Baths are about as polarizing as cilantro, but as an avowed “bath person,” I admit I find some of the trappings of The Adult Bath less than ideal. I don’t like wasting fancy candles if the scent is just going to Febreze-mask my bath products. I don’t like having to shower off after lazing in a tub laced with oils. And while I’m sure salts are great for you, I find dumping two cups of the stuff into a tub strangely concerning. I like baths, but even more, I like bubble baths. And for the most part, bubble baths are formulated for children. The adult ones I’ve tried have been too greasy, too expensive, left behind suspicious floaties, or generated suds that were more next-day-dishwater than satisfying stiff peaks.
Honest Hypoallergenic Bubble Bath, though, is the game-changer. The bottle says to pour two to four capfuls of the baby bubble bath under running water, but I found about one and a half filled my bath with mountains of frothy whip (though not so much that it stuck around and left crusty rings around my tub). The gel doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, dyes or formaldehyde carriers, which, even if you generally don’t worry about those things, is good piece of mind considering you’re soaking in the stuff.
The fragrances in each of the three varietals — lavender, orange vanilla, apricot — are present but not cloying, adult but not stuffy. Taking a bath doesn’t need to smell like shopping on the fur floor at Bergdorf’s, but it also shouldn’t conjure memories of Bath & Body Works either. It’s hydrating thanks to a bouquet of botanical oils, but I never step out feeling slippery or like I may leave oil stains on my bathrobe. I simply feel clean and quenched and lightly scented. If you too are a bath person, please enjoy the off-label use of this baby bubble bath. May I also suggest an ice-cold can of La Croix, perched on the lip of the tub (or go wild: on a tray) — I find the contrast of the two types of bubbles beyond pleasing.
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