April 05, 2022 9 min read
Here’s an introduction to making your own bath fizzies, shower steamers and bath soaks for self care.
A Bath Fizzy is also known as a bath bomb it is a mixture of baking soda, epsom, citric acid, corn starch, moisturizing oil and fragrance that can be dyed or infused with botanical, formed in a round ball shape and dropped in the warm tub for a fantastic fizzy bath experience.
A shower steamer, also called a shower melt, is made in a disc shaped mold and dissolves in the shower. Made with baking soda, citric acid, corn starch with minty menthol crystals and an invigorating eucalyptus fragrance. Add green spirulina powder and dried peppermint leaves for a natural green earthy aesthetic. A shower steamer dissolves in the shower for aromatherapy and stress relief.
A bath soak, also called bath salts, is a natural salt mixture with a lovely fragrance and color. Add a few spoonfuls into a warm bath or into a foot bath for a relaxing detoxing experience. Contains epsom salt, pink sea salt, baking soda and essential oils, add color and dried flowers too.
Pictured: Blood Orange Bath Soak in a tin, Lavender Bath Fizzy and a green Eucalyptus Shower Steamer with dried peppermint leaves.
This kit includes: Epsom salt, citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, Himalayan pink sea salt, sweet almond oil, lavender essential oil, dried lavender, blood orange essential oil, witch hazel in a spray bottle, eucalyptus essential oil, menthol crystals, colorants - violet and red , green spirulina powder, dried peppermint, gloves, round bath fizzy molds, disc shaped molds, rubber bands, storage tins, labels, pipettes, and organza mesh bags.
What ingredients are used to make bath fizzies, shower melts and bath soaks?
Epsom Salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It helps ease muscle pain and relieve stress when added to bathwater.
Baking Soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate. Baking soda has cleansing and detoxifying properties that may help to purify your body and boost immunity. When a bath fizzy comes in contact with water, the baking soda and citric acid react to make carbon dioxide bubbles.
Citric Acid is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid that's extracted from citrus fruits. Citric acid is a natural astringent with antioxidant properties. When used with a combination of baking soda it creates a fizzing bubbling reaction in bath fizzies .
Corn Starch in a bath fizzy or shower steamer slows down the fizzing reaction. By binding to the baking soda as well as the citric acid, the cornstarch slows down the rate at which both of them dissolve. Corn starch adds a smoothness to your bath fizzy and shower steamers and also helps harden the mixture to form a shape.
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt is a coarse hand-mined salt found naturally deep inside the pristine Himalayan Mountains. The high mineral content in this salt gives it a pinkish color. It is used in bath soaks to detoxify.
Sweet Almond Oil is a carrier oil that helps bath fizzies and shower steamers hold their shape. It is a vegan oil that helps moisturize skin.
Lavender essential oil is a very versatile essential oil that has sweet, herbal and fresh floral notes for aromatherapy. It helps promote calmness and tranquility.
Dried Lavenderis a dried botanical that adds an earthy pop of natural purple color to your bath fizzies. When paired with the lavender essential oil it adds a visual boost of lavender essence.
Blood Orange Essential Oil adds a fruity and vibrant citrus fragrance to bath soaks, fizzies or shower steamers.
Witch hazelis a natural astringent that contains alcohol, it has anti inflammatory properties when added to a bath. Spray it on your bath fizzie mixture to add moisture to form a shape for the mold. Water will activate the baking soda and citric acid causing fizzing. For external use only. When using this product avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
Eucalyptus essential oilis a Eucalyptus Globulus has a woody, herbaceous, camphor scent, it is derived from an evergreen tree native to Australia. Add it to your shower steamer for an invigorating aromatherapy vapor steam.
Menthol crystals are a naturally occurring cooling compound in peppermint oil it’s more potent than peppermint oil. And because it’s water soluble, menthol quickly evaporates into the air for fast sinus relief. Keep away from eyes.
Violet and red Colorants are glycerine based, cosmetic grade dye commonly used to dye soaps and cosmetics. The red is called Red Oxide Concentrate and if you add a few drops it will make a soft pink color. The purple is called Ultramarine Violet Concentrate and will give a rich purple color to your bath fizzies.
Green Spirulina Powder is a nutrient-dense blue-green algae, Chlorophyll is the antioxidant that gives spirulina its green color. Spirulina gives these DIY bath bombs a lovely green hue and is also very nourishing for the skin due to its high mineral and vitamin content. There is a slight ocean scent so use it sparingly.
Dried Peppermint Non-GMO cut and sifted dried peppermint. A sprinkling of dried peppermint adds a nice decorative touch while pampering yourself.
The colorants and dried botanicals like lavender buds and peppermint leaves are optional. For an easy clean up after taking a bath or shower omit the colorants and dried additions.
For storing your homemade bath products place them in an airtight jar to preserve the fragrance. Or wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap. If the scent weakens over time add a few drops of essential oils on top for a scent boost before use.
No, shower steamer and bath bombs are different. The difference between shower steamers and bath bombs is the amount of essential oil and moisturizers used. Bath bombs are a bath product meant to come in contact with your body. They contain nourishing oils that moisturize and soothe the skin. Bath bombs contain essential oils at a level safe for skin care. Shower steamers are for aromatherapy, and not a skincare product. They release fragrant essential oils as you shower. Steamers are highly concentrated with fragrance and menthol crystals and should not come directly in contact with your skin.
Using dried lavender and peppermint in your shower steamers, and bath fizzies and bath soaks adds a colorful flower style to your homemade bath products. The flowers and dried leaves may remain in your tub after your bath. Wipe down the tub with a paper towel for an easier clean up. Or shower omit the colorants and dried additions for a cleaner bath or shower.
You will need:
Yield: 2 pieces
Time to finished product: 1 day
A Bath Fizzy is also known as a bath bomb is formed in a round ball shape and dropped in the warm tub for a fantastic fizzy bath experience. Scented with lavender essential oils and decorated with dried lavender buds.
Step 1. In a large bowl, mix together baking soda and citric acid. To get rid of clumps you can push the powders through a fine sifter or break them up with your fingers while wearing gloves. Add epsom salt and cornstarch and stir the ingredients together.
Step 2. Add lavender essential oils with a pipette, almond oil and a few drops of violet colorant. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry mixture whisking as you go. Spray the mixture with witch hazel until the mixture is a similar consistency to that of damp sand and holds its shape when squeezed. Stop adding liquids if you start to see the mixture fizzing. If the mixture starts drying out while making the bath bombs, spray the mix witch hazel. Once your bath bomb mixture reaches a sand like texture and packs in your hand, you're ready to mold the bath bombs. Gently fold in dried lavender buds into the mixture if you’d like.
Step 3. Place a pinch of lavender buds into the bottom of the round mold. Pack the bath fizzy mixture into the molds until you can't pack any more in. This ensures a solid bath bomb that will be less susceptible to crumbling and keep its beautiful round shape until you are ready to use it. Wrap a rubber band around the two part mold to help it stay tightly bound together while it sets. Leave the bath bombs in the molds overnight. If you’d like to speed up the process, place them in the refrigerator for 1 hour (this will help them set quicker).
Step 4. To release bath bomb from mold, be sure to handle very gently. A handy trick is to use the back of a spoon to gently push the bath bomb away from the mold.
Step 5. Draw a bath and drop in your bath fizzy. It will add a slight effervescence to the water as it melts, releasing essential oils and dried flowers. Relax!
You will need:
Yield: 2 pieces
Time to finished product: 1 day
Shower steamers also called shower melts are a great way to have an aromatherapy experience in the shower. When activated by water, shower steamers fizzle away and release fragrances to help you relax and relieve congestion and stress. Water activates the tablet, causing it to fizz, dissolve, and release the essential oils into the air. Essentially, shower melts are like like a bath bomb, but for your shower and require more fragrance. Place the shower steamer in a soap dish near your shower head away from direct stream of water.
Step 1. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients which includes baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, menthol crystal and spirulina powder. To get rid of clumps you can push the powders through a fine sifter or break them up with your fingers while wearing gloves.
Step 2. Add eucalyptus fragrance oils. Adding a lot of fragrance is ideal for the shower steamers. Spray the mixture with witch hazel until the mixture is a similar consistency to that of damp sand and holds its shape when squeezed. Stop adding liquids if you start to see the mixture fizzing. Gently fold in dried peppermint leaves into the mixture if you’d like.
Step 3. Place a pinch of peppermint leaves into the bottom of the disc mold. Pack the mixture into the molds until you can't pack any more in. This ensures the shower steamer will hold its shape until you are ready to use it. Leave the steamers in the molds overnight. If you’d like to speed up the process, place them in the refrigerator for 1 hour (this will help them set quicker).
Step 4. After curing for 24 hours its time to release shower steamer from the mold, be sure to handle very gently. A trick is to use the back of a spoon to gently push the shower steamer disc away from the mold.
Step 5. Start a hot shower and place the shower steamer on a soap dish or a shelf near the shower head or even on the floor away from direct water. When activated by steam the shower steamers fizzle away and release fragrances to help you relax and relieve congestion and stress.
A bath soak, also called bath salts, is a mixture of salts like epsom and sea salt and fragrances that is a loose mixture stored in a jar and not formed in a shaped mold, for use in the bathtub. Colors and dried flowers, even oats can be added to customize your bath soak for your needs. A scoop of bath soak mixture can be added to a warm bath to soothe muscles and relieve stress.
You will need:
Time to finished product: 10 mins
In a bowl mix gently whisk all of ingredients such as epsom salt, Himalayan pink sea salt, baking soda, add a few drops of blood orange fragrance with a pipette. Add almond oil for an optional moisturizing blend and a few drops of red coloring. Wear gloves and a face mask when working with the powders. Customize it to your needs by adding dried flowers, oats or a few teaspoons of citric acid for a fizzing effect.
Store it in an airtight jar and add a custom label. Draw a warm bath and drop a few scoops into your bathwater for a refreshing and soothing spa like experience. Or make a foot bath to soak your feet for a homemade pedicure.
Tip: While making any of the above bath products and you find that you have extra mixture left over from your recipe. You can mix them together and store it in a tin or jar to use as in the bath as a bath soak as well.
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