DIY Bubble Bars


I have a confession: Lush annoys me. I like the idea but they seemed so overpriced for something I can make in my kitchen. I injured my back recently and used some bath salts Lauren and I made around Christmas to help relax it. It was glorious! I think my tubs are larger here than they were at the townhouse and I finally understand why people just like chilling in the bathtub.

Then, Peanut would only get in to the tub at the new house IF there were bubbles in it. On a whim I picked up a bubble bar from Lush. It changed the water color, made bubbles and smelled nice. I try to keep the products I use on Peanut pretty natural so it was nice that Lush has a great selection. The downside is those little suckers are expensive. We are able to mitigate the expensive by breaking them into pieces. But come one, $3-$7 for one little bar, I can’t.

I felt like they could not be that hard to make myself and I found multiple recipes that basically used the same ingredient set. I made these with my niece in about 10 minutes but they took about two-three days to fully set. I did use one the actual day I made them and it worked beautifully but the it was kind of crumbly so I could not have stored it at that point.  I definitely plan on making more bath treats now. I have my eye on some bath bomb recipes I want to try.


The cast of characters, most are basic kitchen supplies. In addition to this you will need a face mask and rubber gloves. The¬†sodium lauryl sulfoacetate is really fine powder that floats all through the air. Even with a face mask on I could feel it in my mouth and nose so hopefully you get a better fitting one than me. The gloves are just so it doesn’t dry out your hands when mixing.


First you will place all of your dry ingredients into a bowl.


Then you add of the wet ingredients. I told you guys this was really simple. Then start mixing together with your hands. You want scrunch it up so that it will stick together. I gave a range in the amount of glycerin to use because you want to add enough to get everything in to a dough-like texture.


Divide your dough in to two bowls. Add food coloring to one or both bowls. I put food coloring in one bowl. I noticed with some of the Lush bars that when multiple colors mixed it just look like mud. Keep that in mind when picking colors.

Next, place one of the dough bowls on wax paper and flatten it out like you would pie crust. (I am a terrible blogger and did not take a picture of this pretty important step.) Now, layer the other dough ball of top of you first one and flatten it out as well. Finally, use the wax paper to roll it up like sushi.


I sliced mine and the let the slices dry out for about two days. After that you can place them in a container to store or give them as a gift. You can use them before they fully dry.

DIY Bubble Bars


  • 1/3C Corn Starch
  • 1/3C Cream of Tartar
  • 1C Baking Soda
  • 1C Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • 1/2 -3/4C Glycerin
  • 1TB Olive Oil or oil of your choice
  • 10 Drops of Essential Oil
  • Food Coloring
  • Mask and Rubber Gloves


  1. Place all dry ingredients into bowl
  2. Add all wet ingredients except food coloring
  3. Mix with hands until you have a dough-like consistency
  4. Divide dough into two bowls.
  5. Add food coloring to one or both bowls
  6. Take one of the dough balls and roll it out on wax paper. You can use your hands to flatten it.
  7. Place the second dough ball on top of your flatten dough and roll it out so they are the same size.
  8. Using the wax paper, begin to roll the the dough like sushi.
  9. Slice your bubble log and allow to dry out for 2-3 days.

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  1. I will be making these….they look so fun. My hubby opened my Amazon package the other day and thought that I was crazy for buying a snowball maker. I explained that it would make awesome bath bombs….and he loves his fancy homemade path products.

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