Recipe by Heather N.
Holidays can be an expensive time of year for anyone. Here are some options to making your own bath salts. These make perfect gifts for anyone (teachers, grandparents, friends, family, etc.) and kids can make them too since all the ingredients are natural - just watch the coloring! I made them as side-gifts this past Christmas and they went over so well I was told I should be selling them! I even had a friend that mad them as gifts for her bridal party! I make these for myself all the time, sometimes for a single bath at a time! They will leave your bathroom smelling wonderful for hours.
- 1 cup coarse sea salt
- 1⁄3 cup epsom salts
- 2 tablespoons powdered milk (optional)
- 2 -3 drops essential oils, available online and at stores that carry incense some health food stores and some craft stores (i.e. lavender, sweet almond, rose, cucumber melon, gardenia, lilac, sea grass, ylang ylang, or mascu)
- 2 -3 whole vitamin E, capsules cut open and oil extracted from inside capsule
- 1 -3 drop food coloring, they also make special dye found at most craft stores in section with soap making supplies (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- There are no 'real' measurements to these recipes, I base it on the size of the glass bottle/container I'm placing them into. As you can see from the ingred. above there is 1 part Epsom salt to every 3 parts sea salts, so from here you can adjust the amounts of each scent you are making because the essential oil/milk/ amounts are really to eachs' personal taste.
- Additional materials needed/suggested are:
- I used bottles with cork tops from the craft store, Dollar Store, and any glass bottles or containers from antique stores (i.e. old fashioned soda bottles).
- 1-package, cork stoppers for your bottles.
- 1-spool of ribbon or raffia, for embellishment.
- 1-bunch dried flowers/herbs - for embellishment and/or to match your fragrances-optional (see note #7 below if you decide to add either directly to the salts). The flowers/herbs can include: lavender, rose petals, eucalyptus, sage or even some teas, used sparingly,like jasmine or chamomile.
- 1-package of labels, they have really nice ones from Martha Stewart at the craft stores (i.e. A.C. Moore & Michaels).
- Mix all ingredients above in a glass bowl. When mixed well (there are no splotches of color) use a funnel to add your glass container and place top/cork on. Next, fill out a label with the scent and ingredients and affix to bottle. Finally, add ribbon or raffia to bottle and stick some dried flowers out of it for embellishment.
- NOTE regarding dried flowers/herbs -- it is optional if you want to add the dried flowers to your salts. Sometimes I add just a pinch of lavender to my lavender scented salts for looks only. The problem with adding any dried flowers to your salts is that they don't dissolve. So, remember that they can stick to you or the tub when your bath is finished! If you really want to use dried flowers as part of the gift you can place them in muslin and make little "tea bags" to add to bath, this way they aren't stuck to you when you exit the bath! Or, better yet make some simple sachets to match your bath salts for their drawers or to just sit in the bathroom.
- Lookout for my other posts like my sugar scrubs, that are great for exfoliating and moisturizing.