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.

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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.


susan k.
susan k5 years ago

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

Butterfly K.
Butterfly K6 years ago


Samantha C.
Samantha Choi6 years ago

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

Samantha C.
Samantha Choi6 years ago

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

Samantha C.
Samantha Choi6 years ago

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.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Janine F.
Janine F7 years ago


gail d.
gail dair7 years ago


carole hagen
.7 years ago

Sounds great!