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Homemade Bath Salts

After a long, busy day, there's nothing better than a hot bath—except, of course, a hot bath enriched with fragrant bath salts. It's surprisingly easy to prepare your own blend at home.

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Photography: Janelle Jones

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

After a long, busy day, there's nothing better than a hot bath—except, of course, a hot bath enriched with fragrant bath salts. It's surprisingly easy to prepare your own blend at home. Make your own custom bath salts to suit your needs (either soothing sore muscles or softening skin), then sent them with your favorite essential oils. As a finishing touch, use food coloring to make your salt blend a pretty, soothing color.

materials

  • Container

  • Epsom salts

  • Baking soda

  • Essential oils (Vitruvi "Retreat Blend" Essential Oils, $26, vitruvi.com)

  • Food coloring

steps

  1. In a large bowl, mix to combine: 6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; and 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation.

  2. Add a few drops of essential oils and combine.

  3. Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered and labeled container (using our printable labels) to keep out moisture.

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