We have detailed the process of enjoying a warm bubble bath in the tub to the fullest. You will understand the full benefits and experience a healthy life spiralling through your body. And you don’t have to stress, searching for the best bubble baths since we have collected the best DIY bubble bath recipes for you.
In this article:
- What Is Bubble Bath?
- What Are Bubble Baths Made of?
- Differences Between Bath Bombs and Bubble Baths
- What Are the Benefits of a Bubble Bath?
- How to Make a Bubble Bath
- 4 DIY Bubble Bath Recipes to Try at Home
What Is Bubble Bath?
The name goes for two: the use and the product. Also known as bath foam or foaming bath, bubble bath is a powdered, liquid or crystal product added to the water of the bathtub to form foam and create a fragrant smell.
The foams serve as a disguise in movies. The tub occupant could be dressed and the viewers would think the actress is naked having a bath.
At home, and in life, the importance of the surfactant (also known as bubble bath) includes cleaning the body like a normal bath and relaxation. That is to spare a few details of its benefits.
The bubbles or foams are a result of aeration or carbonation. The products used in the process have the characteristics to form lather and heavy foams. They would be poured in the tub and agitated, either by hand or the continuous flow of water. And they would exhibit their characteristics, covering the tub in all beautiful whiteness.
Children particularly find foams attractive and would likely join in the tub. Adults prefer bubble baths for it’s understood to have health benefits. And if you have tried one, you would have felt the sensation right while you are still lying, covered in foams.
What Are Bubble Baths Made of?
Now, let’s take the product you poured in the tub and examine its contents.
The products used in bubble baths must be manufactured to high dilution, or else they would lose foams after a short time. This is because of the term referred to as “hardness of water,” (the reluctance of water to form lather).
Because of “hardness,” different surfactants are used in a bubble bath, the anionic, nonionic, or zwitterionic surfactant. Soap is uncommon in anionic surfactants, as they react fast with the “hardness” in water, producing anti-foams, like lime soaps.
In a typical surfactant, one ingredient(s) is a foam stabilizer, which holds foams for a longer duration. Such ingredient(s)could be another surfactant or stabilizing polymers. Some have unique properties of being foam stabilizers and foam producers.
The product used in bubble baths usually comes in two forms: liquid or gel with water or solid. The solids can be powders, grains, or tablets. The earliest form of bubble baths was the powder, but things have changed and more products are now designed in liquid form.
Liquids to be used for bubble baths as uniform solutions. They should be uniform when stored in certain temperatures, to prevent the growth of microbes or oxidative breakdown.
Powders, however, might be difficult to retain uniformity. Their ingredients could sift, making their uniformity near impossible. Powders are made of solid ingredients or liquid ingredients that have been absorbed.
The purpose of the solid or liquid products for bubble bath is more than foaming and includes health benefits, especially the addition of salt and oils. Depending on the manufacturer, the product may be produced to show non-foaming effects. Call it emoliency, mildness is preferred.
Differences Between Bath Bombs and Bubble Baths
The two are designed to produce a pleasant and sweet-scented bath. But they sure are different.
The bubble baths typically produce bubbles or foams above the water. It is often cheaper than bath bombs. The bubble should have dissolved before you step into the tub. Kids love a bubble bath more because of the foaming appearance, add toys into the tub and you will woo them completely.
Bath bombs make fizz (bubbles) under the water using effervescent solids. These are usually small single-use pellets called bath fizzies or as a bolus called a bath bomb. It is commonly costlier than bubble baths. The two produce carbon dioxide when bicarbonate or carbonate reacts with an organic acid.
The foams should be dissolving and releasing gas as you lie in the tub. If you aerate the water with fizzy, most fizzes will be lost to air wastefully.
Some products exhibit the characteristics of a bubble bath and that of a bath bomb. Such products cannot be as effective as others dedicated to one purpose. The conditions to operate the two baths are different.
What Are the Benefits of a Bubble Bath?
If you don’t know why you should have a bubble bath regularly, then here you have all its benefits explained!
The foam is warm. The dim light is on. After a hard day’s job, you walk into the tub and immerse your body. It will feel the warmness sipping through its pores. The sweet scent clothes you. Calmness is restored like a gentle rain in a desert.
Especially, if you have silenced your phone and plugged in a headphone of good music, your problems took the back seat on your mind. And your blood pumps new energy through your body.
You feel relieved from stress. Spend some more minutes, and the nervous system relaxes, anxiety vanishes, and your mood changes.
And that feeling extends deep into your muscles. The warm water in the bath eases tension and cramps in muscles. They feel alive again, and the elasticity increases. If your muscles feel tight, achy or tired, especially if you are an athlete, a bubble bath works like a heat pack.
If you want to maximize this benefit, you could exercise your muscles, doing some gentle stretches.
From the above, you have understood that bubble baths help to relax:
- The muscle,
- The body generally,
- And the mind.
Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils during the bath to achieve special effects. Some natural oils include lavender, bergamot, vanilla or cedarwood.
You can decide to add such a procedure to your bubble bath. Your body will become nourished, and your skin will develop beauty. And your relaxation will be extended to a higher level.
Comfort From Weather
Let us guess what you do when winter comes. You wear giant sweaters, and drink warm tea or gin. You make fire and sit by it. But, is that all?
Take your comfort from a tub filled with warm water. You want a drink, bring it close to the tub. As you enjoy the warmth, let warm water soothe and comfort you from the outside world.
Even a simple bath enhances sleep; talk more of a relaxing bubble bath with the best relaxation experience. Your body temperature rises during the bath and drops after the bath. Since you feel relaxed completely after the bubble bath, you will fall into a sound sleep. The body has secreted a hormone, melatonin, which improves sleep.
It Could Remove Toxins
Depending on how it is done, you’ll sweat toxins during a bubble bath. First, the water should be a little hot to produce sweat. Then, your lymphatic system would stimulate the removal of toxins and carry out what is called lymph drainage.
Stimulates Hormonal System
The hormones in the body are produced (secreted) by glands and transported by the circulatory system. They influence the immune system as well. Bubble baths stimulate the secretion of the hormones, therefore, improving the immune system. This means less sickness. No cough or cold. You win!
Finally, the skin would grow healthier. The warm bath increases blood circulation. Tissues are nourished and strengthened. These reasons help to develop healthier skin. And for those who use the bubble bath to perform skin exfoliation, their skin becomes extra beautiful than those who just take baths.
How to Make a Bubble Bath
You have many reasons to take a bubble bath. Now, let us see how to go about it.
- Have a clean bathroom.
- Consider taking a shower before you take a bubble bath.
- Tie your hair to knot so it doesn’t get in the water and soaked in bath surfactants.
- Choose a product with essential benefits. And we have made that simple for you. The list is above. If you want a homemade product, you could scroll down to see below.
- The water should be moderate. Not too cold. Not too hot. The right temperature is at 112°F or lower. To understand the degree of comfort, dip a hand to your wrist as the water goes hot. Be careful though.
- Add your bubble bath products while the water is still running. Preferably, add the product where the faucet stream flows into the bath water. This would agitate the products and reveal their foams.
- Add some bath salt in the tub while the water is still running. Bath salt has health benefits. Epsom salt is a good option.
- Hydrate. Drink one glass of water so you don’t get thirsty. Or you could place the cup of water near where you can get it. It could be a bottle of wine as well.
- Do you love some beautiful candle lights? Then light your bathroom before you step in.
- You could bring some good music or read a book during your bath.
- Put something to make your neck comfortable. It could be a pillow or a folded towel. If you choose a pillow, cover it with a kitchen trash bag so it doesn’t get wet.
- After five minutes, or after you feel relaxed enough, use a cotton flannel to wash clean. Or use a bath soap to clean your body from head to toe.
- You can exfoliate your body too. Use a gentle brush to work out your skin and remove dead cells.
- The process is recommended to last for 20-30 minutes. 10 minutes improves cardiovascular health. Up to 30 minutes will improve sugar level in diabetes. Spend at least 30 minutes.
- After the bubble bath, moisturize your skin with the best body lotions.
Bubble Bath Tips
- Add lavender oils or any essential oils to your bath and smell nice. This could be done just before stepping in.
- Use bath salts. In fact, this isn’t a choice you should ignore. A simple Epsom salt could help with health benefits, as it dissolves and soothes your muscles and detoxifies your skin. Or you could buy other bath salts for your use.
- Don’t dally too long, moisturize as soon as you step out and your body is blotted dry.
- The deeper the water, the longer it retains heat. So make it as deep or as shallow as you wish.
- Homemade bubbles compared to most manufactured products, will not make as many foams.
4 DIY Bubble Bath Recipes to Try at Home
Here comes the part you could use to make more natural products. Below we present a couple of homemade DIY bubble baths to give a try.
DIY Honey Almond Bubble Bath
- ½ cup of mild, liquid hand soap or body soap
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon of light almond oil (optional)
- 5 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Pour the ingredients in a container. Have another container on the side, where you will transfer the ingredients.
- Crack the egg open. Allow the egg white to fall into the bowl until you are left with only the yolk.
- Add the soap. Soap is important to homemade bubble baths generally.
- Stir the mixture. Be careful. Do not stir too strong, less the soap and egg white foam.
- Move the content into another container.
- And it is ready for use. You could use a labelled container so you would understand the content and when to use the products.
DIY Vegan Bubble Bath
- 1 ½ cup of liquid Castile soap, scented or unscented
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
- ½ tablespoon of white sugar
- 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)
- Egg whites and honey are optional. Egg whites will keep the bubbles firm, while honey moisturizes. But you can skip them.
- Pour the ingredients in a mixing container.
- Add the egg white.
- Add 1 ½cup of liquid Castile soap or any other scented soap.
- Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin and ½ tablespoon of sugar. Sugar and glycerin will help in forming larger bubbles and increase the bubbles duration.
- After you have mixed the ingredients in a container, stir with a fork.
- Transfer into another container where you would keep it.
- The bubble bath is ready. Wait for 24 hours for the bubble bath to cure. Shake lightly before use.
Homemade Honey Bubble Bath
- 1 cup of baby oil
- ½ cup of honey
- ½ cup of hand soap or unscented shampoo
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Add some oils into a bowl.
- Add and stir all the ingredients. It must blend.
- Transfer the mixture into a plastic squeezable bottle.
- Shake the bottle before use.
DIY Bubbling Bath Salts
- 3 cups of Epsom salt
- ½ cup of rock salt
- 1/3 cup of your favorite body wash
- Pour all the ingredients into a bowl. Stir.
- Pour into an air-tight container.
- Use in a bubble bath as specified above.
- Use for up to three months, depending on how you store it.
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