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Making Blissful Bath Salts

written by kyle roderick
bath saltsAutumn is a good time to move out of shower mode and into gourmet bathing with bath salts that soothe and scent your mind/body. If you want to customize your bathing experience, go ahead and make your own bath salts. Besides being less expensive than buying ready-made products, making your own bath salts is easy, fun and quick to do. Homemade bath salts make affordable and memorable holiday gifts, too.

* 2 cups Dead Sea salt, regular sea salt or Epsom salt, or a blend of these salts. Sea salts come in several grain sizes, and combining different sized grains makes the salts feel more texturally stimulating yet sensually soothing. The larger the grains, however, the longer they take to dissolve in the tub.

*1 cup baking soda. This helps soften skin.

* 15-24 drops of your selected essential oil or essential oil blend. (Warning: be sure to read safety instructions on labels when choosing oils. (I learned this the hard way by experimenting with cassia bark (cinnamon) in a bath salt mix. When I got into the tub, I felt like I was being burned alive; fortunately my skin didn’t blister.)

* 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil or other carrier oil for moisturization (optional)
Preparation Directions:

Put some calming music on that makes you feel happy. (I don’t know why, but every time I have made salts while listening to music that I love, the salts come out smelling and feeling more luxurious. Maybe it has something to do with vibrations.)

Place the baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Add the drops of essential oils. Mix with a stainless steel fork very well for about three minutes. Add the salts and mix in for about two minutes. Add the carrier oil if desired. Pour bath salt mixture into a jar or container that has a tight fitting lid. After a day, you may wish to mix well again to ensure that the oils have blended very well.

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