Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Homemade Bath Fizzies {perfect for congestion and sore throats}

Have you ever lived with a Man who has a cold? If not, let's just go ahead and say it like it is... giving birth is easier.

Even as I kid, I will admit that my man has been pretty sick this past week, so after a few days of hearing him say "I am a thirty (something) year old man, I can take care of myself"...(AKA drink coke and lay in bed all day trying to take a nap while our kids are screaming) I have decided to take matters into my own hands. Poor guy
I have experimented with MANY different "bath fizzie" recipes and finally come up with my own recipe that has all natural ingredients. That way if I want to use it with my little ones I can rest assured that nothing is dangerous if ingested.
 If you have an evening with a few minutes to spare, make this quick recipe and store it so you are prepared next time a MAN COLD hits your home... or the next time you are starting to feel something coming on. That way all you have to do is pop open the cupboard and drop a bath bomb in your tub to enjoy!
Homemade{ALL NATURAL} Bath Fizzies: Perfect for Congestion and sore throats and MAN COLDS.
Recipe from: Emmy in her Element
{Dry ingredients}
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup citric acid
{Wet ingredients}
2 1/2 tablespoons sunflower (or any light) oil
3/4 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (I just poked a few E oil capsules with a pin and dropped the oil in)
1/2-1 teaspoon Essential oils. You will want to use either Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary or I used an "Immuno Booster" that combined all of these along with grapefruit, peppermint, cinnamon and thyme oils.
1/4 teaspoon glycerin
Witch Hazel in a spray bottle
 Many recipes call for Borax as an emulsifier but I wasn't 100% comfortable using that to bathe in so I decided on the glycerin instead for a vegetable based natural ingredient. **Note: See note at bottom of the page where I share the easiest place to find ingredients.
In a bowl, mix together baking soda, starch and citric acid. In a second small bowl mix together sunflower oil, water, E oil, essential oils and then glycerin. Whisk this mixture together and slowly and carefully poor into dry ingredients. Mix together with a fork until a crumbly consistency appears. Then use your hands to finish mixing together until it reaches a smooth consistency. Spray 3 times with witch hazel, and finish mixing with hands. It will hold together slightly, almost like wet sand. This is just what you want. Do not spray more than 3 times with the witch hazel or the bombs will not dry properly.
Spoon mixture into your silicone baking tray. Press down until packed and firm. At this point you can choose to leave your bath bombs out to dry, or bake them if needed for use right away. If letting air dry, let the bombs sit in silicone pan for about 12 hours. Remove from pan and let sit out an additional 3 hours to make sure they are fully dry before storing. If baking, heat oven to 320 degrees F and bake for about 20 minutes. Let the bath bombs cool about 10 minutes in the mold, then remove and use right away.
Store bath bombs in a zip lock bag or can with a lid. Be sure to keep out of reach of children as they may think the bath bombs are food. Always supervise your children if using bath bombs in the bathtub. These are so fun to toss in warm water and watch fizz!
Ingredient list:
If you don't have these ingredients on hand, let me help you find them. They can be in tricky spots.
Citric acid: It comes in powdered form. You will find it with the canning section at the grocery store. Make sure you get citric acid and not "fruit fresh" with citric acid. I made this mistake and my bath bombs did not hold together.
Sunflower oil: this will be with the "light" oils on the baking aisle along with olive and vegetable oil.
Witch Hazel: this is a plant based liquid is used for healing and as a skin soother. It is found in the pharmacy section by the band aids. Make sure and get a small spray bottle to use it.
Vitamin E oil: I used this in capsule form, you can find them in the pharmacy section. I had some on hand and I just poked the 4-5 capsules with a needle and dripped the oil into my mixture.
Essential oils: I like to use the oils in their purest form. If you do not have essential oils, it is likely someone you know sells them or knows where you can buy some.
Glycerin: Glycerin is used in fondant making so I was able to find a bottle at my local craft store. This may also be found in the cake decorating section of your grocery store.

 Did you like this? Check out my other bath bomb recipe for relaxation HERE

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  1. Do these have a shelf life if stored in an air tight container?

    1. Hi Jamie! The vitamin E oil in the bath bombs acts as a preserver to help with longer shelf life. The ones that I have left out to dry over night tend to stick together after they have been in an air tight container for a while. Not a big deal but they don't keep their perfect shape when you brake them off. The ones that I have baked are more dry and stay hard. You can store them in a paper bag to help them stay really dry. As for longevity, I always end up using mine within a few weeks or giving them as gifts. I have had some for about a month now that are still great. I hope this helps.

  2. Could this be done as a large block and cut it?

    1. Hey Trisha, I have never made them in block form. I imagine it would be do-able if you were to press the powder into a pan and let it air dry. When they are air dried, you would have a window of opportunity to pull the block out and cut it into squares before it hardened too much. When these are baked, they come out pretty close to rock hard and if you tried to bake a huge block, it would be really hard to cut, resulting in chippy pieces instead of nice squares. Another option is to use plastic Easter eggs as a mold (obviously these would have to dry not bake) OR you could simply omit the witch hazel and leave it in powdered form. Store the powder in a jar and just use a few spoonful's in the tub water. Does that help? Please let me know how the block turns out if you try it!

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