It never fails. Every time I take my toddler to the store and we pass by the bath and body aisle, he asks asks for the colorful bottle of bubble bath. It’s got cute cartoon characters on it. It’s in a bright red or yellow bottle. He wants it. He begs for it. EVERY single time.
It’s gotten to the point, where I make a beeline for the opposite end of the store and go around the perimeter to get what we need. I just don’t want to get into a battle of wills. He wants bubble bath, and I have to say no.
Why? Have you read the ingredients on those drugstore brands?
Here’s a popular, budget brand that promotes itself to be paraben-free, pH balanced, hypoallergenic and dye free. Sounds great, right? Keep reading the ingredient list and why you should be concerned:
Water, PEG 80 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG 30 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Polysorbate 20, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Laureth 23, Carbomer, Polyquaternium 7, Quaternium 79 Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Fragrance (Parfum) (Lavender, Chamomile), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Citric Acid
According to the Environmental Working Group, these are the three ingredients you need to avoid:
- Synthetic fragrance – ranked 7 out of 10 on the EWG’s Skin Care Database*, linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, irritation to skin and eyes
- Propylparaben – ranked 7 out of 10 on the EWG’s Skin Care Database*, linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, endocrine (hormone) disruptor, allergies and immunotoxicity
- Imidazolidinyl urea (a formadehyde releaser) – ranked 7 out of 10 on the EWG’s Skin Care Database*, linked to cancer, allergies, and immunotoxicity
*The EWG’s Skin Care Database rates ingredients in skin care and personal care products on a scale from 0-10 (0 = least hazardous, 10 = most hazardous) in terms of toxic ingredients and links to health issues or health concerns.
Read more about it here. But this isn’t the full list of ingredients to be concerned about. The sodium laureth sulfate is what makes the bubbles in bubble bath products last longer. SLS can irritate the skin and it’s linked to organ toxicity. YIKES!
This is why I avoid conventional bubble bath products. But I know what you’re thinking. There’s a ton of organic and so-called natural products available. In fact, the product I listed above with all the questionable ingredients? They tout it to be natural because there’s lavender and chamomile in it. It’s green-washing at its worst.
There are some good organic brands out there, but have you checked the price tag? They are upwards of $20-30 dollars. FOR BUBBLE BATH?! No thanks. The only ready-made bubble bath I’ll use is the Bath & Shower Gel from Young Living. I can get it for wholesale price (find out how you can too) and even use my Essential Rewards points to get it for FREE! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can do it too.
Another option is to make your own Homemade Bubble Bath. It’s actually really easy to make, and the kids will love it. But I will say without the SLS, this bubble bath won’t be as sudsy or bubbly as the brands that use those chemical ingredients. Let’s face it, those bubbles aren’t natural at all and aren’t worth exposing your family to harmful ingredients.
I just use agitation (going back and forth with my hands in the bath) and run the bubble bath liquid under running water. It’s a great alternative to conventional bubble bath products without the toxic ingredients. Plus, if you’ve got a fussy kid, essential oils can help to bring a sense of calm and relaxation.
And I’m happy to report that my little guy absolutely loves this Homemade Bubble Bath. We have fun choosing essential oils to use in this recipe. A current favorite is Lavender and Sleepylze from Young Living (how to order). Both are relaxing, calming and suitable for kids.
About the Ingredients
Liquid Castile Soap is a coconut-based soap that is non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin. It’s gentle enough to use on baby’s skin, yet great for cleaning skin naturally.
Vegetable Glycerin is a natural moisturizer and gives this homemade bubble bath the sudsy, bubbly effect, as well as lather to use to wash the skin.
Aloe Vera Juice helps to moisturize and soothe skin.
Essential Oils provide a natural, non-toxic fragrance and help to soothe skin. I only use Young Living essential oils (how to order) for my baby. These are therapeutic-grade, organic essential oils.
Homemade Bubble Bath
Ready to learn how to make your own Homemade Bubble Bath? Check out this easy recipe and tutorial.
- 1 cup liquid unscented castile soap
- 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
- 1 tsp aloe vera juice (optional)
- 10 drops essential oil (I like to use Lavender or Gentle Baby – where to buy)
- In a pint-sized pump bottle, add castile soap, vegetable glycerin, essential oils and aloe vera juice.
- Replace lid securely and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
- Use as needed.
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