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Sure-Fire Bath Fizzies – How-to Formula

Sure-Fire Bath Fizzies – How-to Formula

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.

1998 Snowdrift Farm Natural Products

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • Sieve dry ingredients til you get a nice smooth blend.

Wet Ingredients

  • 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.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:18AM PST on Nov 8, 2012

great information , thanks also to Samantha C I love your recipie , sorry I can't send a green star yet .

11:30PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Cheers :)

3:53AM PST on Jan 14, 2012


10:14AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Sorry, emulgator = emulsifier (first one is german ;-)

10:08AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

My basic fizzy Bath-confect Recipe. I use decorative Ice-cube trays as moulds...
• 200 g Bicarbonate of Soda
• 100 g Citric acid
• 50 g Corn or potato starch
• 50 g Milk powder/soy milk powder/coffee creamer
• 60 g Shea or Cocao butter
• 50 Drops f essential oils
• 2 Teaspoons of oil (e.g. almond, grapeseed, etc)
• Colouring

9:52AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

You have to use a solid fat, like shea butter or cocao butter to have them harden nicely, at least that´s what I found. I used about half to 3/4 cup of melted shea butter, a couple of Teaspoons of a good oil and half a cup of powdered milk or powdered soy milk as an emulgator. I find the mix of acidic citric acid and alkaline Bicarb neutralize each other and make for a very soft skin. Of course citric acid is very abrasive and burns if you get it in your eye, doesn´t mean it´s bad and you should stay away from it! Salt also burns like byjimminy if it gets in your eye. It´s the mixture that does it and the small ammount of acid is very diluted in the bath water.
Our water is very hard and alkaline here so I often add acidic vinegar to my bath water.

12:38AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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3:18PM PDT on Mar 19, 2010

Sounds great!

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