Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bath Fizzy Class at Otion

I'll be teaching a Valentine Themed Soap & Fizzy class at Otion this Saturday. I'd love to see you there ($25; you'll leave with 4 bath fizzies and 4 bars of soap) but if you can't come, here is a tutorial on making romantic rose Bath Fizzies (with fresh roses!).

What you need:

1 Pound Citric Acid
2 Pounds Baking Soda
spritzer filled with Witch Hazel
Fragrance: Baby Rose, Rosehip Jasmine or English Rose
Simple Heart Mold
Rose Petals (fresh or dried), torn into small bits

or: Chocolate Bath Fizzies

1 Pound Citric Acid
2 Pounds Baking Soda
spritzer filled with Witch Hazel
Simple Heart Mold
Grated Milk Chocolate & Cocoa Butter
Fragrance: Turkish Mocha, Dark Rich Chocolate, Chocolate Espresso

1. By volume, measure out 1 cup Citric Acid and 2 cups Baking Soda. Use your fingers to break up any clumps that might be in the mixture. The goal is a smooth and small grained mixture.

2. Put in 1 Tablespoon of rose petals, torn up into small sizes. Alternatively, if you'd like to go with chocolate, use a cheese grater to grate up Chocolate bits and put 1 Tablespoon of grated up Chocolate into your Citric Acid and Baking Soda mixture.

3. Optional: Use grated up cocoa butter in the Chocolate Bath Fizzy to add to the moisture content of the project.

4. Add fragrance. Since each bath fizzy needs to scent an entire tub, you'll want to use a good amount of fragrance. 1/3 ounce is a good place to start all the way up to 1/2 ounce.

5. Mix in the fragrance well.

6. Spritz the mixture with 6 squirts of Witch Hazel. Mix in well. Grab some of the mixture and make a fist around it. Does the mixture stay together? If it does, it's ready to mold. If it does not hold its shape, do 3 more Witch Hazel spritzes until the mixture forms a shape in your hand when clenched.

7. Fill up your mold, overflowing. Push down firmly with the palm of your hand. The harder and more dense the mixture, the longer the bomb will fizz in the tub.

8. Use your fingers to squish down the back of the bath fizzy for an eve finish. If the fizzy is lopsided on the back, it will break apart when you push the fizzy out.

9. Carefully tip the mold over. With the mold less than one inch off the table (as close as you can to the table without sitting on the table), gently tap the bath fizzy out.

10. Let the bath fizzy air dry for 12 to 24 hours before moving or wrapping.

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