Remember the Bubble Bath Scoops from a while back? Well, since it is finally starting to feel a little more Fall-like around here, I’m in a pumpkin everything kind of mood.
Which, of course, means a pumpkin inspired bubble bath bar.
This recipe makes about four 3.5 oz (weight will vary, of course) bars, and each one is good for 2 to 4 (maybe even 5) baths. I made a test batch to start with and halved the recipe below. I’ve included links to the fragrances and colorants I used.
The Main Ingredients:
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
*There’s a chance you might use more than what is listed.
*These are just the fragrances I had on hand and used. You can, of course, use any body safe fragrances or essential oils.
1/4 teaspoon yellow oxide mixed with about 1/2 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in a cup or small bowl.
1/2 teaspoon red orange mica mixed with about 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in a separate cup or small bowl.
1/2 teaspoon chocolate brown mica mixed with about 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin in another separate cup or small bowl.
1/4 teaspoon gold mica
*The colorant measurements are estimates and you don’t to be exact with them.
Equipment I Used:
2 bowls (1 medium sized and 1 smaller)
Spoons (for mixing the colorants and glycerin and for assembling the pumpkins)
3 Disposable Cups (for mixing the colorants and glycerin in)
Plastic Dropper (for measuring the fragrances)
Soft Bristled Brush (I use an eye shadow brush that is reserved solely for bath product making).
1. In a medium bowl, measure out the dry ingredients and mix them together using a fork or whisk until thoroughly combined. When measuring the SLSA and mixing it with the other ingredients, you should definitely wear a face mask, sort of like this one (excuse the really bad photo):
SLSA is very fine and will cause irritation to your throat and lungs and leave you with an unpleasant, temporary cough if inhaled.
2. Measure out the needed amounts of Vegetable Glycerin and Castor Oil and add them to the dry ingredients. Use your gloved hands to mix the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
3. Divide the mixture into two portions. One portion much larger and a second portion much smaller (about 1 1/2 ounces in weight or less). Set aside the smaller portion in a small bowl.
4. To the larger portion, add the red orange mica and yellow oxide colorants and a couple of drops of the brown mica colorant. Using your gloved hands, knead the mixture until the colorant is completely combined and there aren’t any streaks. The resulting color of the mixture should be similar to the color of a pumpkin.
5. Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Roll each one into a ball. Using your palm, slightly flatten the bottom and top of each ball. Using the handle of a spoon, make an indentation in the top of each ball (this is where the stem of the pumpkin is going to go). Set aside.
6. Add the brown mica colorant to the small portion of bubble bar mix that you set aside earlier. Using your gloved hands, knead the mixture until the colorant is thoroughly dispersed. You may need to add more colorant or if the mixture is too wet, more baking soda. When you’re satisfied with the color, divide the mixture into four pieces. Shape each one unit it resembles the stem of a pumpkin – I did this by rolling each one into a ball and then rolling the ball between the palms of my hands until it began to flatten and lengthen. Insert the stems into each pumpkin. Use a dull knife, wooden skewer, or the handle end of a spoon (like I did) to score lines down the side of each pumpkin.
7. Using a brush, dust each pumpkin with gold mica dust (This step is completely optional).
Allow the bubble bath bars to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours before using (or longer).