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We had fantasies about making awesome bath bombs as gifts for my sons’ teachers this year, but alas our grocery store didn’t sell citric acid and I was too pregnant and too tired to hike around town trying to find it. So maybe another time. Instead I opted to make bath salts and it was fun, easy, and the kids were able to help make these gifts. These would be perfect for the holidays for teachers, family, and friends.
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- 6 cups Epsom Salt
- 1.5 cups Baking Soda
- 6 Tsp Almond Oil (or another carrier oil)
- Optional: 2 Tsp Dried Orange Mint Leaves (optional: dehydrator to dry them with)
- 12 Drops Green Food Coloring
- 20 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 30 Drops of Orange Essential Oil
- 1 Quart (or smaller) Ball Canning Jars
- 6″ square of burlap or other fabric for each jar you make
- Optional: Make easy tags with my free Cricut design and attach with twine
This is orange mint.
Once dried, I popped it into the blender and let the kids shred it. So many leaves, not so much dried mint. Haha.
Once that was done, I transferred the dried shredded mint into a container. Now I do want to give you a heads up about adding the dried mint leaves. It’s a pretty addition to the salts and I love the smell, but it also puts little mint pieces in your bath tub (that get on you). You may want to adjust to use more or less mint leaves (or none), depending on your preference.
I got the kids setup at the table to help prep the bath salts. We mixed all of the dry ingredients, breaking up any lumps in our epsom salts, then added wet ingredients.
The green food coloring can be adjusted to be darker or lighter, depending on how much you use. It will turn the bath green.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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