Bath Bombs:
Recipes and instructions
(and other FUN bathtime projects for kids AND grownups!)

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!

Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

Gather your ingredients:

• 1/2 part citric acid
• 2/3 parts baking soda
• Witch hazel
• Coloring of your choice
• Fragrance oil of your choice
• Bath Bomb Mold

gather ingredients

step one
blend ingredients

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.
step two
add color

Once you’ve blended really well, add your colorant. Dry pigments or a specialty bath fizzy colorant like La Bombes work best – don’t add too much though – the color shows up once you add the witch hazel.

step three
add fragrance

Add fragrance oils to your personal nose preference.

step four packing the mold

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.

step five finished bath bombs

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 tablesthingys oil ( I use a combo of grapeseed and almond, but you can use any liquid oils)
* 3/4 tablesthingy Water
* 2 teasthingys essential or fragrance oils
* 1/2 teasthingy Borax
* Spray bottle filled with Witch hazel

Mix the baking soda, citric acid and corn starch until well blended.

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.

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.

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

Dry ingredients:

* 1 cup Baking soda
* 1/2 cup Corn Starch
* 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
* 1/2 cup Citric Acid

Wet ingredients:

* 2-3/4 tablesthingys Almond oil
* 3/4 tablesthingy Water
* 1/4 teasthingy Borax (optional)
* 1-1/2 teasthingy fragrance oil or essential oil
* Colorant

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 uuse a wire wisk....the mix doesnt 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.

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)
* 2T olive oil (tip: infuse calendula petals for an extra therapeutic bath)
* 2tsp melted cocoa butter
* 1tsp fragrance or essential oil
* 3-7tsp 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!

For an EXTRA moisturizing Bath Fizzy, try this recipe:
Super Moisturizing Bath Fizzy

* 1 cup citric acid
* 2 cups baking soda
* 1 tsp. fragrance oil
* 1 tsp. olive oil (or shea butter or cocoa butter)

step one

Follow the basic bath bomb directions above and drizzle the olive oil in with the fragrance oil.

step two

If you want to substitute some of the baking soda, you can substitute up to 1 full cup with dehydrated milk (goat's milk or regular milk).

step three

If you want a colored bath, add powdered food coloring or liquid food coloring. If you add 1/2 tsp. of liquid food coloring to the basic recipe, this should give you a colored bath. If you add 1/8 tsp. powdered food coloring to the basic recipe, you will get a wonderfully vibrant tub. If your tub is dirty, or has excess oil in it, this recipe will leave a ring around your tub. Happy Soaping!

Tub Tints

Tub Tints are a really fun way to add some pizzazz to your bath!

3 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups citric acid
2 cups cornstarch
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!