Making bath fizzies is something that I've wanted to do for quite some time now. I figured that Valentine's Day was the perfect time to try it out. Since I had already experimented with rose petal tea and rose water, I decided that I would use that for the liquid for my fizzies.
Citric acid is what makes the bath fizzies fizz. I couldn't find any in stores nearby, but I was able to buy some online. Most recipes that I have found for bath fizzies use some combination of the citric acid, oil, corn starch, salt, baking soda, and water.
I decided to make up my own using coconut oil, tapioca flour and rose water.
Assuming that the corn starch is being used to absorb some of the humidity to keep the citric acid from fizzing off before you actually use them in the bath, it really isn't necessary to add very much. Some recipes didn’t even use any because they were either concerned with the GMOs in corn starch, or they were worried about corn starch causing yeast infections. I decided to use tapioca flour instead, just to see how it would work. In either case, so little is used that I doubt there are serious health implications with either.
Rose Petal Bath Fizzies
-100g Baking Soda
-50g Citric Acid
-50g Corn Starch
-50g Salt (I used Himalayan salt, but you could use sea salt or epsom salt, too.)
-Heaping Tbsp. Coconut Oil
-Small amount of rose water or rose petal tea (You can use regular water if you don't have any on hand.)
First mix the dry ingredients together. I pulverized all of my dry ingredients, except for the citric acid, in a coffee grinder because I figured that the ingredients would form together more easily that way, but that step isn't really necessary. You can see that I added in a few rose petals to make them pretty for Valentine's Day. Keep in mind, though, that anything solid that you add to them will end up floating in your bath water. So if you don't want to be bathing yourself with bits of rose petals, don't add them in.
Once your dry ingredients are mixed, work in your oil. I used coconut oil, which is solid at my house this time of year, so I worked it in much like you would work butter into a pie crust.
You should end up with something the consistency of slightly wet sand, and it will already start to look like it will hold its shape when you press it together.
Make sure you have your molds ready because once you start adding in your liquid, you'll want to work quickly. Add in a little of your water, a very little bit at a time, mixing it in well after each addition. It will slightly fizz, and that is OK, but you want to try to minimize the amount that fizzes off by not adding much water in each time, and by working it in quickly.
If you want pink fizzies, you can add in some food coloring or beet juice into your water. I decided to rely on the suble pink color of the Himalayan salt that I used as my only source of coloring. If you want an added scent, you can also add in some essential oils.
As you can probably tell, this recipe is highly adaptable. If you don't want a coconut scent, use expeller pressed coconut oil rather than virgin. I happen to love the coconut scent that virgin coconut oil imparts, but it does overwhelm the scent of the rose water a little. My finished fizzies didn't smell like roses, but the combination gave a nice, light, natural scent that I happen to love.
For my molds, I used silicone candy molds and muffin tins. I think that something more solid, like a metal or hard plastic mold, would work just as well , and maybe even better for these. There was no need to prepare the trays in any way, but I did let them dry for several hours before unmolding them. I don't recommend trying to dry them in the oven, even at the lowest setting, because they will likely fizz and expand rather than dry. (Don't ask me how I know that!)
Make sure to press your ingredients in firmly, trying to squeeze out any air bubbles.
Once you have let your fizzies dry for a few hours, you can pop them out of their molds and start to use them.
It's hard to wait to throw them into your bath water to try them out! So, of course I did just that. Even the ones that I had thrown into the oven still fizzed and dissolved, just not as well as the others that I had let air dry. All of them left the water soft and smelling nice.
Other things to keep in mind…
if you don't have citric acid, you can make these without it, but they will no longer fizz when you add them to your bath water. They will still make your skin feel soft, and will smell nice. If you don't add the citric acid, there is no need to add wither cornstarch or tapioca flour either.
Have fun playing with different variations of oils and scents.
I hope you have enjoyed this post.