Total Time
20mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

This recipe makes 12 12-ounce gift jars, plus a bonus of 3 to 4 cups extra bath salts (you could use them for stocking stuffers...but I always have to 'test' mine). You can use a large stand mixer (like a KitchenAid) to mix the salts. You could use a different essential oil/essence. One of my favorites is to make a strawberries & cream jar. Use Strawberry essence/essential oil and red dye (I still make the layers). I'll then attach a tube of facial cream to the jar lid. One year I dehydrated some thinly sliced strawberries and scattered them among the layers--that came out beautifully!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (4 lb) cartons epsom salts (approximately 16 cups)
  • 4 lbs sea salt (approximately 6 cups) or 4 lbs kosher salt (approximately 6 cups)
  • 12 teaspoon glycerin, divided
  • 12 -15 drops peppermint oil
  • 12 -15 drops red food coloring

Directions

  1. You will also need: 12 mason jars with lids and rings and 3 pieces cardstock (for tags).
  2. Start with clean and *dry* mason jars.
  3. Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl.
  4. Add 3 cups of the sea/kosher salt and stir well.
  5. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil.
  6. Mix well.
  7. In second large mixing bowl, the other carton of Epsom Salts, and the remaining 3 cups sea/kosher salt.
  8. Stir well.
  9. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color.
  10. Stir until completely blended.
  11. Color should be reasonably even.
  12. Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.
  13. Make up three labels for your candy cane bath salts and attach to the jars.
  14. Trim the jars with ribbon, fabric whatever.
Most Helpful

This is a great idea! I think I will use some grape juice or strawberry juice to color and I dehydrate strawberry slices so that would be great to add! I love all these wonderful ideas! Thank you, thank you! And I am thinking sea salt!?! What do you think? Maybe with some dried mint or rose petals! Where do you buy your essential oils? I like to shop around! Jelly

HotPepperRosemaryJelly November 24, 2008

Kids and I made this for Christmas for Teachers etc last year. It was great. Looked beautiful in the tubes and easy for the kids (8&6) to do. Only problem we had, was that some people were leery of the red colour. We used powdered colour from the local soap making shop, but it still turns the bathwater pretty red!

mikeandtiah'smom November 05, 2005

This is wonderful and worked as a lovely homemade present for a friend of mine on her birthday. Thanks alot for sharing!

Charishma_Ramchandani November 26, 2004