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Sunday, June 19, 2011

How To Make "Sprinkles" Bath Salt

Alright you know those pretty colorful sugar crystal sprinkles? Well you can make bath salt that looks like that! And its easy! I'll tell you how:

  • 1 lb. of bath salt. (Epsom, Dead Sea, w/e salt you like) (2 cups is 16 oz./1 lb. for easier measuring)
  • Different Color food coloring. I use this:  McCormick Food Colors & Egg Dye, Four Assorted Neon, 0.25-Ounce Vials (Pack of 6) The colors are really vivid and bright its great!
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda. (Optional for softer skin) 
  • A bowl for every color you want to use. (3 - 4 bowls for mixing)
  • Any skin safe fragrance oil you like. Great selection at rusticescentuals.com or brambleberry.com (Lavender is a great choice for a relaxing bath) 
Step 1: Separate the salt into your bowls. For this recipe I'll use 4 bowls and 4 colors. Put 1/2 cup of salt in each of 4 bowls. Also put a tablespoon of baking soda in each bowl and stir. (Baking soda is optional it will make your skin softer but also lighten the color of the salt and soften the fragrance, so you will need more color and fragrance)

Step 2: In a tsp (or any spoon) drop about 5 drops of fragrance and 5-8 drops of a single color and mix a little with a toothpick or a dropper. Poor the spoon of oil into one of the bowls. Have it drop in different sections and then stir until completely blended. The color will be pretty even. If the color isn't dark enough add more. Just don't make it too dark because it could stain your tub. 
Repeat this for all 4 bowls. Using a different color dye in each bowl. Use the same fragrance in each bowl too. 

Step 3: Let it sit, dry and air out for 6+ hours. (Tip: To avoid getting dust, animal hair ect. in it while it airs out you can cover it with a paper towel or a piece of paper. Keep it somewhere clean and safe). 

Step 4: Mix all 4 bowls together in one large bowl. Take a big whiff. If the fragrance isn't strong enough add more and stir thoroughly. Do not blend in a mixer. Depending on how strong the fragrance is you will need anywhere from 10-30 drops per lb. of salt. 

You should have pretty speckled bath salt now! 

Tip: Store in a zip lock baggie in a cool dry place. Do not leave in direct sunlight it can change color. You can put it in a plastic jar (or glass but plastic is safer around the tub) but if you are planning to give it as a gift or sell it don't put it in the plastic jar right away. It can discolor the plastic so keep it bagged until you are ready to distribute. 

When selling it online: it is best to make a batch to photograph and then use that or give it away and only make salt when it is ready to be sent to the customer. For max freshness. Make a note of exactly how many drops of color and fragrance it took so you can replicate. 

click image for larger picture. It's much brighter and prettier in person =)

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Thanks for reading! If you do make bath salts I hope you enjoy it and I hope you found this helpful!

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