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I haven’t met a woman (and some men!) who doesn’t appreciate a nice long soak in the tub after a long day at work or school. Buying fancy bath products can be difficult on a student’s budget, so I’ve decided to share a very simple DIY recipe on how to make your own bath salts. Not only are DIY projects great for something to do with your friends when you’re bored, but they make for excellent gifts for anyone.  

What You’ll Need:

– Epsom Salts (I bought a large container at Wal-Mart for around $8)

– Baking Soda

– Essential Oils in assorted scents (Michaels has a good selection)

– Soap Dye* (This can also be found at Michaels)

– Containers to put your bath salts in (IKEA has inexpensive glass jars that work wonderfully)

* Food colouring works as a good alternative to soap dye

Optional Items:

– Sea Salt (Adds a different texture to mixture)

– Cardstock to make labels

– Twine (for decorations and to secure the labels)

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Dry Ingredients

Measure out 1-½ cups of the Epsom salts and pour into a large mixing bowl. Next, measure out ¼ cup of baking soda and mix that into the bowl. If you have decided to use sea salts, you’re going to measure out ½ cup and mix it into your bowl as well. Take a wooden mixing spoon and make sure the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, getting rid of any clumps.

Step 2: Colour

Start out by dropping 2-3 drops of your soap/food colouring. You don’t want to over do it so start out slowly and add more colour as you go to get the desired look. You’re going to have to mix the colouring around for quite some time to make sure it’s even-coloured. At first it’s going to look like the colours aren’t mixing well, but give it some time and you will start to see the results.

Step 3: Scent

Once you’ve achieved the perfect colour and gotten rid of any clumps, you can add your essential oils. Again, you want to be careful and only add 1-2 drops at a time. Essential oils are very fragrant so you don’t need very many drops. We don’t want any overkill!

Step 4: Package

Now that you’ve finished making the product, you’re ready to put it into your jars! Make sure the jars you are using have been cleaned and completely dried before you put your product into them.

Step 5: Labels

While it’s not necessary to make a label, it’s fun! Let your creative side take over and make something unique. I used twine (which I also picked up at Michaels) to secure the label to the jar so the jar could be reused in the future.

… and you’re finished!

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Zoe Crego

U Ottawa '17

Zoë held the position of President of Her Campus at uOttawa from 2015-2017 and was a Senior Chapter Advisor. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2017 and has pursued a career in the Canadian federal public service. She is very grateful to Her Campus for providing a creative outlet while studying and believes her experience with Her Campus helped her grow professionally and personally.    
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