Epsom Salts are magnesium sulfate. They are used as a soak to help sore and achy muscles and increase magnesium absorption to the body.
For the Valentine’s Day theme, I am making layered salts for the Bath Salt Tubes.
You will need Epsom Salt, Bath Salt Tubes, Purple Raspberry Color in the spray bottle from the January 19, 2009 blog post, a zipper bag, a paper cone cup, and a fun fragrance oil.
Today I am using Polynesian Red. This pomegranate scent is climbing fast on the sales chart, and I want to play with it.
Each bath salt tube will hold about 4 ounces of Epsom Salts. I am making 50 tubes, so I need 12.5 pounds. I have divided this amount by three, because we will have three distinct layers. Each amount of salt – 8 1/2 cups – will be scented and colored on its own.
Measure the salt. This is about 25 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt.
8 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt go into our first bag. Spray on the Purple Raspberry color and add the fragrance oil. Zip the bag closed and knead well. In order to make this color dark and vibrant, I used 100 sprays of color.
8 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt go into our second bag. Spray on the Purple Raspberry color and add the fragrance oil. Zip the bag closed and knead well. Making this color medium and fun used 40 sprays of color.
8 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt go into our third bag. Spray on the Purple Raspberry color and add the fragrance oil. Zip the bag closed and knead well. To make this color light and gentle, I used 20 sprays of color.
Using a measuring spoon and paper funnel, add 2 rounded tablespoons of the first bag (darkest colored salts) to the Bath Salt Tube. Now add 2 rounded tablespoons from the second bag to the tube. Finally add 2 rounded tablespoons from the third bag to the tube.
Cap and tie with ribbon.
I like the darkest color on the bottom because it looks the heaviest. I know color doesn’t weigh anything, but if the dark color is at the top, the tube appears as though it might fall over! Check it yourself and see.
These simple salts are easy to make and color for any time of year.
I wanted more intense color than what occurred with the salts being sprayed, so I redid these salts with the Purple Raspberry premixed color from January 12, 2009. I made the darkest color with 30 drops of Purple Raspberry, the medium color with 12 drops of Purple Raspberry, and the lightest color with 3 drops of color. This time the color matched what I had imagined for the color. What do you think?