Rub-a-dub-dub, fun in the tub! Make bath-time more relaxing (for you and your kiddos) with these simple DIYs - they're sure to make a splash! And guess what? These DIYs don't have the harsh and toxic chemicals found in personal care products that can irritate the skin.
Once I found out what was really in most of the popular personal care products I was using on my children (and myself), I knew I had to make a change. These chemicals include, but are not limited to:
Artificial fragrances| a lab-created fragrance, meant to simulate the scent of a natural one, could contain hundreds of separate chemicals mixed together, and the manufacturer isn’t required to list all of those ingredients if the fragrance is considered to be a trade secret.
Formaldehyde| often used in personal-care products as a preservative, and it’s a common allergen among children and adults.
Isothiazolinones | added to many personal-care products to help prevent bacteria growth so the product has a longer shelf life.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine| used as a surfactant in cosmetics and personal care products; it helps water mix better with dirt so the dirt rinses away more easily.
If you're like me, starting to ditch and switch our family's personal care products seemed overwhelming, but let me encourage you that it's worth it! SO worth it. Know better. Do better. Start with one thing. One product. One swap. Baby steps forward.
Here's a few fun and simple DIY that will make bath-time more fun for your kids and less stressful for you!
BUBBLE BATH BLAST |
1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 cup Castile unscented liquid soap
1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
6-8 drops KidScents SleepyIze
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl, then pour into a plastic storage bottle. To use, shake, then add 1 TBSP at a time to running bathwater until you have the desired amount of bubbles.
COLOR-SPLASH BATH PAINTS |
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Seedlings Baby Wash and Shampoo
1/4 cup distilled water
9-12 drops liquid soap colorant
2-3 drops Lavender
Mix the cornstarch, baby wash, and essential oils together in a medium bowl. Stir in the water a little at a time. Evenly divide the mixture into a muffin tin. Add 1-2 drops of colorant to each portion and stir.
To use, apply with fingers or paint brushes.
GOAT MILK SOAP |
1 lb. goat milk soap base
3 TBSP coconut oil (or any carrier oil of choice)
20-30 drops essential oils
Cube and melt 1lb of goat milk soap base (found on amazon) in a double broiler. Remove from heat once melted. Stir in 3 TBSP of coconut oil, or any carrier oil of choice. Add in 20-30 drops of essential oil of choice. (I used Harmony & One Heart) Pour into silicone molds, and allow to cool & set.
Want to start with something super simple? Start with these bath-time essential oil blends.
3 drops Grapefruit
3 drops Lemon
3 drops Bergamot
2 drops Cedarwood
BRIGHT MORNING BLEND
4 drops Lime
4 drops Tangerine
2 drops Peppermint
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Vetiver
2 drops Geranium