Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sodium For the Soul

I love bath salts. Enough said. Usually I am a shower taker, but once a week when I do the complete bathroom cleaning and scrub out the tub, etc. I am the first one to take a bath in it.

I usually have bath salts added to soften up the water and make me smell purdy.
They leave your skin smooth, silky and feeling fresh, invigorated and smelling great.

These Bath salts are deceptively easy to make. Salt, glycerine, fragrance and color. This is a basic recipe that I love. You can get more creative, layering colors and fragrances, adding herbs and other essential oils etc. You can make bath salts(like these) or aromatherapy salts, using essential oils. Just be sure you read up and research the various properties of essential oils and know what you are doing.
Salt- Use Sea Salt. I prefer the coarse ground sea salt. You can also use Epsom Salt. Generally I use plain sea salts, but you can mix sea salt and epsom salt together for a nice bath blend.
Glycerine- Use liquid vegetable glycerine. You can find it at Majestic Mountain Sage, Chemistry store and many craft stores in their soap and candle making section. You can also try your local Pharmacy or Garden Ridge.
Fragrance- You can use essential oils, either fruit or herbal. You need to use fragrance oils that are body safe. Oils and fragrances for soaps and body products. Try your local craft shop in their soap making section. I like Peak Candle, The Sage, Chemistry Store, Ponte Verdra Soap , Brambleberry and Sweetcakes. I have ordered fragrances from all of them and have yet to be disappointed. I will say that the Sage has probably the BEST scents and they are very concentrated so a little goes a LONG way. I love their Fresh Fruit Salsa fragrance.

Color- Use soap colors, not food coloring. Soap colors are meant for bath making and wont stain the tub.
http://www.thesage.com/ has Bath Salt Tubes. They hold about 3/4 cup of coarse sea salt, a little more of fine grained sea salt. You can even get shrink bands for them.
Measure out the amount of salt you need. Place in a ziplock baggie. Add a small amount of glycerine, your fragrance(not too much, a little goes a long way) and a few drops of soap color. Zip up your bag, shake, massage and mix up all the ingredients. leave overnight to settle. Next day, place in tubes, add labels, shrinkwrap and you are done. They will finish drying and be ready to use within a day or two.
For 3/4 cup salts I use about 1 teaspoon of glycerine. It coats the salt crystals perfectly, giving them a nice glossy sheen, and addes extra hydration. Glycerine is a natural emollient, so it helps your skin draw in and retain moisture. The salts help soften heard water and leave you skin silky smooth(it also can leave the tub silky smooth too, so use extra caution you dont slip when using bath salts)
To Use- place 2 to 3 Tablespoons into a hot running bath, let them dissolve, slip in and enjoy!
Here are some that I have made and are available at The Balm Shoppe

Try some easy bath salts for yourself. They are fun, and are great for people with hard water.

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