Looking for a fun gift to give your mom, sister or a friend on Valentines? Give the gift of pampering with this easy DIY gift you can make at home. I have several recipes for bath salts, but I like this one best from Martha Stewart's magazine Whole Living. Stewart got the recipe from Bettijo Hirschi, founder of Bath by Bettijo. I also like the bath salt and shower scrub recipe by Kelly Wilkinson in her book I reviewed. (In Kelly's book she also shows you how to make a lovely label for the bath salts jar.)
The recipe below is similar to Martha's recipe, I made some changes to make it easy for you to whip up a batch with your kids helping. Also, remember some bath salts can irritate young children's skin, so this is not to be used in a child's bath.
Rose and Grapefruit Oil Bath Salts
Ingredients to make approximate 2-3 jars of bath salts:
- 4 cups sea salt (or kosher salt)
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1 cup baking soda (optional)
- 3/4 cup dried rose--or calendula, citrus rinds
- 2-3 drops soap coloring (optional)
- 3/4 tsp. grapefruit essential oil--or bergamot oil
- 2 or 3 air-tight jars like a mason jar to hold bath salts and labels or tags
(Note: This recipe makes a large amount. If you want to make a smaller amount, just divide this recipe in half)
1. Combine the dry ingredients: sea salt, epsom salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl or a large ziplock baggie.
NOTE: If you are doing this with kids, try mixing it up in a large ziplock baggie. Seal it tightly! And knead it.
2. Add essential oils (This is the fun part--pick the scents you like best!).
3. Add petals or citrus.
4. Let the mixture rest. After it rests for an hour or two, check to see if the scent is what you wanted. If you want to add scent, only add ONE drop at a time, then let it rest and check it again.
5. Divide the mixture into air-tight jars. Attach a label
How to use the bath salts: Just add one or three spoonfuls to the bath.