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Monday, November 30, 2009

Tangerine Bath Salts

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to turn our attention to Christmas.  Looking for an easy handmade gift?  Look no further.  Bath salts is a quick, easy, and inexpensive one.

You can buy a half gallon of epsom salts at Target for a few dollars.  You'll need these, a container of baking soda and some essential oils.  I spent waaaaay too long at the essential oil counter at PCC. 

I had a cold at the time and couldn't smell anything properly.  They have charts that tell you scents that mix well together and their uses.  For example, are you looking for calming or energizing?  They come in small vials in a variety of price points from around $5 to around $15.

You will want to mix these in a glass bowl with a metal spoon as you don't want any scent remaining in tools or bowls you use for food.

The ratio is 1 c. epsom salts to 1/4 c. baking soda, then as much or little essential oil as you like.  Mine are tangerine and I used about 20 drops in my mix.  Then all you need is some pretty packaging and you're off!

I sliced oranges and dried them in a low oven for a few hours to tie to the top of mine and made labels on the computer.  The entire enterprise took about an hour not counting the orange drying time in the oven.

Questions?  Other low cost quick and easy handmade gift ideas?


  1. Fun! I'm definitely going to try it. Other crafty ideas would be most welcome.

  2. I do a brown sugar and oil body scrub with essential oils, as well as a sea salt exfoliating scrub. Let me know if you want the recipes for those