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How To Make Your Own Bath Fizz
Instead of wallowing in sugar on Valentine’s Day, how ‘bout whipping up a homemade bath concoction sure to fizz away stress?
A relaxing, warm bath -- filled with aromatic bubbles -- is a terrific heart healthy treat for yourself and those you love. It’s also a fun chemistry experiment and great Valentine's Day gift! Keep reading to find out how to make your own Bath Fizz. (Last-minute gift idea: Assemble the ingredients to make Bath Fizz Kits for sweeties.)
Our award-winning youth and family programs team developed this Bath Fizz activity for Pacific Science Center’s Spa Birthday Parties. Many thanks to them for sharing this recipe.
PacSci Bath Fizz
Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate (3NaHCO3). Baking soda is a base, and like all bases, it reacts with acid. In this reaction, the acid is citric acid (C6H8O7), a weak acid derived from citrus fruits. When these two chemicals react, they create new chemicals, including carbon dioxide . . . bubbles! (Same as the bubbles in carbonated beverages.)
When you use the bath fizz, you'll be able to see and feel the chemical reaction -- a gentle, relaxing tickling. Don’t worry! All of these chemicals are safe to touch; some are even used in food.
Some people use bath fizzes, body scrubs or loofas to scrub off dead skin. You don’t need those things to get rid of dead skin cells. Fun fact: All the skin cells that are visible on your body are already dead and we lose 30,000-40,000 skin cells every minute.
The Chemistry of Relationships
Valentine’s Day is a great time to reflect on your relationships. Who do you love? Who are your friends? Who is important in your life?
Use the interactive activity Who Do You Turn To . . . in The Loft at Wellbody Academy to create a personalized collage that will help you self-identify your support network by answering thoughtful questions. And after you've figured out who matters in your life, why not make homemade bath fizzers to share with the people you care about?