I don’t know about you but all I have to do is walk by a Bath & Body Works and I am drawn in by the smells, and all the girly stuff that makes me feel good. What doesn’t make me feel so good is how much money I usually spend, or not knowing exactly what some of those ingredients in those products do. My daughters and I have been experimenting with making some of our own girly bath items like learning how to make these DIY Fizzy Bath Bombs with Essential Oils!
Fizzy bath bombs are a super fun DIY project that you can turn into a party. Hello, teenage girls squealing and making their own bath bombs at a slumber party! Does it get any better? 😉
I love these because the ingredients are all natural! If you choose to, you can also use food coloring to make them fun colors, but this is not a necessary part of the recipe.
You can choose any essential oils that you would like for these. A few I recommend for baths are
- lavender essential oil
- bergamot essential oil
- grapefruit essential oil
- chamomile essential oil
- geranium essential oil
They all not only smell great but all help you relax and feel invigorated along with the fun fizziness of the bombs.
What you will need:
- Large mixing bowl & a spoon
- Pair of rubber gloves
- Silicone type ice cube trays (you will need enough for about 24-30, which of course will depend on the size cubes they make.)
- Food coloring if you’d like them different colors
- ½ cup+ Witch hazel
- Spray bottle
- 2 cups Baking soda
- 1 cup citric acid
- 25 drops of your favorite essential oil
- 2 or 3 large plates for drying them on
Place witch hazel in the spray bottle, it’s up to you if you want to fill it up, but you will need probably at least ½ cup of it. Set it to the side, you will need this in a few minutes.
Mix the baking soda and citric acid in your mixing bowl well, making sure to remove any lumps before you begin the next step. Next, put on the gloves, because the citric acid can irritate sensitive skin or cuts.
Next step, you will need to add in your food coloring. I suggest 2 to 3 drops at a time, because a little goes a long way & you can always add more if you like. If you add too many drops, it will actually start the fizzing process, which you don’t want! Once it’s mixed in nicely and you have an even coloring, add in your essential oils.
The last part of the mixing you will do with your hands. Take the witch hazel and spray a few sprays at a time, and start mixing the powder until it begins to clump up.
You don’t want it to get it too wet, or they will fizz before you want them to, so spray slowly. The consistency is much like a dry snow when it’s not too wet out. It needs to stick together but not be dripping wet. Scrunch the mixture up in the palm of your hand, and when it starts to stay together in a clump, then you know you’re getting close.
Next, pack it into the ice cube trays, making sure you get it in all the corners to make you get a nice shape when it’s done. Scrape off the top excess and add it back into the bowl and repeat until your trays are full.
Once you get going, you’ll get the hang of it and then it’s not hard at all. You can make them all one color, or do it in halves and make 2 different colors. Really be as creative as you want.
Let them sit in the trays for at least 15 minutes or so to be sure they are set up nicely. If they are too dry, they will totally crumble when you flip the trays over. If this happens, just put them back in the bowl and wet a little more. That is a better option than having them be too wet, so don’t be discouraged.
Now, turn them carefully out on your plate, usually they will pop out by themselves, unless they are a more complicated shape. Leave on the plates for a few hours so they get good and dried out.
Finally all you need to do is put them in a cute jar & make your own labels for a personal touch.
This recipe makes about 24 ice cube tray size bombs. Some are larger than others, so sometimes I get closer to 30.
When you are all finishing run yourself a nice bath and pop in a fizzy. You deserve it!