A wonderful way to show some comfort and care this holiday season!
I picked up this recipe from word of mouth and a bit of research. I have super dry skin during the winter time - I also get ill often during this time frame as well. Stuffy noses, headcolds, all kinds of ick.
Also, this Christmas, I'm pretty much tapped out on the way of funding for presents for my family.
Pictures will come later! I didn't have my camera with me in order to take step by step shots. :o( Sorry! This is my first cutoutandkeep.net tutorial. Be gentle.
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You Will Need
Gather Your Ingredients!
Make certain that you've chosen your scent appropriately (for reference, I combined Peppermint and Eucalyptus scents for a fresh, clear scent that helped evil sinuses). You also want to make certain you use mixing bowls you don't mind getting scent and food coloring on - it depends on the quality of mixing bowls you have, really.
Take your "Dry Ingredients" - 2 cups of Baking Soda, 3 cups of Epsom Salt - and put them in your mixing bowl. Stir this combination with your spoon until it's not lumpy anymore; crush those dry clumps like the dry clumps they are!
Pour the 1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the mix. It's going to look rather weird (I commented that it looked a bit like snot, actually, and that was me being nice), but mix thoroughly. Use the flat part of your wooden spoon to press the dry ingredients into the olive oil so that, in the end, it looks like yellow salt and baking powder.
When I have pictures up, it'll be easier to understand.
BEFORE YOU ADD YOUR FOOD COLORING!! The color of the extra virgin olive oil will turn your dry mixture yellow! You must compensate that when you're adding other food coloring. What I did was take a small bowl, but a tiny bit of the mixture into the bowl, and do a bit of trial and error for the exact shade you want.
Once you've determined the shade you want, proceed to put the appropriate amount of food coloring in your Baking Soda/Epsom Salt/Olive Oil mixture.
The next step is to add the scents you wish to use. Like I mentioned before, I mixed Peppermint and Eucalyptus and made my gift a bit more medicinal than flowery. After pouring the appropriate amount of scent in, mix the same way that you mixed in the Olive Oil.
Using the flat part of your spoon, press the scent and mixture together, making certain to get it all pressed in as evenly as possible.
Once the scent is in, and you've stopped inhaling it all the time because it smells great, it's time to store it in your containers! I bought my containers from the Dollar Tree, and they are perfect for bath salts AND the holidays.
Dividing it evenly between the two containers, pour the mixture and put the cover on. At this point, it's a good idea to clean up the tools you used to make the bath salt, because you'll be making another mess when you decorate...
Oh...just me then, huh? Dang.
The next, and technically final, step of this creation, is to decorate your bath salt container as you see fit. I took wrapping ribbon that you'd use for wrapping presents and tied it around the next of my plastic containers and made curly-cues with it.
Use your imagination! Add a tag on it that has the recipients name or a heartfelt message - or even the ingredients that you used incase you worry about having someone be allergic to them. Most of all, Be Creative!
And tell me what you think!!