Today I am going to demonstrate the Chunky Bath Fizzy recipe with a twist. The Chunky Bath Fizzies recipe has been in our Recipes section for a long time. Since I’ll focus on an old recipe, with new pictures, what was old is now new again. Don’t overlook the Recipes Section. There are valuable things in there!
Collect your needed items:
Fragrance Oil (I’m going to use Strawberries & Champagne.)
Purple Raspberry Spray Color made on January 19 2009.
Plain water spray
Silicone heart mold
Metal mixing bowl and metal spoon
4 x6 flat bags
First things first. We need to WEIGH these ingredients. In the past we used recipes that were done by volume, but this recipe is different. Use your scale. If you are struggling with getting a scale, then email us for some hints. Choosing a good scale isn’t hard once you know what to look for.
I have now weighed the citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch. Mix gently with the metal spoon.
Add the fragrance oil, and mix to break up all clumps. This mixture must be a free-flowing powder before we start adding color and water.
Mist lightly with the plain water; two to four sprays should be plenty. We are trying to add enough water to the dry chemicals so we can compress them into the mold, but we don’t want to start the fizzing reaction just yet. Stir, or fold over, the powder to mix thoroughly and not create a dust cloud in your kitchen.
Let’s spray again. Stir gently.
This time we will spray color; again, two to four sprays are plenty. Mix again. We will continue in this process of adding color or plain water to the mixture just until the whole mixture is slightly damp. The mixture should hold together when tightly compressed. (See the clod in my hand?)
Let’s press into the mold. Use the back of a spoon or a tamper to compress this powder completely. Each mold was filled with 2 tablespoons of dry/damp mixture before tamping begins.
We are using a silicone mold, so removal is easy as pie. Leave the tamped hearts to dry overnight.
In the morning we remove the mold and…. Viola! Our hearts are ready for packaging.
I have used the 4×6 flat bags for packaging these hearts. I tied the bags with a yarn ribbon.
Now wasn’t that easy?
If you don’t want to press the mixture into molds, you can press the mixture into a tablespoon and then lightly tap the tablespoon into your hand to release it. You can make multiple half ball fizzies and set them aside to dry where they won’t be bothered.
Next week is all about fun with Melt & Pour soap! Swirls, toys, shapes and curls! Great fun for an afternoon with the kids or for some peaceful time by yourself.
Hey Andee! I have a technical question about a two ingredients. Question 1: Citric Acid, I’ve noticed that sometimes the Citric Acid has a very fine grain and sometimes the grain looks and feels larger. Are there different grain sizes of Citric Acid and does the size of the grain affect the fuzziness of the end product?
Question 2: Menthol Crystals – We are currently working on a new project that requires menthol. I was wondering if menthol original state is a solid form or liquid? If not, is there a way to use the Menthol Crystals in a formula that remains liquid. The goal is to keep the menthol from becoming solid in our product. A post about using Menthol Crystals that remains liquid would be great. Thanks.
#1 Grain size does not alter any fizzing that happens when a Fizzing Bath salt is added to water. You must have an acid and an alkali for the fizzing to happen though.
#2 Menthol is solid. You can dissolve the menthol in oil or alcohol. To get a liquid you should just dissolve it in the carrier of your choice (no water though).
Thanks for the Menthol Crystal answer, it was most helpful and will do. In regards to the Citric Acid, could it be possible that Citric Acid that is purchased from a very humid climate area, i.e…Florida. Would the humidity cause the grains to stick together giving it a larger grain appearance and feel? Thanks.
Could, but I doubt it. I would expect that the grains were established as a larger grain. I think of this as similar to salt. Some table salts are fine grain, others go through a grinder, and others yet are made from sea water evaporating, and some are even puffed like pretzel salt. All crystal sizes will vary, but the end result is the same. If you want a finer crystal size for your bath salts, then I would use a blender, food processor or a fine mesh sieve to work the citric acid crystals. Don’t go too fine, you may be surprised how quickly you get to powder and what we call Snot-Tarts.
Thanks Andee. I prefer a finer grain for a formula. I’ve purchased Citric Acid from different companies for testing and found that the grain size was the issue. I thought this was all in my mind, but with your help, I now know that some companies make Citric Acid in a larger grain. I must say that MMS has the best Citric Acid and love the finer grain. That is why testing is so important. Thank you for all of your help!
Can bath salts be incorporated into bath fizzies to help hold the FO/EOs?
Yes. That would be fine.
Andee, I have been looking for a good Bath Bomb Recipe for a while and I am about to try this one. I own a little business and I make lots of bath/spa products and Bath Bombs are the newest request in my product line. I sell to major Honeymoon Hotels and they need Bombs in 5 to 6 oz ball sizes. I have molds but I am having trouble getting them to stay in a Ball shape. the molds I have are Christmas Ornament half’s that I fill and press together. Other recipes I have tried say to un-mold them after a few minutes. Will this recipe work for that technique? Also I am making around 50 at a time, what is the best way to accomplish this? Quadrupling the recipe??? Also I have Powder color for my other recipes. Will that work? Please help. Thanks you,