Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Homemade Bath Salts

Treat the special ladies in your life to an at-home spa treatment with this simple recipe for natural bath salts. You only need a few ingredients to make up batches of scented bath salts, which you can then package and give as gifts for the holidays!

These directions make enough bath salts to fill up a 6.25 ounce glass bottle.  According to the instructions, you can also add powdered milk or finely ground old-fashioned oatmeal (moisturizing agents), but I opted to keep the bath salts recipe as is.

What you’ll need ~

• 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
• 2 tablespoons Epsom salts
• 2 tablespoons baking soda
• 1 to 2 drops premium fragrance oil in cinnamon or pumpkin*
• Red and/or yellow food coloring, if desired
• 1 4″ Cork Top Round Glass Bottle 6.25 oz

*Naturally, you can choose any fragrance you’d like for the bath salts (I just chose cinnamon and pumpkin for the holiday season) ~ just be sure the oils you choose are safe for bath products. I purchased mine from, and they had a great selection of other scents.

How to make them ~

Combine all your dry ingredients in a plastic container with a lid on it (I recommend an old plastic food storage container you won’t miss). Add the essential oil and food coloring (if you want the salts to have color), place the lid securely on top and shake, shake, shake!

If the essential oil and food coloring cause little lumps to form, just use a fork to break them up. Shake and stir the salts until you feel the color and fragrance is distributed thoroughly. Remove the lid from the container and let the salts air dry for an hour or so before transferring them to the glass bottle.

Use a funnel to transfer the salts to the glass bottle, pop in the cork, and you’re done!

If you’re going to make both fragrances, I would recommend using a different plastic container for each because the fragrance oils are quite strong and can leach into the plastic. Also, don’t use these containers for food afterwards ~ set them aside for other non-edible craft projects or recycle!

Your last step is to add some cute gift tags.

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