Q. Can I make bubble bath myself?
A. Yes, you can easily whip up your own with a few household ingredients, starting with liquid soap. “One of the perks of making it yourself is that you can mix a unique bubble bath based on what your body needs,” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home ($22, amazon.com). Sore muscles? Add a bit of sea salt or Epsom salts. Dry skin? Add natural oil. Stressed out? Try a calming scent, such as vanilla or lavender.
Here are two of Cox’s favorite recipes.
Old-Fashioned Bubble Bath
In a clean container, mix together ½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap, 1 tablespoon sugar or honey, and 1 egg white. Pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, which will attract and retain moisture in your skin. The egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles, for a nice, fluffy bath. For extra-dry skin, consider adding a tablespoon of light oil, such as almond or light sesame.
Foaming Vanilla-Honey Bath
In a clean container, mix together 1 cup light oil (almond, sunflower, or canola), ½ cup honey, ½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. To use, shake gently to remix and pour ¼ cup under the running water as you fill the tub. This recipe yields about 16 ounces, or enough for 8 baths. ―Nykia Spradley