Making bath salts is an easy and fun thing to do. You can create fantastic salts that are tons better for you and tons better feeling then the ones found commercially. Additionally, you can control how much you spend and even what ingredients you use to make the perfect salts. The process is easy and can make fantastic salts for your use, to give and to sell.
- Choose your ingredients. The hardest part of making your own bath salts is choosing your own ingredients. You have a lot of options that can make your salts inexpensive or luxurious.
- It all begins with the salt. Epsom salts can be used and often are used for a portion of the salt in a good bath salt mixture. It is inexpensive and can even make up all of the salt used if you wish. However, mixing it with more expensive salts can make for a higher quality bath salt. Your options include a wide variety of textures, sizes, colors, and mineral contents in various types of sea salts.
- The moisturizer. While not completely necessary, it is often a good idea to have a moisturizer. You can use oils such as olive oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil (one of my favorites), avocado oil, or even mineral oil. Many oils have health and skin benefits and you may want to do a little research before choosing one or a combination of oils. You can also use Vitamin E oil, Aloe Vera gel, and glycerin to help moisturize the skin while using bath salts.
- The fragrance. Fragrance oils are acceptable for this project and fairly inexpensive. However, essence oils are better and recommended for aromatherapy use. Either way, choose a scent that you like or that will accomplish a certain goal (such as mint for refreshment or lavender for relaxation).
- The colorant. Coloring your salts can come in three basic forms. You can either use fancy salts and let their color be the color of the salts, or you can dye them with powdered soap colorant or food coloring.
- Baking soda. Baking soda itself has a lot of great uses and benefits; it can be the perfect touch to finish off the perfect salts.
- Mix the salts. The salts that you have chosen need to be mixed in a large mixing bowl. Which kinds you use, how much of each, and how big of a batch to make is all up to you.
- Add moisturizer. If you are using more than one moisturizer, then mix them in a small dish. You won't need much of them, because it doesn't take a lot to complete this project. Add the moisturizer one tablespoon at a time. Make sure you stir the salts well between adding the moisturizer. You will want to coat the salt, but it shouldn't look wet or feel overly moist.
- Add the fragrance. You don't want your fragrance to become overwhelming. Because of that, you will want to add a few drops of essence or fragrance oil and mix well. Add a few more and continue on. Make sure you take the time to analyze between adding more.
- Add the colorant. If your salt isn't colored and you want a fancy color, now is the time to add it. Simply add a pinch of powdered colorant or a few drops of liquid. Stir well and see how you like the color.
- Bake it. Turn your oven on warm and place the salts on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet. Spread them out well and put them in the oven. Let them "bake" in the warm oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Then check to see if the salts are dry. If not, continue baking them in the warmed oven till they are (checking about every 10 to 15 minutes).
- Mix in baking soda. If you decide to add baking soda, mix it in now. You will want about 1/3 of a cup for every 3 cups of salts.
- Store. It is always nice to store these in fancy little jars. You will want something that is fairly airtight so that you don't have moisture issues later on. The salts will absorb moisture which can make it hard and stuck together. The airtight container will help this.
With just these simple steps, you can find yourself with beautiful and luxurious bath salts. They can be used regularly by you yourself, given as gifts, or even sold. Whatever you please, you can make a wide variety of different kinds and even find new and exciting combinations.