Bath & Body Recipes

Body Wash #1

Courtesy of Swift at Point of Interest!

I love a beautifully scented body wash for my shower - this week it's smelling of Froot Loops, a fragrance blend invented by one of my craft group girls. It's 50% cream cheese frosting and 50% lemon curd, and I'm addicted to it! 

This recipe is great for oily skin - the DLS mild (sulfosuccinate) is a great mild, degreasing surfactant! 


  • 37.5% water
  • 15% Amphosol CG (coco betaine)
  • 30% DLS mild
  • 5% aloe vera
  • 3% glycerin
  • 3% honeyquat or polyquat 7 (some kind of cationic polymer)
  • 2% cromoist or other hydrolyzed protein
  • 2% panthenol
  • 1% fragrance or essential oil
  • 1% liquid Crothix
  • 0.5% preservative
  • Colouring, if wanted

In a container, mix the surfactants together well, then add the water. (You can heat the water slightly to make it easier to mix). When the surfactants are mixed together, add the rest of the ingredients - EXCEPT THE CROTHIX - and blend well. Try not to get a ton of bubbles at the top. Let it rest until the mixture is clear of the bubbles and check the viscosity. If you are happy with it, bottle it! If you want it thicker, start at 0.5% liquid Crothix and stir well, ensuring you have blended it completely. If you still want it thicker, add another 0.5% Crothix. You can go up to 2% Crothix if you wish.

As a note, the thickness of your body wash can depend upon your choice of fragrance oils. If you choose something with a vanilla base, it may thin it out. Something with a citrus base with thicken it. Keep a record of your fragrances and viscosity so you know what to expect!

Body Wash Recipe #2

Randi's Recipe with some helpful tweaking by Tara Fotty, Adapted from a Swift recipe originally.


Heated Phase:

  • Water  40.50%
  • Amphosol CG  14.00%
  • SCI Flake  10.00%
  • DLS Mild 20.00%
  • Aloe vera powder 100x 1.00%
  • Glycerin 3.00%
  • Cromoist (Hydrolyzed oats)  2.00%
  • Panthenol 1.00%

Cool Down Phase:

  • Fragrance 1.00%
  • Preservative 1.50% (I used Optiphen Plus, however whatever your choice, follow manufacturer amounts and recommendations).
  • Honeyquat 3.00%
  • Cromollient  2.00%
  • Polysorbate 20  1.00%


  1. Melt the SCI Flake in the Amphosol CG, a double boiler may not get hot enough, a pot will work, but watch closely!
  2. ​Heat the rest of the heated phase in another double boiler.  When the melted SCI is the same temperature as the rest of the heated phase combine and mix thoroughly (careful as to not add bubbles to the mixture).
  3. When the mixture cools to 45C add your cool down phase.
  4. Let sit until room temperature (important) and then bottle.  



Bubble Bar Recipe #1

Courtesy of Louise at Soga 

  • 1/3 cup of cream of tartar (available at supermarket)
  • 1 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 cup of sodium laurel sulfoacetate SLSA (powdered foaming agent)


  • 2 TBLS glycerin
  • 3 TBLS Cocamide DEA
  • 3 TBLS Cocamidopropyl Betaine


  • a few drops of water-based soap colorant or food color
  • any fragrance or essential oil 
  • a mold 

Makes 18 ozs.


Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the colorant and fragrance a few drops at a time until the desired shade and scent are achieved. Mix in the glycerin liquid a little at a time until the
mixture holds together in your hand. 

Transfer 2 TBLS to your mold and pound until firm. If the mixture crumbles, return it to the bowl and add more glycerin, then remold. 

If it holds together when unmolded, cut into chunks or slices and continue to let dry on wax paper. May take overnight or longer to harden. 

Wrap in cellophane, tissue paper or store in container. 

Use within a month or two – glycerin attracts moisture so they can become soggy. 

To use: Drop into running bath water and enjoy the bubbles! The bubbles are better if you hold them under the running water.

Bubble Bar Recipe #2

Randi's Recipe (The picture is actually the foam created from the recipe below).


Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sodium Bicarbonate
  • 1 cup SLSa (Lathanol powder)
  • 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar (Available at Bulk Barn for a decent price, leaving this out will change the consistency immensely).
  • a touch of mica (to taste basically, careful though, too much will leave your tub coloured)


Wet ingredients:

  • Roughly 4 tbsps liquid surfactant (DLS Mild and Amphosol work.)
  • 1 tbsp Fragrance or Essential Oil


  1. Mix dry ingredients together (use a mask so you aren't tasting bubbles for a week)... keep in mind the colour will darken when you wet it, so keep it a shade lighter than you want it.
  2. Pour fragrance in and give it a stir.
  3. Add your surfactant. Start with 4 tbsps and mix it really well. It takes awhile, I used gloved hands to do this. When you squeeze it together and it holds it's shape, you have the correct amount of surfactant. You may need to add more to achieve this.
  4. When it holds it's shape (barely)... turn onto parchment paper or whatever you are going to shape it on or push into molds (I have not figured out how to get them from molds effectively yet, although my 6 year old seems fine with it  ). I shaped it into a log (think Biscotti, even the texture is similar).
  5. Cut it into bars.


You can press candies (cupcake ones) into the bars to make them all pretty as well. Play around, have fun, you have about 15 minutes from the time they hold together to get them shaped as they start drying rather quickly). Allow to dry on counter for roughly 24 hours (I found that to be perfect) before you attempt to move them. Package in plastic wrap and voila!  To use, crumble under running bath water.  The picture shows the finished product.


Yummy Chocolate Bath Bombs

Courtesy of Tara Fotty 


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup of salts of choice
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp borax
  • 2 tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1/2 tsp polysorbate 20
  • 1 - 2 tsp ethanol
  • 1 tsp EACH Vanilla and Almond extracts

Follow normal bath bomb-making procedure. Try not to eat!

Bath Bombs by Jannie

Coutesy of Jannie at Rainbow Soap & Candle Mfg

Dry Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/4 Cups Baking Soda 
  • 1/2 Cup Citric Acid 
  • 1/4 Cup Natrasorb 
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch 
  • 3/4 Cup Epsom Salt 

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Everclear (95% alcohol)  or Denatured Alcohol
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil of Choice 
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Essential Oil or Blend of Choice 
  • (Randi says: I added Polsorbate 20 at 5% (I weighed out the ingredients, but forgot to write it down!)



  1. Mix the dry ingredients together (de-clumping as you go)  
  2. Mix the wet ingredients together  
  3. Drizzle the wet over the dry while mixing  
  4. Mold into desired shape(s)  
  5. Unmold onto wax paper or parchment paper and dry over night.

Shampoo Recipe #1 (For oily,limp hair).

Courtesy of Tara Fotty 


Modified from a Swift Recipe. 

Heated Phase:

  • 47% Rosemary Hydrosol
  • 15% Polyglucose/Lactylate Blend
  • 15% Bioterge AS-40
  • 10% Cocomidopropyl Betaine
  • 3% glycerin
  • 2% panthenol powder

Cool down Phase:

  • 2% Cromoist
  • 1% Cosmocil CQ
  • 1% Crothix
  • 1% Polysorbate 20
  • 0.5% White Willow Bark extract
  • 0.5% Cedarwood EO
  • 0.5% Clary Sage EO
  • 0.5% Lemon EO
  • 0.5% Rosemary EO


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