Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Twenty Five Days of Treats - Day 6

So today's treat is a gift to give or for yourself:  The Best Basic Bath Salts EVER!  They are made from simple, inexpensive ingredients, and you can jazz them up if you'd like, or not.  This is a great teacher, scout leader, in-law gift.
SPH Bath Salts
1 part each:
Kosher Salt
Epsom Salt
Sea Salt
Baking Soda

Put all ingredients in a ziptop bag and squish til combined.  Yep.  It's really that simple.  To that you can add fragrance or essential oils as desired.  Use your nose to measure the amount.  Start with about 1 teaspoon per cup of finished bath salt mixture, then go up from there.  You can also color them with soap coloring (available online and at craft stores).  Be sure to use fragrances and colors that are for soaps, though.  Do not use candle colors or fragrances.  Keep in an airtight container, and it is supposed to last a good long time. I've never had a storage problem because I use mine up pretty quickly!

So you're probably asking "why so many types of salt?"  Each of these salts brings something different (i.e. minerals) to the table.  Epsom salts, for example, add magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxer.  Sea salts bring trace minerals as well.  The baking soda helps make your skin silky soft.

Want some real indulgence?  Add 2 parts dried milk powder.  Now you've got milk bath.

For a gift, put mixture in a jar (like a Mason jar) with a tight fitting lid.  You can find these jars super-el-cheapo at a thrift store in unusual shapes and sizes.  Decorate the outside with scrapbooking paper, ribbons, whatever you'd like.  Add a tag that says:  "Add about 1 cup to a nice warm bath.  Soak and enjoy!  Rinse well after your bath."

Be sure to make and keep some for yourself!  Enjoy!


Emily said...

Made a small batch of this today. Loved it and made a bunch more. We also made sugar cookies with lime jello this morning. They were a big hit with the family. Maybe tomorrow we can make the red ones, either cherry or raspberry.

Anonymous said...

Ann, I plan on giving this as gifts this year. Thanks for another great idea!

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

Yeah! Thanks for being the first link up on the Thematic Thursday Teacher Appreciation Gifts! My daughter's teacher is expecting and I think this would be the perfect gift!!

Diana Rambles
Bento Blog Network

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

FYI~ You are featured in today's Thematic Thursday post at Diana Rambles.