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Make your own bath fizzies and more using simple green ingredients

You can make your own green bath fizzies for less.
You can make your own green bath fizzies for less.
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Bubble bath, bath salts and bath fizzies are fun to make and even more fun to use. I bought one bath fizzie at the mall last month. It cost me a small fortune. That's when I decided to learn to make them myself. Why do bath fizzies fizz? They fizz because of a chemical reaction between two of the ingredients they contain, namely, citric acid and baking soda. There are a wide variety of recipes for homemade bath fizzies, bath salts and bubble bath. I've tried a few. After some experimenting, I came up with my own.

Bath Fizzies

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cornstarch

  • 1 cup citric acid (available in craft stores in the soap making section)

  • 2 cups baking soda

  • 1 cup sea salt (available in craft stores in the soap making section)

Wet ingredients:

  • ΒΌ cup cocoa butter (available in natural food or soap making stores)

  • 2 tsp. scented essential oil

  • Several drops of soap colorant

Tools:

  • Medium bowl

  • Small bowl

  • Wooden or metal spoon

  • Molds to shape fizzies (I like to use the snap together ornament ball available at craft stores.)

  • Cellophane and ribbon for packaging

Instructions:

Mix all dry items together in a medium sized bowl.

Mix cocoa butter, colorant and fragrance together in a small bowl.

Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients a little at a time. (You may not use all of the wet ingredients.)

You'll know the mixture is ready when it's able to form and hold the shape of a ball.

If you've added all the wet ingredients and still need more moisture, add a little cocoa butter at a time until it holds shape.

Make the bath fizzies by pressing your mixture firmly into your mold.

Let dry.

Remove from mold gently.

Package fizzies in cellophane tied with pretty ribbons.

Note: If you're using the snap together plastic Christmas ornament balls to make your bath fizzies there's no need to take them out of the mold. Just wrap the whole thing in cellophane. Open the mold when ready to use the fizzy. This keeps the scent longer as well.

Bath Salts

Bath salts are one of the most simple items you can make for the bath. They contain just four items.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Sea salt

  • 1 cup Citric acid

  • 1-2 tsp. scented essential oil

  • A few drops of soap colorant

Supplies:

  • Medium sized bowl

  • Mixing spoon

  • Containers for bottling salts

  • Craft ribbon

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.

Fill jars with mixture.

Make each jar pretty by tying a colorful craft ribbon around it.

Bubble Bath

Bubble bath is also quite simple to make, possibly even simpler than the bath salts.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz liquid glycerin (from a craft store in the soap making section)

  • 2-3 tsp. scented essential oil

  • A few drops of soap colorant

Supplies:

  • A medium bowl for mixing

  • Mixing spoon

  • A funnel

  • Small pourable plastic bottles to hold the bubble bath

Instructions:

Stir all the ingredients together gently, so as not to make bubbles, but thoroughly.

Pour the mixture into the bottles using the funnel.

This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.