The Best Natural Bubble Bath + DIY Recipes

I have deprived my children. And I feel terrible.

I’m not talking about depriving them of fast food or candy—I don’t feel bad about that. 😉

I’m talking about bubble baths

There are few things that can compare to the JOY of a bubble bath. I still remember soaking in a big vat of suds in my parent’s laundry tub, sculpting Santa Claus beards on my face and making towers and bubble castles.

My mom used JOY soap for the bubbles, but hey, it was the 80s.
Baby Genevieve holding a bottle of JOY

So why have I been depriving my kids of this memory?

Same old story: Most of the bubble bath soaps on the market contain some really terrible ingredients
 parabens, fragrances, even formaldehyde. Yep.

But should that obstacle stand in the way of a natural mama and her kids’ bath time? Not in my household.

I did some research, tried out a few options, and have some good ones for you listed below. Scroll down even further and you’ll see some DIY options that you can whip together for a safe and sudsy good time.

Safe Bubble Baths

The key is to find a natural bubble bath that actually bubbles.

Don’t be fooled: Many natural bubble bath options are pure but don’t create big or lasting bubbles. You’d be better saving your money and using a simple olive oil bar.

But, thankfully, there are a few super pure formulas on the market that actually get the job done.

Babyganics Extra Gentle Bubble
Babyganics Extra Gentle Bubble

This unscented bubble bath is great for kids with super sensitive skin or eczema. This is a gentle and very safe product that is ranked a "1" on the Skin Deep website, meaning it has the lowest possible toxin rating. It is also the least expensive bubble bath I list in this post at $0.32 per ounce.

If you go with this brand, be sure you pick the unscented variety only, as the scented ones are ranked more like a "3" with more chemicals present.

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Babyganics Extra Gentle Bubble
Honest Company Honest Bubble Bath
Honest Company Bubble Tangerine Dream

I'm not a huge fan of Honest products, as I think they add too many ingredients. But I know they're popular, so wanted to include their bubble bath.

Moms love it because it bubbles well and smells great. It contains some nice soothing ingredients like aloe vera and calendula. It is also contains mostly organic ingredients and is tear free, but it is more expensive at nearly $1.00 per ounce. It also is a "2" on the Skin Deep website, so not quite as safe as the others.

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Honest Company Honest Bubble Bath
Carina Organics Bubble Bath
Carina Organics

This company creates lovely, pure products. This bubble bath is also ranked a "1" on the Skin Deep website, whether that is one of the scented varieties or their unscented kind.

The Carina bubble bath is extra gentle and tear-free formula with certified organic plant, vegetable, flower and tree extracts. I personally love that one of the ingredients is apple cider vinegar 🙂

It is the most expensive of the natural bubble baths I list in this post.

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Carina Organics Bubble Bath
Alaffia - EveryDay Shea
Alaffia – EveryDay Shea – Moisturizing Bubble Bath

I use this bubble bath with my kids and they LOVE IT. It’s certified fair trade, safe for babies and adults, and doesn’t contain harsh or nasty ingredients.

It is a "1" on the Skin Deep website.

The bubble bath is really moisturizing too because it contains shea buttler and essential oils.

It's also the most reasonably priced option on this list, at $0.47 per ounce. I use about 2-3 TB per bath.

— Check it out —
Alaffia - EveryDay Shea

Make Your Own Bubble Bath

Another option is to make your own bubble bath! This is great for the DIY-ers or folks who want to make 100% sure their bubble bath is toxin-free.

Here are a few recipes to try.

Soothing Salt Bubble Bath

The addition of magnesium rich salt gives this bubble bath a soothing and rejuvenating boost. Great for calming kids before bedtime!

  • 1/2 cup epsom salt or magnesium flakes
  • 1/8 cup himalayan pink salt (optional)
  • 1 cup liquid soap
  • 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
  • 30-50 drops essentail oils

Whisk all ingredients together. Drizzle under running water while filling the bath.

Moisturizing Honey Bubble Bath

The honey and almond oil in this recipe are great for adding moisture to dry skin or flaky skin.

  • 1 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 30-50 drops essential oils (Lavender works well)

Whisk all ingredients together. Drizzle under running water while filling the bath.

Super Bubble Bath

The egg white in this recipe helps the bubbles hold their shape longer.

  • 1 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 egg white
  • 30-50 drops essentail oils

Whisk all ingredients together. Drizzle under running water while filling the bath. For extra foaming power, add a little bit of water and mix with a hand mixer to make foam before adding to the bath.

You can add 1 cup of water to stretch this recipe and make it last longer. It won’t be as bubbly but it will save you money.

Why we limit our kid’s baths

Bubble baths are awesome, but we still limit them to about once per week in our household.

Our skin actually houses good bacteria that shouldn’t be washed away too often. That’s why skin-to-skin touching is so important to newborns who are developing their microbiome.

The “hygiene hypothesis” states that too few exposures to bacteria and pathogens in early childhood may interfere with proper immune system development. Studies have found that too frequent bathing may indeed lead to asthma, eczema and even diabetes and leukemia.

Washing away the natural oils (sebum) on our skin too frequently can cause dry skin or may cause the skin to go into sebum overdrive and actually cause greasy skin.

Also, the natural oils on our skin help to absorb our vitamin D from the sun. Your skin can take up to 48 hours to fully absorb vitamin D through the skin, so washing too frequently may affect healthy vitamin D levels.

Kind of a downer epilogue to a bubble bath post, eh? But, in moderation, bubble baths can be healthy and super fun.

Mommy likes a good bubble bath too!

You’re never to old to enjoy a good bubble party! I like to add a few drops of Lavender, Peace & Calming, Chamomile or Stress Away essential oil to my baths for added therapeutic effect.

How about you?

Do your kids take bubble baths? What bubble bath do you use? Share with us in the comments below!

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  1. Love these natural bubble bath recommendations! Do you have any natural bath bomb recommendations for moms that don’t want to DIY them?

  2. How fun! Thank you oodles! I have tons of Castile already and can’t wait to try. But as you mentioned, I have no clue where to find Vegetable Glycerin in that store – can you point readers in the right direction as to where we can find it in the store (not just on-line)? Thanks oodles!!!!

  3. How often would you reccomemd showering a 6 year old!? I bathe her everyday after school due to germs but maybe that’s too much!? We use safe products such as acure so I know we are ok there not don’t want to wash away natural oils and affect her vitamin D intake!

    • A good rule of thumb is twice a week until puberty (then more of course). Washing hands is probably enough as far as germs.

  4. HI,

    I’M WONDERING HOW MUCH OF THE EGG WHITE BATH MIXTURE YOU WOULD USE IN THE BATH, AND HOW LONG THE REST OF THE MIX WILL LAST WHEN BOTTLED.

    THANK YOU!

    • You’ve really gotta experiment with your recipe. Add enough for a good, fun foam!

  5. We use Earth Mama Angel Baby. My daughter is allergic to a lot, including almond oil (Burt’s Bees) and coconut! We have used both the lavender and unsented. They are all wonderful! 0

  6. Hi I was just looking and looking on your website and YouTube channels your bath time routine for your kids/babies. What would you wash them? Also what detergent do you use? My almost 5 month old hasn’t had the best skin since she was born. I’m cutting down on bath times but still yet have to find the right baby products for her. Would you also recommend oils? Such as coconut?

  7. Have you ever actually TRIED the recipe that mixes Epsom salt or magnesium [chloride] flakes with castile soap? The product will be magnesium soap, which doesn’t even dissolve in water!

    Bubble baths made of castile soap aren’t practicable in the bath water of most people who don’t “soften” it. But if you pre-“harden” it with magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) or chloride, it won’t even have a chance to work!

  8. Thank you for the info! We give our toddler nightly baths as part of our bedtime routine. Would just a dip in the water (no soap) still be okay or will that cause issues as well? Thanks!

    • It should be fine. Just watch for dry skin.

    • My Little Ones (1 & 2) bathe nearly every night in water only, as most soaps are harsh and unnecessary. Although my daughter likes bubbles (and we’ve gotten carried away with their frequency lately, causing severe dry skin), water-only is the absolute best for the skin. They don’t get shampoo, soap, or any other chemical mess and [usually] have the softest skin, the healthiest hair and are, by far, cleaner than their older siblings, my husband and I, who are a little too mainstream, with our soap and shampoo habits. I can’t recommend water-only baths enough!

  9. I’m just wondering how much of the mixture you use per bath?

    • Start with a couple tablespoons poured in with the running water. Add more if your kids demand more bubbles!

  10. Me and my kids are total water babies, added bonus is we have the original tub from the 1920’s in our pre-war apartment. It can fit me, my 9 year old, and the baby. I’ve purchased bubble bath from Whole Foods 365 brand. Normally I just pour in whatever baby bath I’m using at the time, I’ve used Burt’s Bees, California Baby, and Tom’s of Maine. I’ll have to try Alaffia’s, I LOVE their products. I use their coconut face wash everyday, it smells like “Rain Bath” which I obviously stopped using years ago, but missed the scent terribly. I’m guilty of taking a soaking bath at least three times a week. Most of the time it’s just a couple drops of geranium oil and that’s it.

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