Homemade Scented Bath Salts
Contributed by: Michelle Jones
CNN recently reported that consumers plan to spend an average of $98.64 on gifts for Mom this year, but here's a frugal gift idea that most mothers would love, and it won't break the bank!
By learning how to make your own scented bath salts at home you can also
give this delightful gift to every stressed out mom you know, and it's sure
to be a big hit. You may feel a little intimidated by those expensive bath
stores that sell Scented Bath Salts for $15.99 or more, but forget that!
These homemade bath salt ingredients can be found at your local stores, and
you CAN do this!!
Though I purchased my supplies for a great deal at our local craft store,
there are many stores that carry these items so always be on the lookout for
the best prices.
In a large metal or glass bowl, stir together...
2 cups Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt - or 1 cup of each (Do not use table
salts, they will dry out skin! And when using Dead Sea Salt, which I
prefer, be sure to remove any dark pieces that may have slipped through
1-2 teaspoons of baking soda, if desired (Softens skin!)
10-12 drops of essential oil (Lavender is best for a relaxing bath, Vanilla
and Eucalyptus are also fabulous!)
You can also add a small amount of food coloring paste (the kind used for
cake decorating) if desired, but it's not necessary. I prefer not to use
coloring, but it's up to you. This is your own homemade bath salt, make it
however you want!
After you have stirred the salt really well (I do this for at least two
minutes because it's fun; the more you stir the more the wonderful scent
begins to come through!), pour into pretty glass jars and attach lids.
For the Glass Jars...
Use clean mason jars, baby food jars, or even spaghetti and jelly jars. They
are all perfect for homemade bath salts. Whatever you do, do NOT spend
extra money on expensive jars, they are completely unnecessary!
Though our children are all past the baby food stage now, we asked a friend
if we could have some of their empty jars and they were happy to get rid of
them. (And a special "thank you" gift jar is on it's way in return!)
Tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the jar and decorate the lid if
desired. I recently used a spaghetti mason jar that was simply gorgeous,
but the lid had writing all over it that I didn't want on my gift - so I
Lastly, attach a cheerful label, something like... "Spa Treatment Just for
Mom!" And if you'd like to include instructions, write "Add several
Tablespoonfuls of Bath Salt to warm water for a relaxing bath, ENJOY!"
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