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Bath Fizzies for Valentine's Day

Bath fizzies with hidden messages make a perfect Valentine's Day gift.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February 2007


  • Waterproof paper

  • Scissors

  • Large bowl

  • Baking soda

  • Citric acid

  • Essential oil

  • Food coloring

  • Whisk

  • Spice or coffee grinder

  • Water

  • Small spray bottle

  • Ball mold

  • Kitchen towel

  • Plastic wrap or plastic bags

  • Bath oil (or any light oil), optional

  • Bath salt, optional


  1. Download template and print secret messages on waterproof paper. This floatable paper is ink-jet and laser-printable, it uses most inks, and inks won't run on this paper. Cut out message and roll it up.

  2. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon essential oil. 

  3. In a spice or coffee grinder, grind 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/4 cup bath salt, and 2 drops food coloring. Grind to a fine powder, and add to the mixture in the large bowl. Begin whisking together thoroughly.

  4. To mixture, add a couple of sprays of water. It should reach a crumbly consistency.

  5. Fill each half of a ball mold.

  6. Add message to one half of ball.

  7. Using hands, pack mixture in, slightly overloading. Press mold halves together. Let sit several minutes; unmold.

  8. To dry the fizzies, place them on a kitchen towel and gently wrap with towel to dry for 24 hours. Wrap or package fizzies in plastic to protect them from moisture.

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