Looking for stocking stuffers or a nice addition to a gift basket? This bath bomb recipe only takes a few minutes to mix up and is a fun and unique gift idea.
You can scent them with your favorite fragrances so they will add a nice aroma and make bathwater silky soft at the same time. These will make a dainty little surprise for any of the girls on your Christmas list this year. Think moms, sisters, nieces, friends, aunts, teachers, or any other female who might like a little pampering.
Bath Bomb Recipe: Scented Bath Fizzies
1. Sift the following ingredients together in a large bowl to eliminate any lumps:
- ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid (find it online here, at local health food stores, or in the canning aisle)
- 1 cup cornstarch
2. Stir powdered mixture carefully until mixed well. Measure about 1 cup of the mixture into a glass bowl to begin the project with. (It’s much easier to work in small batches.)
3. Fill a small spray bottle with the following liquid ingredients and shake to combine:
- 1 cup water
- 10 drops food coloring of your choice (optional – blueberry and beet juice are examples of natural coloring)
- 5-6 drops essential oil of your choice (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)
4. With a mixing spoon in one hand and spray bottle in the other, slowly spritz the powder mixture while stirring to combine after each spritz. You do not want too much fizzing to occur during this stage or the finished product will not fizz much in the bath.
5. Use your hands to check the consistency of the mixture. As soon as the mixture holds its form when squeezed in your hand, it is ready to be packed into your baking molds.
Important: The mixture will still look very powdery when it is ready, but over-watering will cause the bath bombs to turn out very crumbly.
6. Begin firmly packing powdered mixture into molds, filling just to the top. Let bath bombs dry for about 2 hours, then gently remove from molds. Depending on the size of your baking molds, this bath bomb recipe can make about 12-18 bath fizzies.
Since we make our own dishwasher detergent, we already had citric acid. However, I realize most people don’t have this lying around. We have to purchase ours at a local home-brewing supply store in the past, but you can also buy citric acid online or in the canning aisle at your local grocery store.
Notice from the pictures that the fizzies will turn out very lightly tinted, not brightly colored. Do not spray them with more of your dyed water in hopes that they will get darker, it will only compromise the finished product. Instead, add more coloring to your spray bottle if a darker color is desired.
If you notice your fizzies have “grown” while drying, this means too much water was used. These will not fizz much in the bath because the excess water has activated them and most of the fizzing action has already taken place. In order to avoid this problem, be sure to check the mixture with your hands after every few spritzes to see if it is ready to pack (see Step 5).
I bought a silicone baking mold that makes small daisy shaped fizzies and allows me to easily pop them out when dry. (I actually think the mold was designed for candy-making, but it works perfectly!) You can also use nonstick metal baking molds in any desired shape. I chose to tint mine green this year and scent them with lavender essential oil. Feel free to play around with different tints and scents; red tinted peppermint bath fizzies would be fantastic for the holidays.
IMPORTANT: These fizzies may irritate broken skin. If giving as a gift, you may want to include this warning on a tag so bathers with boo-boos won’t have a negative bath time experience.
Give the gift of fizz
Think about a cute way to give these away for Christmas, birthdays, or whatever. Here are a few to get you started.
Give a small bag of bath fizzies along with a bath sponge and a good book or a magazine for someone to enjoy in the tub.
Put together a spa basket for a friend, including bath fizzies, lotion, a festive nail polish, and a furry pair of slippers. Or just stack several tinted fizzies in clear bags, alternating colors.
Don’t forget to attach a charming little tag giving instructions to “Drop one or two scented bath fizzies into a full bath, sit back, and enjoy a quiet soak in the tub!”