Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe
Did you know? The CEO of Nature’s Garden, Deborah Ward and her love for giraffes is the inspiration behind this creative and unique bubble bar? Bubble bars are a fun way to have a nice long soak in a warm tub. Simply, crumble up your bubble bar into some warm water and enjoy the abundance of bubbles that fill your tub! Whether you create this for personal use, friends and family or are just looking for a new addition to your line of bath and body products, we at Nature’s Garden hope you will enjoy creating our newest recipe to join the bubble bar family! Enjoy our Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe!
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Let’s talk About the Ingredients
Before starting on our recipe, we’ll talk about some of the ingredients we are using. The first ingredient is what gives the bubble bar its bubbles! Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, or SCI. This gentle surfactant is derived from coconut. It is a foaming and cleansing agent that will leave your skin silky and smooth!
Baking soda is best know for it’s cleaning and deodorizing properties. This gentle alkaline is amazing at leaving the skin soft and smooth, as well as your hair too!
Cream of tartar will give your product a light and fluffy feeling. It acts as a stabilizer and helps the other ingredients adhere to each other.
Corn Starch is the perfect ingredient to help sooth irritated skin and it also leaves your skin soft! The fragrance we chose was our Cucumber Fragrance Oil. This is a popular seller here at Nature’s Garden. True cucumber scent with an undertone of violet.
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Ingredients Available at Nature’s Garden
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
Cream of Tartar
Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Black Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
Natures Garden Apron
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Other Ingredients Needed
- Mixing Bowls (you will need 2)
- Mixing Spoon
- Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat
- Rolling Pin
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Total Weights and Amounts
- 410 grams (2 cups) Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
- 460 grams (2 cups) Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda
- 224 grams (2/3 cup) Cream of Tartar
- 72 grams (2/3 cup) Corn Starch
- 200 grams (2/3 cup) Vegetable Glycerin
- 24 grams (2 TBSP) Sesame Seed Oil
- 14 grams Cucumber Fragrance Oil
- 3 drops Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
- 6 drops Brown Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
- 3 drops Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant
- 6 drops Red Oxide Fun Soap Colorant
Note: While we give you both weight and volume measurements, we highly recommend using a scale as the weight measurements will be more precise amounts.
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Prepping Your Supplies and Work Area
As with any recipe you should always prep your supplies and work area. This helps in creating your craft without stopping to look for your ingredients. First thing is to clean your work space and ensure that you have enough room to work and lay your dough down. Next, give your utensils and scale a quick clean with some soap and water. Lastly, have all your ingredients ready for measuring and withing easy reach! For sanitary reasons go ahead and put your rubber safety gloves on. Just a few preventative steps will help things move along smoothly!
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Dry Ingredients
Our first step will be measuring and combining our dry ingredients. You will need a large mixing bowl and your scale. Set your scale to grams. Next, weigh out 410 grams of Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, 460 grams of Sodium Bicarbonate- Baking Soda, 224 grams of Cream of Tartar, and 72 grams of Corn Starch. Give these ingredients a nice mixing with your hands, breaking up any clumps as you go.
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Weighing and Combining the Wet Ingredients
Next comes the wet stuff! You will need another mixing bowl ( or you can simply add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl) and your gram scale. Now weigh out 200 grams of Vegetable Glycerin, 24 grams of Sesame Seed Oil and 14 grams of Cucumber Fragrance Oil.
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Mixing Everything Together
Let’s add the wet and dry ingredients together! If you have mixed your wet ingredients separately go ahead and dump them in with your dry. If you add your wet straight to the dry you can start mixing with your hands making sure that you are breaking up any lumps as you go. Mix until you have the right consistency (you should have a nice, smooth workable dough). If your dough is to crumbly after mixing together, you can add a bit more vegetable glycerin. Be careful to not add too much or the bubble bar will not set up properly.
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Separating the Bubble Bar Dough
The third step in our recipe will be separating the bubble bar dough. For this you will need your 2 mixing bowls. You will divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Each portion will be a different color. We have included a color chart to help you achieve the correct color for the spots and the “skin” of the giraffe.
- Brown Oxide- 6 drops
- Orange Oxide- 3 drops
- Black Oxide- 6 drops
- Red Oxide- 6 drops
- Yellow Oxide- 3 drops
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Brown Colored Portion
Now that your dough is separated, let’s start adding color. We will work on the spots and inner color of the bubble bar. To the first bowl, add your 6 drops of Brown Oxide, 3 drops of Orange Oxide, 6 drops of Black Oxide and 6 drops of Red Oxide FUN Soap Colorant. With your gloved hands mix the colorant into your dough until you have achieved an orange brown color. Roll the dough into a ball and set it aside, for now.
Giraffe Bubble Bar Recipe: Making the Yellow Colored Portion
Next, let’s create the “skin” color of the giraffe. For this you will add 3 drops of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap colorant to your second bowl of dough. With clean gloved hands mix this colorant into your dough until you have a nice, pale yellow color.
Giraffe Bubble Bar: Getting Ready to Roll the Layers
Now that our dough is separated and colored, we are ready to start rolling the layers. For this step you will use your silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Dust whichever you have chosen to use with some baking soda. This will help keep the dough from sticking when it is time to roll the dough. You should also dust your rolling pin with some baking soda to help prevent sticking.
Giraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling out the First Layer
Our first layer will be the yellow layer. Go ahead and take your yellow dough ball and lay it in the center of the surface of your mat or paper. Now roll your ball into a flat, rectangular shape. You will want this layer about 1/4 inch in thickness.
Giraffe Bubble Bar: Laying Down the Second Layer
Next up is our Orange brown layer. Before you start rolling, however, you need to pull of about 30 grams of the dough and set this aside. This portion will be for the spots. Place the remaining dough in the center of the yellow rectangle dough and start rolling this layer out. You may add some baking soda to your rolling pin before you start to prevent sticking. Roll this layer out to the size or as close to the size of the yellow layer and at 1/4 inch thick. Once you have finished, you will be all set to move onto rolling the bubble bar dough into a loaf.
Giraffe Bubble Bar: Rolling Up The Bubble Bar
Now that your layers are rolled out, you are ready to roll them into a loaf. Turn your silicone mat or parchment paper so that the mat or paper is vertical. Lift up on the edge of the paper or mat that is closest to your body. Begin to carefully roll the dough in the same way you would a pumpkin roll. Slowly roll the dough evenly as you go, watching to make sure everything stays lined up.
Giraffe Bubble Bar: Adding the spots
Now that your dough is in its rolled up completely, we will begin using the orange brown colored dough we set aside to create our “spots”. Giraffe spots are not perfect in size and shape. This is the look you will want to go for. Pull off irregular size pieces of the reserved dough and add it to the yellow portion of your bubble bar. (Having trouble getting a good pattern in your head? Try Googling “giraffe” and find a pattern you can follow!) Once your loaf is completely covered you will be ready to slice it up into individual bars.
Giraffe Bubble Bar: Slicing your Finished Product
Let’s cut this loaf into slices! This recipe will make about 8 slices, depending on how thick you choose to slice your loaf. Using a sharp knife, slice the bubble bar into 1-2 inch slices. Once your loaf is completely sliced, lay the portions out on a flat surface to set up. Our bubble bars took approximately 48-72 hours to set up completely. This may take longer, depending on the climate of your environment.
Your Giraffe Bubble Bar is ready to use! When it’s bath time, simply crumble a slice of bar under warm, running bath water and enjoy the bubbles that will froth up into your tub and have a nice, long soak! You will emerge from your bath smelling sweet, fresh and feeling soft and clean!
Did You Know?
Have you ever looked at the beauty of a giraffe? I mean, really watched them when you visit a zoo? They are amazing creatures! Majestic in their movements, they roam the open grasslands in small groups. A giraffe’s height is both an advantage and a disadvantage. While towering at a height ranging from 14 to 18 feet tall they have the ability to spot predators. Their height helps them eat from the leaves of trees since the disadvantage in their height is bending down. It is incredibly difficult for them and it leaves them in a vulnerable state to be attacked. Luckily, giraffes only need to drink once every several days since most of their water intake is from the leaves they consume. They can also run a steady 35 miles an hour over short distances and comfortably at 10 miles per hour over longer distances.
Giraffes are truly beautiful animals and their eyelashes! They are to die for! Another fun giraffe fact is that a group of giraffes are called a tower! Kind of fitting, right? Towers usually consist of females and babies, however genders will vary and they can come and go as they please.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Giraffes Can’t Dance! Maybe they can! Follow the link to listen and watch this adorable read-along. Take a 15 minute break to listen to a fun story written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, about inspiration and perseverance! Gerald, the giraffe loves to dance, but he is a little shy about showing off his moves at the jungle dance! With a good friend to inspire Gerald to strut his stuff, you have a sweet tale that shows you that we all are unique in how we dance, it’s all about feeling the music and following your own vibe no matter what!
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