It’s mid-February and there is something in the air, something floating like tiny wisps through the heart shaped ether. That’s right, it’s snow. Well it is where we live anyway. Snow, snow and a bit more snow. So it’s appropriate that this month, the month in which love is celebrated in all it’s shocking pink, chocolate flavored glory, that we take a little time to show one another some real love and care.
Where we are, in Eastern Canada, winter is long and can feel a bit grueling. By February the novelty of the snow and cold has worn off and we are all longing for spring, but spring is a little way off yet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge a little and find ways to feel warm and cozy in the mean time. It’s a great time for candle lit baths, snuggles by the fire and time to give our dried out skin a little extra love.
My two farm boys love nothing more that a good soak in the bath, so this seemed like a great time to add a little extra fun with some heart shaped fizzy bath bombs. Of course I want their bath to be cozy and good for them, so these are made with natural ingredients that will help keep their skin from drying out after snowy adventures outside. I made my fizzies with chamomile tea, to help battle colds and aid relaxation; you could use peppermint tea, lavender or just plain water, all should work well.
The ingredients are all items you may well have in your pantry, and any mold that you happen to have will work too. The only special item is citric acid, but that is easily found at home brew stores or your local Bulk Barn. If you feel like theming your bath fizzles, you can add your favorite essential oil to the mix. Personally I prefer to add the oils neat to the bath for a maximum hit of goodness, do what works best for you.
Chamomile Bath Fizzies
You will need:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of citric acid
- 1/2 cup of corn starch
- 2 table spoons of Epsom Salts
- 2 1/2 table spoons of Coconut Oil
- 3 Table spoons of cold chamomile tea (you could use a different tea, witch hazel or just plain water)
- Up to 10 drops of essential oils such as lavender, chamomile or geranium. All of these oils are suitable for children.
- 1-2 drops of food coloring (optional), I used 1 drop of red to get a pale pink color.
If you have a mixer this is ideal, if not use a wooden spoon or whisk to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add your oil. The mixture should become crumbly, make sure the oil is evenly distributed.
Next add the liquid, mix slowly and carefully. There will be a little bit of a fizz on contact but if you keep the mixture moving it should be minimal and the moisture will be absorbed quickly. The mixture will take on the texture of damp sand, once this happens stop adding liquid.
Press your sand like mixture into your molds, this is when you will know if you added too much moisture! If the mixture begins to fluff up it won’t set, my original batch was too wet and did just this. Luckily you can still add it to the bath and enjoy.
Leave the mixture in your molds overnight to dry. I used heart shaped candy molds and they worked perfectly. You don’t need to coat them with anything, once they are dry they will pop straight out.
These fizzies are perfect to gift to friends or simply to use yourselves, adding a little extra warmth and fun to a cozy, winter bath time.