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Indulgence thick liquid bubble bath

Indulgence thick liquid bubble bath

Bubble bath recipe

Lori Quail

 

Ingredients:

Distilled water

SCS- Sodium coco Sulfate

SCI- Sodium cocoyl Isethionate

Coco Betaine

Poly 80

Glycerin

Fragrance/colorant/preservative of choice

 

Phase 1

6 oz distilled water

1 oz SCI Sodium cocoyl Isethionate

1 oz Glycerin

4 oz Coco betaine

Put the 6 oz water in a small pot, cover and bring to rolling boil.  Reduce heat and add in SCI noodles.  DO NOT STIR and leave cover off.  When the noodles have melted and become clear, you can then stir gently.  I prefer to use a chopstick to stir.  Once the mixture is clear and all SCI is melted remove from heat and add the glycerin and stir, then add the Coco Betaine. I stir the last two ingredients in with a mini spatula.   You will notice once adding the Coco Betaine the mixture becomes thick and gelatin like.

NOTE:  About an oz of water will boil off of both phases 1 and 2.

 

Phase 2

6 oz distilled water

1 oz SCS-  Sodium Coco Sulfate

At the same time you are making Phase 1 you can make phase 2.  Follow exact instructions for phase 1 but add the SCS to this pot and eliminate the Coco Betaine and glycerin.

 

Phase 3

1 oz Fragrance oil

0.5 oz Poly 80

Blend these two together and stir, set aside.

 

Now blend phase 1 and 2 together and add phase 3.   Stir them together and blend well but hand stir.

This recipe gives me about 14oz of bubble bath with a ph of 5.5 making no adjustments to the ph.

At this point, weigh your bubble bath and add preservative of choice following the preservatives guidelines for usage.

 

Enjoy!!

Comments (28)

  1. Hi! What colorants would you suggest using in this recipe? Thanks!

    Naseerah J Hutcherson
    Aug 19, 2019 Reply
    • I would base the color on the fragrance you are using with it. You can use either micas, lakes or dyes. The dye will give color to the water. All will work although the mica will give it a shimmer effect.

      Lori
      Aug 19, 2019 Reply
      • Thank you! I’m having some trouble. I actually purchased SCI powder instead of noodles. When I tried to dissolve it in the water, it melted some but there were still some that just refused to dissolve. Any suggestions?

        Naseerah Hutcherson
        Aug 21, 2019 Reply
        • I have also had a harder time melting powdered form SCI which is why I prefer the noodles. They can easily be ground down when needed. I find the noodles dissolve best in a water that has first come to a hard rolling boil. I remove the water from direct heat at that point and add the noodles, put them back on the heat, and reduce. I dont stir since they do fall to the bottom as noodles. Maybe you can pre soak the powder to get it wet before adding by making a paste out of it. That might make it easier to dissolve. Stick with the noodles on a future purchase. I hope that helps.

          Lori
          Aug 22, 2019 Reply
          • Thank you!

            Naseerah Hutcherson
            Aug 22, 2019
  2. BEST BUBBLE BATH EVER!! Thank you for this recipe. It is amazing bubble bath. Mountains of long lasting, fluffy bubbles and your skin feels lovely after using it. A small amount goes a long way so it’s also economical! The only question I have is how could I thicken it up just a touch? I want to make a honey bubble bath drizzle so I’d like it to be a little bit thicker. Thanks so much.

    Christy Moss
    Aug 25, 2019 Reply
    • You could try upping the SCS and SCI .25 percent each and the glycerin .5 to 1 oz, or you could reduce the water by about an oz. I have had issues with thinning when I add any colorants to it. I usually leave it uncolored because it gets such a beautiful pearlescent sheen to it.

      Lori
      Aug 26, 2019 Reply
  3. Hi, can I use SLSA instead of SCS?

    Ainur
    Sep 1, 2019 Reply
    • I have never tried it. You probably can but the ph will probably change so you may need to adjust it.

      Lori
      Sep 1, 2019 Reply
      • Can you use Decyl glucoside surfactant in place of the scs? The supplier I use doesn’t offer the scs but I already own decyl in my supplies 😁

        Nicole
        Feb 2, 2021 Reply
        • I am not sure, I have never tried it. You could give it a go and adjust according to usage levels of Decyl Glucoside.

          Lori
          Feb 3, 2021 Reply
  4. Hi! I am so excited to make this. I am just confused if phase 2 has SCI? It says to make phase 2 exactly same as phase 1, except eliminating the 2 ingredients, but the SCI isn’t listed as an ingredient in phase 2 so I wasn’t sure which way to go.

    lyncca harvey
    Nov 18, 2019 Reply
    • Hi Lyncca

      The phase two is made with SCS, not SCI. So you will basically just add the SCS to the distilled boiling water to complete phase 2. Sorry for the confusion

      Lori
      Nov 18, 2019 Reply
      • Thank you!

        lyncca harvey
        Jan 9, 2020 Reply
  5. I see the name is indulgence THICK bubble bath… Mine was nice and gel-like and thick until I added my fragrance and poly 80, then became very thin and liquidy. Is that normal??

    Jessi
    Dec 11, 2019 Reply
    • I have had the same experience with some fragrance oils as well. Some maintain the texture and some do not. It will take some trial and error to figure it out. They all did become cloudy when fragrance was added, but it was a pearl type cloudy. I have noticed that the addition of mica can also take the pearl effect away and thin it. If you used colorant, try not coloring it or using a lake in the water before adding it and see it that works for you. I like it the pearly white so for me it is not an issue to leave uncolored. You can also add 1/4 oz of each SCI and SCS to the current ratio to start with a thicker mix and maybe get a better result in the end.

      Lori
      Dec 12, 2019 Reply
      • Yeah, I did notice the cloudiness, but have had that happen as well with other products too so wasn’t all that worried. I had wondered if it was maybe the FO I had used. I did forget to even add my colorant until the very end when I was adding fragrance and I use eazy colors, but it still worked! I’ll just have to play around some more and maybe try adding the additional SCI and SCS to them. It still suds beautifully tho! Thanks so much!

        Jessi
        Dec 12, 2019 Reply
  6. Does this need a preservative since there is water in it? Thanks!

    Susan
    Sep 30, 2020 Reply
  7. Hi
    I made this in the uk today. the only changes I made were: tap water as i didnt have distilled and Cocamidopropyl Betaine as I couldnt find any coco betaine.
    All worked well but i found the mixture really thick, so was difficult to pour (poor choice of bottles) I also found the scent of the mix quite strong ( but as this was a test batch I didnt use my favourite fragrance oil (which was a candle fragrance oil)
    I found it didnt bubble up as well as I hoped. i used nearly a 1/4 cup and did get a nice foam ( about 1″ thick) but I had hoped for more.( though we have very hard water in the uk) None of this is a criticism but wondered how I can improve?
    Should I add more water for a better pour? but then i will need more product.
    What should I add more of for a richer foam SCS, SCI or both.
    All said and done though for 10min work and a 1st attempt it was amazing. Thank you so much

    Andy Thomas
    Jul 15, 2021 Reply
    • If your water is hard add more SCS it works in hard water just as well as soft. You would need to then adjust the Ph since SCS is higher in Ph than SCI. You could do that with some citric acid and water mixed together and add a few drops at a time until it is under 7ph. You can add a bit more water to thin it but I would do it in very small amounts until it is to your liking.

      Lori
      Jul 15, 2021 Reply
      • Many thanks for the prompt reply. So to confirm just more scs not sci as well?
        Also I presume all measurements are by weight?
        Although the bubbles didnt meet my (overly) high expectations they lasted a long time and 10 hours later i can (just) smell the scent on my skin.
        Thank you so much.

        Andy
        Jul 16, 2021 Reply
        • Just more SCS since your hard water is most likely impeding bubbles. You can reduce the SCI a little and replace it with SCS, just remember to adjust the ph a bit or it wont be as nice on the skin. You could add a bit more glycerin as well to help with that, but a ph reducer would be in order so it is not drying on the skin.

          Lori
          Jul 16, 2021 Reply
  8. Lori, Thanks so much. I tried a batch with 125% SCS and it was an improvement. 150% was brilliant but boy did it make my skin dry. I haved ordered some ph strips to see if i can improve it. I think the next batch may be. 150% SCS reduce the SCI to around 80% up the glycerin to 125%
    Funnily enough( considering my first post) after a few days they all seem really thin and runny any way to thicken them?

    Andy
    Jul 19, 2021 Reply
    • The SCS is much higher in alkaline which is why the skin drying. You can add more coco betaine to the SCI which will thicken it more as well. Sometimes colorants and fragrance oils will thin it. It just depends on what is in it. If you cut the ph with some citric acid in water it wont be drying to your skin. You will just have to play around with it and your water type. This recipe performs beautiful as is in regular water that is not overly hard.

      Lori
      Jul 19, 2021 Reply
  9. Thanks for the recipe, is there a MSDS and COA for this?

    Spa Queen
    May 14, 2022 Reply

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