If you’re a regular here, you probably know that I’ve written about how to make baths salts before, you can see four great examples here. But, scented with lovely fragrances, this fizzy bath salt recipe will turn a mundane soak into a luxury spa treatment just for you!
It took me a few experiments to get the bath salts to fizz properly. The first time I made them I used too much baking soda, which meant the citric acid got a bit wet and slowly fizzled away in the jar I was storing them in.
What a disappointment that was! But with a few tweaks, I finally came up with the formula for long-lasting bath salts that fizz spectacularly in the bath!
These are super easy to make and are great fun in the bath. This is also a great opportunity to show your kids how to make bath salts the natural way, as the fizzing is just such fun in the bath. I told my young grandson that we were making a potion, just like in harry potter!
He was transfixed and we had such a fun afternoon. Bath time has been a breeze since then, too!
So let’s take a look at the different ingredients we’ll need to make bath salts that fizz in the tub. Spoiler, they’re very similar to bath bombs.
Important Notes on Ingredients
- For the container, PET plastic is a good choice. I wouldn’t recommend glass, as the build-up of gas from the reaction caused by salt and bicarb mixing together can cause the glass to shatter. I personally haven’t seen this happen, but I have seen reports of it, so its best to be safe than sorry.
- I’m using Pink Himalayan salt mainly for its naturally attractive color, so feel free to substile it with Epsom salts if you wish to.
- While I am using raspberry fragrance oils in this recipe, you can substitute this for whatever you like. You can even use essential oils if you so wish. I make Lavender Lullaby baths salts all the time, using lavender essential oils and throwing in some whole lavender buds as well. If it’s winter I like to use spicy, Christmassy aromas such as Orange and Nutmeg or Apple and Cinnamon. The choice is all yours. Although you may prefer to use fine-grain Epsom salts when adding a fragrance that doesn’t match up with the pretty color of pink Himalayan salts.
- Due to the high content of salt in this recipe, and its ability to quickly absorb liquid I try to avoid any type of liquid soap dye. As it can cause problems when you add citric acid. You can add a small amount of powdered mica, but it is prone to clumping in the water. So although it may make the salts look pretty when added to the salt it doesn’t lead to a having a good bath experience.
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- Weigh out your Himalayan salt into a good-sized mixing bowl, preferably made of glass (although plastic is fine to use, make sure not to use it for anything food related again). Break up any lumps that are in the salt.
- Now it’s time to fragrance to our salts. Add the 10 drops of raspberry fragrance oil and mix thoroughly.
- Add the baking soda and mix until all the lumps are gone, you may find it easier to use your hands for this, especially if there are a few lumps in the baking soda.
- Add the citric acid. Start with a little, and if there is no reaction go ahead and add the rest. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour or scoop your salts into your chosen container. You can get some nice plastic PET jars, or you can even use cellophane bags (although don’t use ordinary sandwich bags). And as mentioned already in the ingredients notes above, don’t use a glass container.Basically, you don’t want to use anything that will absorb your fragrance and leave you with scentless granules of salt. You’ll also want to make sure you have a good tight seal on your container, Salts tend to extract liquid from the air, and so eventually you’ll find your bath salts become a mushy mess after a while.
So there we have it, the 6 easy steps of my fizzy bath salts recipe. Whether you want to make bath time a bit more fun for your little ones, or you’re just looking for a luxurious experience just for you. Everyone needs to pamper themselves. Go on, treat yourself!
I found this pretty easy to make once I managed to get the quantities of the ingredients right. I doubt very much you’ll find this difficult if you follow my steps properly. Like I’ve already said, it’s so easy your kids can have a go too! If you find that these are still not fizzing, check the quality of your citric acid. If it doesn’t fizz on its own when submerged in hot water, you might need to buy a fresh batch (preferably from a different supplier).
Don’t forget to share this fizzy bath salt recipe with your friends on social media! I’m sure they’d enjoy learning how to make these as much as you will. Feel free to drop any questions you might have in the comments section below. I love hearing about your experiences! So tell me, what’s your favorite fragrance or essential oil to use in your bath salts?