I used to make bath bombs a lot, you know like the kind you can buy at Lush.  And I do take a lot of baths and they are great to give as gifts.  But in the summer I take more showers than baths in general because of the heat.  So it’s nice to have something that can be a treat in the shower too.  Shower fizzies are almost identical to bath bombs except that you don’t have to use oil (in fact using oil makes your shower floor a bit slippery, so it’s really for the best).  What’s great about shower fizzies is that they give a a burst of aromatherapy and help wake you up (if you use oils like eucalyptus, citrus or peppermint) or relax you (if you use a lavender oil for example).  I’ve had a wicked sinus infection, so I decided to make a batch of peppermint shower fizzes to try and clear my sinuses a little.  Think of it as a more pleasant dose of Vick’s VapoRub. Simply place it on the floor of your shower and as the water hits it, the shower will be filled with a scented cloud of essential oil goodness.

Keep in mind, there are lots of recipes for bath bombs on the web which will work equally well for your shower. Many contain corn starch and or epsom salts (which isn’t necessary but does act as a softening agent for the tub) as well as oils like almond or olive. This recipe I’ve put together is a pared down recipe since I’m not going to be soaking it, just benefiting from the scents.

So, without further ado.  Here’s what you’ll need if you’d like to make your own. For this recipe I made Peppermint Shower Fizzies. (This makes around 8, half-dome bath fizzies – you can cut the recipe in half to make less)



You will need:

  1. 2 cups Baking soda
  2. 1 cup Citric acid
  3. 20 Essential oils (for this recipe I used peppermint oil)
  4. 2 tablespoons water
  5. 4-6 drops food coloring (I used green food coloring for peppermint)
  6. Eye dropper and mixing bottle
  7. Mixing bowl
  8. Foil if you’d like to wrap them

Mix baking soda and citric acid.

Stir together your dry ingredients.


Shake together (in a mixing bottle of some kind,) water, food coloring and essential oil or oils if you want to add two mixed together (total should be around 20 drops for this recipe).  Add the mixture to dry ingredients very slowly.  Add a few drops and stir.   Then add a few more drops and stir.  I cannot stress this enough.  Do not pour, drip a little at a time.  Some people use a spray bottle, this works as well.  If you add too fast the reaction starts and it will start to fizz and your batch is ruined.  If you see a bit of fizzing, immediately cover the fizzing with the rest of the dry ingredients.   Stir like crazy as you go.  You can also use a mixer like a Kitchen Aid to do the mixing if this is easier, it’s just quite messy.  Patience and adding the wet mixture very slowly will get you there.  This is where the eye dropper comes in if you feel it is going in too fast – you can add a few drops at a time, stir, add more, stir and so on.

Mix color, essential oils and water and add very very slowly. Tiny drops at a time, while mixing.


Once your mixture is damp all the way through, not wet, damp, stop adding any of the water mixture.  The consistency you are looking for is such that it holds together when you squeeze it together in your fist.

Mixture should not be wet, just damp. Enough so that when you squeeze it, it holds together.


Use your mold to scoop out the mixture.  I used a plastic Christmas ornament ball you can find from a craft store like Michael’s.  Something like a plastic Easter egg would also work.  Pack the mixture into one half of the ball as tightly as you can.

I used a Christmas tree ornament ball I found at Michael's craft store.


Wait a minute or so and gently release the formed half-ball.  You can generally tap it out or squeeze the sides a tiny bit to release it.  Release it onto a paper towel or plate to dry, somewhere it can’t get wet. To be safe, let them dry overnight in a dry place where they can’t get damp. Once they are damp the reaction with start.

Here they are drying. You can do a whole ball using both halves pressed together when still wet or use a half.


You don’t need to do this, but I like to keep mine in a jar in the bathroom.  I wrapped these ones in candy foil.  You can find colored foil online at candy supply stores or at Michael’s in the wedding section.  Aren’t they pretty?  They make a great gift as well.

Shower fizzies or bath bombs can be wrapped in colorful foil and displayed.


Essential oils:  Whole Foods, health food stores and online. I like to get mine from Puritan’s Pride because they often run buy 2 get 3 free specials or buy 1 get 1 free.  They also have a huge selection of oils.

Molds for making the bath bombs or shower fizzies:  A craft store usually has them, like Michael’s.  Also eBay.  If you search for bath bomb mold.  You can also use something you have around the house, like a plastic Easter egg.

Foil:  Michael’s or craft store.  Generally in candy making or wedding supply sections.

Citric Acid:  I get mine from eBay because I tend to make big batches.  But if you aren’t sure how often you’ll be doing this, you can often find it at health food store.  Some more sources are here. To see what essential oils are best for stress, relaxation etc. find some basic information here.

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  1. I would love your bath fizzie recipe…… 🙂

  2. Definitely going to make!

  3. Have you tried orange? I tried it yesterday and you could barely smell it. (And I think that’s just because I knew what I was looking for.) I’m just wondering if the brand is bad or if it’s just orange in general.

    • I’ve never tried orange. I wonder if the citrus smells aren’t strong enough in general, or you may just have to be more liberal with the essential oils. I do think that essential oils are much better than fragrance oils which seem to be different and not as strong.

    • Kelly White says:

      Citrus oils are def not as strong as some other oils, i.e., lavender, peppermint, etc. I’ve used lemon, orange (neroli), and tangerine. Sadly none had a very noticable frangrance. They were exellent added to cakes and scones, however (not all EO’s can be taken internally–do your research–just sayin’). As an aside, “fragrance” oils are a watered-down AND/OR synthetic substitute for essential oils. They are usually 3-7% essential oil or “fake fragrance” DILUTED WITH a “carrier” oil, such as almond, which is much, much cheaper and has little therapeutic advantage-but it may still smell good! For my daughter, I used strawberry flavoring from the grocery store for her “fun” bath bombs; it all depends on what you want from your end product:) Great post, I just finished making a batch of the strawberry ones I mentioned along with some eucaplyptus bombs for my head cold. *I found my citric acid in the grocery store next to the canning jars and supplies. It was $3 for a bottle, which was almost exactly one cup. It is also awesome to use for “sour” candy coating and you can mix a sprinkle with water and shake up apple slices in sandwich bags and the apples won’t turn brown in the kids’ lunchbox.

    • Have you tried using wild orange from dōTERRA? 20 drops of that and you will DEFINITELY notice!

  4. It says on the bottle it’s an essential oil. I bought it off of Amazon and it’s made by NOW. I’m trying peppermint next week, so we’ll see how their peppermint works!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Kristen Gardner says:

    I wanted to make this for Christmas gifts but couldn’t find citric acid in time. Finding this and food coloring where I live is like pulling teeth. Oh well more for me after the holidays 😉

  6. For your recipe how many fizzies does it make? I want to know if I should get more or less citric acid.

  7. I was just wondering if you could use fragrance oil in this recipe? If so, how much?

  8. I had some trouble making these. Everything seemed to have come together nicely, however after packing the mixture into the ornaments, it started to expand and overflow out of the ornaments. I was very careful in making sure that I added the water slowly, as the directions indicate this is vital. I followed the recommended measurement of 2 tablespoons of water, but regardless I think I must have added too much. I intend to take a second crack at it with half the recommended amount of water. If anyone else has experienced this please let me know your thoughts. I fully admit that I probably did something wrong, but I just don’t know what.

  9. Joni – I had the same thing happen, and I’m sure it was because I added a little too much water. But I just kept working through it, and everything hardened up just fine. They still fizz in water so it must not have been too much extra. I did use my stand-up mixer which worked great! I mixed the powders together on low, added food color one drop at a time to get the color I liked, added the EO’s (carrot seed, geranium, sweet orange, sage) and sprayed the water while the mixer worked the whole time. I’m making them for my daughter to use during finals week. Thanks for the recipe, Tara!

    • It’s definitely a trial and error thing. Some people use a spray bottle to very very gradually add water. Too much water and you activate it and it’s a fizz fest in your bowl. My biggest tip here is to very slowly add the liquids. 🙂

  10. Auntiellba says:

    I just finished making two batches of these for baby shower favours and wanted to pass along a few things I learned. I used gel food colours so I needed a little more water. I didn’t find mixing with a spoon productive at all and switched to my hands. I was then able to make a little well in the dry mixture, drip in the oil, colour and water mixture and quickly cover it with the dry which stops the reaction. I was also able to feel when it was ready for molding much easier. I used 1/4 cup metal measuring cup and got lovely little disks. Also, be warned that the mixture dries very quickly and I had to add a little water near the end. My first batch yielded 15 and my second 12. I used lemongrass essential oil and they smell amazing and the bonus of mixing with my hands is that they now do as well.

    • Mixing with your hands is great – just remember to wear gloves. It’s better to protect your hands while you’re incorporating the essential oils into the mixture.

  11. Hi the orange essential oil is a top note which disapates faster. When making a blend that last you will need a top note, medium note and base note. Base notes are woodsy. For it to last longer. I wish I could list which essential oils are what but maybe google could help? Good luck.

  12. Layna Cooper says:

    I recently developed a respiratory infection and thought this would be great with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. I followed directions to the t. After using the mold and plating them they seemed to all flatten out and when trying to remove them they crumbled. I went ahead and tried it in the shower and it did fizz but since it didnt hold its shape it washed right down the drain and had no benefits as far as the essential oils. I dont know where I went wrong.

  13. I love this page And I can’t wait to try the recipe for the Fizz balls. Thanks for sharing your other recipes. I will be making the Respiratory Inhalation Blend 1 today to assist in opening up my lungs. I don’t like to use the albuterol inhaler Because of its side effects. I prefer using more natural products and essential oils To assist with any health issues that may arise. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

  14. Wanted to make these for friends But mine did not fizz. Actually they were so hard it took sereral to dissolve. I’m sure I did something wrong but what??? Thanks for any help.

  15. I made these but had the same problem as a few others – they didn’t hold their shape afterward and seemed to melt down. They stuck to the paper plate I was using and became crumbly. I followed the recipe exactly and added the liquid one drop at a time with a stand-up mixer. I stopped as soon as the mixture would hold a shape. Does anyone know why these would not hold their shape and crumbled?

  16. Use witch hazel instead of water it shouldn’t fizz.

  17. Bob Rayburn says:

    I use 99% rubbing alcohol. Works perfectly. Water will cause the citric acid and baking soda to react and expand, just like when shower water hits it…Also, I’ve heard regular rubbing alcohol works, but it has water as well.


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