Make Your Own Bath Bomb Fizzies
by Kat Richter

Bath bomb fizzies ready to gift!

Scented, fizzing bath bombs are a great way to help your sweetheart relax during a romantic bubble bath. Unlike regular soap, they contain salts and essential oils for relieving both stress and sore muscles. Plus - and this is the best - part they fizz! It's like getting a mini massage from the comfort of your own bathtub.

You can either fork over a hefty sum at an overpriced boutique or - even better - you can make your own in the comfort of your own kitchen. They're so easy to make that you and your partner can even make them together to give as gifts around the holidays.

We've scoured the internet and have found the very best recipe for the ultimate Bath Bomb Fizzy. You'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup Citric acid*
  • 2 cups Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1-2 tsp. Essential oil
  • 2 tbsp. of oil (aim for something light like grape seed oil, almond oil or olive oil)
  • Food coloring
Bath bomb fizzy ingredients

You also need a large bowl, a whisk, a squirt bottle (or other means of controlling the flow of water so you don't drown your ingredients), a mold and a handful of paper towels and plastic wrap to protect your bath bombs while they're drying. *Some recipes call for corn starch instead of citric acid because it's easier to find and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth but it can also cause yeast infections. Yuck! Citric acid can indeed be difficult to locate (most pharmacists will just scratch their heads when you ask for it) so save yourself the hassle and just order it online at Bulk Apothecary.
  1. First you're going to combine your dry ingredients (citric acid, baking soda, Epsom salt and sea salt). You can sift them together, mix them together or pour them back and forth between two bowls. Anything goes as long as your citric acid, baking soda and salts end up well blended.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients

  3. Next combine your wet ingredients including food coloring, olive oil and essential oils if you've decided to use them. For an even look to the finished product, add your food coloring to the water before adding your oils. For a marbleized look, add the food coloring after you've added the oil; it won't mix in as well but that's whole point. (For an extremely marbleized look, you can even wait until Step 3 to add your food coloring.)

  4. Mix the wet ingredients

  5. Dump your wet ingredients into your bowl of dry ingredients and start mixing. You'll see some fizzing - don't panic - just cover up the bubbles with your dry ingredients as quickly as possible.

  6. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together

  7. Give your mixture a few squirts with your spray bottle but remember: less is more! You don't want to soak your ingredients or else they won't stick together.

  8. Once you've achieved a nice sand castle consistency with your mix, scoop out a small handful and press it into your mold.

  9. Press your mixture into molds

  10. Allow it to set for a few seconds then pop it out of the mold and place onto a "nest" of paper towels covered by a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper to preserve its round shape. (Most recipes simply call for paper towels but the bath bombs tend to stick to the paper towels as they dry. If you use plastic wrap or wax paper, the bath bombs will "sweat" a bit because there's nothing to absorb their moisture but as long as you flip them over a few hours after setting them to dry to expose their bottom halves, you'll be fine.)

  11. Put fizzies on paper towels

    Cover with plastic wrap

  12. Leave your bath bombs to dry overnight. Then wrap them in a plastic gift bag or tulle and a piece of ribbon for an extra flourish. We used lavender essential oils and blue and red food coloring. We then wrapped them in a plastic gift bag filled with decorative grass to like eggs in a nest.

    Finished bath bomb fizzies on a plate

Tips

  • You can add glitter to your mixture for some extra sparkle. Or, just sprinkle some on top while your bath bombs are drying.
  • Bath bombs lose their fizziness after a few months so instruct your sweetheart to use them sooner rather than later.
  • Coordinate your scent to the color of your food coloring; for example purple for lavender, green for mint or pink for rose.
  • To mold your bath bombs, you can use your hands or pick up a cheap plastic Christmas ornament. Most arts and crafts stores sell ball-shaped ornaments that snap apart into two pieces for a dollar. These make excellent molds.


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