|Spiced bath salts|
Since I work at a spice store (and I love a good bath soak), I got interested in making bath salts for my coworkers. I had all the spices I needed for this project on hand already, but I did need to pick up a few extra things at the store- unscented Epsom salts and powdered milk aren't things I normally keep on hand in my pantry/house. However, they were fairly inexpensive and added a little bit of extra spa-luxury to the bath tea's I made. Spring break might be over, but you can still relax and enjoy!
- Epsom salts (1/2 c.)
- salt (1/2 c.)
- powdered milk (1.5 c)
- baking soda (1/8 c)
- corn starch (2 tbs)
- spices (cracked rosemary and lavender (1/8 c. each); cinnamon (1 Tbl.) and vanilla bean)
- muslin/silk draw string bags
- glass or plastic containers (optional)
1. First, gather all the ingredients, including a bowl, a spoon, and a funnel (if you have one.) I made two different kinds of bath salts, using a standard base recipe, based on the one shown here. I divided my base into two equal parts, then added spices.
|Spices; glass jars; muslin bags; Epsom salts; baking soda; powdered milk; cornstarch; salt|
3. Mix all of the base first, combining powdered milk, Epsom, salt, cornstarch, and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.
4. Next, add spices (either lavender (1/8 c.) and rosemary (1/8 c.) OR cinnamon (1 Tbl.) and vanilla (1 bean) ). You can also try to come up with your own spice mix; this page has a ton of different combinations to try.
5. Most of my spices were chunky, so if you don't want them clogging up the drain, make sure you use a "tea bag" (muslin drawstring bag) and "steep" your tea bag by hanging it off the down spout as you draw your bath. Plus, these little bags up the cute factor 1,000 fold.
6. Once I had everything together, it was just a matter of using the funnel and spooning the mix into my containers to give away. I also added a bit of washi tape to the lid to hold the bags in place on the jars.
|On the left: Rosemary and Lavender On the Right: Cinnamon and Vanilla beans|