Bubble Bath Scoops:
Bath bombs, shower steamers, bubble bath bars, teas and bath salts. There are so many luxurious bath products, sometimes it’s hard to choose. Hence, why you find yourself stranding in the middle of stores like LUSH, wanting one of everything. With that said, today we focus on bubble bath scoops.
Bubble bath scoops are another way to add a fun design, to an already popular bath product. Doing interesting and unique designs of bubble bath bars, have gained in popularity over the years. From larger companies to small, recipes of all varieties exist today.
Consequently, who wouldn’t want to add beautiful, luscious, and lathering bubbles to there baths?
Additionally, add your favorite fragrance(s) or essential oil(s), and you have your very own spa-type atmosphere.
Bubble Bath Bars VS. Bubble Bath Scoops:
Many of the same ingredients that go into making bubble bath bars, also are seen and used in bubble scoops. The key difference is how they are prepared once the dough is laid out and made. So in essence, they can certainly be described, as one in the same.
However, we do alter our formula slightly from it’s similar counter part, the “rolled” bubble bath bars. If you recall from our post on bubble bath bars, the most important part of these bath treats are there pliability.
This is particularly important when disusing end product aesthetic goals, so keep that in mind.
Bubble Bath Scoops VS. Bath Bombs:
There are various differences between these two. However, if you look at a recipe side by side it may take you a second to spot the differences. The differences lye mainly, in the wet ingredients.
Most notably the liquid glycerin and liquid surfactant use. These ingredients help to give bubble bars/scoops there texture and flexibility.
Bath bombs although super fun to make at home, we feel have less margin for error in your ingredient list and molding process. Whereas bubble bath scoops, tend to be more forgiving.
The other major difference is there action once placed in water. For instance, bath bombs oftentimes results in a more “fizz & spin” type reaction. Having said that, you can add certain ingredients to make bath bombs have a more “bubbling” reaction. However, in most cases the bubbling effect is left to the “bubble” bath bar, or bubble bath scoops, in our case.
So without further ado, let’s talk about a simple, but reliable, recipe for bubble bath scoops!
Bubble Bath Scoop Recipe:
- Baking Soda – 2 Cups
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) – 1/2 Cup
- Cream of Tartar – 1/4 Cup
- Corn Starch – 1/8 Cup
- Liquid Surfactant – 1/4 Cup
- Liquid Glycerin – 1/4 Cup
- Sweet Almond Oil – 1/2 teaspoon
- Polysorbate 80 – 1/2 teaspoon
- Lavender Vanilla Skin-Safe Fragrance
- Mica Colorant (2 colors – 1 teaspoon of each)
- Hand Mixer
- Two Bowls
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- Face mask
- Ice Cream Scoop
If you’ve read or experimented with bubble bath bars previously, the first few steps of this process may be somewhat repetitive.
Like bath bomb recipes, the first step is to mix all of the dry ingredients together (except the mica colorants) and then mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl all-together.
The wet and dry ingredients should never touch until you are ready to start mixing.
Once the wet and dry ingredients are mixed separately, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and immediately start to mix. Now, unlike bath bombs, we prefer to ALWAYS use a stand mixer for bubble bath bars and bubble bath scoops.
We find them both to be more forgiving and we don’t necessarily have to perfect the textures like we do with our bath bombs, before molding.
Note: When using SLSA, always where a mask. Start mixing slowly when using SLAS. SLSA is a very fine powder and can become airborne rather easily. Furthermore, it has a tendency to irritate or make you cough.
Note: Whenever using a stand mixer, note that your mixture will always move along faster then if you were hand mixing. Stop periodically to check your mixtures consistency. For bubble scoops, if unsure, take a handful and attempt to knead the mixture. If more pliability needed, add 1/4 tsp glycerin at a time.
Example Of Another Reliable Bubble Scoop recipe:
Grab a handful of mixture and knead it. The mixture should form together, similar to dough.
Now, divide this mixture into 2 bowls for your colors. Add your choices of colors to the mixture and start to mix together.
Again, you can use a stand mixer, or hands at this point, since most of the mixing has been done!
Once the colors have been mixed, use your hands to knead the mixture, until it becomes smooth and soft to touch.
At this stage, you may have to add more glycerin if it is not pliable or soft enough. This is where some experience with trial and error may help.
Combine the 2 colors of mix. You can squeeze them together as much as you’d like. This is what gives these scoops, there multi-colored appeal.
Place the combined mix into a small bowl. If possible, one that can flatten at the top (almost like a brand new carton of ice cream).
Now, simply take your ice cream scoop and scoop out the dough as if it were, in fact, ice cream. Press firmly as your mixture is in the scoop.
Place each scoop onto wax paper and allow to dry at least 24 hours.
You can do a variety of things with this creation. For instance, adding eco-friendly or bio degradable glitter. Adding Mica drizzles, etc.
Thanks for stopping by. Give this bubble bath scoop recipe a go and share your thoughts! There is nothing better then giving a thoughtful, handmade gift for the holidays, or even a birthday. Specifically one that can help create that relaxation atmosphere any time of the year!
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