5 Best Organic + Natural Bubble Baths & Non-Toxic DIY Recipes

5 Best Organic + Natural Bubble Baths & Non-Toxic DIY Recipes

LAST UPDATED: 03/18/2019

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WRITTEN BY: TAMRYN BURGESS
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There are few things more relaxing than a long, pampering bubble bath. Although the thought of a bubble bath often brings up images of little babies and kids, bubble baths are not just for our little ones. In fact, a good soak can be just as therapeutic and nourishing for us grown-ups. For example, did you know that there are proven mental health benefits associated with taking a relaxing bath? Baths have been shown to support the circadian rhythm, improve sleep, and even reduce depression (1)?

While a bubble bath can be just what your body needs after a long day, it can also be a nightmare for your skin if you select a bubble bath product made from skin-irritating ingredients. Some conventional bubble baths are too harsh for a young child’s skin and can cause irritation and allergic reactions. If you are searching for a safe and natural bubble bath for babies and children, then you should be extra cautious when making your selection. Children and babies have very sensitive skin and developing immune systems. Because of this, it is crucial to avoid harsh chemicals commonly found in conventional bubble baths such as sodium laureth sulfate, cocamide EDTA, and synthetic colors or dyes (may irritate skin or cause allergies). This is true when selecting any bath & body products—not just bubble baths.

Something else to keep in mind for children? Babies often swallow mouthfuls of bubbles during bath time. That means, they may also be swallowing an array of undesirable chemicals as well. (2). When purchasing a safe bubble bath for your baby, look for gentle ingredients such as vegetable glycerin (locks in moisture), organic oatmeal extract (reduces itching, soothing on the skin), organic aloe vera (skin soothing), organic rosehip oil (aids in tissue and cell regeneration), organic sunflower or jojoba oils (very gentle and non-irritating), and organic chamomile (reduces skin irritation). For very sensitive skin, natural fragrance in the form of essential oils (like lavender, chamomile, or calendula) is usually fine, but unscented is always the safest option.

Another great option for natural bubbles is to simply make your own DIY bubble bath. Check out our Homemade Organic Bubble Bath Recipes at the bottom of this article for two lovely homemade bubble bath recipes for adults and children. Whether you make your own bubble bath or buy one, keep in mind that bubble baths should be limited to about once per week conservatively for adults and children. Soaking in soaps (even the good soaps) can slowly erode away your healthy skin microbiome (i.e. natural healthy bacteria colonies) and potentially leave you susceptible to eczema and a weakened immune system (3).

If you’d rather buy a premade bubble bath, then you’re in luck! We researched and tested over twenty natural and organic bubble baths made by clean skincare brands to bring you this list of the best organic, natural bubble bath products available. These top bubble baths are sulfate free, paraben free, phthalate free, petrochemical + mineral oil free, synthetic fragrances + dye free, ethoxylated ingredients free, and free of a whole host of other ingredients that we do not allow on our lists. We also included some vegan, gluten-free, and 100% natural options as well. We hope that our research makes it easier for you to find a bath that will nourish and pamper the entire family!

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California Baby – Calendula Organic Calendula Bubble Bath

This California Baby bubble bath is a hands-down fan favorite. It has a light, calming lavender scent purely derived from essential oils, as well as soothing calendula extract. A delicious treat for kids and adults alike, it's made with skin-loving, plant-based ingredients (like soap bark) that naturally create mountains of bubbles and are gentle on sensitive skin types of all ages. As a bonus, this natural bubble bath comes with its very own bubble wand for guaranteed fun in and out of the bath!

Alaffia – Natural Bubble Bath w/ Shea & Lavender

Formulated for babies, kids and adults, Alaffia's nurturing lemon lavender bubble bath is a relaxing, cleansing treat. It's made with safe ingredients including ethically-traded unrefined shea butter, shea leaf, calming lemon balm and lavender, which all work together to cleanse, nourish and soften the skin. It's naturally foaming, gentle and non-irritating, especially for sensitive skin types. It's also available in Eucalyptus Mint, Vanilla Citrus Mint, and unscented.

Good Medicine – Rosy Glow Organic Bubble Bath ($30)

This adult version of bubble bath is the perfect treat for the ultimate, pampering experience. Sprinkle these bath botanicals into warm water--they'll bubble into a frothy lather and then dissolve into a silky pool. Filled with organic sugar cane and coconut milk as well as hand-selected essential oils of rose, lime & coconut, this formula helps you detox, soothe aches and pains, and soften the skin. Also safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. Light some candles and indulge!

Carina Organics – Organic Bubble Bath

This soothing, all-natural and organic bubble bath from Carina Organics is made with certified organic plant, vegetable, and botanical extracts for cleansing your skin. It has a light, sweet fragrance, and also comes in lavender, baby, and unscented options. It produces a ton of foamy bubbles that stay intact throughout the entire bath (and even after!) Soak for as long as you like and step out of the bath with your skin feeling clean and soft!

Honest Company – Natural Bubble Bath

This bubble bath from the Honest Co. is honestly a yummy bubble bath for the entire family. It comes in four different variations: orange + vanilla, lavender, sweet almond, and unscented. It's filled with calming botanicals like chamomile and calendula that help nourish the skin while cleansing. Whether for adult pamper time, or a fun foamy bath for kids, this gentle, tear-free bubble bath is ultra-calming and cleansing.

Bubble and Bee – Organic Lavender Bubble Bath ($17)

A safe, non-toxic bubble bath for the whole family! It comes in two natural scents: lavender and peppermint + honey. This lovely bubble bath is gentle on the skin and filled with loads of organic ingredients like lavender essential oil, calendula extract, rosemary extract, rosemary essential oil, and citric acid (from fruit). It's ideal for ages 2+, but not a tear-free product. Perfect for a relaxing bath that creates loads of lasting lather and suds.

HOMEMADE DIY ORGANIC BUBBLE BATH RECIPES

To make you own bubble bath at home, all you need are a few simple ingredients like castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and the essential oils of your choice. The castile soap adds the suds, the glycerin helps to protect your skin from moisture loss while you soak, and the essential oils add a bit of aromatherapy to the mix. So, don’t be scared to experiment with your own bubble bath recipes. It is very important to note that caution should be used when using essential oils with young children. If you are making a DIY bubble bath for an infant under the age of 3 months old, then reduce the amount of essential oils to 1-5 drops per 2 cups of bubble bath.

Another thing to keep in mind when making organic bubble bath? Well, because the soap used in DIY bubble bath is very mild, homemade versions typically do not produce those big, fluffy, pillowy bubbles. If you simply cannot live without those dreamy bubbles, then try whisking 1 egg white and adding it to the bubble recipes below. This is the best “natural” trick for pumping up the volume of bubbles in a homemade product. Ready to get started? Then, here are two simple organic bubble bath recipes for you to try (one for adults and one for children):

BABY SLEEPY TIME ORGANIC BUBBLE BATH RECIPE

Add a fun surprise to your little one’s next night time bath with this soothing lavender bubble bath. Gently combine all ingredients in a glass or BPA free plastic bottle. Don’t over shake! When ready to use for baby’s bath, pour no more than ¼ cup of the homemade bubble bath into running water and use your hands to agitate the water to create lots of bubbles!

RESTORATIVE HONEY & CHAMOMILE BUBBLE BATH

A great bubble bath recipe for those with sensitive skin. Gently combine all ingredients in a bottle. Shake well before each use as the oils and honey can separate over time. Pour into running water to create a luxurious experience.

SOURCES & REFERENCES

1. (2018) Physical and Mental Effects of Bathing: A Randomized Intervention Study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6011066/#__ffn_sectitle

2. (2006) Should bubble baths be avoided in children with urinary tract infections? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2066009/

3. (2006) Too clean, or not too clean: the Hygiene Hypothesis and Home Hygiene. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1448690/

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  1. Linda Greytak March 19, 2019
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