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Breaking news: Bubble baths aren't just for kids. Nothing against the bath soaks and salts and oils of the world, but there’s something about bubble bath specifically that’s just that much more, well, fun. And truly, few things feel more luxurious than climbing into a warm bath filled to the brim with soapy suds. Whether you're in the throes of wedding planning and need to de-stress or just taking some time to relax after a busy day, a bubble bath will definitely do the trick.
Dim the lights, grab a glass of vino, and you’ve really got yourself a true self-care moment. And to that point, the latest iterations of bubble bath are more grown-up than ever, with high-end, indulgent formulas that offer a little something for anyone and everyone. Ready to soak up the suds?
Read on for the best bubble baths.
Best Overall: L’Occitane Shea Milky Bath
Ultra-rich and ultra-creamy, this formula contains five percent shea extract, a choice hydrating ingredient. True to the name, it transforms from a thick milk-like texture into a velvety foam that leaves your skin feeling soft and never stripped.
A little bit goes a long way; just a few drops poured under running water produce tons of foam. And when you do run out, you can recycle the completely aluminum bottle, a boon for anyone looking to minimize the impact their beauty routine has on the environment.
Best Bargain: Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus and Spearmint Foaming Bath
Those who like to take bubble baths on the regular will appreciate that they can go through this bottle with reckless abandon, without doing any damage to their wallet. The budget-friendly brand may be best known for their Epsom salts, but they also do a great foaming bath. And it’s actually infused with Epsom salt, so you can reap those same achy muscle-relieving benefits and still enjoy plenty of bubbles and suds.
There are several variants available—coconut oil, shea butter and almond oil, lavender—but we’re partial to this eucalyptus and spearmint variant. The refreshing and herbal scent feels not only great on sore muscles but also helps clear up a stuffy nose or congestion.
Best Hydrating: The Sholes Publix Co Natural Honey Bubble Bath
In case you haven’t heard, Etsy is a great place to shop for all kinds of unique, handmade bath and body products, bubble bath included. (Not to mention that many of the options you’ll find on the site, like this one, come housed in adorable packaging that makes them perfectly giftable, too.)
Try this particular pick if you have dry skin. A combination of honey, coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E make it supremely hydrating. (And no, it’s not in the least bit sticky or tacky.) Plus, it works equally well as both a bubble bath and body wash.
Best Fragrance-Free: The Honest Company Purely Simple Bubble Bath Fragrance Free
Yes, for many people a huge part of the bubble bath experience is enjoying the product’s lovely scent, but fragrance can also be a common skin irritant for many. If that sounds like you (and/or you’re just super sensitive to smells and prefer fragrance-free products), this option is choice.
It’s free of synthetic fragrance—as well as sulfates, dyes, parabens, and more—but still has a subtle, relaxing scent to it, derived from natural citrus peel extracts. And if you do have easily-irritated skin, you’ll also appreciate the addition of soothing chamomile and calendula in this formula. The affordable price tag is just an extra bonus.
Best for Bedtime: Alaffia EveryDay Shea Lavender Bubble Bath
A good soak in the tub can be just the thing to help you unwind and decompress before bed, especially if you add this bubble bath to the mix. Lavender is well-known for its calming and relaxing aromatherapeutic benefits. Here, the scent comes from lavender essential oil, as this is another pick that’s free of synthetic fragrances.
The formula is sulfate-free and loaded with naturally hydrating shea butter (which also happens to be raw, unrefined, and certified fair-trade). You only need one ounce per bath, meaning the big ol’ bottle will last you for up to 32 separate soaking sessions.
Best Splurge: Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady Foam Bath
Yes, this is pricey, but think of it as more of a fragrance than a bubble bath. It does in fact contain the brand’s iconic scent, a rose floral balanced with sweet notes of black currant and raspberry alongside earthy patchouli and sandalwood.
Even a few minutes of soaking in the luxurious foam leaves your skin perfectly scented, so much so that you could even skip perfume afterward. The mousse-like texture also leaves skin delightfully soft, and the chic and minimalistic black bottle is the perfect sophisticated touch to add to any bathtub.
Best for the Whole Family: Babo Botanicals Calming Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Wash
As we said, bubble baths certainly shouldn’t be reserved only for kids. That being said, if you are looking for one option that’s great for the whole family–kids and babies included—to use, it’s this one. The plant-based formula, which contains many organic ingredients, is super gentle, hypoallergenic, and tear-free, safe for all ages.
Adults will appreciate the relaxing lavender scent and the addition of antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients, as well as the fact that it can be used in any number of ways. Top tip: If you’re using it as a bubble bath, mix at least two capfuls of it under running water as soon as you start filling the tub to maximize the amount of suds. (Because it doesn’t contain any soaps, it can be a little trickier to get it to bubble up.)
Best for When You’re Under the Weather: Susanne Kauffman Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath
The next time you’re not feeling so hot, consider both whipping up your mom’s chicken soup recipe and reaching for this bubble bath. One of the star ingredients? Juniper oil, a choice detoxifier that also helps boost the immune system.
There’s also pine oil in the formula, choice for relieving muscle aches. And on top of all of that, it’s good for your skin, too, thanks to the addition of anti-inflammatory mallow extract to help relieve dryness and sensitivity.
Best Scent Range: Deep Steep Bubble Bath
For those who like their bubble bath scented—and like to have a variety of scents to choose from—this affordable favorite can’t be beaten. The base formula relies on a litany of top-notch hydrating ingredients, namely coconut oil, argan oil, shea butter, and aloe.
And to the point of scents, it comes in a whopping array of 14 variants: lavender chamomile, vanilla coconut, fresh lavender, brown sugar vanilla, coconut lime, rosemary mint, grapefruit bergamot, lilac blossom, passion fruit guava, pure coconut, fig apricot, honey blossom, mango papaya, lemon cream. Even more impressive? All of the fragrances are naturally-derived.
Best Multi-Tasking: Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Oil & Bubble Bath
Those who like both their showers and baths to be extra indulgent will appreciate that this option works equally well in either scenario. It starts as a rich oil (there’s grapeseed oil in the formula, rich in good-for-your-skin linoleic acids to help hydrate and soften), and can be used simply as such, great for cleansing when you’re in the shower.
Because it quickly transforms into an airy lather, mixing a few capfuls into the tub turns it into a great bubble bath, one that imparts plenty of moisture to your skin. Fun fact: It can even pull double (erm, triple?) duty as a shave gel.