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DIY Homemade Candy Cane and Lime Swirl Bath Salts - BoulderLocavore.com

Candy Cane and Lime Swirl Bath Salts

There is something very satisfying about creating spa products from scratch whether it be for personal use or a gift. These swirled bath salts are so eye-catching and smell delicious. Loaded with theraputic salts and aromatherapy benefits, they are as restorative as they are cute! This recipe makes 4 cups of bath salts, or 32 ounces, and can be layered in any glass container of your choosing. The recipe can be doubled or tripled for larger gift batches too. Free printable labels are available for your gift giving needs too! When adding the essential oils and coloring to the salts, if not packaging them in a sealed jar right away, store them in a plastic zippered bag so they do not dry out or transfer the scent from the essential oils to more porous mixing bowls.
Servings 4 cups (32 ounces) bath salts
Author Toni Dash

Ingredients

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • 2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 2 cups Sea Salt
  • {Candy Cane} Red Food Coloring (regular food coloring may be used or if preferring natural vegetable dyes I suggest India Tree Dyes available at Whole Foods or similar stores) for Candy Cane
  • {Lime Swirl} Yellow and Green Food Coloring for Lime Swirl (see note about coloring above)
  • {Candy Cane} All Natural Peppermint Essential Oil*
  • {Lime Swirl} All Natural Lime Essential Oil*
  • Two mixing bowls (for each recipe type)
  • Whisk
  • Two plastic zipper bags to store salts if not combining into bottles immediately
  • Jars or containers
  • Measuring cups or spoons
  • White cardstock for printing labels
  • Candy Cane Bath Salts Labels
  • Lime Swirl Bath Salts labels
  • Twine or ribbon to attach labels as applicable

Instructions

Instructions for Bath Salts:

  1. Combine the Epsom salt and sea salt into one mixing bowl. Whisk or stir to fully combine them.
  2. Scoop 2 cups of the salts into the second mixing bowl. Add 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil OR lime essential oil (depending on which recipe is being made) to the salts and whisk to combine.
  3. Next add 5-10 drops of red coloring to the mixture for Candy Cane Bath Salts, OR 3 drops green coloring and 9 drops yellow coloring for Lime Swirl,and whisk vigorously to fully combine. Additional coloring may be added if desired. Note: for the Lime Swirl bath salts, color should be 1 drop green to 3 drops yellow to maintain a lime green color.
  4. To Layer Salts in a Jar horizontally: Measure white salt into the jar using a measuring spoon or small measuring cup. Pay attention to the amount used to make the first layer the thickness you prefer. Carefully add the same amount of the either red (for Candy Cane) or green (for Lime Swirl) on top of the first layer, smoothing it on the top with a dining spoon if your jar allows access to do so. Repeat layering until the jar is full.
  5. To Layer Salts in Jar on the diagonal: Either with the help of a friend or in some way supporting your jar (I filled an extra small mixing bowl with salt and seated the jar on an angle into it) measure out the first layer of either white or red salt. Smooth the top if needed with the back of a dining spoon. Gently spoon the next layer on top of the first, smoothing it if needed to achieve a uniform thickness. Repeat, smoothing out each layer as needed, until the jar is full.
  6. Free form Layering: Life isn’t perfect and layered bath salts don’t have to be either! I love a free, organic look and think making the layers different thicknesses and slightly imperfect is a cool look too!
  7. Affix a label with decorative twine or ribbon, or if using a Mason jar on the top underneath the lid ring.

Recipe Notes

*I use the best quality essential oils believing they offer a higher quality experience being all natural. They can be found in health food stores or apothecaries as well as online. I purchased the smallest size and a bottle cost around $5. It is plenty to make multiple batches of bath salts.