- Wash, rinse and dry canning jars.
- Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well.
- In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even.Mixing Tip: use a heavy-duty stand mixer (such as Kitchenaid-brand) to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even--but don't try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers!
- Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.
- Cut gift tags apart and attach to jars. Tags may be trimmed and placed beneath canning jar rings, tied on with ribbon, or taped to gift jars.
This recipe makes 12 12-ounce gift jars, plus a bonus of 3 to 4 cups extra bath salts. Package them in small plastic zipper craft bags for easy stocking stuffers!
Makes 12 gift jars.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bath Salts in a Jar
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To find materials for scented bath salts, check crafts stores or natural food stores for essential oils. Sold in small bottles, these powerful fragrant oils require only a few drops per recipe.
Both kosher salt and sea salt have a slightly coarse grain and are suitable for bath salts. Kosher salt can be found in the baking section of the supermarket, while sea salts are available at health food stores.
Epsom salts and liquid glycerine are sold in the skin care section of supermarkets, drug and discount stores.
Won't the bath salts stain the tub?
We've published this recipe for over 15 years, and have had no reports of stained tubs--or stained people!
My bath salts aren't the right color!
To color this quantity of salt without fading, try paste food coloring sold for cake decorating. Another alternative: powdered food color. Both products produce a stronger color that is more resistant to fading.
Because this product won't be consumed as food, there's no problem trying other packaging alternatives. While canning jars are attractive, they're not necessary; bath salts can be layered in small plastic tube bags or recycled glass jars.
However, standard canning jars offer one advantage: they can be vacuum sealed using a product such as a Foodsaver-brand food sealer to preserve fragrance and freshness. Use canning jars and vacuum sealing if you want to make this gift early for holiday giving.
How far in advance can I make this recipe?
During long storage, Bath Salts gifts may lose their scent, and colored salts may fade or change color. To refresh the scent before giving, open jars and add two or three additional drops of essential oil. If you're concerned about color change, simply omit that step from the recipe and give an uncolored version of this craft gift.
More information: Tips to Make Gifts in a Jar