Bath time has been one of my favorite routines with Olive. I couldn’t wait to bathe her in her bloom plush flower when she was an infant (which I later realized was pretty useless and not the best registry item from my baby shower. Bath time in our home is pleasant and fun, at least that is my intention. Enter bath fizzies!!!
I’ll admit, bath time is not always fun, Olive and I will just hop in the shower together most days. Bath bubble baths are standard for Olive when she does bathe, my favorite brand is Alaffia. We use their bubble bath and shampoo, they are made with clean ingredients (synthetic fragrance free) and they have such a huge focus on empowerment projects throughout Africa.
Essential oils, baking soda, epsom salt, and bentonite clay all entered our bath routine when they became needed for Olive. For instance when she would get a diaper rash, I would use baking soda, bentonite clay and essential oils; it would clear up her rash within a day of the bath! Before making bath fizzies I had a jar of 1:1 baking soda and epsom salt and Olive would scoop it out and wait for me to drop 5 drops of lavender on it and then plop it in the tub. It became routine and Olive knew just what to do but when that ran out I wanted to make something different. Before I get to the fizzie instructions let me explain the reason for each of the ingredients, it helps to understand the role it plays.
An alkaline compound, sodium bicarbonate that is partly responsible for the bubbles in bath bombs or any fizzy bath action. Baking soda reacts with citric acid and together they produce carbon dioxide, bubbles! It has dozens of benefits from soothing, cleansing, detoxifying, anti fungal, and so many more.
Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate. It’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. It’s actually not salt but is called salt because of its appearance. In water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. The theory is that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, these get into your body through your skin. Epsom salt is thought to alleviate physical pain, soreness, sunburn, swollen feet, bruises, swelling, and promote peaceful sleep. For kids, the reasons are also countless, think growing pains, toddler bruises (Olive gets them because she’s clumsy), or sunburn.
Citric Acid is key for the fizz it makes in conjunction with baking soda. This ingredient is sometimes more difficult to find but I recently got some at Target in the canning section. Citric acid is a mild preservative that’s often used in canning and other applications like candy making. It’s also naturally found in citrus fruit. There are some recipes all over the web substituting citric acid, but from what I’ve made and experimented with you don’t get very much fizz, which is the best part to bath bombs or fizz rocks.
By binding to the baking soda as well as the citric acid, the cornstarch slows down the rate at which both of them dissolve. The effect is that the fizziness may last 3 or 4 minutes, instead of only seconds.
Salt, Herbs & Oils
Himilayan salt: Our body organs resonate with the natural frequency of the minerals in the salt bath, your body is naturally recharged, boosting metabolism and triggering its self-healing powers.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains loads of fatty ingredients like saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Nutritionists say that these ingredients are not good to consume but the coconut oil does greatly benefit the skin, softening it and even healing minor damage. Soothe dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema by bathing regularly with this gentle emollient.
Herbs: Plants are healing! Putting them in your bath allows you to soak up all of the oils as they are broken down in the warm water. An even better option? Essential oils! Pure essential oils are extracted from plants and are potent little drops. Did you know that one drop of oils had 40 million molecules of that compound!
- 3 cups epsom salt
- 1.5 cups citric acid
- 1.5 cups baking soda
- 1/4 cup Alaffia bubble bath
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 30 drops lavender oil
- dried herbs (optional and honestly not recommended because it’s more to clean up)
- food coloring or mica (optional)
- large bowl
- small bowl
- 2 baking sheets
- parchment paper
- Mix epsom salt, citric acid, and baking soda in large bowl. (and herbs if you are using)
- In a small bowl or jar blend coconut oil, bubble bath, essential oil and food coloring.
- Gently and gradually add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix gently because adding liquids means reaction begins between citric acid and baking soda.
- It will begin to fluff and foam up. Pour it between the two parchment lined baking sheets. The mixture has to harden which can take 1-3 days.
- Once the mixture is dry, break up and place in a jar or container.
Also I wanted to note I made a large batch of this but you can definitely make half of it. Another idea… this would be such a great party favor for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday, etc. or gifts! If you, like me, enjoy making gifts for birthdays or holidays— this is a great option for that!
Hope you enjoy this! Please comment below if you would like blends for diaper rash since I did mention that in the post.