Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bath Blend of the Month - Scented Bath Salt Blends

Bath salts are some of my easiest and most popular recipes to make. They are wonderful presents for just about everyone, and you can tailor their scents and colors for each recipient. Besides soothing tired bodies and softening skin, these salts are also easier on the bathtub than many other products.

They actually keep your tub clean, and they do not clog the pipes as other bath products can. Bath salts also soften hard water and help keep your water temperature warmer longer. Natural salts are found easily at the grocery store

Start with a basic salt mix of one cup Epsom salts and one cup rock salt (you can use kosher salt, sea salt or rock table salt).  Most can be found in the cooking or cleaning aisle of the grocery store.  Sometimes I find them at the dollar store too!

To craft a scented salt you want to use 100% natural essential oils.  Avoid perfume oils or potpourri oils as these can cause an allergic reaction when they come in contact with the skin.

You only need a few drops to scent a batch of salts. I use 10 to 12 drops for a 2 cup batch.  You also may combine scented oils to create your own special blends. For example, create bath time tranquility with a blend of sweet orange oil, vanilla oil and carnation oil. Or increase your relaxation with a lemon oil and lavender oil combination.

 To condense this all down into a recipe try this:

1 cup Epsom Salts
1 cup kosher salt (or rock table salt or sea salt)
10 to 12 drops of essential oil
1 Tbls. dried herbs to match scent (optional)

Blend all items together and place in a tightly lidded jar.

To USE: Add about 1/2 cup of bath salts to your tub under running water. Store your salts in dry, airtight containers.

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