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The best natural bubble bath (for kids of all ages)

Updated: Mar 20

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Baths. Oh behold a bath for a weary parent to soak in on a cold and rainy winters day.... bliss! Kids seem to prefer the more fun kind that involves splashing, toys and squealing and who could blame them. My daughter had plenty of healing baths with epsom salts during our gut recovery journey, but they weren't bubble baths and as her skin healed, I couldn't find anything natural enough that I felt wasn't a huge compromise. Then we moved to a house with only a shower, so she had foot baths and baths in tubs at the bottom of the shower so when we built our home with two rainwater tanks, we made sure to install a bath! Now she's older, our girl loves having bubble baths. We're no longer in active gut healing mode but we are still mindful of the impact of cumulative toxins. Anything we put on our skin also gets absorbed into our bloodstream (research shows this is up to 60 percent) and as our skin and liver work closely together, we're best to take the time to read and understand labels to ensure we're making optimal choices especially if our babies do still have eczema etc. I'm not entirely sure of the laws in New Zealand but American websites state that a skincare product can be labelled natural if it contains just 1% naturally derived ingredients which I find pretty 'interesting'. No fun cartoon character with a big smile, is worth exposing kids to potentially harmful effects especially if these children have impaired detoxification pathways or are dealing with health challenges. Keeping all this mind, off I trotted to the local supermarket to see what was on offer. I can't say I was hugely impressed, although not surprised either. I found the long ingredient lists even in the 'natural' options quite challenging so I did a little research to try and understand them better.

This is what I found in those products - it's not a definitive list by any means and while these ingredients have been determined "safe" to me, I'm still entirely wary. To do your own research, I'd suggest using the EWG Skindeep and Safe Cosmetics databases!

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): A detergent that helps make bubbles, it's often linked to the carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane which the liver struggles to metabolise, eye irritation and poor eye development.

Coco/Decyl Glucoside: A mild cleansing agent.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: A surfectant associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis.

Myristamide DIPA/Cocomide DEA: Derived from coconuts. Can trigger allergic reactions in skin/lungs when used in high concentrations. The FDA raised concerns after a 1998 study condemned their use.

Fragrance/Parfum: Makes it smell *nice*. Synthetic scent that may contribute to skin irritations.

Citric Acid: An alkalinishing agent that helps to adjust pH.

Methylisothiazolinone/Methylchloroisothiazolinone: inhibits bacterial growth, linked to lung toxicity.

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate: An emulsifier that is considered less than optimal.

Benzyl Alcohol: A natural ingredient but can also be made in the lab, with concerns around contact allergies and potential dangers with young children.

I began investigating genuine natural bubble bath options, and found this!

Introducing the Aromasaurus 'Detox' Aromapthery Bubble Bath for kids.

Contains organic herbs, essential oils, vitamins and minerals.

No Animal Testing. No Artificial Colors. No Synthetic Fragrance.

BUY IT HERE (and save 5% with code GVJ251)

This was so good and she had so much fun! As you can see, two cap fulls gave a great amount of bubbles which lasted a long time! I'm super impressed with this product and because of that, I wanted to share our find with you all especially those whose children would love a bubble bath but mum or dad weren't able to find a product they were happy with!

Suggestions for Bubble Bath Usage for Kids

I would limit bubble baths to no more than once or twice a week max and avoid totally if your child has moderate to severe eczema (even mild eczema would need very close observation).

I don't suggest children bathe daily anyway unless absolutely necessary to clean stuff of, so if you give them a bath every second or third day, maybe go for one 'bubbly' one a fortnight. We don't want to wash away their natural oil/sebum through too much bathing or showering, especially with dry or sensitive skin.

I suggest not giving your infant or toddler a bubble bath, reserving them from the age of two years onwards and even if your child doesn't have skin issues, understand that anything that contains cleansing or emusifying etc agents can irritate some skin. Some products may energise and others may be relaxing, so adjust bathing times depending on how your child goes with them. If your child is prone to Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's) you may want to hold off as well.

In moderation and using your observation skills, bubble baths can be a fun part of your children's bath time experience! If you do give this bubble bath a go, please let me know what you - and your kids - think. Maryana xx



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Maryana was introduced to the principles of holistic family wellness when her daughter was diagnosed with eczema and food allergies as an infant. She dedicated herself to deep diving how to resolve these naturally and now helps other families to implement a strong nutrition and lifestyle foundation to build beautiful skin and balanced immunity from the inside out. She lives in New Zealand with her integrative wellness practitioner husband, their daughter and three rescue animals.

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Maryana Lishman is an Integrative Nutrition and Holistic Eczema Coach who is passionate about supporting and empowering families to reach their health goals. All information, opinions, and recipes provided on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition and are not a substitute for advice from  your doctor.  are her own and should not be taken as prescriptive or medical advice. Please seek professional advice before making changes to your diet or lifestyle.  Throughout this site, there are various affiliate links I may earn a small commission from, at no extra cost to you, should you decide to purchase.

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