A couple of weeks ago, I wandered miserably through the aisles of a suburban CVS after a long day at the office. I had come down with yet another nasty upper respiratory infection, and there were only two things that I knew would make me feel better: antibiotics and a bubble bath. But surveying the drugstore selection of foamy soaks was disappointing. The options were either chemical-laden, overly fragranced, just-for-kids Mr. Bubbles or intended for campers with poison ivy. I wanted none of it, so I learned how to make my own bubble bath at home. The resulting soak is green, affordable and easy as pie to D.I.Y. —Meghan
DIY BUBBLE BATH
1 quart of warm, almost hot water;
1 four-ounce bar of castile soap
2 ounces of liquid vegetable glycerin
Essential oils to scent (I used Wyndmere’s Anxiety Release blend. Other recommendations: lavender, rose otto, rosemary mint, sweet orange or eucalyptus.
1. Grate the bar of soap with a cheese grater.
2. Stir the soap into the warmed up water until it melts down, about five or so minutes. It’s OK if you have a few pieces of solid soap floating around.
3. Mix in the glycerin and essential oil.
4. Transfer to a resealable container.
When it’s time for your bath, pour 1/2 cup of the mixture into running water. Luxuriate in foamy paradise!