Lately, Drew's been hiding out in the basement, making potions with vinegar and baking soda that bubble and foam up like magic. A bit messy but how can you deny a 7 year old the fun?
He inspired me to make a little magic concoction of my own - bath fizzies - made from all natural ingredients, most of which were already in the kitchen cupboards! (I found the citric acid and the Epsom salts at my local co-op) I made two batches - sweet orange and lavender/sandalwood, using Aura Cacia essential oils. They'll be fun for the kids and make nice homemade gifts as well. So, leave the scary chemicals behind and make your own fizzy bathtime fun!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup citric acid
1/8 cup Epsom salts
1 Tablespoon water
2 1/2 Tablespoons nut oil (grapeseed, sunflower, or sweet almond oil)
10 – 20 drops (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) essential oil
3-4 drops natural food coloring (optional)
Sift baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid together in a glass bowl. Add Epsom salts to mixture and whisk well.
Mix water, oil and essential oil (and coloring if using) together in a small jar. Slowly drizzle wet ingredients over dry ingredients, mixing constantly to keep the fizzy reaction from starting. The mixture will be very dry and crumbly.
Press mixture together into 1 inch to 2 inch balls. Balls can be free-formed or pressed into molds. I used a lime squeezer as a mold...and the end result looked more like a scoop of ice cream than a ball. You'll get anywhere from 6-10 pieces, depending on the size.
If using molds, let rest for a few minutes and then unmold. Place balls on a waxed paper covered baking sheet and allow to dry for about 48 hours.