Fizzy Bath Salts

by threegirlpileup

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My little Anna loves fancy body care products, and a favorite treat are bath fizzies from our friend Rachel.  Both for fun and to economize, a project we’ve planned for some time has been to make our own batch.  Recently, though, I happened upon this video, which entranced the kids and led us to try making fizzy bath salts.  Turns out they are both simpler to make than the fizzies (just mix a few ingredients together) and (if it’s possible) even more fun.

Before we made a big batch for gifts, I did a test batch for the kids to try out.  It was a huge hit.  I gave them each a small tupperware container of the salts and a spoon, so they were able to sprinkle and scoop to their hearts’ delight.

Here’s the recipe, adapted from the above link:

Fizzy Bath Salts

  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups Epsom salts or bath salts of your choice
  • a few drops of essential oil (for the holiday, we used peppermint)

Not much to this…just whisk everything together.  We had to sift the citric acid and salts to get out lumps.  A little essential oil goes a surprisingly long way.

Perhaps influenced by my commercial cooking background, we made an 8x batch, giving us plenty for gift-giving.  Here come the action shots:

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This was one of those perfect projects for Anna, who loves mixing and scooping and measuring.  She especially enjoyed packaging the salts into their jars and bags.  Using a measuring cup and a knife, she carefully put exactly one cup into each container.

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Maggie and Anna took charge of making tags for all the bags, a task involving a lot of concentrated writing and a lot of messy rubber-stamping.

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(How do you like all that morning hair?  Thankfully, I did take the girls to get their hair cut today.  So perhaps in future pictures you will actually be able to see their faces.)

This turned out to be a great gift project.  Simple to make (even on a large scale), inexpensive ingredients, and something that we know will be really fun.  So fun, in fact, that I need to grab a couple of those jars and set them aside for the girls.  They deserve a little minty bath fun too, I think.

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