How To Make Bath Bombs & Fizzies: {Recipes}

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These are a nice, pampering treat to both give and receive (great fillers to tuck into gift baskets).

ExamplesIngredients are varied and I included a few different ideas to inspire some creativity (round balls, heart shaped, cupcakes and multi-colored examples).

There’s also a video tutorial at the bottom and another recipe.

First, here are a few tips:

  • Tint them any color desired by adding drops of liquid food coloring.
  • If wishing to make them multi-colored, mix in separate batches and then pack individually (in layers or swirls). If colors are mixed together before packing, you’ll liking get an odd solid color instead.
  • If they fall apart or crumble too easily, they’re likely not being packed hard enough in the molds. It could also be that there’s not enough water.
  • If they’re cracking, it’s likely that too much water has been added.
  • Dry them overnight before moving or packing them then store in an airtight container.

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marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Snowballs: Made with epsom salts, EO, a drop of food coloring.

With Witch Hazel: Ingredients include citric acid, baking soda, witch hazel, coloring, fragrance or EO. Use a shaped or dome mold to shape them.

handcraftedsoap.blogspot.ca

handcraftedsoap.blogspot.ca

petitelefant.com

petitelefant.com

Cookie Scoop Method: Ingredients include epsom salt, cornstarch, bicarb, citric acid, EO and olive oil. A cookie scoop or plastic easter egg half is used to shape the bombs.

Milk & Honey Hearts: Yields about 6 large ones made in the form of hearts.

naturalbeautyworkshop.com

naturalbeautyworkshop.com

makeandtakes.com

makeandtakes.com

Royal Icing Cupcakes: Sweet craft project made in paper cupcake liners and frosted with real sugar (Royal Icing).

Frosted Cupcakes: Made in silicone cupcake molds, also topped with a real sugar frosting.

thecraftychica.blogspot.ca

thecraftychica.blogspot.ca

soap-queen.blogspot.ca

soap-queen.blogspot.ca

Mondo: Ingredients used are citric acid, bicarb, pink grapefruit fragrance, witch hazel and red mica (so they’re pink).

Cubes: Packed in flexible silicone ice cube trays. Display in glass jars once the cubes are hardened.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

pipii.co.uk

pipii.co.uk

Simple: Basic supplies needed: Corn flour (cornstarch), bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), citric acid, EO, food coloring (optional) and water. Use cookie cutters are used for the creative shapes.

Beach Shells: Made with bicarb, citric acid, ground kelp, EO blend and packed into shells.

beyondagarden.blogspot.ca

beyondagarden.blogspot.ca

thecoterieblog.com

thecoterieblog.com

Soothing For Colds: Use eucalyptus EO (to help sooth coughs/colds) or chamomile/lavender to help relax.

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Here’s a good step-by-step tutorial in video format. It’s a bit long at over 7 minutes, but it moves along quickly (includes some fun bloopers at the end)…


Summary:

  • These soften the skin, they are an emollient and they’re lots of fun–they start to fizz when they hit the water.

Supplies Needed:

1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup citric acid (causes the fizzing)
2 TBS white kaolin clay
1 TBS grapeseed oil
2 tsp Polysorbate 80 (or jojoba oil)
little bit of Vitamin E oil
1/4 tsp gel colorant
1/4 tsp Borax
1 tsp Fragrance oil
12 squirts of rubbing alcohol (mixed in 3 squirts at a time)

Quick Tips:

  • Wear gloves when mixing.
  • Mixture should be the consistency of damp sand before packing it.
  • For something different, place candy hearts on the inside of the molds before packing in the mixture. Hearts will be seen on the outside of the finished product.
  • Add dead sea salts to the extra powder mixture after making them (say you didn’t have enough left to fill another mold), seal in a ziploc bag and mix. Let the powder dry and then a nice fizzing bath salt is the result.

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*First published January 18, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

This is an interesting recipe, first cook a batch of bath cookies then add them to the tub after they’ve cooled.

The batch yields 24 which is enough for about 12 soaks (if using 2 at a time).

My hard copy looks like a photocopy of a newspaper clipping, but I’m not sure which newspaper or who the author is.

Supplies Needed:

2 cups finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 TBS light oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
2 eggs
5 drops EO (choice)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix all items together.
  • Gently roll dough into balls (approx 1″ in diameter, about 1 tsp).
  • Place each on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

To Use: Drop 1 or 2 cookies into a warm tub and allow to dissolve.

Yield: 24 cookies

Also check out these these DIY Salts & Soaks.

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Published: September 2, 2008
Updated: September 21, 2012

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8 Comments to “How To Make Bath Bombs & Fizzies: {Recipes}”
  1. LYNETTE GREEN says:

    TWO THINGS – PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT APOSTROFE S (‘S) DENOTES OWNERSHIP NOT PLURAL. THEREFORE MORE THAN ONE FIZZY SHOULD BE WRITTEN FIZZIES.

    SECONDLY – KAOLIN CLAY IS ONE OF THE MINERALS THAT IS RESULTS IN HUGE LOSS OF SAND DUNES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND I’M SURE OTHER PLACES IN THE WORLD CAUSING LOSS OF HABITAT FOR SEA TURTLES.

    IS THERE NO ALTERNATIVE??

  2. TipNut says:

    Thanks Lynette, sometimes I miss these things ;).

    Not sure about the alternative for kaolin clay, maybe someone can provide one here in the comments?

  3. RosieM says:

    Where would I go to find kaolin clay – or some alternative?

  4. Tanfouk says:

    What is the purpose of the kaolin in the mixture? If it’s just to hold the other ingredients together, I’m sure many other materials could be used. Kaolin is fine-textured and white, but I’d think any ordinary grey or buff clay would be fine if the mixture were colored.

    Kaolin deposits are found all over the world – if they make porcelain, they’ve got kaolin. In the US it comes from Georgia, Illinois, etc. The mines are inland and possibly less destructive to the environment than most other mines, since kaolin doesn’t cause toxic runoff.

  5. Harmonie says:

    Thanks for the tip, can’t wait to try this, I spend so much money buying these in store. Although where would I get some of the ingredients(kaolin sand & citric acid in particular)? Going to be living in isolated Alaskan community with limited shopping resources. Also how many will a batch make and what is the “shelf life”?

    Thanks

  6. Regina says:

    This is the bomb!

  7. Kimmy Davis says:

    I <3 you, TipNut!

  8. geraldine says:

    Can you use these in the shower to make u breath better when you have a cold.


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