Sherbet bath fizzies recipe – mmm, zingy!
You need the following dry ingredients:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup citric acid
And the following wet ingredients:
- Fragrance. You have two options for this:
- 2 tsp of fragrance oil. This produces the best sherbet effect. Soapylove do a fabulous set of dessert fragrances called Delectable Desserts, which includes a delicious Orange Sherbet flavor. You can get it at Brambleberry. Brambleberry also do some gorgeous fruity fragrances of their own – their Coconut Citrus Sorbet and Pomegranate and Blackcurrant are perfect for sherbet bath fizzies.
- If you'd rather use essential oils, use about 18 drops, plus ½ tsp of a carrier oil like grapeseed or jojoba. I'd suggest 5 drops orange, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops vanilla.
- About 2 tsp water (ideally filtered or distilled) or witch hazel.
- A few drops of 'soap safe' colorant, in a color to suit your choice of fragrance.
And the following equipment:
- A big glass mixing bowl
- A whisk
- Measuring jugs, cups and spoons
- A small squirty bottle makes adding your water or witch hazel easier
Making your sherbet bath fizzies
- Mix the dry ingredients together in your mixing bowl. You want to make sure everything's really well mixed, and that there are no lumps, so stir, whisk, and sieve till you get to that point.
- Add in your fragrance and color, plus the oil if you're using it, and mix it all together really well. You can do this by hand – rub the wet ingredients in the way you would rub butter and sugar together. Or you can use a whisk. Keep going till the color's evenly distributed through the mixture – that's probably about five minutes.
- Now start adding your water or witch hazel. Spritz a little in, and mix it in really well. Keep going till you get the right consistency, which is a bit like damp sand – you want it just wet enough that if you squeeze it in your hand, it just about forms a nice clump and stays clumped.
- Now put the mixture into your molds. I like to use round molds for sherbet bath fizzies, because then they look like scoops of sorbet! If you put several different flavors together in a bowl, they look just beautiful. You can use purpose-made bath bomb molds, or get some of those Christmas baubles that you fill with candy. Pack the mixture into the two halves as tight as you can, then squeeze them together.
- Wait a couple of minutes, then gently tap the bath bombs out of the mold (if they crumble, not to worry – put the bits back in the bowl, mix in a little more water, and try again). Leave them to dry overnight and you're done! Store them somewhere dry, if you don't use them immediately.
I really love making streaky sherbet bath fizzies. I mix two batches with different colors – say one orange and one red – and then mix them together loosely, before putting them in the molds. It products a nice streaky layered effect that looks a lot like sorbet. Yum.