Thursday, December 6, 2012

DIY Bath Fizzies


This year we are trying to focus on a HEALTHY Christmas!   I am really excited about some of the fun and EASY recipes for homemade spa products that I have found.  The first one I wanted to share was Bath Fizzies.  I followed the instructional video found HERE.  This recipe is SUPER easy and looks impressive!  You can put them in a decorative glass jar to make a gift, or simply put a few in a bag with a ribbon for an awesome stocking stuffer or TEACHER gift!
Recipe:

Tools and Materials

·         1/2 cup citric acid

·         1 cup baking soda

·         3/4 cup cornstarch

·         1/4 cup Epsom salt

·         About 6 drops food coloring

·         10 to 15 drops essential oil(s)

·         Special equipment: 2-ounce travel-size spray bottle, silicone ice-cube tray (I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $8.00), storage jars

Directions

1.      Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a glass measuring cup.

2.      Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl. Stir in Epsom salt.

3.      Fill spray bottle with water, and add food coloring. Spritz mixture lightly (it should become damp but not fizzy) until you can pack mixture with your hands.

4.      Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Using a metal spoon or your hands, mix ingredients until color is even throughout (mixture will begin to dry out; when this happens, spritz until packable again).

5.      Spoon into ice-cube tray, pressing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently. Transfer to jars.

After making several batches, here are a few tips:

·         Double the drops of food coloring in the water.  You don’t want to have to use too much water to get the desired color.  Too much water means EXPANDING bath fizzies!

·         You want it to be a crumbly moist texture when you are done mixing.

·         Let them dry overnight and be REALLY hard when you pop them out of the mold.  If they are a little soft still the bottoms don’t come out as well

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