I will happily admit that I motored through my Unicorn Bath Parfait very quickly—the luscious, silky bubbles and bath water was far too lovely to pass up if there was still some parfait in the jar! So, when Ivan from YellowBee dropped by with some very cool screw-top test tubes I knew what had to be done—more bath parfaits, with a fresh, summery twist 😄For some reason I’ve had Five Alive on the brain—I think I made a Five Alive soap back in 2011, and something got me to thinking that I should make more Five Alive things. For those of you who might not know, Five Alive is a blend of five citrus juices that usually comes in a blue can covered in dancing fruit—according to Wikipedia it’s widely available in Canada and the UK, but less so elsewhere. Anywho—the gist of it is “yay, citrus!” plus bath time delight. Let’s dive in!
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A bath parfait is like a delightful combination of bath salts, bubble bath, and bath bomb. If you add it to the tub while the water is still running you’ll be amazed at the wonderfully thick latte-like foam that will bless your bathwater. And then, to make things even better, the water is all wonderfully silky soft and decadent. Swoon!
They’re also super easy to make, and you can have lots of fun with colours and layers and pretty things like sparkly salts. This is the perfect project for taller-than-wide transparent containers as that’ll really give the layers a chance to shine (and the thinner the container, the faster the layers will come together!).
The general gist of this is stir, stir some more, divide, stir, and then spoon away! You’ll quickly be rewarded with a wonderful bath treat that makes great gifts (or just keep it all… I won’t tell 😝).
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Five Alive Citrus Bath Parfait
3g | 1% citrus essential oil blend or fragrance
1.5g | 0.5% mica (orange, green, and yellow)
Weigh the baking soda, citric acid, and SLSa into a bowl and stir to combine, using a spatula or the back of a spoon to break up clumps. Once the powders are relatively well blended, scatter the essential oil blend or fragrance overtop and blend that in as well, stirring thoroughly and continuing to break up clumps.
Divide the powder between three bowls. Stir the orange mica into one, the green into another, and the yellow mica into the last one. The addition of the mica will make any remaining clumps extra visible, so take this opportunity to further break them up.
Now it’s time to make your parfait! You’ll want a transparent container; a taller, narrower one will make for more distinct layers. I used two of these nifty test tubes and this apothecary style jar, both from YellowBee.
Begin layering the different colours; I did orange-green-yellow-Epsom salts, repeating as necessary. I recommend spooning out each layer so you can get even cover and use the back of the spoon to smooth out each layer—shaking the jar to settle things will cause layer overlap. You’ll want to fill the container as full as possible to reduce the amount of mixing that will happen if the jar is jostled, but don’t pack the powder in or you may find it seizes up and is hard to get out of the jar.
That’s it! To use, scoop some out into your bath and enjoy the fizzy, bubbly fun. Add while the water is still running for the most bubbly fun!
Shelf Life & Storage
Because this bath parfait does’t contain any water it does not require a broad-spectrum preservative (broad spectrum preservatives ward off microbial growth, and microbes require water to live—no water, no microbes!). Be sure to keep the powder dry to ensure it lasts as long as possible—don’t let any water get into the jar and it should easily last a year.
As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.
- As I’ve provided this recipe in percentages as well as grams you can easily calculate it to any size using a simple spreadsheet as I’ve explained in this post. As written in grams this recipe will make 300g.
- If you don’t have/don’t want to include a surfactant, leave it out and adjust the base to 66g baking soda and 33g citric acid. This will remove the foam and leave you with just fizz.
- You can feel free to choose different colours for your bath parfait, and to use more or less mica to get the desired level of pigmentation. I’d recommend staying in the citrusy theme, though 🙂
- Scent it as you please! There are lots of wonderful citrus essential oils to choose from, as well as many citrusy fragrance oils.