Bath Bombs, or Bath Fizzies, are like giant alka-seltzers for your bath – they spin, whirl and swirl in your bath while releasing scent and skin-softening agents. They make bath time SUPER fun! If you’ve never made bath bombs before, check out this video on Soap Queen TV and learn how to make bath bombs.
Basic Bath Bomb Recipe
Gather your ingredients:
1. BLEND BLEND BLEND BLEND the citric acid and baking soda – this step is super important – if you don’t blend well, you end up with a grainy bomb. We actually use a mixer on our larger batches.
2. Once you’ve blended really well, add your colorant. Dry pigments or a specialty bath fizzy colorant like La Bombs work best – don’t add too much though – the color shows up once you add the witch hazel.
3. Add fragrance oils to your personal nose preference.
4. Now, this is the difficult part. Spritz (with a squirt bottle) the witch hazel onto your batch while stirring with the other hand. When your batch sticks together when squished, you need to start putting it in molds – time is of the essence. If you wait too long, the mixture will get hard. If you spritz too much, the mixture will be too wet and “grow” (start the fizzing reaction) on you.
5. Put the bombs in molds – wait a few minutes and tap them out. Let them air dry for 3 or 4 hours and voila! Wonderful, hard bath bombs. The harder you pack the bath bombs, the more dense, heavy, and durable bomb you will get.
Water Softening Fizzy
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Citric Acid
- 1/2 cup Corn Starch
- 2-1/2 tablespoons Oil (I use a combo of Grapeseed and Almond, but you can use any liquid oils)
- 3/4 tablespoon Water
- 2 teaspoons Essential or Fragrance Oils
- 1/2 teaspoon Borax
- Spray bottle filled with Witch Hazel
1. Mix the baking soda, citric acid and corn starch until well blended.
2. In a separate bowl combine cooking oil, water, essential oil, and borax. Mix well. Drizzle wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, pouring with one hand and squishing it together with the other.
3. Pack into candy or soap molds. I use a circular 2 oz. soap mold with a flower pattern on the top (it’s tooooo hard to unmold anything with squared corners). Pack it in really hard, then immediately flip it over and tap it out onto a lined cookie sheet. When all are done, lightly mist with witch hazel and let dry overnight.
4. Next day, turn over and mist the bottoms with witch hazel. Let dry another day. The witch hazel forms a crust on the outside that keeps them from cracking and falling apart, although they’re still a little fragile. Don’t make them when it’s damp outside, high humidity makes it much harder to do.
Moisture Rich Fizzy
- 2-3/4 tablespoons Almond Oil
- 3/4 tablespoon Water
- 1/4 teaspoon Borax (optional)
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Fragrance oil or Essential Oil
Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and then in a separate dish or cup mix wet ingredients and then combine the two. I use a wire wisk….the mix doesn’t really even look wet but it compacts nicely into molds and after drying through the night they are rock hard and fizz for almost 2 minutes.
Make sure to wisk fast when adding wet ingredients to prevent fizzing whisk for a good minute and then press mix into your mold.
- 3 cups Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 cups Citric Acid
- 2 cups Corn Starch
- 3 cc Fragrance Oil
- .15cc powdered water-soluble dye (pigments or micas will NOT work. FD&C Blue and FD&C Yellow from Bramble Berry WILL work. If you use a pigment or mica, it may not disperse evenly in the water, and may stain your tub!)
Mix all ingredients completely. The mixture will appear white. Package into decorative bags and tie closed.
To use, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup per full tub of water. Mix crystals in completely before getting into the water. Taa-daaaa! Colored bath water!
Fizzy Milk Bath Bombs
- 1 c. Baking Soda
- 1/2 c. Citric Acid
- 1/2 c. Corn Starch
- 1/3 c. Epsom Salts (finely ground)
- 1/4 c. Powdered Milk (Buttermilk will clump so don’t use it)
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil (tip: infuse Calendula Petals for an extra therapeutic bath)
- 2 tsp. melted Cocoa Butter
- 1 tsp. Fragrance or Essential Oil
- 3-7 tsp. Distilled Water/Witch Hazel blend (1:1). TIP: put in a spray bottle for even dispersion
Mix all dry ingredients together well, drizzle the olive oil and melted cocoa butter and fragrance/essential oil over the dry mix, mix together with hands, and then use witch hazel/water blend to get the product to the right consistency to shove into your favorite molds. Enjoy with your bath!