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« on: October 13, 2004 10:38:11 AM »

I am a Lush bubble bath addict, and decided I needed to make it myself or I would go broke.  I did a lot of testing with different recipes, and this one is a combination of many, and works great.  I'll post pictures soon.

1/3 cup of cream of tartar (you can also substitute corn starch)
1 cup of baking soda
1 cup of sodium laurel sulfoacetate (SLSa)
1/3 cup of glycerin liquid (plus more if needed)
soap coloring - as much as desired
Fragrance Oil - as much as desired (i used about 1/3-1/2 oz)

The Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate (SLSa) is the only ingredient I couldn't find locally.  I bought mine at http://www.bubblesnlights.com.  It seemed reasonably priced and they had lots of yummy fragrances too.  When you are working with it, you need to wear a mask.  It is not supposed to be harmful to breath in, but you will cough ALOT.

As for the coloring, I use powdered.  It was easier to get the color even throughout and it colored the bath water nicely too.  If you use liquid, it will affect how much glycerin you use. 

Add a lot of frangrance.  Remember this is going to make enough for about a dozen or so bathtubs full of water.  It'll seem a little overwhelming when you are mixing it, but it will be okay when you slice it up and store.

Mix all the dry ingredients together (including coloring if you are using dry).  I used my hands in rubber gloves.  The SLS is a very fine powder, so just swish everything around until it is mixed. Add the frangrance into the glycerine and drizzle both over the dry ingredients while mixing with your other hand.  If you are not happy with color saturation, add more.  When it is all mixed, take a clump in your hand and see if it will hold its shape.  If it is crumbly, add more glycerine.  When it is the consistency of dry play-doh and it holds it shape, you are done.  Now, you can take the whole thing and put it in a soap mold, and let it sit for 30-60 minutes.  When you unmold it, if it does not stay together, just put it back in your mixing bowl and add more glycerine.  If it is ok, you can slice it and let dry for a day or two.  I usually cut it up into 6 slices, the cut those in half. You can also just make it into single-use sized balls or cubes or put it into smaller soap molds. 

After it has dried for a day or so, you can wrap it up to store.  It should is supposed to last for 2 months, but it never lasts that long at my house.
To use in your bath, take one of your slices and crumble it into the running water.

I'll try to post pictures tonight of the finished bubble bath.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2005 01:10:59 PM by alison » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2004 06:47:32 PM »

here is a picture of the finished product.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2004 07:18:51 PM »

I love to take bubble baths! Thanks so much for this recipe  Grin

« Last Edit: October 14, 2004 02:30:15 PM by jessicakes » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2004 05:23:59 AM »

Just wanted to say hello. I am new to this forum.
I also wanted to mention that SLS and SLSa are two different items.
SLS=Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This is the stronger of the 2.

SLSa= Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
This is more mild then the SLS.
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2004 06:23:40 AM »

Just wanted to say hello. I am new to this forum.
I also wanted to mention that SLS and SLSa are two different items.
SLS=Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This is the stronger of the 2.

SLSa= Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
This is more mild then the SLS.

Thanks, I modified my posting above to reflect this.  It is Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate that I used in the bubble bath.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2004 10:46:59 AM »

wow that's so cool!
i love LUSH too but it's way too pricey.  thanks a bundle for the recipe, how did you come up with it? i must try it.

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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2004 10:49:42 AM »

i just did an internet search for solid bubble bath recipes.  from there, i just tried a bunch of different ones until i came up with the right combination for what i wanted.

its really easy to get the bubble bath part, but you have to add way more fragrance and coloring than you think if you want to get that lush-like bubble bath.
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2004 11:19:52 AM »

It is  a great idea! I will make some too!
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2004 01:26:35 PM »

alison, I love you. Lush is also one of those too-expensive things I want to keep buying. I'm so glad you shared this recipe! I have a feeling it would be simple to modify for different effects. Definately would like to have your jack frost and creamy coconut, but not sure what I'd trade you for. Vanilla mint makes me want to make cookies, lol

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2004 06:04:06 AM »

Hm this may sound like a weird question, but are any of those ingredients um, harmful to our female parts? I've never had a problem with Lush products in the tub however, I know some people who have had issues with other bath products. So, I guess you could say I'm paranoid.

With possibly the exception of the Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (which i dont really know what it is), these are very mild ingredients. 

Also, there is nothing in these that is not also in the Lush version.
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