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For most bath salts recipes, you can use your choice of Epsom salts or sea salt, with baking soda, if desired, or a combination of all three. One good mix is one cup of Epsom salts, with 1/4 cup of sea salt, and two or three tablespoons of baking soda. A little more or less of each ingredient is fine for most bath salts. Epsom salts and sea salt are soothing for tired muscles, while both will gently soften the water for a luxurious bath experience. You could also add a tablespoon or two of finely ground regular oatmeal (not quick cooking) for silky, skin-softening water. Also for a great soak, try using dry milk in your mix – leaves the skin ultra soft.
I usually fill each of my jars with a combination of the salts or whatever salts I planning to use. Add your choice of essential oil - how many drops you use is a personal preference, but start with two or three drops and see if you like the fragrance. Also, if you want color to your bath salts, add food coloring. I use quite a few drops of food color to get the strong hue that I like, but so far, it hasn't stained the bathtub or anyone's skin. Remember that the color and fragrance will be much diluted in the bath water. Stir the salts vigorously until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Try to allow two weeks before putting them in a jar so they won’t clump when adding in the food coloring.
FYI: To keep your salts from hardening, lay them out in a thin layer to completely dry before placing them in a container
Decorating the jar:
1. Use a great poem on pretty paper cut out and affix to jar.
2. Coat the jar lid with tacky glue and begin to spiral a single strand of household twine around the top and down the sides of the lid.
3. Thread ribbon around the lid or wrap around jar.
4. Fashion the handle by tying a double strand of twine tightly around the neck of the jar, then twist the strands loosely together, looping them over the lid top, and back to the other side to knot in place.
Essential oils to try:
1. Mandarin essential oil
2. Jojoba oil
Also, Epsom salt will cost you around $1.00 to $3.00 at Walgreens when you catch it on sale by size.
For added luxury: You can find the little wooden scoops to add to your jars, or go to a kitchen and bath store and you'll find the small measuring scoops. They add a nice touch to your gift.
Try checking Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom’s Rack, etc.
An added touch is to add things:
1. Rose Petals
2. Organza drawstring bags instead of jars