DIY Bath Fizzies

This is part of the relaxing home spa kit I made for my mom for Mother’s Day this year. Go check out the rest of the kit!


I am so in love with taking long hot baths right now! It all started with the simple detox bath recipe I posted a while ago, and ever since then I’ve been experimenting with new bath ideas and enjoying one or two a week. It has been fabulous!

One of my favorite bath accessories is the bath fizzy. Not only do they make your bath smell nice, but watching them fizz up in the water is fun too.

When I came across a pin on Pinterest of a recipe for DIY bath fizzies on Martha Stewart’s website I knew I had to try it. I totally bombed my first effort and the fizzies fizzed up on me before I could even get them into the mold, but the second attempt was a complete success! And look how adorable they are!

DIY Bath Fizzies

Don’t be fooled by my failed first attempt; making your own bath fizzies is really easy. I ruined the first batch because I added too much water (the original recipe didn’t have many details, so I was guessing). But I made sure this tutorial is pretty detailed, so if you follow these instructions you should be just fine!

To make your own bath bombs you need:

  • 1 C baking soda
  • 3/4 C cornstarch
  • 1/2 C citric acid (This is sometimes hard to find at a regular grocery store; I found it at Whole Foods)
  • 1/4 C Epsom salts
  • food coloring
  • Young Living lavender essential oil (learn more about essential oils here)
  • a small spray bottle
  • ice cube trays or candy molds (You should use soft silicone trays if possible, it makes the bath bombs easier to remove at the end. I got these adorable octopus ice cube trays at Bed Bath & Beyond)

NOTE: This recipe makes enough to exactly fill one of those 12-cube square silicone ice cube trays, but I wanted to make my bath bombs octopus-shaped. I filled an 8-cube octopus tray and then half-filled 9 of the 12 square holes in my square silicone tray. (You can see the filled trays below)

The first thing you should do is put down some sort of cover over your work area. I didn’t realize how big of a mess this would make before I started, and you can see what happened!

Messy work area

Mix the baking soda, cornstarch, and citric acid together in a mixing bowl. Use a strainer here to remove any clumps if you have them. Stir in the Epsom salts and mix well. The combination of citric acid and baking soda is what fizzes when water is added, so from this point on be very careful to keep your hands dry, your mixing spoon dry, etc.

Add about 15 drops of essential oil to the salt mixture for fragrance. The oil won’t make the mixture fizz, but be careful to mix it in well immediately. You can change the amount of oil here depending on the scent and desired strength (i.e. lemon is a stronger scent than lavender, so use less). 15 drops of lavender oil makes the actual bath fizzy itself smell very strongly, but when you add it to an entire bathtub full of water the scent is very very light. You can add more essential oil if you want a stronger scented bath.

The final step before packing the mixture into the molds is to add the coloring and a little bit of water to make the mixture packable, and this is where I messed up the first time, so pay attention here. You color your bath bombs by putting water and food coloring into a spray bottle and lightly spritzing the mixture while stirring it in until it is the color you want. I had two different problems here. First, my food coloring to water ratio was very diluted, and second, I added too much water to the salt mixture in an effort to get the color dark enough. It basically turned my entire bowl of stuff into one giant bath fizzy that wouldn’t stop fizzing and expanding as I tried to pack it into the molds. Woops!

The first picture below is the one I had messed up. It wasn’t completely fizzing at this point, but about a minute later it started expanding (kinda like bread rising) and you can see how much more “crumbly” it is than the bottom picture. What you want is a very slightly moist and sandy mixture with maybe a few crumbs (like the bottom picture).

Bad and good pictures of the consistency you are looking for

So here’s what you should do to avoid the mistake I made: Mix 6 drops of food coloring per tablespoon of water in your spray bottle (don’t just pour colored water in or it will fizz up on you). Lightly spray the food coloring into the salt mixture, stirring constantly. You’ll get tiny bubbles and little bits of fizzing here, but that’s okay. Just stir constantly and thoroughly and you’ll be fine. Continue spritzing and stirring until the mixture is wet enough to pack into the molds, but not so wet that it gets crumbly or fizzy.

Once the mixture is ready to go, spoon it into your ice cube trays, filling to the top. Press it down a bit; I used a piece of saran wrap to keep it from sticking to my fingers and I used my thumbs to compact it. Pack it down, but not too firmly; it still needs some air in there so it dries properly. Keep packing and filling your trays until the salt mixture is gone, and that’s it!

Let your bath fizzies dry for at least 24 to 48 hours before gently removing them from the trays. 48 hours is better if you can wait that long, they will hold their shape better. The square bath bombs popped right out after 24 hours without much hassle, though the bottom of the fizzy was still slightly wet. I just turned them over on a plate and let them dry overnight again. The octupus-shaped ones weren’t quite dry after 24 hours and I was worried the legs would break off, so I let them sit for 48 hours and they turned out fine!

Octopus bath bomb and pretty packaging

Toss two of these bad boys into a bath and enjoy! And if you’re making them as a gift just put them in a pretty bag and they’re ready to go. Or a pretty box, or a pretty tin, or whatever.

Have you ever made your own bath bombs before? I never even knew you could do this!

I used Young Living’s lavender essential oil, which is probably my favorite of all the ones they make; it’s so versatile! It helps heal chapped, dry skin, minor burns, and itchy bug bites, and it’s great for helping you relax, so I knew it would be great in these little bath bombs!

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, just let me know or join our Facebook group! I’d be happy to get you more info or get you a sample to try out!

Or if you are ready to start using essential oils, you can get the Young Living Premium Starter kit at a HUGE discount and get all your oils at 24% off for life when you sign up as a wholesale member. The starter kit is everything you need to get started living a happier, healthier, more natural life with essential oils, and the 24% discount on any future purchases of Young Living oils and products doesn’t hurt either! Check out this page for more details.

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Jessi W says

    9 years ago

    That's a great idea Shiloh! They are inexpensive and quick to make, and it would probably be pretty easy to make a bunch at the same time. Smart thinking!

  2. Shiloh says

    9 years ago

    What a fun gift idea. They'd make great favors, too I think.:)

  3. Lauren @ The Well Crafted Home says

    9 years ago

    This is so cute! I love these! Thanks for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

  4. Katie says

    9 years ago

    Look at that, it works! Lol. Oops! Oh well, your loss was my gain. 😉

    Ok, sorry to spam up the whole line with all this. I think I'll try making those bath fizzies for when I can take hot baths again!

  5. Jessi W says

    9 years ago

    Ugh yeah, I thought that too originally. Then I clicked it on someone else's blog and I got all these comment emails instead of post emails 🙁

  6. Katie says

    9 years ago

    Ah-ha! How tricksy. I thought that was to subscribe to posts. Tricksy tricksy Blogspot.

  7. Jessi W says

    9 years ago

    No worries. If you click the "Subscribe by email" link below the comment box it sends you emails when anyone else comments after you, but I don't usually do that when I leave comments so I figure most people don't either. 🙂

  8. Katie says

    9 years ago

    Thanks! I wondered if it made the water thicker somehow to help prevent fizzing, but that doesn't actually make sense, I don't think. o_0

    I have no idea how to subscribe to the comments, lol. So double-thanks!

  9. Jessi W says

    9 years ago

    Oh, the food coloring is not necessary at all. Basically you have to add a bit of water at that step to make the dry mixture packable so it holds its shape later, and the water-adding part is just a great excuse to add coloring as well if you want. If you don't they will just be totally white and that's fine!

  10. Katie says

    9 years ago

    So how necessary is the food coloring? I mean, if you didn't want to dye the fizzies, could you just use water or would that ruin them, do you think?

    This is super neat!

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