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Make These DIY Bubble Bars for Gifts – and for Yourself!

It’s true that bubble bath is one of life’s little luxuries. But have you ever tried bubble bars? Oh, boy.

These pretties aren’t nearly as complicated as you might think. Just combine all the ingredients and set them aside to dry. When it’s time to use ‘em, simply crumble a couple under running water while the bubbles fill the tub and the sea salts dissolve. That’s it!

You’re left with frothy bubble bath, soothing sea salt and relaxing baking soda — and none of the mess.

Make These DIY Bubble Bars for Gifts - and for Yourself!

DIY Bubble Bars

Unlike most homemade bubble bars, these guys don’t contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (or SLSA for short).

SLSA, a non-toxic foaming agent, comes from coconut and palm oils and is a safe, skin-friendly ingredient used in foaming soaps and washes. It has the unique ability to remove surface oil and debris from the skin while preserving our protective skin barrier.

But because it’s a super fine powder, it can easily irritate eyes and lungs if you don’t wear proper gear (like goggles and a face mask) while making your bars.

That’s not really my idea of a good time.

Make These DIY Bubble Bars for Gifts - and for Yourself!

Instead of SLSA, I use bubble bath to make my bars nice and foamy. It contains a surfactant, but it doesn’t require you to carefully measure out dry ingredients while protecting your eyes and lungs. While you can use any bubble bath you’d like, I usually stick to Honest Company brand since it makes your bath extra sudsy while still being safe for sensitive skin.

Sadly, castile soap doesn’t lather like normal bubble bath, and while you can use it in these, you won’t get the amount of bubbles you’d expect in a bubble bar.

Make These DIY Bubble Bars for Gifts - and for Yourself!

For the dry ingredients, you’ll need Epsom salt, baking soda and corn starch to soothe and nourish skin. And essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or sweet orange for a fun, festive scent.

For color, I added a sprinkle of pink clay to give them a nice rosy glow. If you want to play around with colors, I recommend sticking with dry herbs and spices, like spirulina powder, turmeric or cinnamon, instead of liquid colorants.

I originally made mine with liquid food coloring but they mysteriously foamed up and turned into a hot mess that never really dried out. I didn’t have the same problem with the clay powder, so I assume it was just a weird chemical reaction to something in the food coloring.

Make These DIY Bubble Bars for Gifts - and for Yourself!

DIY Bubble Bar FAQ

Can I use a scented bubble bath for these?

Yes! Use whichever bubble bath brands and scents you like.

Can I add powdered goat milk?

I haven’t tried it myself, but I don’t see why it would hurt. Simply replace 1/3 cup baking soda with dry goat milk, and you should be fine.

Do homemade bubble bars still contain surfactants?

Yes, that’s the only way you’re able to get the bubbles. The difference between these bubble bars and the store-bought kind is we’re not using dry SLSA. Instead, we’re using bubble bath, which doesn’t require goggles and an N-95 mask to protect us from the powdered surfactants. 

Can you use bubble bars in the shower?

If you like, you can use bubble bars in the shower the same way you use body wash. Simply dissolve some in a pouf and apply like you would soap.


Bubble Bars

If you like Lush bubble bars, you’ll love this handmade version you can make at home. Whip up some for yourself and some for holiday gift giving.

Prep Time15 mins

Drying Time8 hrs

Total Time8 hrs 15 mins

Course: Bath and Body

Cuisine: DIY

Keyword: bath bomb, holiday gifts

Yield: 8 2-ounce bars

Author: Stephanie Pollard

Cost: $20


  • Muffin tin

  • Muffin tin liners

  • Large mixing bowl


Feel free to leave out the dry colorant, if you prefer.
I love to package several together with a bit of twine and give as gifts. Use within 2-3 months.
To use, simply crumble one or two bars under running water.

This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.


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