I like calling them “Bath Bombs” better but for some reason repeating that second “b” word on the internet scares me, haha! So we shall call them Bath Fizzies.
This recipe is incredibly simple, and apparently a HUGE hit. I gave these away to my sisters, mom and a friend for Valentine’s day and so far the report back is “PLEASE MAKE MORE! I’LL PAY FOR IT!”. That’s always a good sign, right?
I couldn’t find a recipe online that suited my fancy. So I created a Hybrid one. I was worried at first, because I’m no chemist, so who’s to say these work? But alas, they do! And really well! Besides the kid factor of “ooo! it fizzes!”, they truly do soften the water and smell divine.
Let’s get on with it! How to make homemade bath fizzies-
What you’ll need:
Molds (I bought heart shaped ice cube molds at Target for $2.50, but also used my muffin tin.)
Citric Acid (this was so hard for me to find. I suggest buying it online, it is cheaper. I found mine at Whole Foods, 4 oz for $7)
Spritz Water Bottle (a spray with a nozzle setting for “mist” not stream)
Food Coloring if desired
A tag of your choosing
Start by mixing 1 cup baking soda, 4 oz citric acid, and 1 cup cornstarch in a glass bowl using a whisk.
Put a cup of mixture in separate glass bowl. You’ll mix the rest a little at a time to avoid ruining your entire batch. Add fragrance/essential oil to liking (I kept adding fragrance drops until I felt it was strong enough, whisking after each drop). Those two steps were easy parts. Now pay close attention because this next part is a bit harder for beginners who don’t know the consistency it should be. If you add too much water, it won’t work. Using your spray bottle (add your water and desired food coloring), SLOWLY, gently mist the powder, then mix before spraying again. You only need to add enough water to achieve the coloring you want. Unfortunately, if you add too much water trying to get a darker, bolder color you are going to lose the fight against pre-fizzing. As I sprayed the mixture, it would fizz slightly. That is okay, just stop before your mixture gets clumpy and wet. Like this:
That is too much water. You don’t want to see that many clumps, it still needs to be powder form. You’ll know if you added too much water when you move on to the next step. IF you add too much water, do not fret. Remember, we did a little at a time to avoid destruction. Simply add more unscented/colored powder to what you’ve got to even it out.
Spoon it into your mold.
Because I had added too much water, and being an amateur did not know it, it took coming to this step to see my mixture start to puff up in the mold:
Uh oh! It’s ok, pack it back down and add powder to the mold.
It should now look like this:
Minor puffing is okay, just not too much swelling. Let it sit over night to harden.
In the morning, gently pop them out of the mold.
Baggie them up! (or jars, or boxes)
(Remember I said I did my muffin tin as a mold too? Those are the ones on the left). Add your tag:
Since mine were for Valentine’s Day my tag read “Soapin’ You’d Be My Valentine Cause You’re The Bomb!” Bath Bombs.
I stapled my tag to the top of the baggie and handed them out!