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Saturday, January 30, 2010

DIY: Bath Salts + FREE printable labels

This past Christmas S (my boyfriend) and I were on a strict budget so we opted to make most of our gifts. One of my favorites is the following bath salts recipe. I made some for my secret santa, my sister, aunt and mom. And of course, I also made some bath salts for myself. They are cheap (about $5.00 a jar including the packaging), easy to make and they are better than any bath salts I've bought from a store. Quite helpful in making me stick to my new years resolution of having a candlelit bath once a week!  S loves taking bubble baths so I thought for Valentines day I would make him some and give it to him with some beer, candles and chocolates: The Ultimate Man Relaxation Package. Here is the recipe:

Bath Salts

What you need:
-2 cups  Epsom salts
-1 cup coarse salt
-1 cup baking soda
-2-3 drops food coloring (optional)
-5-7 drops of essential oil 

What to do:
-Mix Epsom salts, baking soda and coarse salt together in a medium
 stainless steel mixing bowl using a mixing spoon.
- Add the food coloring and essential oil then quickly stir to avoid clumping.  
More food coloring can be added, depending on how dark you would like your bath salts to be.  However, be careful that it is not too dark as some colors can stain the skin. 
-Let mixture sit in the bowl until the oil and food coloring is COMPLETELY DRY 
and ensure there are no clumps before packaging. 
-These look beautiful packaged in decorative jars with ribbon and gift tags. 
They also look fantastic if you split your mixture in half before adding the food coloring 
so you can layer the colored bath salts with the non-colored bath salts in your decorative jar.
-To use add 1/3 to 1/2 cup to your next bath.

If you are looking for some FREE printable labels I've made some for you. 
Just click on the link to get your copy :)
Vanilla is thought to be soothing, elevates passion 
and promotes feelings of love and compassion.

Jasmine is thought to be an aphrodisiac for both sexes,
boosting libido, self-esteem & sexual interest.

(You could really use any scent you wanted here) 

For love and romance: 2 drops Rose & 4 drops Sandalwood
Both of these oils are aphrodisiacs that work in harmony
 to blend masculine and feminine energies.

For seduction: 3 drops of orange oil and 3 drops of neroli 
with one tablespoon of sweet almond oil.

(You could really use any scent you wanted here) 

 Passion: 2 drops of bergamot with 1 drop of black pepper, 1 drop of patchouli, 
2 drops of sandalwood and 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil 

For mischief and playfulness: 1 drop of  Rosemary with 1 drop of Patchouli,
2 drops Bergamot with 2 drops Orange essential oil.

So there you go. This would be a great craft to make with the kids, a frugal but awesome gift for any occasion or even a nice relaxing reward for yourself. You can thank me later. My relaxing candlelit bath awaits....

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  1. I love anything Vanilla! Does that make me boring? Really cute labels. Thanks for linking up!

  2. These are awesome! Thanks for the recipes and printables!

  3. I've made bath salts years ago and love the labels! Thanks for sharing. They are adorable.

  4. I've never tried bath salts...but these definitely make me want to!! The labels are so nice as well.

  5. I love homemade bath products and your labels are so cute!

    Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

  6. very fun idea! It would be great for mother's day! I love the lables! : )

  7. I've bookmarked this one! Thanks!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and labels. Such a good gift idea!

  9. Great gift idea - thanks for the recipe!

  10. Thanks for sharing. Love to make our own bath salt and to make our own label with a great design. :)


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