. I developed a recipe that will harden any month during the year but even then, if the moisture level in my home is slightly high, it make take longer. So my basic recipe will differ from the basic recipe of someone who lives in Florida, or Arizona.
Ideally everyone should be able to enjoy bubble baths. Bath products get more and more fun as people get more and more creative. If you can’t enjoy a bubble bath for whatever reason, a few other items you may enjoy could include, but are not limited to:
- Bath Bombs (preferably with no bubbling agent)
- Shower Steamers (if baths are either just a no go, or you have no bath tub!)
- Exfoliating Soap!
- Colorful soap that makes you look like a unicorn
- Sugar Scrubs… get rid of that dead skin!
- Jelly Soap!!! Because regular soap is no where near as excited as soap that slips out of your hands and jiggles like Jell-O.
Stay Clean My Friends!