When I am in the dumps ( yes, it occasionally happens), or if it's quite cold outside, I enjoy a nice hot bath ( perhaps with candles and a glass of wine).... for many years I have been making these bath salts. I usually start them in November so they will be ready for Christmas... you can start tomorrow !
I use a large bag of rock salt, yes, like the stuff you spread on the driveway ( not expensive).. You can make a smaller batch, but read to the end anyway.
Place salt in a doubled paper grocery bag..
Mix 1 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup of dish washing detergent, several drops of food coloring, and several drops of essential oil in a scent you enjoy. Mix it up with your hands ( good upper body exercise )... get it ALL mixed up.
Leave the bag open and let it dry for about a week, mixing by hand occasionally. I set it on my clothes dryer.
There are many ways to gift these salts. Once I made gingham bags and tied them with ribbon. My favorite is to put the finished bath salt in half pint canning jars. I cut a circle of pretty fabric about an inch larger than the lid , Place the fabric on the lid and then screw the ring on. It's nice to put the recipe on a small card and attach with ribbon or a piece of hemp. You can make them as fancy or simple as you like.
Good fragrances are lavender . geranium, rose, patchouli ( my favorite) . Color them to match the scent. Men like eucalyptus, sandalwood, bergamot and peppermint.
The salt dissolves in your bath and is healing for the skin. I premake these and use them as hostess gifts throughout the year. The really small jars make great favors.....Try it, it's really quite simple.