Bath salts make your bathwater soft and soothing. They also impart the skin-softening and aromatherapy properties of their various ingredients. Fizzy bath salts are easy to make at home by simply combining various inexpensive ingredients. The scent and color are entirely customizable-choose your favorite essential oil and an appropriate food color to match the scent. The "fizzy" quality comes from the citric acid and makes your bathwater mildly effervescent. Bath salts, when packaged in an attractive glass jar, make a thoughtful, homemade gift for any spa-lover.
Things You'll Need
2 cups Epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
Measure the Epsom salt and baking soda, pour them into the mixing bowl and blend by stirring with a wooden spoon.
Add the citric acid to the dry ingredients and stir them together until the mixture is evenly blended.
Choose an essential oil with a fragrance that you like. Blend two or more together for a custom scent or choose an oil for its aromatherapy benefits.
Add a few drops of your choice of essential oil to the mixture and stir to blend. If the fragrance is not as strong as you like, add a few more drops and continue to blend.
Add a few drops of food coloring and stir the mixture to blend the color thoroughly. Only use a few drops to prevent the dye from staining your bathtub. Choose a color that is appropriate for the scent you used. For example, use yellow for vanilla or lemon-scented salts, purple for lavender salts or green for mint-scented salts.
Transfer the bath salts to mason jars or any other air-tight container. Sprinkle the salts under the faucet as you fill your bathtub or store them to use as homemade gifts.
Citric acid is available in drugstores.
To make more or less of the bath salts, simply increase or decrease the volumes of the ingredients you use but keep the proportions the same.
If you are giving the bath salts as a gift, package them in a pretty container or glass jar decorated with ribbons or raffia.