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Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas for a Squeaky Green Clean

Are you looking for plastic-free bubble bath ideas for a zero or low-waste clean? Don’t get in a lather – here are my top suggestions for a squeaky green clean.

I’ve published articles before on going plastic-free in the bathroom. However, today I thought it would be useful to dedicate a whole post to bubble bath.

For years we’ve been told to eschew baths, and take showers instead. But did you know that taking a bath doesn’t always use more water than a shower? I’ll admit, I do love taking a bath. However, making it plastic-free can be tricky, especially if you want to make it plastic-free on a budget.

If you have little kids that dislike the shower but love the bath, or perhaps you like to unwind after a long day in a hot bubbly bath, then you might have wondered where to buy plastic-free bubble bath. Well, wonder no more! I’ve got a whole host of ideas for you, that can hopefully work for a variety of budgets.

A person's legs in a bubble bath with a blue text box that says where to buy plastic-free bubble bath for a zero-waste clean

Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas

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Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are, I think the default plastic-free bubble bath option. My kids love choosing and using bath bombs from local shops, and bath bombs certainly make it easier to coax them into the bath. However, bath bombs don’t come cheap, and finding the balance between getting my kids to enjoy bathtime, and between a low cost per bath was a tricky one to find.

The best balance I have found for my kids is to use mini bath bombs, such as these ones from Etsy* that come in a cardboard box. At £4.99 for a box of 21, this works out at just under 24p per bath bomb. With all the fun of standard-sized bath bombs, these mini ones are perfect for the shallower baths that my kids have.

The other eco-friendly option would be to bulk-buy ingredients and make your own bath bombs. This recipe from Good Food is one I’ve used in the past with great success.

Bubble Bath Bars

If you and/or your kids prefer bathing in a cloud of bubbles then there are still plastic-free bubble bath options out there. Bubble bath bars, for example, are bars that you crumble a little bit off of and sprinkle into running water for luxurious bubbles.

I have struggled to find plastic-free bubble baths bars that aren’t from Lush. Lush is on my avoid list due to some problematic behaviour (see exhibit A and exhibit B). As such, I avoid their stores.

I thought it would be easy to source bubble bath bars elsewhere. And it is easy to source them. The problem lies in sourcing ethical bubble bath bars. In particular, I struggled to find plastic-free bubble bath bars that don’t contain biodegradable glitter (spoiler: it doesn’t biodegrade and is just as bad for the environment as regular glitter) and/or mica. Mica is a problematic ingredient linked to child labour, deforestation, and unfair wages. Mica and/or biodegradable glitter seem to be de rigueur ingredients in bubble bath bars. As such, I don’t have any particular brands to recommend, but if I find any I will update this article by linking them here.

Bubble Bath In Glass Bottles

For an indulgent treat, bubble bath in glass bottles is a great plastic-free option. I have used Humble Bath Honey* in the past, which smelled divine. The bottles are pretty and can be re-used once empty. The only drawback is that this range isn’t vegan-friendly.

For a vegan-friendly option, Funky Soap* offers bubble bath in glass bottles in a variety of scents.

Refill Stores

If you have a local refill store then bringing along an old container and filling that up makes for a good plastic-free bubble bath experience. If you don’t have a refill store near you, but do have a Body Shop, then the good news is that the Body Shop now offers a refill scheme. Whilst they don’t offer refillable bubble bath yet, you can get refillable shower gel. I’ve always found that shower gel makes for a perfectly acceptable bubble bath.

5 Litre Shampoo As Bubble Bath

Another great low-waste option is to buy 5 litre bottles of shampoo. You can buy 5 litre bubble baths, but I find buying shampoo a much more economical choice. As well as providing you with low-waste shampoo, with less plastic per ml of product, the shampoo also triples up as a liquid hand wash and a bubble bath.

My favourite bulk brands have re-use schemes in place for the 5 litre bottles. Here you can return the empty bottles back to the manufacturers for reuse. The brands taking part in such schemes include:

I hope these ideas can be helpful! As always, I’m open to your plastic-free bubble bath suggestions too!

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Easy Homemade Facial Oil For Smoother Skin

homemade facial oil recipe

Make some homemade facial oil for a plastic-free moisturisation boost.

Last year I bought a very nice, but a little bit pricey, bottle of facial oil.  I had never used a facial oil before to moisturise my skin.  Whilst I had only heard good things about the stuff, it still felt wrong using oil on my skin.  Skin that had been prone to oiliness in my younger years.  Within days, I realised that I needn’t worry. Facial oil is, in fact, a wondrous thing – and my skin felt amazing.   It felt soft and moisturised, but not greasy, as I feared it might be.

One morning I started to think how hard could it be to make your own homemade facial oil.  And guess what – that idea stuck.  It turns out it’s not at all hard – it’s just a case of mixing two ingredients together.  You could even skip one of the ingredients if you wanted to.

I’ve been trialing my own homemade facial oil over the last couple of months, and I am beyond happy with its performance, despite the simplistic ingredients.  I feel a little silly calling it a recipe when it’s just two ingredients but who says the best things have to be complicated?

homemade facial oil diy

How To Make Homemade Facial Oil

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Ingredients

A 30 ml coloured glass bottle with dropper*

30 ml jojoba oil*

10 drops rose geranium essential oil*

Instructions

To the clean dry glass bottle, add the 30 ml of jojoba oil. You may need a funnel for this to avoid spillage.
Now add 10 drops of the rose geranium oil, and shake well to mix.
That’s it: you’re done!

homemade facial oil recipe

How to Use Homemade Facial Oil

Use your facial oil instead of moisturiser, or use it as a moisturising boost under your regular moisturiser.  After cleansing, dispense 3 or 4 drops of oil onto the palm of your hand and massage gently into your face, taking particular care around the eye area.  Don’t add more than the recommended drops as you will find yourself with an oily face!

Notes On Ingredients

Jojoba oil is, despite the name, not actually an oil, but in fact a liquid wax.  Richly moisturising, it’s great for acne, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin.

One bottle of jojoba oil will make a lot of facial oil, so it’s rather an economical purchase.  You can also use jojoba oil in some of my homemade cleaning products.  It’s not often that you can say you raided your cleaning cupboard for your beauty needs!

Rose geranium essential oil, as well as smelling lovely, has many reported benefits for your skin.  It’s reported to help with oily and congested skin, and may also help with eczema, broken capillaries, and dermatitis.  It also reported as having anti-aging properties.

Of course, you can leave the rose geranium essential oil out if you prefer an unscented moisturiser.  Alternatively, you could swap it for any other kind of essential oil that you prefer.  Tea tree essential oil, for example, would be good for acne-prone skin.

One word of caution though – do your research first before selecting your essential oil.  Some essential oils are what’s known as phototoxic.  This means that these certain essential oils will react with the sun’s UV rays and can cause an inflammatory reaction in your skin.  Most citrus-based essential oils can be phototoxic – for example, bergamot or grapefruit essential oil.  If you’re keen to find out more, then this article is a good starting point for your research.

What Is the Shelf Life?

Jojoba oil is a rather wonderous thing.  As jojoba oil is a liquid wax it has an exceptionally long shelf life and can probably store for around five years.  Essential oils also have a long shelf life and can store anywhere between two to five years when stored properly.   I recommend using a coloured glass bottle as this stops sunlight from causing the essential oil to deteriorate.  If you only have a clear glass bottle make sure you store it someplace dark when you’re not using your homemade facial oil.

In short, your homemade facial oil will store for a long time – but you will probably use it up long before it goes rancid.  However, as with all handmade products, if it ever starts looking or smelling a bit funny, then it’s probably past it’s best.

If you make it. be sure to use the hashtag #moralfibresmakes so I can see your creations!

ps: my reusable cleansing pads are from here*, or you can make your own!