There is nothing more warming during a cold winter night than a gorgeous bath. Not the standard pop-in, pop-out bath, but the kind that you light candles, uncork the wine and set up Netflix on your computer strategically balanced on the toilet seat for (Am I the only one?) I’m always amazed to see how expensive bath products are at various luxurious shops. Yes, they leave your skin outrageously soft and they give you a heavenly experience, but it is it really worth the £15 for a pot of bath salts?
Once I started to make my own, I realised that not only could I have more control over what fragrances I had and what I put in my products, but that I could make my money go A LOT further. Here is my recipe for what I like to call ‘bath snow,’ named because of its white, glimmering appearance. It has skin softening baking soda and Epsom salt along with moisturising coconut oil. Mix this with a few drops of your favourite essential oils, encased in a pretty jar and you have a beautiful gift (to yourself or a friend). These are essentially bath salts and are much easier to make and last a lot longer than homemade bath bombs.
Step 1: Ingredients (makes About 4 Baths Worth):
-1 cup Epsom salt
-1/2 cup baking soda
-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
-1-1.5 teaspoons essential oils of choice
Step 2: Optional: Blend the Epsom Salt and Baking Soda to Make It 'fluffier'
You can certainly simply mix the ingredients together and have them be ready immediately for a bath, but I like to take half of the Epsom salt along with the baking soda and blend it in an electric spice grinder to give the overall look and texture of the bath salt a ‘fluffier,’ more snow like appearance.
Step 3: Mix in Coconut Oil and Essential Oils of Choice.
Next, mix in your coconut oil and essential oils. I love to make Geranium and Rose (equal parts) bath snow and Grapefruit, Geranium and Patchouli. At the very end, add the remainder of your epsom salt. The heavier texture of the unground salt gives the ‘snow’ more of a ‘sparkle.’
Step 4: Optional: Up-cycle Jar As Gift Container.
Optional: If you want to give this as a gift, I like to save all of my olive and jam jars, de-label and thoroughly clean them to use as containers. I paint the lids with a bit of gold paint (spray paint, acrylic, gloss- whatever you have on hand), add a pretty label and you have an excellent, handmade gift!
Step 5: Enjoy!
Now run a warm bath, put in about a palm full and enjoy!
Note 1: The coconut oil can make the bath slightly slippy, so be careful when stepping in and out. I find that putting a little bit of shower gel on the bottom of the bath once you have emptied it and rinsing it with a bit of water suffices for removing the slippy-ness.
Note 2: Because of the coconut oil, the bath snow may harden together in whatever container you put it in but it will easily break apart with a spoon. If you live in a particularly cold house, you may want to store your bath snow in a ziplock bag so you can easily squish it back into its snow-like form.
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