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Bath Salts, Milk Bath and Other Bath Treats
Lovely recipes for bath treats. They are easy, I've made them with a Sunday School full of 2-5 year olds, who were thrilled to wrap the containers in foil and give their parents a real, sweet smelling present they had made themselves.
If you stay in the tub more than 20 minutes, you begin to absorb the minerals through your skin, so I use food or pharmaceutical (USP) grade minerals for my bath salts.
To mix, I use a gallon plastic ice cream bucket. Powdered food color, such as used in cake icing, is neat, but a few drops of liquid food coloring can be worked into the salts by rubbing in with the back of a spoon, it works fine. Avoid iodized salt or rock salt.
- DO NOT use products with glycerine or oil in any Jacuzzi or whirlpool bath. It will harm the jets. Label oil or glycerine-containing gifts, "Not for Jacuzzi or whirlpool!"
- Make small amounts, these products do clump up when damp, it doesn't harm the product but is hard to dissolve.
- "Dendretic salt" is a specially treated sodium chloride that is chemically "fluffed" so it doesn't clump. You decide if this is important to you.
Bath Salts Recipes
Except for the fizzy recipe, which is stirred in just before you enter the tub, the other products are best put in when you first start running the water. Put them right into the heavy stream of water from the tap.
Fizzing Bath Salts
1/3 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid crystals
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
desired color and essential oil
Yield: 1/2 cup. If you want color or scent, work it into the cornstarch first. Mix ingredients and place in an airtight container. Keep salts dry, moisture will cause them to react and fizz. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the salts into warm tub of water. Like taking a bath in a bottle of champagne.
Candy Cane Bath Salts
2 cups Epsom salts
1/2 c. sea salt
4-6 drops peppermint oil
2-3 drops red food coloring.
Place 1 cup Epsom and 1/4 cup sea salt in a bowl. Add 2-3
drops peppermint oil. Place the remaining ingredients in a second bowl. Mix well. Layer the red and white salts in a clear bottle or jar.
1 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup table salt (not iodized)
1 box baking soda
A few drops of lavender oil OR your favorite perfume
Completely mix dry ingredients. Add lavender oil and
blend well. Store salts in an airtight container.
Foaming Bath Salts
1/2 cup natural liquid soap
1-4 Tbsp. light oil (almond, jojoba,sunflower)
Food coloring (few drops)
6 cups sea salt crystals
Mix soap, oil and food coloring. Pour over sea salt. Stir continuously until salt crystals are evenly coated. Thinly spread the salts on a cookie sheet. Cover with wax paper and air dry for 24 hours. Add a tag that says "DO NOT use in a Jacuzzi or whirlpool."
Glycerin Bath Salts
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup sea salt
3 tbsp glycerin or baby oil
essential oils and/or food coloring
Mix the two salts together and use as base. Take 2 cups and add 3-4 drops of essential oil to scent as desired. Color if desired too. Glycerin or oil will soften skin, but place warning tag that reads NOT FOR USE IN JACUZZIS. Store in zip lock bag for two weeks, shaking daily. Then pour into pretty jars and decorate, or bag up with colored saran wrap and holiday ribbons.
Lavender Bath Salts
1 c. sea salt
1/2 c. Epsom salt
2 T. baking soda
10 drops essential lavender oil (OR rosemary, lemon, sage, patchouli, etc.)
Blend all except baking soda. Blend soda after other ingredients are mixed. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin at this point to make the salts sparkle. Use 1/4 c. to 1/2 c. for the bath.
Energizing Bath Salts
1 c. Epsom salts
1 c. coarse salt
10-20 drops green food coloring
6 drops eucalyptus oil
10 drops rosemary oil
15 drops peppermint oil
Mix salts in a large bowl. In smaller bowl or ziplock baggie, take 1/4-1/2 cup salt mixture and add oils. MIX WELL. Add back into rest of salt mixture. Store in airtight container.
Bath Salts with Powdered Color
1 part baking soda
2 parts Epsom salt
3 parts sea salt
Mix it all in a big bowl, then put in a large zip lock freezer bag along with a tiny amount of powdered pigment. Then shake until the color is dispersed. It colors the salts wonderfully with no clumps.
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Milk Bath, Oat Bath and other Soothers
Goat's Milk Bath Bomb
Bath bomb recipes are pretty basic. The milk and starch sooth dry skin. Fun and relaxing, make this recipe, and treat yourself.
2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup citric acid
1/2 cup powdered goat's milk (OR powdered buttermilk)
essential oil of your choice
3 T. dendritic salt (optional)
1-2 T. almond oil
witch hazel, just enough to moisten
Combine the dry ingredients, except the citric acid.
Add a few drops of your favorite fragrance to the almond oil.
Drizzle this over the mixed dry ingredients. Then you can add the citric acid.
Mix well and spritz with a little witch hazel. If you overdo the spritzing, the citric acid will start to fizz. Mist the mixture, work it in with your hands, and mist some more, about 10 minutes worth, alternating between the two techniques. When you can grab a glob in your hand and it stays together like dough, it's ready.
Pack it into balls, or molds of your choice, whatever is handy and yields about 2 ounces.
Let them sit in the mold about 15 minutes. They pop out easily but be gentle because they can break at this point. Let them *age* 12 hours to 24 hours to get hard.
A sprinkle of a very fine glitter adds pzazz. When dry, wrap in net or tulle and tie with a ribbon.
New Moon Milk Bath
2 cups dry nonfat powdered milk (2 1-quart envelopes)
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
6 drops sandalwood oil
5 drops vanilla fragrance oil
4 drops gardenia fragrance oil
4 drops orange oil
Work the oils into the salts. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a container. To Use: Pour 1 cup into the bath as you fill the tub and stir well.Ellen says- Thanks to the anonymous mixer who came up with this lovely scent!
Soothing Oatmeal Milk Bath
1/4 c. baby oatmeal or barley cereal,or blenderized oat flour
1/2 c. powdered milk
1 T. hazelnut oil
6 drops lavender oil
Mix together, then sprinkle under the faucet as the tub fills. Good for what itches you. Rinse out the tub well after you drain it, to protect the tub.
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Lip Balm and Aloe Salt Body Scrub
Lip Balm: (intended for ages 12 and over)
1 teaspoon grated paraffin wax (available in blocks in the canning section of your grocery store)or pure beeswax
2 teaspoons solid vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon pure petroleum jelly
1 drop candy flavoring
Place ingredients into new zipper-style plastic bag and close shut.
Immerse bag into bowl of warm water.
Squeeze the bag with your fingers to mix together the contents until the mixture liquifies.
Cut bottom corner of bag and squeeze contents into a small sanitized (boiled)container. Let set. Use to soften lips. This mixture is NOT a sunscreen.
Aloe Salt Body Scrub
1 cup coarse sea salt
1 cup fine sea salt
half and half mixture of almond oil and edible 100% aloe vera gel to cover
Place ingredients into new zipper-style plastic bag and close shut. Squeeze the bag with your fingers to mix together the contents until the mixture liquifies.
A natural antiseptic, this scrub is applied after a soaking bath. Using your hands, a loofah, or a washcloth, rub the mixture all over your body (but not on the face, not on bottoms of feet, not on open cuts), using slow, circular movements, from your extremities toward your torso. Be sure to rinse off completely.
Your skin will feel so silky and smooth! Follow by a lotion or body oil al over.
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