Now you can buy all sorts of fancy salts and oils and scrubs to use in the bath (epsom salts can help relieve stress and alleviate muscle aches), but you can also make them at home, with ingredients from the kitchen.
I’ve seen several different recipes for bath salts and sugar scrubs, but my favorites come via a video on Craftster.org. These bath treats come together in just a few minutes, and make great gifts.
Lavender bath salts
Epsom salts (available at drugstores and grocery stores)
Lavender essential oil (you can use whatever scent you prefer)
Container to hold the salts (you can recycle glass food containers; just make sure you wash them well. You don’t want to smell like pickles when you get out of the bath!)
1. Fill the container with epsom salts, leaving enough room to stir them.
2. Add a few drops of essential oil. Don’t overdo it on the oil. I used about 5 drops for 1 1/2 cups of salt.
3. Mix well, close the container and let it sit for a couple of hours.
4. Open the container and take a big whiff to determine if you want to add more oil. If so, repeat steps above until desired scent strength is reached.
Lavender sugar scrub
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil (you can use any kind of oil; baby oil or coconut oil would also be good choices. Just make sure your scent will work well with it.)
Lavender essential oil
Non-glass container (since this will be in the bathtub, you don’t want to use a glass container that might break)
1. Mix the sugars and oils well. To make more, just keep the 2-1 ratio between the sugars and oil. When adding the essential oil, use the same process as with the bath salts. You can also omit essential oil altogether and use about a teaspoon of vanilla extract for scent. Make sure to squish any lumps while mixing. When the scrub is thoroughly mixed, it will have the consistency of wet sand.
2. Spoon the mixture into the container and seal well.
Since I was giving my bath treats as gifts, I made a couple of labels on the computer and printed them on sticker paper. I sealed the sticker for the sugar scrub with acrylic spray, so it wouldn’t be ruined by the water or humidity in the bathroom.
Now, after all that hard work, take a nice long bath!
To see a video on making the salts and scrub, visit http://www.craftster.org/blog/craftster-quickies-sugar-scrubs-and-bath-salts/.