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Relaxing Bubble Bath Recipes For Stress Relief

by Beverly Hills MD

May 14 2020

Why have a handful of relaxing bubble bath recipes in your back pocket? Well, you don’t really need any excuses to allow yourself a soothing soak, but more and more evidence is showing that a bubble bath isn’t such a frivolous activity after all.

From boosting your skin’s health and appearance with the help of a few choice ingredients to helping relieve stress, there are a lot of reasons why you should schedule yourself a beneficial bubble bath more often.

Read on to learn more, and get some ideas for your own homemade bubble bath here.

Can A Bubble Bath Support Your Mental Health?

A study has found that a weekly, thirty-minute soothing bath can have just as much impact as twice-weekly exercise sessions in boosting your mood.1

Not only that but including a nice, warm bath in your bedtime routine can help support better-quality sleep. This is because warm bath water helps induce a lower body temperature conducive to more restful slumber, which in turn helps the brain and body recover from physical and mental stress.2

Given these facts, it seems that drawing yourself a DIY bubble bath can certainly help soothe your senses and help with stress relief.

Draw A Bubble Bath To Support Skin Health

A relaxing bath isn’t just for your tired mind and muscles, either – it can also have skin-boosting benefits. Soaking in a bath filled with ingredients that can support skin health could be a great way to supplement your skincare routine.

drawing a bath | Beverly Hills MDHowever, soap can be too drying on the skin, and immersing in it for too long (and in too-hot water) won’t do you much good. Enter the moisturizing powers of oils. Making sure your bubble bath recipe contains oils like coconut oil or shea butter can really help lock moisture in and make skin soft.3

A warm, relaxing bath with the right essential oil and natural, soap-free ingredients can also help relieve dry, irritated, or sensitive skin.4

You don’t need to rely on pricey bubble bath products with synthetic ingredients to reap all of these potential benefits. Here are some homemade bubble bath recipe ideas to help you get started.

Why Choose A Homemade Bubble Bath?

In addition to it likely coming out cheaper in the long run, making your own bubble bath at home allows you to ensure the quality and provenance of what comes into contact with your body – something that’s especially important to those with sensitive skin. 

Similar to DIYing your own bath bomb, you don’t have to worry about unnecessary or synthetic fragrances, potentially irritating chemical soap, or other preservatives coming into contact with your skin, as well as the environment (when you drain that bathwater out).

These chemical bubble bath ingredients can cause irritation in both your skin and eyes and to susceptible people, even contribute to urinary tract infections.5

That doesn’t mean you have to say no to suds. By sticking to natural ingredients, you can still get a satisfying and relaxing bath experience that’s stress-free in more ways than one.

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Homemade Bubble Bath Recipe Essentials

You’re sure to come across the following basic ingredients in a lot of DIY bubble bath recipes you’ll find. Here’s what they do (and why they’re good for you).

Vegetable Glycerin

=This is a plant-derived oil compound that gives your bubble bath its signature slipperiness. But it does more to your bath than help give it bubbles: Some studies show vegetable glycerin can help support skin moisture and help soothe irritation.6

You can find vegetable glycerin online, in health food stores, or in craft stores (especially ones that sell soap-making ingredients, as this is a common natural additive in homemade soap and personal care products). Can’t source any? Coconut oil is often the most common alternative.

Liquid Castile Soap

Castile soap is made from plant-derived oils like olive, avocado, or even hemp. Unlike commercial soap that is often made from animal fat, castile soap is known as a vegan alternative that is non-toxic to both humans and the environment.7

Turning to castile soap for your homemade bubble bath allows you to get the suds you crave, as well as the cleansing properties you’re looking for in a bath.

Essential Oil

honey and lavendar | Beverly Hills MDWhile not a must in every bubble bath recipe, your choice of essential oil can help enhance the experience. Enrich your bubble bath with invigorating scents like mint or eucalyptus, or aim for relaxation with lavender essential oil.

Conventional Bubble Bath Recipe (Without Harmful Ingredients) Great For Sensitive Skin

Consider this bubble bath recipe a good basic one to springboard from to make your own. Take note that if you’re planning to keep your homemade bubble bath recipe near the tub, choose a sturdy plastic container instead of a glass one.

What You Need

  • ½ cup distilled water, slightly warm
  • ½ cup liquid castile soap (unscented or scent of your choice)
  • ¼ cup vegetable glycerin (or coconut oil)
  • A few drops of essential oils of choice (optional)
  • Plastic resealable container


  1. Combine water, castile soap, and vegetable glycerin. Mix well.
  2. Place in a resealable container. It’s normal for the glycerin to separate from the mixture; just give it a good shake or stir before using.
  3. Add an eighth of a cup to your warm bathwater. Pour more in liberally if you want it a bit more sudsy.8

Homemade Bubble Bath Recipe Ideas: Seasonal Scents, Detox Bath Salts, And More

homemade-bath-bombsLooking to level up your usual homemade bubble bath? Here are some simple ways you can improve on your bath experience.

  • Add bath salt or Epsom salt and some eucalyptus essential oils to make it into a warm and revitalizing detox bath.
  • Add honey and lavender essential oil for a soothing nighttime soak.
  • Make a “dry” bubble bath bar (similar to a bath bomb) that you can gift to your friends and family.
  • Use different essential oils for your unique needs (like sore muscles, dry skin, etc).9

Soak Safely

Even if these all-natural bubble bath ideas are mild enough for use, you should always consult your dermatologist before trying any new products (even DIY ones) on your skin.

And always make sure you have access to cool water to hydrate yourself, lots of dry bath towels, and a non-slip rug in place before soaking in a bath. Practice caution and remove all tech that could fall into your bathwater. And last but not least, make sure you rinse out any bubble bath residue from your tub so you don’t inadvertently create a homemade slip-n-slide.

Learn More:

DIY Pampering: How to Give Yourself a Spa Day at Home

How to Draw A Milk Bath (and 5 more ways to turn bathtime into a spa treatment)

What Does A Baking Soda Bath Do To Support Skin Care?




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