Today was bath fizzy day. I tried a new recipe with Shea Butter. It makes the bath fizzy stay together a little better and leaves you with really silky skin after the bath. I made some with Lavender buds and some without. My boys don't like herbs floating in the tub with them.
Here's the recipe I used, which I modified a bit from Lynden House International. Wanted to give them due credit.
Lavender Shea Butter Bath Fizzy
- 45 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 1 1/2 cups baking soda
- 2 tablespoons Dead Sea salt (finely ground)
- 3/4 cup citric acid
- 1 tablespoon melted shea butter
- Spray bottle with witch hazel
Gather up all your goodies including a mold you plan to use.
In a heat proof glass dish, melt your shea butter. I used a double boiler method on my stove and I do it on low heat. Shea doesn't really like heat so you don't want to overheat it or leave it on too long.
In a glass or metal bowl add your essential oil, baking soda and salt. Mix well with a fork. Once the shea is melted pour it into your mixture and again mix with the fork. Now we get our hands in there and break up all the lumps and bumps. Add your citric acid and again, knead and mix with your hands until the mixture holds together like damp sand. If it crumbles and will not hold together, spray a tiny bit of witch hazel and mix again.
When you get the right consistency, press the mixture into your molds. I used a round plastic mold and let my fizzy stay in the mold for a minute or two before un-molding. If you are using a mold in which you do not need to immediately un-mold I would leave it for a day or two to really get hard and set up.
I use glass or metal bowls because plastic will hold on to the essential oil smell. If you are only using those plastic bowls for non-edible uses then you probably won't mind this but I like to know my bowl is not hanging on to anything from previous projects that might affect my current one, thus the use of glass or metal.
If you add your wet ingredients to the dry mixture AFTER you have added your citric acid, the chemical reaction will start to happen in your bowl. That's why I suggest mixing in the citric acid at the last minute.