[Sponsored post] My poor kids. It’s taken almost eight and six years for them to hear the words they have been waiting to hear: “Yes, you can have bubble bath.”
Ever since they could speak they’ve asked for bubble bath and, most of the time, the answer is “no”. In all that time, I have bought one small bottle of a natural baby bubbles that was delivered in tiny doses of insipid bubble fun.
As my kids got older, they got more conniving, stealing straws and empty shampoo bottles, shaking up soap bars and deploying their own source of natural gas to create bubbles in their bath. They’ve tried it all, but Mummy wouldn’t budge.
In the words of one frustrated five-year-old, “Why do you hate us having any fun?”
Here’s why: these are the ingredients of a typical highly-scented bubble bath you’ll find on the chemist or supermarket shelves:
Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum (Fragrance), Glycol Distearate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Laureth-4, Peg-150 Distearate, Trisodium Sulfosuccinate, Benzophenone-4, Disodium Edta, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citric Acid, Triethylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phosphoric Acid, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate, SodiumBenzoate, Methylisothiazolinone, Hexylene Glycol, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).
At a glance, that list includes some ingredients linked to hormone disruption and skin and eye irritation, as well as plenty of petrochemicals. Find out more about these ingredients in this post about baby wipes.
Understandably, I was pretty happy to learn that ecostore had developed a bubble bath formula. The reason I trust ecostore (and use their dishwashing and laundry products) is that the company employs the precautionary principle, which basically states that if there’s doubt, they leave it out.
The kids’ bubble bath, or Double Trouble Bubble Maker, contains Aqua · Coco Glucoside · Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside · Glyceryl Oleate · Benzyl Alcohol · Dehydroacetic Acid · Xanthan Gum · Parfum · Citric Acid, and you can read about each one on the ecostore website, including why it has been selected. Parfum, is a red flag to many (considered by EWG to be unsafe due to coverall of synthetic cocktails in many products) – but ecostore goes the distance, listing the individual ingredients that make up the collective fragrance so you can make an informed choice.
I am also happy because ecostore is also firmly on Team Planet with its high-tech packaging. Which is great because my kids will be playing with that empty bottle until they are 15.
But the big question remained: will this bubble bath be any good? As anyone who’s ever used natural shampoo knows, bubbles and non-toxic ingredients seem to be mutually exclusive.
My kids were delirious with excitement about having a bubble bath, even as I barked, “This is for Mummy’s work, don’t get used to it!”
Happily for everyone, ecostore bubble bath bubbles are good, like really good. You can pick them up with chopsticks (true story) and spoon them into cups in frothy swirly shapes (these are the kinds of toys my kids get for the bath #worstmotherever).
Turns out my daughter also likes to eat bubbles so the precautionary principle is even more pertinent with her. “Try them,” she implores me, “They taste like apple pie.” The scent is actually pear, and neither overpowering nor wishy-washy (see what I did there?).
Overall, everyone is happy with ecostore kids bubble bath. We got through the lot in a week (for research purposes) and, I must confess, it wasn’t only the kids who enjoyed a bubble bath… This product gets my thumbs up and will be making an appearance in the kids’ Christmas stocking because that’s how mean I am: bubbles are the new Pez.