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Years ago when I was assisting on an advertising photo shoot  I worked on a job for a bubble bath product. Three assistants were charged with creating a big bubbly bath without using anything other than what a typical home would have on hand in their bathroom and the suggested amount of the soapy product. I remember we were totally stymied and failed attempt after attempt to produce an impressively foamy bath. So we cheated and used a ton of the product and a garden nozzle.

My kids love bubble baths, and after what feels like a few hundred bubble baths, I think I figured out the trick to getting a lot of bubbles without using a lot of soap solution. Pour the bubble bath solution into the tub when there is very little water in the tub—about a half an inch of water or less. Agitate the water vigorously, and keep agitating while the tub fills. The soap to water ratio will be higher when there is less water in the tub so the time to make those bubbles is right at the beginning. Bubbles float so you can fill the tub as high as you want and still have an impressive amount of bubbles sitting on top of the water. The bubbles will burst after prolonged exposure to air, so start the bath when your child is ready to get in, not 10 minutes before.

Juliana Sohn is a photographer based in New York City.


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One Comment


  1. Posted by: Robert

    Right idea, needs a little refinement. Half an inch is too shallow for good splashing action, use 1-2″ standing water instead. Palms down, fingers spread, use rapid opposing long arm motion, like trying to clap very loud but with thumbs, not palms, approaching each other. When foam stops rising, stop splashing and rapidly fill tub with remaining water to desired final depth. Part the foam for space to put the child in and stretch out under the water; or, if you’re not concerned with irritation from a transiently high concentration of material, have the bather get into the water when you’re doing splashing, sit far from the faucet, and fill with water–also makes it easier to judge final depth.

    To get rid of the foam, wash with soap — meaning actual soap soap — and splash a little. What I mean by “actual soap soap” is either a cake of most brands other than Dove, Caress, or Olay, or Dr. Bronner’s or similar actual soap soap liquid. Conversely, if you want to wash while preserving the foam, wash with one of those brands of bar soap I mentioned or with a soapless liquid “soap”.

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