I came by this fun and fascinating bath formula through a circuitous route, but sometimes those provide the best finds.
I stopped by the booth of an herbalist at a fair, and noticed she offered homemade “bath fizzies.” They are quarter-sized molded bath salts about the texture of the old-fashioned fizzie, and you drop them in the bath where they burst forth and blend with the bath water. Essential oils are included if desired, and sometimes even plant oils are added to provide moisturizing “oil blooms.”
Intrigued, with her help I tracked down the formula to make what are officially known as bath bombs. They are surprisingly easy to make with very fun results. The resulting fizzies also make great gifts.
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- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- Sieve dry ingredients til you get a nice smooth blend.
- 2 1/2 T. sunflower or other light oil
- 3/4 T. water
- 2 teaspoons essential oil
- vegetable or other natural colorant
- 1/4 teaspoon borax
Combine wet ingredients and borax in jar.
Cover tightly and shake vigorously.
Drizzle onto dry ingredients and blend thoroughly.
Pack tightly into moulds and slide out. Dry overnight.
Citric acid is available from Snow Drift Farms.