If I could take a bath every single night of my life, I would. But the sad truth is I don’t often have either the time or the energy. If I’m able to submerge myself once a week I consider myself lucky, and I make sure it’s a good one. Aromatherapy, bubbles, the hottest water I can stand and dim lights combine to create a relaxing ambiance akin to therapy. There’s no talking involved, unless I talk to myself, of course, which can be just as effective.
To make it even more of a treat, rather than using straight bubble bath, which is generally colorless and too often infused with chemicals that dry my skin to the point of discomfort, I use fizzy bombs. I think of it as a stress-busting, anxiety relieving assault to all that ails me.
Be sure to choose your aromatherapy oils to achieve the desired effect. Maybe you could use the energy and uplifting of citrus oil, peppermint or patchouli. If you need to decompress, try lavender or Clary sage. No matter what you decide, you’ll have fun making these bombs, relaxing with them and giving them as gifts.
- 1 cup Citric acid
- 1 cup Baking soda
- ½ cup Cornstarch
- ½ cup Oil (almond oil, olive oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, etc.)
- 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s)
- Silicone mold or Saran wrap
- Put the oil, citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oil(s) in a glass or porcelain bowl.
- Mix well with your hands until a soft dough is formed.
- It should feel like damp sand.
- You could add tried herbs, flowers, or food coloring as well.
- Put the mixture in a silicone mold or wrap into a ball shape in Saran wrap and let it sit for 24 hours before removing from mold.
- The DIY bath fizzy bombs are ready to use once they've completely dried.
- Simply drop them in the tub to dissolve.
*Makes 3 cups.