Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but these pink grapefruit bath salts would make a lovely handmade gift for Mother's Day, Christmas, your best friend's birthday, or as something thoughtful anytime really! Bath salts are a wonderful way to relax, soothe sore muscles and detox your body, but grapefruit essential oil is energizing so you'll feel refreshed and smell wonderful after soaking with these beautiful pink bath salts.This recipe is so simple, you're going to love it, and wonder why you don't make your own bath salts more often!
For this recipe you'll need
2 cup glass measuring cup
1/2 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon steel measuring spoons
steel mixing spoon (I use sun tea spoons)
1 Wide Mouth Pint sized Jar with lid
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Coarse Sea Salt
1/2 cup Coarse Himalayan Pink Salt
1 TBS Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Grapefruit Essential Oil
Pour 1/2 a cup of all three salts into your 2 cup measuring cup, then add 1 TBS of baking soda, and pour your 1/2 teaspoon of grapefruit essential oil right on top of the baking soda.
Next, gently stir the essential oil into the baking soda, and you will see it dissolve into the baking soda, and pink salts. I like to add the pink salts on top so that the essential oil will bleed into those salts and keep the epsom and sea salts a pretty white color.
After it looks like the essential oil has dissolved well into the baking soda, stir, stir, stir some more, until you have a beautiful blend of pink and white salts. Then pour the salts into your quart sized jar, put on the lid and you're done! This recipe makes enough salts for 2-3 baths.
If you wanted to make a bigger batch for a larger jar, you could quadruple this recipe and use a gallon sized jar. And while the 2 piece canning jar lids have their purpose, you can also get one piece metal lids. Though I personally love these white lids because they make storing things besides canned foods, much prettier and easier... or if you wanted to really have fun with it, these colorful lids are great to keep on hand too.
You may have noticed that I suggest using glass and stainless steel cups and spoons for this recipe. Ever since I started working with essential oils (and fragrance oils too for that matter) I've realized how important it is to stick with only using steel and glass. Both of these are non porous materials, so they won't absorb the scents of your oils or give anything a funny reaction. Imagine if you had used a rubber spatula, and then it smelled like grapefruit... forever... maybe you wouldn't mind that so much, but what if it did something funky? Trust me, please just stick to glass and stainless steel when making bath and body products. Don't ruin your wooden spoons and your pretty plastic spatulas... it's not worth it.
As with all things, do your research on essential oils. Some oils are more skin safe than others, and some you will be able to safely use more in a recipe than others... Because I love one stop shopping on Amazon Prime, I've linked all the needed supplies for this project back to Amazon, however you may have noticed I've linked HomeLikeGrandmas on eBay for the essential oils. They are high quality for an affordable price, and she offers fast free shipping, so you can order one simple thing from her and get it quickly, or order a few different oils and get discounts for ordering more... As many of you know, I ran a soap business on Etsy for many years, and HomeLikeGrandmas is my go to gal for essential oils. I've been buying her oils for years. I like supporting small businesses whenever I can, and it feels really good to be able to support and share a cottage business with you, that is really top notch, and that I personally have loved for so long.
I hope you have fun making these bath salts and see how easy it is to make something special, for yourself, or for someone you love. Give the gift of relaxation in a jar... Once you get the hang of the basic recipe for bath salts, you can start mixing other essential oils together for wellness and aromatherapy too.