Fizzy Bath Balls

by Merissa on November 17, 2010

in Homemade for the Holidays

I love making homemade bath items, mostly because anything store boughten irritates my skin. These little bath balls are made from all natural ingredients(unless you want to add coloring) and they are so fun to use!

What you need:

  • 2 T Cornstarch
  • 2 T Citric Acid (--Get it from Amazon)
  • 1/4 c. Baking Soda
  • 3 T. Sweet Almond Oil (--Get it from Amazon)
  • Food Coloring(optional)
  • 5 Drops Essential Oil
  • Wax Paper
  • 2 Small Bowls
Here is a picture of the ingredients that you need. I found the citric acid at a health foods store (or you can order it from Mountain Rose Herbs) and the almond oil and essential oil were ordered from my co-op. (but you can get them from Amazon too)
Mix together the citric acid, cornstarch, and baking soda in one of the bowls. Set aside.
Mix together the almond oil and essential oil. You can also add the food coloring to this mixture if you want color to them.
Mix the dry and the wet ingredients together.
Form the dough into balls and let it dry in a warm place for a few days until hardened. Don't make the balls too big or they won't dry.

I decided that I couldn't get a picture to accurately show these little fizzy balls so I made a  little video! If you can't see it you can go HERE to view. They are so fun to drop in the water! Mine put off a smell like an orange popsicle since I used orange oil.
Cost for project:
  • Cornstarch: About .05
  • Citric Acid: About .40 depending on if you order it in bulk or if you buy a small container.
  • Baking Soda: .05
  • Sweet Almond Oil: About .25 (I buy mine HERE for about 3.50 a bottle)
  • Essential Oil: Pennies
Final cost: About .75 for about 8 bath balls.
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1 Monica April 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hi Merissa, do you know if citric acid has variations?
If I buy it from the supermarket it costs a whole lot more than if I buy it from a pool chemical place. I’m wondering if it may be lesser grade, has different ingredients or just cheaper as it is bulk. What do you think?
Thanks Mon


2 Merissa April 30, 2013 at 8:07 am

I’m not sure? I’ve only ever found it at a health foods store so their may be a difference…


3 Angelica August 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Can you use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch?


4 Merissa August 27, 2013 at 8:07 am

Yes, you should be able to.


5 Angelica August 27, 2013 at 11:57 am

I have another question. Do you have to use citric acid and are there any other substitutes for it? I heard you can use lemon juice. Also, can I use almond extract instead of the oil? Thanks so much


6 Merissa August 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

You would just have to try the substitutes. The only way I’ve made these is the way listed above so I’m not sure.


7 Maddie April 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

I have a few small questions…How many balls do you put into a regular bath tub? And also, can you put a bath bomb into a baby’s bath?
Thanks! Maddie


8 Merissa April 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

I have not put them into a baby’s bath but they should be fine as long as the baby doesn’t have any sensitivities to the ingredients. I just use one in a tub.


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