Natural handmade fizzy bath balls

by Paula

fizzy bath balls
Heart shaped bath balls
How would you feel after a nice fragrant, funny and relaxing hot bath with these inexpensive handmade fizzy bath balls?

Once you catch the taste, you will want to share the effervescent bath balls recipe with all your friends as I did, or wrap and give them as a handmade birthday gift.

Once in a while we must stop doing everything in a hurry and just take a break. Eat a relaxing dinner, take a long hot bath, or play outdoors with the kids.

I wished for a bubble bath for a long time, and now I took the time to make my own fizzy bath balls.
I found this easy recipe on Martha Stewart's website:

  • 1 cup of baking soda,
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch,
  • 1/2 cup citric acid,
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar,
  • 5-10 drops essential oils (lavender, peppermint, basil),
  • (optional) 6 drops food coloring,
  • spray bottle with water.

fizzy bath balls ingredients
Fizzy bath balls ingredients

Mix all the white ingredients - baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid. It looks and feels a bit like powdered milk. Add the brown sugar.

fizzy bath balls powder
Fizzy bath balls powder

Then comes the water part. This operation decides the succes or failure of this recipe. Spray a little water and mix, spray a little more, and mix. Repeat until the mixture can be modeled, but not become effervescent. Take your time mixing the powders and the water. At first you will feel you need a larger quantity of water to make the doe, but don't rush it. Spray little water every time and mix thoroughly.

The trap is that you will begin to feel the consistency of the mixture only 1 minute after you add the water, at which point you can already hear the fizzzz from the fizz balls :)

If this happens, it means the backing soda reacted with the water and released the oxygen too soon, and what you put in the tub would have make less bubbles. The reverse is also bad. If you don't add enough water, the balls will be crumbly.

After you have reached the ideal consistency, add 2-5 drops of essential oil for the flagrance. I bought a bottle of lavender oil and I was quite pleased with it. You can also add food coloring. I didn't try it, but the next time I will use beet juice or spinach juice for a natural color.

Portion the mixture and put it in the molds. Silicone ice cubes trays are ideal, but they were quite expensive for my first try. I improvised and used an old chocolate candy tray. Mine had some really cute heart shaped forms. Check the plastic in advance to see whether it is sufficiently thin and elastic so you can push out the dried balls without breaking them.

fizzy bath balls mold
Heart shaped mold

Let them dry at room temperature. In no more than a couple of hours you should enjoy a homemade fizzy bath.

What happened to me the first time was that my husband sprayed water over the powders 5 or 6 times, and every time he sprayed more because the powders wouldn't stick. When I felt it was enough, it was too late. I wanted to fill in the shapes, but the backing soda and the water started to make bubbles. The doe grew very rapidly in my hands and also in the molds.

fizzy bath balls doe
You can see already that I put too much water

It took me a couple of minutes to mastermind the plan B, but, in the end, I did it. I added more cornstarch to "put out" the water and I managed to half-save my first batch of "half-fizzy" bath balls.

I say half-saved, because the side effect was that my bath balls tended to crumble when I got them out of the molds and half of the bubbles were gone from the start.

As a funny side story, my little curious monkey (aka my daughter) didn't take my "it is not food" warnings seriously. It seemed she even enjoyed the citric acid taste. After I reviewed the ingredients, I surrendered. Our homemade fizzy bath balls didn't contain anything dangerous.

We use backing soda to get rid of canker sores. Our homemade tooth powder also contains sodium bicarbonate. Cornstarch, sugar and citric acid are cooking ingredients. The only thing I did have a problem was the essential oils, but I think 2-5 drops are within acceptable limits.

fizzy bath balls tub action
Fizzy bath balls in tub action

All in all, I managed to make not only nice bubbles in the tub, but everything is also natural and healthy. The baking soda and cornstarch are good for skin irritation and pamper the skin. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid (used in many cosmetics) that is essential for maintaining healthy skin and helps to soften it. The lavender essential oil will help you relax while taking a nice hot bath.

fizzy bath balls gift
Bath balls handmade gift

Keep the balls in the jar with a lid. If you want to give them as a gift, make a nice simple package. Just tie a colored ribbon and add handwritten label listing all the natural ingredients.


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