For the Love of Waterlily: a Bath Fizzy Tutorial

Love is in the air and we couldn’t be happier. February is one of my favorite times of the year because Valentine’s Day lands in the middle of it and there are always so many fun projects that you can do for it.  Still on the lookout for more Valentine’s projects? Check out this V-Day mashup for more inspiration.

This project came to me back when we announced the S.O.A.P. 2012 fragrances, I knew that I just had to use the Waterlily Orange in a Valentine’s Project because it just smells amazing! And, we all know how much I love bath fizzies, so read on and learn how to make a great and fizzy Valentine’s gift.

For the love of waterlily


1 cup Citric Acid

2 cups Baking Soda

4 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay

1/4 cup Epsom Salt

2 Tablespoons Deodorized Cocoa Butter, melted

9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil

Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant

Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant

Witch Hazel

Simple Heart Mold

 Click here to add everything you need for this project to your Bramble Berry shopping cart!

ONE: Measure out the Citric Acid, Baking Soda and Kaolin Clay into a large bowl.

Mixing Dry Ingredients

NOTE: Citric Acid and even Baking Soda can tickle your nose, so if you’re sensitive you might want to wear a mask for this project.

TWO: Place a mesh colander over a second large bowl. Sift the clumpy ingredients through the mesh colander. Set the empty bowl aside (but keep it handy, we’ll be using it again soon!).

Sifting Ingredients

THREE: Add the Epsom Salt to the powders and mix well.

FOUR: Melt and add the Deodorized Cocoa Butter. Mix in well, making sure there are no clumps.

TIP: Using the fine edge of a cheese grater to shave off enough Cocoa Butter for this project will make melting a snap!

Shredded Cocoa Butter

FIVE: Add 9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil and mix until there are no more clumps.

Adding Fragrance Oil

SIX: Grab the empty bowl from earlier and split the mixture into two about-equal parts (you can totally eyeball it!). Color one half with 5-10 drops of Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant, and the other half with 5-10 drops of Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant. Mix the colorants in until there are no more clumps.

Batch Split and Colored

NOTE: What you see is what you get with Bath Bomb colorants, so if you’d like a brighter color, add more LaBomb colorant until you’re happy. Keep in mind, though, that the more colorant you use, the more likely the colorant will color the bathwater when the fizzy is used. My son happens to love it when that happens! Click here to read more about LaBomb colorant usage rates to get that perfect color.

SEVEN: Spray each of the bowls of fizzy mix with Witch Hazel and mix until the moisture is just enough to allow the fizzy mix to clump when you squeeze a fistful of it.

Spraying Witch Hazel

EIGHT: Get your Simple Heart Mold and two bowls of fizzy mix arranged in an easily accessible way. Grab a handful of each color, one in each hand, and drop the mix into the heart mold a little bit at a time, alternating colors. After each hand is empty, press the mix until the mold. Repeat until each cavity is full.

Filling the mold

NINE: Once each cavity is full, this mix will allow you to unmold them very quickly! Grab a plate or other flat object, and place face-down on top of the mold. Flip the plate and the mold together, and slowly lift the mold from the plate. Reuse the mold until all of your fizzy mix is used up. Try not to move the bath bombs for a while – the reason they are able to unmold so quickly is because they are quite soft. I was able to make 9 bath bombs with this recipe!

TEN: Allow the bath bombs to sit overnight and harden. Use right away as an indulgent treat, or wrap ’em up for your favorite Valentine!


For the Love of Waterlily

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  1. brooke says

    just a random question, but when i add all the ingredients to my cart, it equals about $50. how many fizzies will i get put of that?

    • says

      Hi Brooke!

      This recipe is going to make about 9 bath fizzies, and you are still going to have left over ingredients in the Citric Acid, Kaolin Clay, Cocoa Butter, Epsom Salt, Gurlie Pink La Bomb Colorant, Cantaloupe La Bomb Colorant, Waterlily Orange Fragrance and Witch Hazel. All you would need to do is get more Baking Soda and you could make another 9 bath fizzies! I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  2. Gloria says

    I am making some bath fizzies and they are “rising” like one would expect a cake to. It has been about 30 minutes and they are still so damp they will not come out of the mold (too much witch hazel?). The mixture “clumped” but broke apart easily with my thumb before I put it in the mold. This has worked nicely with previous batches. I am using Mahogany Spice FO with cornflower blue LaBomb colorant in the stacked star mold. Suggestions, questions and ideas are most welcome!

    • says

      Good afternoon, Gloria!

      It sounds like a bit of moisture or water might have gotten into your mixture and that is why they have start to fizz and ‘rise’. Did you purchase your Witch Hazel from Bramble Berry? Even if they didn’t turn out quite how you were expecting them to, you can actually save them! Here is a super easy tutorial on how to do that:

      Save The Bath Bombs, Valentine Style:

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Gloria says

        The witch hazel is not from BB, the alcohol is 14% by volume.

        Our humidity levels are very low, often in the single digits in winter and probably not higher than 35%, and when Anne-Marie talks about how much she uses there in Washington state, I can count on using almost double what she does. I did appreciate it when she mentioned that fact in one of her tutorials.

        Thanks so much for the info on how to save a batch that didn’t turn out as expected!

  3. Tea says

    Thanks to this tutorial, I just made my first bath bombs!! I didn’t use colorants or clay, but I used some pink and black lava salts in the mold. I used the 12 cavity round silicone mold for this and got 6 bombs. I’ve conquered something new and I can’t wait to make more. Thank you!