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Sunday, January 16, 2011

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.

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  • ROBINSNEWNEST
    Will definately be adding this ... big believer in epsom salts (yes, I am the mother of a dancer:), but would have never thought about rock salt. Wonder if I can even find it in the South?! I'm saving this for Christmas gifts next year... Now, our kind, loving, enlightened version of Martha Stewart, what else do you have up your sleeve that I might be able to accomplish given my remedial ability?!

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  • DAISY443
    I say again, I reiterate, I repeat, you are so talented! Thanks for sharing. I love long hot baths with that glass of wine and candles!
    3769 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    Nice! Bet your friends enjoy that!!!

    I'm a BIG SOAKER! Love my baths. WOW! Rock salt, huh. Where do you buy that? Hmmm...so customizing it just for me, I would leave out the food coloring (I guess I'll just have to enjoy white LOL). Is the oil for the skin? I guess the dish washing detergent is to make it bubble? Could I substitute my *healthy* shampoo...or even leave it out if I don't want the bubbles?
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    Maha
    3770 days ago
  • HONEYBEEBUZ
    Wow Nice thank you so much for sharing

    Debbie
    3770 days ago
  • ABRANDNEWSTART
    Great idea, Sounds like a really good gift for anyone
    thanks

    3770 days ago
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