When I had the shop downtown I began making fizzy bath balls. The reason I named them Bursty Balls is quite simple. The large bath seltzer is quite finicky while in their beginning stages of development. A lot of times while transporting them to the shop, they would burst before I could get them in jars. Aafter a bit of research, and experimenting with different recipes, I came up with this.
I would not encourage you to add oils to the mix unless you are going to be using the BB soon.Trust me on this one. You're okay, as long as you don't make a bunch with oil and then allow them to sit for months before using. Some kind of weird metamorphosis takes place if you store them for an extended period of time. Like I said, trust me!
BITTERSWEETS BURSTY BALL RECIPE
You will need a small spray bottle filled with pure spring water, and a
round plastic ornament that comes apart in two pieces.
Mix the following:
3 cups of sodium bicarbonate, (baking soda)
3 cups of citric acid
1 cup of dead sea salt
1/4 cup of glycerin
Essential oil of your choice, just a few drops to this mixture
NOTE: You can reduce the amounts if you only want to make a couple. Just cut this recipe in half.
Mix those ingredients together.
This is the tricky part of the formulation. Begin spraying the water into the mixture, but don't spray too much, just a little mist or two. Quickly combine the water with the dry ingredients and glycerin turning with your hands as you continue to spray in small intervals.
I always make sure I don't hear fizzing while spraying. This is the most important step. If you get too much water your ball won't fizz. If not enough, it won't hold its shape in the mold. Play around until you get comfortable. Don't get frustrated, you will figure this step out.
After you feel the mixture has began to stick a bit, scoop up with both sections of ornament. I over-fill mine and then swoosh off the excess. Hold and press firmly, release and un-mold, sit on towels to set up. I 'd say an hour or so is ideal, and you BB should be hard and firm.
You can package it in pretty tissue or simply store them in glass jars.
We sometime use Mica's to color our Bursty Balls, but most are not colored. We wrap ours in brightly colored tissue like the picture above.
Enjoy caring and sharing days.
Jill 00 (Two hugs are better than one)