There is nothing better than sitting in a nice hot bath and dropping in a bath bomb. My favorite are the bath bombs that dissolve very quickly. These tend to be the super fizzy bath bombs.
My daughter and I both love different colors and scents but buying bath bombs at the store can be expensive. This is why we started making homemade bath bombs.
To get started, you will need to make sure you have a few supplies on hand:
- Citric acid
- Baking soda
- 91% rubbing alcohol
- Witch hazel
- Bath bomb mold
- Essential oils (optional)
- Lake pigment or bath bomb color (optional)
- Small spray bottle (optional)
Once you have all of the ingredients you are ready to start making your bath bombs!
Recipe for Super Fizzy Bath Bombs
Mixing the Bath Bomb Recipe
- Mix the citric acid, baking soda
andbath bomb color.
yourEssential oils for fragrance. Again, mix well.
- After the dry ingredients are mixed thoroughly, make a 50/50 mixture of the rubbing alcohol and witch hazel and add to spritz bottle.
Note: Be careful not to inhale the rubbing alcohol / witchhazel mixture.
- Spritz the dry ingredients a couple of times and mix quickly with your hands.
- At this
stageyou are going to continue to spritz and mix with your hands until the bath bomb reaches the right consistency.
Hint: You know the mixture is the right consistency when you can form a ball, drop it into your bowl and it doesn’t fall apart.
Adding Mixture to Bath Bomb Mold
Now that your mixture is staying together you are ready to fill your bath bomb molds.
- Lightly fill one half of the bath bomb mold with mixture.
- Overfill the other half of the bath bomb mold and place two sides together.
- Push the mold together firmly. There should not be any gap in the center.
Note: Don’t twist the mold ends together. This might cause separation in the center of the bath bomb causing it to lose shape.
- Release the mold by tapping both sides of the mold with a spoon or other object.
- Allow bath bombs to dry on a piece of wax paper or clean cardboard.
- Repeat with the rest of your mixture.
Once your bath bombs have dried for at least 24 hours you can package them up. The best way to do this is wrap them in plastic wrap. This will keep them from absorbing moisture from the air. The drier a bath bomb is, the better it fizzes.
Video Tutorial for Making Super Fizzy Bath Bombs
Different Ways to Add Color to Your Bath Bombs
If you don’t have bath bomb color, try substituting a few drops of food coloring. Remember, food coloring adds moisture so just be careful not to add too much at a time. Mix thoroughly until you reach your desired color mixture.
I recommend avoiding liquid food color until you have become familiar with the process using dry ingredients. Remember, using no color creates a “mystery bomb” where you don’t necessarily know which scent you’ll get until you drop it in the bath!
Powdered mica is a dry colorant. This natural mineral will add a nice color to your bath bomb. Be aware though, it will not color the water.
I actually prefer powdered mica in my bath bombs for this reason. Keep in mind that the mica may stick to the sides of the tub requiring additional cleaning. Using polysorbate 80 for colorant is the best way to avoid this.
Polysorbate 80 used with Lake Pigments
Polysorbate 80 is a man-made compound that can be used along with lake pigments to color bath bombs. It is an emulsifier so it will help the color dissolve into the water. This is a great coloring agent to use if you want the water to be colored.
Choosing Scents for your Bath Bombs
Adding Scent to Bath Bombs with Essential Oils
Essential oils are the most common way to add scent to bath bombs. My favorite is Eucalyptus followed by tea tree oil. If you are looking for a good starter set, you should be able to find one for under $20 with a small variety of oils to try. This one is particularly nice:
Adding Scent to Bath Bombs with Fragrance Oils
Fragrance oils come in a much wider variety of scents. These are great for when you want to add a fun scent like Bubble Gum or Peaches & Cream. They also come in traditional fragrances like Lavender and Peppermint. Once again, you should be able to find a nice set for under $20
I hope this super fizzy bath bomb recipe helps you get started making bath bombs at home. It is super fun to play with different colors and scents! Best of all, the reward is a nice, relaxing warm bath!
Did you try this recipe? Do you have additional tips? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!