Bath Salts Recipes Use these wonderful bath crystals for soothing baths. This formula dissolves quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed, and lightly scented from the delicate oil added to the mix. This is an ideal gift idea! Since it's very inexpensive, you can make a dozen jars of bath salts for the same price you'd pay for one container in most elegant bath stores! Ingredients: 1 cup epsom salts (buy this in any drugstore or pharmacy) 1 cup kosher salt (can also use regular table salt) 1 cup baking soda 3-5 drops of rose scented oil, more or less depending on the concentration (Get at your favorite craft store. Use any scent that you enjoy the most!) Instructions: In a tight sealing jar, combine all dry ingredients - epsom salts, salt and baking soda. It's important that the lid seals tightly, because you'll be shaking this a few times. Mason jars are ideal for this craft recipe. Shake the dry ingredients together until well combined. Add about three drops of scented oil to the mix, and shake again. Different scented oils can have different concentrations, so test the scent of the bath salts after adding only three drops. If the salts aren't 'strong' enough smelling, add more of the scented oil, one scant drop at a time. The oils are concentrated, so don't add too much all at once or you might have bath salts that are too strongly scented. Seal tightly and label with beautiful hand-written labels. Mason jars usually come with labels, but if you don't have labels, you can buy them at any good craft store, or even at office supply stores. (Then you can print out colorful labels on your computer!) To use -- simply add a few tablespoons of the bath salts to running water. Shake each time, before use. Hints, Tips and Other Ideas: Try different food coloring solutions for different scented bath salts. Try a small amount of red, to create pink, for rose bath salts. Or, try pale green if you make mint bath salts. This is optional - you don't need to add any food coloring at all. If you do, add it in scant drops, one drop at a time so the end result is a delicately colored bath salt, not anything too intense. And, shake very well after each addition, so the color is properly dispersed among the bath salts. Be creative when experimenting with scents for your homemade bath salts. You can use any aromatherapy oil. I just chose rose for the recipe above, but you can use any oils you can find. Find these oils at good craft stores anywhere or soap and candle making shops. Buy the best ones you can - you only use a few drops for each project, so one bottle will last a long time. Try combining different scents together to create your own 'custom scent'. Ask the salespeople at the shops which of the oils would be most appropriate for your project - they can be very helpful! To decorate these jars: Try putting a small square of fabric between the sealing ring and the lid to make a decorative effect. I like taking hand-crafted paper, poking a hole in the upper corner with a hole-punch, and stringing through some twine, and tying that on to the jar, with instructions for use, or as a gift card. Or, try gluing on a single dried flower on the gift card - a tiny dried rose for rose bath salts, a tiny dried lilac for lilac scent, etc. It gives the jar an elegant, very beautiful look. For extra special gifts -- add some dried, pressed flowers to the bath salt mix. Dried rose petals are really lovely when added to this mix - then you'll have a really special bath with rose petals floating in the water! It makes a person feel very pampered. Making gift baskets - Gift baskets are expensive to buy but very inexpensive to create when you use recipes such as this bath salts recipe. Fill any interesting container (baskets, collanders, wooden boxes, terra cotta pots, hand-painted terra cotta pots) with your choice of the following: Hand crafted bath soaps Jars of bath crystals or bubble baths Loofah sponges Wooden massage rollers Massage oils Hand and face lotions or creams Small, rolled-up hand towels and face cloths Bath and shower gels Tiny jars of assorted pot pourri mixes Great books to enjoy while they're indulging in their bath And so many others! This type of bath and beauty gift basket would easily sell for $50.00 or more in bath shops, but by making it yourself you can create one for only a few dollars! They make beautiful gifts for any time of year - but are especially useful during the holidays when you may be trying to save some money! Make some extra money by creating jars of different scented bath salts and then sell these at flea markets, or at craft sales. Recruit a few friends to help you out and make some extra money for this holiday season! Bath Salts The Bath Salts will make a great gift. Keep your eyes open for some unusual jars to use. This project is rated AVERAGE to do. What You Need Large glass or metal mixing bowl 2 cups Epsom's salts 1 cup Sea salt, rock salt or coarse salt Food coloring 1/4 teaspoon Glycerin Essential oil for fragrance such as vanilla, citrus or peppermint, optional Clean, dry jars with cork stoppers or metal screw-on lid How To Make It 1. Try and do this on a day with low humidity, the salt will absorb moisture from the air. 2. Combine salts in bowl and mix well. Add a couple drops of food coloring and mix well. 3. Add glycerin and essential oil (4 or 5 drops) and mix well. 4. Spoon salts into the jars and close them. 5. Make a gift tag with the scent (if you used one) and suggesting using 1/3 to 1/2 cup in the bath. 6. Makes 3 cups of bath salts. Peaches & Cream Bath Salts in a Jar Materials and Supplies for Peaches and Cream Bath Salts: 12 tall jelly (12-ounce) canning jars with lid and rings 2 4-pound cartons Epsom Salts (approximately 16 cups) 4 pounds sea salt or Kosher salt (approximately 6 cups) 1/2 teaspoon glycerin, divided 12 to 15 drops peach essential oil 12 to 15 drops orange food color 2 pieces cardstock (for tags) Instructions: Wash, rinse and dry canning jars. Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well. In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even. Use a heavy-duty stand mixer to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even--but don't try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers! Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures. Cut gift tags and attach to jars. Tags may be trimmed and placed beneath canning jar rings, tied on with ribbon, or taped to gift jars. Tip: Decorative canning jar lids or antique canning jars make these salts collectible! Peach lids add a designer touch to your jars and can be found in the canning section of the supermarket. This recipe makes 12 12-ounce gift jars, plus a bonus of 3 to 4 cups extra bath salts for you to keep for yourself. Package them in small plastic zipper craft bags for easy use in your own baths! Makes 12 gift jars. Candy Cane Gift in a Jar! Candy Cane Gift in a jar: Pretty layered bath salts make a perfect gift for teens, co-workers or teachers. Makes 12 gift jars at a cost approximately $1.50 per jar. Materials and Supplies for Candy Cane Bath Salts: 12 tall jelly (12-ounce) canning jars with lid and rings 2 4-pound cartons Epsom Salts (approximately 16 cups) 4 pounds sea salt or Kosher salt (approximately 6 cups) 1/2 teaspoon glycerin, divided 12 to 15 drops peppermint essential oil 12 to 15 drops red food color 3 pieces cardstock (for tags) Wash, rinse and dry canning jars. Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well. In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even. tip: use a heavy-duty stand mixer (such as Kitchenaid-brand) to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even--but don't try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers! Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures. This recipe makes 12 12-ounce gift jars, plus a bonus of 3 to 4 cups extra bath salts. Package them in small plastic zipper craft bags for easy stocking stuffers! Makes 12 gift jars. Layered Bath Salts Colored bath salts are so easy and cheap to make that even small children can join the fun. This is an ideal classroom project, teaching primary colours and colour mixing, while the children get to make an attractive homemade gift for mom. Directions for Layered Bathsalts Supplies: Gift jar with a lid (baby food, small jam jars etc. work well) epsom salts funnel red, blue and yellow food colouring fabric scrap to cover lid ribbon cups and spoons for mixing rubber band Skills: Simple measuring, mixing, pouring and colour identification. What to do: Pour the salts into the gift jar, then divide more or less equally into six cups. Add food colouring to each cup. Start with the primary colours (red, yellow and blue), adding drops of colour until you get the desired pastel hue. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. Now begin to combine blue/yellow, red/blue, yellow/red, for shades of green, mauve and orange. Funnel each coloured layer into the gift jar, packing down each layer slightly with a spoon as you go. This part is like sand art; the layers don't have to be flat or even, as hills and valleys only add to the visual appeal. Make sure the jar is packed to the top to prevent the layers from moving or mixing when you're finished. Cut a circle of fabric to fit over the lid. Fasten with an elastic band and finish with a ribbon. Suggestion: School children could make a gift tag to go with their gift jar of bath salts, using colours to match those in their project. A nice treat for Mother's Day or a wonderful Christmas craft! Homemade Rose Water Facial Toner The gentle astringent qualities of rose water have long been used as a refreshing facial splash. The addition of witch hazel (also an astringent, and an extract from the hazel tree) improves the toning abilities of this mildly rose scented herbal concoction. The decorative bottle used here could also serve as a gift bottle for other preparations, including herbal vinegars or oils. The bottle shown is a recycled olive oil bottle, although similar bottles are sold reasonably in dollar stores and craft stores. What You Need: Rose Water Toner 1-1/4 cups rose water (instructions follow) 6-8 drops glycerine 3/4 cup witch hazel Makes 2 cups Rose Water 2 cups firmly packed fresh rose petals approximately 2-1/4 cups water (distilled water is preferable) Place the rose petals in a saucepan and cover with the water. Simmer over low heat until water is reduced by half. Let cool and strain out the petals. Store in sterile jar or bottle. Rose water, alone, makes a very gentle astringent facial toner. The addition of witch hazel and glycerine adds more astrigency and moisturizing qualities; use less glycerine if your skin is oily, more if your skin is dry. Combine ingredients and decant into a decorative bottle (instructions follow). Moisten a cotton pad with toner and apply to your face after cleansing but before moisturizing. Notes: I'm unsure of how long this toner will store at room temperature. Commercial preparations usually include alcohol, which can be very drying to your skin, but extend storage time. I would therefore recommend refrigeration to extend storage time. Decorative Glass Bottle: What You Need: Olive oil bottle or similar raffia floral or herbal stickers tacky glue gold rick rack or thin ribbon(optional) Wash the bottle thoroughly with dish washing liquid to eliminate oil or any oily residue. Glue short lengths of raffia across the top of the bottle cap, bending the ends of the raffia down over the sides of the bottle cap. Glue longer raffia lengths around the sides of the bottle cap, over top of the raffia ends that you have folded down from the top. Let dry. If desired, embellish with rick rack or ribbon. Stick on floral or herbal stickers to coordinate with the jar contents. If desired, glue gold rick rack or ribbon at the bottom of the bottle. Tie several strands of raffia around the bottle neck and form a raffia bow. Fill with rose water toner, herbal vinegar, or another suitable gift in a jar. Be Creative and Enjoy!