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How To Make Homemade Fizzy Bath Bombs

Updated on September 27, 2014
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Homemade Fizzy Bath Bombs: Save Money And Have More Fun

Bath bombs are extremely popular right now. You see them everywhere and you probably have tried them. But they can be quite expensive in the long run. Plus, if you prefer natural and organic products, you may have a hard time finding bath bombs made with natural products. Did you know that fizzy bath bombs are quite easy to make at home? So sit back and relax. I've included everything you need to make your own fizzy bath bombs, right here on this page. The recipes, the directions, videos to show you step-by-step how it's done, and even links to all the ingredients you'll need to get started making your own fizzy bath bombs.


Why Homemade Fizzy Bath Bombs?

I'll admit it. I've paid for my fair share of store-bought bath bombs. Who hasn't? They make great gifts and I especially like the bombs that have little surprises hidden inside.

If you're only picking up one bath bomb it's no big deal. Seven bucks, 5 or 6 times a year, doesn't make that much of a dent in your wallet.

But if you get hooked on these things then it starts adding up. Who can afford to pay $7 every time they take a bath?

You can save a lot of money when you make your own fizzy bath bombs. Depending on how big you make them, you can save up to two-thirds of the retail price. Even more if you've seen the price of those Boutique bath bombs which shall remain nameless!

They take very little time to make, you don't have a huge mess to clean up, and you can have tons of fun mixing your own fragrance combinations.

Plus homemade fizzy bath bombs make great gifts! Take time to make a nice package and you have the ultimate one of a kind gift.

Fizzy bath bombs
Fizzy bath bombs

What Makes Bath Bombs Fizzy?

There are bath bombs and then there are fizzy bath bombs. And neither the twain shall meet! What's the difference?

The fizz, of course!

Regular bath bombs can be scented and colored and can contain special oils and salts to soften your skin. But they just. Don't. Fizz!

What makes Fizzy Bath Bombs fizz is the combination of the baking soda and the citric acid. Baking soda, when combined with an acid and a liquid, creates carbon dioxide bubbles.

It's the same thing that happens when you bake a cake. Baking soda combines with the acid and liquid in the buttermilk turns into carbon dioxide bubbles which make your cake rise.

It's important to always keep your ingredients in a cool, dry place - especially the citric acid and baking soda. Once baking soda gets wet it loses its fizz-power. You should also be careful to store your finished bath bombs in an airtight container to keep moisture out.

And most important - If you live in a humid climate it's likely that you'll need to add very little witch hazel while you're mixing your bath bombs. Always test the mixture first, to see how well it holds together, before you add any moisture. And then add it very, very slowly, just a few drops at a time.

how to make fizzy bath bombs
how to make fizzy bath bombs

Basic Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 23 hours 45 min
  • Ready in: 24 hours
  • Yields: 3 or more

Ingredients: Basic Fizzy Bath Bomb Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil (I prefer essential oil)
  • Coloring
  • Witch Hazel in a spray bottle
  • Molds

Instructions

  1. Combine Citric Acid and Baking soda in a large bowl and mix well, being careful to break up all lumps.
  2. Add Fragrance oil and mix well.
  3. Add coloring and mix until color is evenly distributed. (If you're making more than one color, divide the batch BEFORE adding any color, then color each portion individually.)
  4. Test mixture to see if it holds together. If it needs more moisture add a light spritz of Witch Hazel while constantly mixing.
  5. Be careful! If you add too much Witch Hazel the mixture will be too moist and start to fizz.
  6. Mixture should feel like brown sugar and hold its shape when you shape it firmly into a ball.
  7. Firmly pack mixture into molds, filling level with the top of the mold.
  8. Allow molds to sit for 10 minutes. Turn mold over and gently tap, allowing bath bomb to fall out of mold on it's own. Keep your hand under the mold so the bomb doesn't drop onto a hard surface and break.
  9. Lightly wrap bombs in a towel and let them dry over night. Wrap in cellophane or an airtight container to prevent the bombs from absorbing moisture.
  10. Bombs that are old or have been allowed to sit out and get damp will lose their fizz - and maybe even break apart.
4.1 stars from 7 ratings of Basic Fizzy Bath Bomb Recipe

Natural Colorants for your Fizzy Bath Bombs

India Tree Natural Decorating Colors, 3 bottles(red,yellow,blue)
India Tree Natural Decorating Colors, 3 bottles(red,yellow,blue)

No synthetic dyes! This is a set of 3 liquid vegetable colorant. You can mix them in a variety of color. Experiment and note your favorite mix so you can repeat. For those who prefer natural over chemicals. Food grade.

 

Essential Oils for your Bath Bombs

You can use fragrance oil or essential oil to make your fuzzy bath bombs. i prefer natural stuff so I use essential oils. There is a wide variety available. Beware, pregnant women should be careful when using essential oils.

Fizzy Bath Bomb Tips

  1. Keep all your ingredients in a cool, dry, moisture-free location.
  2. Have all ingredients and molds ready to go before you start.
  3. Work quickly. You'll be adding very little liquid and you need to get the mixture into the molds before it starts to dry.
  4. If you live in a very humid location and you're having trouble getting your bath bombs to stay molded, try drying them for an hour or so in a 250 degree oven instead of wrapping them in a towel over night. It might just be that there's too much humidity where you live and you need to get them dry faster.
  5. Adding Kaolin Clay will make your bombs a little more sturdy and will also act as a skin softening agent.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 23 hours 45 min
  • Ready in: 24 hours
  • Yields: 3 or more

Recipe For Fizzy Bath Bomb Balls

  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay
  • Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
  • Color
  • Witch Hazel in a spray bottle

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix Citric Acid, Baking Soda and Kaolin Clay. Mix well, being careful to break up all lumps.
  2. Add Fragrance oil and mix well.
  3. Add coloring and mix until color is evenly distributed. (If you're making more than one color, divide the batch BEFORE adding any color, then color each portion individually.)
  4. Test mixture to see if it holds together. If it needs more moisture add a light spritz of Witch Hazel while constantly mixing.
  5. Be careful! If you add too much Witch Hazel the mixture will be too moist and start to fizz.
  6. Mixture should feel like brown sugar and hold its shape when you shape it firmly into a ball.
  7. Firmly pack mixture into molds. Over-fill each of the halves a little and then force them together tightly. This will ensure that the mixture is tightly packed, even at the seam.
  8. Allow molds to sit for 10 minutes. Turn mold over and gently tap, allowing bath bomb to fall out of mold on it's own. Keep your hand under the mold so the bomb doesn't drop onto a hard surface and break.
  9. Lightly wrap bombs in a towel and let them dry over night. Wrap in cellophane or an airtight container to prevent the bombs from absorbing moisture.
  10. Bombs that are old or have been allowed to sit out and get damp will lose their fizz - and maybe even break apart.

Get Creative With Your Fizzy Bath Bombs

Now that you know the basics it's time to have some fun!

  1. Try mixing your fragrance oils to create unique blends. Pretend you're Coco Chanel!
  2. Try layering colors within the mold.
  3. Use glitter, sprinkles, seed beads or even real seeds to decorate cupcakes. Hmmmmm...imagine the fragrance of pure vanilla seeds mixed into your steaming hot bathwater.
  4. Add sea salt, coarse salt, epsom salts or kosher salt. Use it for sprinkles to make your bath bombs sparkly and as a plus your skin will be even softer after your bath.
  5. Add fresh or dried herbs to your bombs to increase their therapeutic value. Just be careful that you don't add too much, otherwise the bombs might not pack together as well as they should.
  6. Add fresh or dried flower petals or buds and again - be careful. It only takes a few to make your bombs more elegant.
  7. One you've learned how to make the Bath Bomb Balls you can start hiding little prizes inside. Try to position the prize so it will end up in the middle of the ball. And make sure it's packed well with the mixture. In other words, don't just hollow out the ball and let the prize rattle around inside. Make it as solid as possible.
  8. When making Fizzy Bath Bomb Balls try making each half a different fragrance. Imagine a Lemon-Lime Fizz or a Coconut-Pinapple Pina Colada Fizz. My favorite? Roses and Lavender!

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Bath Fizzy Cupcakes Recipe

  • 1 Cup Citric Acid
  • 2 Cups Baking Soda
  • Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
  • Coloring
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Cupcake Tin

Instructions

  1. Place liners in cupcake tin before you start mixing.
  2. Combine Citric Acid and Baking soda in a large bowl and mix well, being careful to break up all lumps.
  3. Add Fragrance oil and mix well.
  4. Add coloring and mix until color is evenly distributed. (If you're making more than one color, divide the batch BEFORE adding any color, then color each portion individually.)
  5. Test mixture to see if it holds together. If it needs more moisture add a light spritz of Witch Hazel while constantly mixing.
  6. Be careful! If you add too much Witch Hazel the mixture will be too moist and start to fizz.
  7. Mixture should feel like brown sugar and hold its shape when you shape it firmly into a ball.
  8. Firmly pack mixture into cupcake liners, and over-fill so each cupcake is rounded on top.
  9. Allow molds to sit for 10 minutes while you make the icing, following the recipe below.

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Fizzy Bath Cupcake Frosting Recipe


  • 1 1/2 Cups Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 8 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cup Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
  • Color
  • Jojoba beads or glitter (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Place 1/2 Cup Warm water in large mixing bowl and add 1 1/2 Cups Meringue Powder. Mix until well blended and smooth, scraping sides of bowl.
  2. Add 8 Tablespoons of Jojoba Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar, 2 Cups of powdered sugar and 1 3/4 Cups of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.
  3. Caution! The SLS is a very light-weight powder that will irritate your throat when inhaled. It's recommended that you wear a mask while you're working with SLS.
  4. Carefully use a spoon or spatula to stir in those dry ingredients, including the SLS, until they're wet enough that the SLS won't go flying out of the bowl.
  5. Continue mixing with a mixer and add in 1 to 2 teaspoons of Fragrance Oil (Adjust for your own preference.) and the coloring.
  6. Mix until well blended.
  7. Icing should be fairly stiff so it holds its shape when piping. If it's too thick, gradually add water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until you get the desired consistency.
  8. Leave you bath bomb cupcakes in the cupcake tin while you ice and decorate and let them sit overnight to harden.
  9. Package in cellophane or an airtight container and keep away from moisture.

How To Make Money Selling Your Homemade Bath Bombs And Spa Products

Looking for some unique ideas for things you can sell at the local Farmer's Market?

Bath bombs would be great for the Farmer's Market. Especially if you use some of the local herbs and flowers.

And this book, The Handcrafter's Companion, gives a ton of packaging and marketing ideas for other homemade spa items, too.

If you're crafty and you're looking for a way to pick up some extra money this year, why not look into selling your own homemade spa products.

© 2012 Nathalie Roy

Do you enjoy making your own spa products at home?

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I've never tried but it looks doable.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Too busy, but I could see how this would be a great party idea for a ladies get together or teens!

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      Yes I love to make my own spa products!

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      sherioz 3 years ago

      This would be great to make as gifts.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Wishing you an amazing holiday season. It is going by so quickly this year.

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      Kylyssa Shay 3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I haven't made any in years but I may just be making some of these effervescent bath fizzies for Christmas gifts.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      You know something? It has been AGES since I actually had a bath -- more than 3 years! But, I feel a need to have one with a fizzy bath bomb. Thank YOU.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I've never made any spa products but this has me inspired. I love scents and fizz in my bath!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      The cupcake fizzy bath bombs looks gorgeous. These would make fantastic holiday gifts.

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      Cute ideas for homemade presents. Great lens,

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This looks like so much fun! I have everything I need to make them except for the citric acid and witch hazel. Thanks for sharing ...

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      Marie 4 years ago

      Great gift idea for Christmas.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      Great info. on how to make homemade bath bombs.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very cute idea! Fizzy bombs are great added to a bath.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Very nice ideas & lot of joy! Thumbs up to you!

      Looking for my colorful fizzy bath bomb now! : )

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I can't wait to make these! I love to play "mad scientist" and this is the perfect project for something new that I will really use! Fabulous lens, thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about something like this.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Relaxing in a nice hot tub with a little fizzy bath bomb thrown in sounds like a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. I love it!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      These look likw fun to make.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Sounds easy and fun to make your own bath bombs, thanks!

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      I love to make these. I'll try on my free time. Sundae ;-)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I've made these, they are really nice. Good presents at Christmastime.

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