I have been trying to remake at home the famous L*sh Bubble Bars, with similar ingredients but with few additions also!
I have to admit that it wasn’t too easy: it was the first time I was using sodium lauroyl sulphoacetate (SLSA – a powder surfactant, which is the main ingredient of this recipe because it is the one which makes bubbles :D) and tartaric acid… plus I had problems with getting the right procedure… but I did it!
Finally ended up with a recipe which left me satisfied and so here I am sharing it with you!
For those of you who don’t know what a BUBBLE BAR is: it is essentially a solid bubble gel, if this makes any sense You have to make it into small crumbles inside of the tub while you are pouring water and tadaaa… few seconds and your tub will be full of foam and good perfume!
Therefore, if you love foamy luxurious baths, keep reading
The recipe is very very easy but you need all the ingredients listed: if you don’t have them, you won’t get very good results (I know that changing some ingredients in recipes is very tempting… but if you trust me just a little bit I can tell you that I wasted a lot of ingredients before I found out the right proportions… however it is totally your choice if you want to listen to me or not ).
RECIPE (for 1 Kg)
- Sodium Bicarbonate 250
- Tartaric Acid 200
- Oil (grape seed, sunflower, rice, almond… just any oil) 30
- SLSA 200
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine 70 (this ingredient is needed to make the SLSA more mild. If you want to know more about surfactants, you might want to read HERE and HERE)
- Cornstarch 150
- Perfume (enough )
- Colorant (I used ultramarine colors, Micas are fine and food colorant is fine also but remember that adding anything containing water will spoil your Bubble Bars a little).
Mix all the ingredients of Phase 1; separately mix all the ingredients of Phase 2. Make sure they are both mixed very well: I ended up using my hands (covered with disposable gloves) and that seems to me to be the best choice.
Check that both the Phase 1 and 2 are quite wet (but not too much): you can check it by squeezing a little bit of these two pastes in your hands: if the paste keeps the shape of your hand, they are perfect, otherwise add a little little amount of oil to Phase 1 and c.betaine to Phase 2!
Now you can mix Phase 1 and 2 together.
The reason why we mix these two Phases separately is very simple: Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a surfactant which is melted into water. If water reaches directly the mixture of Sodium bicarbonate and Tartaric acid, these two would react creating that fizziness which we, instead, want to obtain in the bath tub!
By mixing the Cocamidopropyl Betaine with the cornstarch and the SLSA first, and only secondly together with the Phase 1, instead, the reaction is only partial and won’t spoil your Bubble bars!
Eventually add to the mixture the Phase 3.
You can either shape your bubble bars by hands or press them into a mould (if you do so, you have to let them dry into the mold also). Let them dry for a couple of days and… they are ready!
[notice that they are quite frail in the first few hours after you make them, so make them dry in a safe place ]
Problems I have encountered with other recipes: the biggest problem is when there is too much free water which reacts with the Phase 1. I ended up with a monstrous paste which was growing and growing I still used the bubble bars which came out from this but they didn’t melt fast enough in the tub.
This seems to be a good recipe so this is why I decided to share it.
However I believe that a BUBBLE POWDER would be even better… so this is what I am going to study next
Keep in touch and let me know about your experiments!