Sparkly Salt Potpourri 4


Finished Salt Potpourri

Finished Salt Potpourri

Some days I think being able to make my own personal care items has unleashed a sparkle loving, scent wearing monster. Please tell me I am not the only one that adds glitter and mica to things just because I can. What can I say? I love shiny things. For those who adore shiny things, you will enjoy today’s project.

Ready to Wash Salt

Ready to Wash Salt

Today I wanted to share how to make salt potpourri. I was inspired when a friend mentioned that her daughter’s birthday was coming up and she was at a loss of what to do! “She still is in love with princesses, butterflies and magic.” My friend confessed. “But I just don’t know what to give to her. I want it to be magical and just for her, not something you can find at any store.” I thought it would be fun to make something that would make her room smell good while still fitting in with some of her favorite things. We decided on making salt potpourri!

Washed Salt

Washed Salt

When sitting down to plan out my salt potpourri, I knew I wanted a bright pink colored salt. There is just one problem. Pink can be a hard color to achieve with the salt potpourri. Our Purple Raspberry Color is pH sensitive and the salts are slightly alkaline. This means that the color stays purple. I decided to try adding a tiny amount of Citric Acid at the same time I added my color. It was like I had a little fairy helping me out. I now had a beautiful pink color. Once I was satisfied with my color, I added a pinch of sparkling fairy dust (I mean mica) to the salt to give it some beautiful luster. Wow! What a transformation!

Washed Salt in Mixing Bag

Washed Salt in Mixing Bag

I even got some help from Shayla in our graphics department to design a little sign to hang around the neck of the vase! It is so cute! She even gave me a PDF so that you can print your own. We recommend printing it on a stiffer paper so that it is more durable. Feel free to use them the next time you host a princess party!

Ingredients
Jumbo Crystal Salt
Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Citric Acid
Silver Mica
Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
907 grams Jumbo Crystal Salt
Q.S. Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Q.S. Citric Acid
1.5 grams Silver Mica
3 grams Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Ounces
32 oz Jumbo Crystal Salt
Q.S. Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Q.S. Citric Acid
0.05 oz or Q.S. Silver Mica
0.11 oz Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
99% Jumbo Crystal Salt
Q.S. Purple Raspberry Color, Premixed
Q.S. Citric Acid
Q.S. Silver Mica
1% Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil

 

Adding Purple Raspberry Color

Adding Purple Raspberry Color

Measure out your salt into a colander. By rinsing off the dust, you get clear, glass looking pieces of salt. I like the appearance of washed salt vs. unwashed salt. If you like the appearance of the unwashed salt, go ahead and skip this step.

Adding Citric Acid

Adding Citric Acid

Shake as much water as you can off the salt. Pour the damp salt into a plastic bag. Add the premixed Purple Raspberry Color to the salt. Sprinkle in a tiny amount of citric acid. I used less that 1/16th of a tsp of Citric Acid. Once you have achieved the color you desire, add your mica and shake well. The goal is to have the mica lightly coat the salt. You don’t want to use too much mica otherwise the salt can get a chalky appearance.

Pretty! I am loving this color.

Pretty! I am loving this color.

Spread the damp salt out on a layer of paper towels or cardboard and let it dry. Once the salt has dried, add your fragrance. I like to start out with a small amount of fragrance and adding a few drops of fragrance oil every few weeks to keep the scent strong and fresh. If you add a lot of fragrance to the salt up front, it is often too strong.

Adding Silver Mica

Adding Silver Mica

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Mixed Salt

Mixed Salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letting the salt dry

Letting the salt dry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our beautiful salt is now dry!

Our beautiful salt is now dry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Salt Potpourri

Finished Salt Potpourri

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.


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4 thoughts on “Sparkly Salt Potpourri

  • Eleanor T

    Wow! That is crazy cute! I’ve never been much interested in making salt potpourri, but this I’m going to have to try! Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!

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    • Taylor Post author

      Eleanor,

      You should definitely try it. It is so easy and gives such beautiful results! They make for beautiful gifts too.

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  • Sarah

    I made these with my 7 year old daughter. She loved it. Fun project for kids and parents.
    Many thanks Taylor.

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    • Taylor Post author

      I am so glad you made this with your daughter. I love how simple it is yet it makes their eyes light up like nothing else.

      Happy crafting!

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