DIY Bubble Bars and DIY Detangling Spray with Essential Oils

(Both videos and recipes were posted on Young Living’s YouTube channel.)

These are fun activities you can make with your kids to help with your bath time routine and make it a bit more fun. Watch young kids carefully. I’d recommend this for kids 5 or older, as they know not to put their hands in their eyes.

DIY Essential Oils Bubble Bars



Whether you are taking a bath for some “me” time or are getting the kids ready their bed time, these bubble bars make bath time more relaxing and fun.


  • 1 cup baking soda, plus some extra
  • 1 cup sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSA)*
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 20-30 drops essential oil
  • Natural soap dye or food coloring
  • Wax paper


1. Measure out all dry ingredients, and strain them through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any clumps. Mix together with your hands.

2. In a separate bowl, measure out all wet ingredients, including your essential oils. Mix together.

3. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix with your hands until you form a dough with a somewhat crumbly texture.

4. Separate the dough into two bowls, and add natural soap dye or food coloring. Mix well by kneading with your hands until the color is fully incorporated. This may take a few minutes.

5. Put one piece of colored dough onto a sheet of wax paper sprinkled with baking soda. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough into a rectangle shape about ½ inch thick, pressing together any cracks in the dough with your fingers.

6. Place the second piece of colored dough on top of the first, and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to the same rectangular size as the first. The result is the two pieces layered on top of each other.

7.Using your wax paper, slowly begin to turn the dough over on itself to roll it up. Gently press any cracks together when they form, keeping the roll intact as much as possible. Keep rolling until you have a cylinder. YL Tip: If your roll is cracking a lot, drizzle a tiny amount of vegetable glycerin on cracking spots to help them stick.

8. Squeeze the ends in to make the roll tight.

9. Cut the roll into slices that are 1-2 inches thick.

10. For best results, let the bubble bars dry for at least 72 hours before use.

DIY Essential Oil Detangling Spray


NOTE: If your child or you has epilepsy, please skip this activity as Rosemary is not an essential oil epileptics should use due to its ability to trigger seizures.

This detangling spray has been great with my daughter’s VERY LONG hair. Since her hair is straight AND very thick, comes down to her toosh, and can’t be washed every day, we live on detangling spray between washes to ensure her hair is in good shape.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 8 oz. spray bottle
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural conditioner (or just use your favorite brand)
  • 1 cup distilled warm water
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil

Here’s what you will do:

Pour conditioner into spray bottle. Add warm distilled water into the spray bottle and shake until the conditioner is dissolved. Add Rosemary essential oil and shake again. Spritz the mixture on hair to make combing through tangles easier.

For best results, use Homemade Hair Conditioning Detangler mixture within two months.



  1. One of the things my wife wants badly is a bathtub…oversized, thank you very much. She has never had a big tub where she can just lay in bubbles and relax. I think I need to find a way to make that happen for her. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder that I’m slacking. 🙂

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    1. I have dreamed of this also. For the last three years I haven’t had one and I miss it! I’ve been trying to figure out how to do a conversation of my bathroom to make room but remodeling isn’t my thing.


    1. Let me know how you like it! We love the smell and how quickly it helps her hair unsnarl. We use a wet detangling brush we picked up at Target and this spray… oh my!! Mom (me) is much happier because it used to take about an hour to get her hair snarl free on a non-wash day. Now it takes less than 10 minutes with the brush and this spray!!

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  2. I love the idea of making bath products yourself! I’ve been meaning to try to make Lush-like bath bombs for a while now, I need to finally order the ingredients and give it a go!

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    1. It’s so fun! It’s possible the grown ups like it more than the kids – maybe. There is a bath bomb recipe on the blog too. Let me see if I can find it. It’s a geode type. I LOVE Lush products! They are my go-to when I can’t make them myself. I have to rent a nice hotel room to be able to enjoy a bath – or house sit for a friend who has a beautiful tub, but I have a bad habit of living to collect bath bombs and make bath products as if my tub is actually comfortable. Lol

      I’ll post the link in another reply to this message.


      1. Ah yeah, I’ve seen those geode bath bombs, they look lovely! Now that I finally have the moulds (Christmas sweets sometimes come in plastic baubles so I invaded a few stores right after the holidays to find them discounted) I have no excuse to keep postponing this little DIY project.

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        1. Yay!!! If you post about the process or outcome, please feel free to share a link here. I am so bad about doing my own step-by-steps. I always eat the outcome of my recipe before remembering to take a picture, or I’m halfway through a DIY before I think – blog readers may enjoy seeing this by real people versus a corporation or professional blogger who has great a camera crew and lighting! Sometimes doing things as everyday people also adds the element of humor – like on Christmas Day when my girls decided to make bath bombs in the middle of the living room! We’re STILL vacuuming up white powder that gets a few stares when folks walk in! Lol But they had fun!

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          1. Hahaha oh I know the struggle so well! Whenever I bake or craft I get that thought that besides the clean, beautiful photos of the final result I should also post a few ‘behind the scenes’ ones. The results may be great, but the process itself often looks like a complete mess!
            I will definitely post about the process when I finally get round to making those bath bombs, I’ll return here when it’s done!

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