Looking for a quick stocking stuffer or hostess gift for a holiday gathering (or two)? These fun and fragrant fizzes make for a bubbly addition to a relaxing post-holiday dip, and are sure to be appreciated. The best part, though, is how quickly they come together and how beautiful they look wrapped in cellophane. Kids will enjoy helping you mold the fizzes into different shapes, and since you can make dozens at once, they make for a perfect last-minute gift.
- Baking soda
- Citric acid
- Spritzer bottles
- Food colouring
- Glass bowl
- Essential oil
- Baking molds
1. Sift 1 ¾ cups of baking soda, 1 cup citric acid, and 2 cups cornstarch through a sieve to remove any lumps or chunks. To create different tints for your fizzes, fill some small spritzer bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food colouring to each.
2. Pour 1 cup of powdered mixture into a glass bowl. Lightly spritz, stirring after each spritz until powder has reached your ideal shade. Add water gradually, ensuring that mixture doesn’t fizz. If mixing two tints, alternate colours as you go.
3. Keep checking the powder’s consistency as you go; you’re looking for it to feel as though it can be tightly packed or shaped. Be patient; keep spritzing until it reaches this stage.
4. Choose an essential oil, and add 5 or 6 drops, depending on its strength. Mix thoroughly; then firmly pack the mixture into small baking molds (mix things up with fun and unexpected shapes). About ¼ cup per mold will allow for one bath.
5. Let your fizzes set for about 2 hours, then gently remove them from their molds.
One of the great things about this technique is that it allows for plenty of experimentation, both with colour and scent. Strong oils like peppermint make for a festive, and soothing, addition, while gentler scents like lemon, lavender, and rose are lovely on their own, or combined in different ratios.
If you’re feeling particularly crafty, pair a package of these bath fizzes with a handmade body scrub (link to other craft) and candle (link to other craft) for day at the spa that can be enjoyed in one’s own home.
Photo: Mike Spasoff via Flickr