Saturday, August 01, 2015

DIY Bubble Bars

I have been an avid admirer of the bubble bar for a long time. I mean, come on. It looks like a big cookie, smells like a dream come true, and puts bubbles in your bath! What's not to love?

Now, you can purchase these bath delights at a variety of different places, but the company who made them famous (We all know who they are, right? Four letter word? Rhymes with "CRUSH"?) charges over $10.00 USD for a 7 oz bar and $6.75 USD for a 3.5 oz bar. I don't know about you guys but I don't have the money to just splash five bucks out on a bubble bath. Also, most bubble bars contain sodium laurel sulfate. I personally know quite a few people that have a bad reaction to this foaming agent and find it too harsh on sensitive skin. That really limits the amount of bubble bars they can use and I've always felt bad that there wasn't a lot of reliable companies offering a solid bubble bath using a gentler alternative, such as Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate or Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate.

SO, I figured there has got to be a way to recreate them, a DIY version, if you will! After all, the ingredient list isn't very hard could it be? I experimented with different ingredients and consistencies but didn't end up finding a recipe I loved. Lucky for me (and now you!) I stumbled upon Nicole from Two Wild Hares in a Facebook group I was a part of. Her bubble bars looked absolutely perfect and I began to see others emerge in my feed that were just as gorgeous! ALL of them were made with her recipe that other people had bought and were raving about. That settled it. I had to try it for myself. And guess what? It worked. Perfectly.

So, I'm happy to say that I can recommend this recipe in good faith. It hardens up enough to package, creates massive bubbles, smells awesome, and is very gentle. I'm also really glad I didn't have to go through umpteen recipes to find one that actually works and will do okay in even humid environments. Now, you can get the recipe from the Two Wild Hares Etsy shop right now OR you can watch the video below, watch me demonstrate how to create these bubbling bars, receive an exclusive coupon code for 10% off the PDF, and THEN purchase the recipe.

SO MAKE YOU SOME BUBBLE BARS!! If you try out this recipe, be sure to tag Royalty Soaps so I can see your awesome color genius and marvel at the beauty of your bubbly creations!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Royal Review ❖ Five Golden Apples

There is something that really makes you feel warm and loved when you open up a box from Five Golden Apples. It's like a hug during a tough time, a blanket on a cold night, and a phone call from your best friend. The entire experience, from opening up the box, to smelling each individual product, to taking them to the shower with me, and now sharing them with you guys has evoked the most uplifting and positive emotions in me. Cynthia is, of course, one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure of watching and interacting with in soap land. I don't know her super well, but every time I see something she made in my FB feed or something she shared with the world, I feel loved on. 

Do yourself a favor and go get yourself something from Five Golden Apples. I mean it. You deserve it.