When it comes to bath time it doesn’t get any better that lighting some candles, turning up some of your favorite tunes, pouring a tall glass, and washing away the day’s stress. Throw some bubbles in the mix and you’ve just created paradise! Of course as luck and life would have it, long baths are a no go for eczema sufferers.
I’m much too stubborn to abide by such a (in my humble opinion, ridiculous) rule, despite the truths that may lie behind it. So if you’re anything like me and are starting to miss those long, relaxing bubble baths then you’ll adore this bath recipe free of all those sketchy ingredients that irritate the skin. Plus it’s got some added oil to lock the moisture in for some extra bath (and skin) love!
Of course, this DIY bubble bath for eczema sufferers is not without it’s drawbacks. These bubbles are nowhere near as big as the store bought (dermatitis causing) bubble baths, but hey – a bubble’s a bubble. If you can enjoy bubbles all while protecting your skin then I figure this makes for a pretty good bubble bath!
Key Ingredients For Our Bubble Bath
Olive Oil: Contains three major antioxidants which are vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. These antioxidants play a role in preventing premature skin aging and free radical damage.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is roughly 50% lauric acid, a medium chain-fatty acid that has shown antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. A study done on young rats also revealed that coconut oil may help heal wounds faster heal by increasing collagen cross-linking. (Click here to see the full study)
Honey: Is naturally antibacterial and full of varying concentrations of polyphenols, (powerful antioxidants) which preventing premature skin aging and free radical damage.
Castille Soap: True castille soap is made strictly with olive oil, however now a days castille soap is often made with combination of olive oil and coconut or palm oil. This creates a very mild, gentle soap with a creamy lather, perfect for people with sensitive skin.
Egg White: Is a mild astringent, in that egg white constricts the skin and shrinks pores. Plus, it also helps create stronger, longer lasting bubbles and that’s all we really want don’t we?
- Makes: 2 Baths Time: 5 minutes
- 1/4 cup of olive oil or coconut oil
- 1/8 cup of raw honey
- 1/2 cup of liquid castille soap
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Vanilla, rose, geranium -or whatever you like!
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
*Vegetable glycerin can be difficult to find, and tends to be found in the beauty/pharmacy aisle of most department stores (or there’s always good ol’ amazon). While you don’t need vegetable glycerin for this recipe, the bubbles are bigger and stick around longer with it!
Combine everything in a small bowl and whisk until the honey is thoroughly mixed in. Add to your bath water as it’s running.
This makes enough for 2 baths and is parishable, so pour in half and store the rest in a sealed (preferably labelled) container in the fridge and use within a week. Personally I think there’s no such thing as too much bubbles, so if you’re anything like me dump the entire mixture into the running bath and enjoy in all your bubbly glory!
Then go on -sink bubbles deep and pamper yourself! You’ve earned it!
Don’t forget to finish up with a thick cream or your DIY Eczema Body Butter to lock moisture in and ensure your skin remains soft for hours.