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« on: August 10, 2009 05:46:10 PM »

So, I have been looking around for all natural bubble bath recipes, as I've heard that some of the chemicals and additives in commercial bubblebath are bad for people--or at least for women.  Unfortunately, all I've found, either online, OR in a book of "supposedly" all-natural soap and body-care recipes, are variations that call for liquid DISH SOAP.  Hey, wait a minute!  Since when is liquid Dawn all natural!!??  Does anyone have any alternative ideas?  Or is sitting in a tub full of soapy suds just not good for a woman's, uh, body and stuff?


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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009 06:02:29 PM »

For a really good bubble bath recipe, you are likely to need a surfactant, and while many of them are coconut or palm kernel oil based, ultimately, most of them have sensitivity issues if you use them in any large amount.

That said, I am definitely allergic to Sodium Laureth Sulfate, but have no problems with Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, which is considered a more mild version that is often used in bubble bath bombs, shampoos, etc.  However, it still has a chemical sounding name, even if it is naturally derived (like most chemicals, ya gotta start somewhere!)

So, your option is to make a super bubbly surfactant based bubble bath or bubble bath powder (based on a bubble bath bomb recipe just not pressed together), or you can just make a bubbly liquid soap and see if it makes enough bubbles to satisfy you.  Liquid soap does tend to be trickier than regular bar soap to make in terms of the various methods out there, to sequester or not to sequester, but you can always start with the Failor liquid soap book if you're truly interested, with the advisory that you should always double check any recipe with a lye calculator, be it potassium or sodium hydroxide.  Also be aware that her recipes tend to be complicated and make ginormous batches.

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009 04:56:05 PM »

Thanks for that info!  A simple explanation can be so helpful!  I haven't tried my hand at CP soaping yet (for various reasons, mostly relating to lack of a digital scale and no luck finding lye locally . . . ) so LIQUID soap-making is probably not something I'd be able to do immediately, as I've heard it's harder than solid bar CP soap making . . . maybe I could order some of that all natural goatsmilk liquid soap from BB and see if that's "bubbly" enough for me . . .

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009 08:38:40 PM »

Without being TOO gripy, I'd like to point out a few mild corrections ...

First, SLS is NOT an allergen, it's an irritant. There IS a difference. That is why some folks cannot use SLS (I, for one), but can use some of the milder cousin chemicals (I, cannot).

Second, technically, plastic is a natural substance because it is based off of natural ingredients. Heck, everything on this planet begins with natural stuff! But having said that, SLS and its derivatives are detergents. They are artificial cleansers that happen to be REALLY good foam boosters. Like, really good. That is why they are in almost every bubbly substance we apply to our bodies (toothpaste, shampoo, bubble bath, soap, baby soap, etc.). Because darnit, we like bubbles!

Having said that, most "natural" bubble baths are fairly disappointing because of this. You can get a few bubbles here and there, but really natural bubble baths are more about the skin moisturizing properties and all that jazz than the bubbles.

Keep in mind even if you do play around with SLS, anything you make at home will be FAR more natural than Mister Bubble!! Smiley Bramble Berry (or is it Majestic Mountain Sage??) has an unscented bubble bath base to which you can add scents and oils, maybe try playing with that?

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(and yes, liquid soap is a bit trickier than CP soap)

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