I’m always on the lookout for new DIY bath/body type products to add to the Etsy shop. And one of those things that I’ve had my eye on for a while were bubble bath bars.
Now, you might have seen bubble bath bars sold at stores that sell Luscious bath products. See what I did there? Totally not going to say the name of the store, but you get it 😉
But if you haven’t seen them before, here’s a little rundown on what they are. . . .
Imagine if you took a bath bomb, but instead of fizzing, it created lots of thick, creamy bubbles. And I really do mean lots of them.
Now, what creates the bubbles?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate.
Or better known as SLSa. Not to be confused with SLS (a.k.a. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which is something totally different and unrelated. Now, for a little explanation about their differences. . . . Because honestly, I had to google it when I first started researching bubble bath bars.
SLS is a chemical detergent found in most commercial shampoos, toothpastes, soaps (not mine, of course!), and cleansing products that need to foam or lather up. It’s used throughout the commercial bath/beauty industry because it is extremely cheap and it does it’s job. But here’s the troubling part, and why you won’t see it listed on any ingredients list of a product that I make.
Because of it’s small molecular structure, SLS is easily absorbed into the skin. Which wouldn’t be so bad, if it wasn’t connected with skin irritations, headaches and migraines, nausea, possible carcinogenic ingredients, etc.
SLSa, on the other hand, is derived from coconut and palm oils. It’s known to be skin safe, and because it has a larger molecular structure, it isn’t as easily absorbed. But it is a little more expensive, which is probably why most bath/body companies choose a cheaper ingredient for their products.
So, there you have it, the difference between the two ingredients. Which means, it’s time to tell you how to make bubble bath bars. Um, I mean, scoops. Because it’s so much easy to scoop them than to do all that rolling, patting, and slicing . . . . no thanks!
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Lathanol LAL Powder – aka SLSa
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Bubble Bar Hardener (a.k.a. Cream of Tartar)
3 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin*
3 teaspoons Castor Oil
1.5 mL Strawberry Kiwi Fragrance Oil
1 mL Chocolate Espresso Fragrance Oil
1 mL Vanilla Buttercream Fragrance Oil
1/4 teaspoon pink colorant
1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
Small ice cream scoop
*There’s a chance you might use more than what is listed.
Begin by measuring the dry ingredients (Baking Soda, SLSa, Cornstarch, and Bubble Bar Hardener) and placing them in a large bowl.
Be sure to wear a face mask while measuring the SLSa as it is very fine and will irritate your throat/lungs.
Using a whisk or fork, stir together the dry ingredients until they’re completely combined together.
Measure out the Castor Oil and Vegetable Glycerin and add them to the mixture. Using your gloved hands, mix together the ingredients until the liquid is completely dispersed throughout.
Divide the mixture into three different bowls.
In a small cup, combine about a 1/4 teaspoon of pink colorant (this is the one I use) with just enough vegetable glycerin to wet the powder. Mix together and set aside. In another cup, combine about a 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder with just enough vegetable glycerin to wet the powder. Mix together and set aside.
In one bowl, test to see if the mixture is the right consistency by squeezing a small amount in your palm. If the mixture holds its shape when you open your hand, then it’s ready. If it’s not the right consistency, add a small amount of vegetable glycerin. Mix it in by hand, and test again. Once it is the right consistency, set this bowl aside for now. . . . Since it is supposed to be the vanilla part of our bubble bath scoops, it will remain uncolored and unscented.
In the second bowl, add Strawberry Kiwi body safe fragrance oil and a few drops of the pink color mixture. Using your gloved hands, mix together until completely combined. Test to see if the mixture is the right consistency in the same manner that you did above. Set aside once it is.
In the third bowl, add the cocoa powder mixture and the Chocolate Espresso and Vanilla Buttercream fragrances. Because vanilla scented fragrances can cause products to turn brown, I added to this mixture instead of the white mixture. Mix together using your gloved hands (use a new pair of gloves to keep from contaminating the brown bubble bath mixture with the pink). Test to see if the mixture is the right consistency.
Pour all three colors of bubble bath mixture into one large bowl. Very lightly mix them together using your gloved hands; you don’t want them to be completely mixed together.
Pack an ice cream scoop or small cookie scoop with the mixture, pressing down hard. Place each scoop on a lined tray.
***I know, I know. The above photo is completely the wrong color to be Neapolitan scoops. Simple explanation for that: I was actually making three different batches at once (Wild Blackberry, Neapolitan, and Frosted Cranberry), and I completely to take the requisite photo until the last batch. Which obviously wasn’t Neapolitan.
Allow them to air dry for at least 24 – 48 hours before using.