Terry’s post can be found here, which got me started. She recommended Epsom Salts. When I read up, Sea Salts make an excellent equivalent (and Epsom Salts may just be another word for the same thing). Sea Salts have long been used to detox-and purify not only your skin, but your aura as well (if you subscribe to that sort of thing). In my case, I suspect the nice hot soak has just as much to do with banishing the negative energy, though, LOL.
Anyway – for two batches of Bath Salts, all you need is:
1 c. Sea Salt
1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
3-4 drops essential oils. For the lavender-peppermint combo, I used 2 drops of each. You could also have a nice non-scented soak as well, especially if you have sensitive skin (or your gift recipient does).
Essential oils are available any place that sells soap making supplies. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, and while they were a little pricey ($6 a bottle, so bring a coupon) they will last for many batches. Once I started looking for Sea Salt, I found it to be expensive as well, most places. Until I happened to look in the baking aisle of my grocery store, and guess what?
Pour your salt into a small bowl, and add your oil. Just a few drops will do! Then, stir in your baking soda. Mix it really well.
Now, you can add it to your jars. I love these little spice jars with hermetic lids. I happened to find these at my grocery store, but the crafts stores tend to have a good selection – and watch the sales! You can also recycle another jar or check thrift stores. I’ve also found some cute spice jars at World Market in the past. These are 3 oz. spice jars, which accommodate a little less than 1/2 cup. So my 1-cup-batch made for two nice jars, and leftovers to test out that night in a bath… (don’t worry – no photos of that, LOL).
Now, these look nice (and smell even better) but I really felt like it needed a little something more.
Some of you may have seen from the Facebook Page that my awesome husband bought me a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday last week. :D So, I had to break that baby in with a task I could never do by hand: I cut some very small vinyl lettering to label the jar.
I definitely don’t want this blog to go from easy projects to “look at all the cool things my big fancy machine does” – I have seen it happen at blogs I love! But it’s just too freaking cool not to test it out right away. :P If the Cameo is still on your wish-list, you can always print a label from your printer. If you buy the self-adhesive paper, you can create your own sticker, or you can also try Mod-Podging a label on. Or, just tie on a cute handwritten note with some twine! My handwriting is atrocious, so the label is really the nicest-looking option for me.
And there you have it – a super quick, handmade gift. Do you have another go-to gift idea like this one?
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