how to: make your own bubble bath

Researching for yesterday’s Beauty Bets post re: making bubble bath at home, I tried out a couple different methods and recipes. This recipe for foaming vanilla-honey bath, found over at Real Simple, is so easy and delicious I just had to share it here. Spoiler alert: I’m totally giving jars of this stuff out come Christmas time!


1 cup light oil (almond, canola or sunflower will do)

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup mild liquid hand or body soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Mild Baby Soap, available at Target, Whole Foods and co-ops.)

1 tablespoon vanilla (preferably organic)


1. In a clean clear container, mix together the liquid soap, oil, honey and vanilla.

To use, pour 1/4 cup or so under running water as you fill the tub. (This recipe makes enough for about eight baths.)





9 thoughts on “how to: make your own bubble bath

  1. this one is great, too! this castile soap seems much more accessible than the bar…
    either way, i’m def trying this DIY. i’m thinking it might be a cute baby shower favor idea!
    i’ll let you know how it goes.

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  3. This recipe separates, with the honey sitting at the bottom.
    Which is perfectly fine, just wanted to let anyone know if they are giving it as a gift as I was.
    And of course I used wild flower honey dark and made the whole thing look like coffee, but it smelled amazing and I hope my sister loves it.

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  5. So, how’d it work in bath water? The trouble is, most people’s water has enough calcium, etc. that a bathtub full of it will turn a lot of soap (meaning actual soap soap, such as the Dr. Bronner’s mentioned above) into scum, and then a ring, rather than bubbles. You can always say that ENOUGH soap would make the bath water sudsy, but however much that is makes the water more detergent and irritating than would the amount of other foaming agents needed to make that much foam. Soapless liquid hand or body “soap” will work OK, though.

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