Epsom Salts are my favorite soak; they don’t leave petals in my belly button or leaves between my toes. But what about the commercials of the last many decades which have said “lather means clean” through their pictures? Maybe we need to making foaming bath salts to combine the benefits of a good soak with the fun of bubbles.
We are going to continue the Valentine’s Day theme and expand on yesterday’s post. We are making Layered FOAMING Bath Salts today.
You will need Epsom Salt, Bath Salt Tubes, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Purple Raspberry Color in the dropper bottle from the Jan. 12, 2009 blog post, Grape Color in the dropper bottle from the Jan. 12, 2009 blog post, a zipper bag, a funnel, and a fun fragrance oil.
Because I am varying the colors in today’s post, I am going to use Juicy Grape Fragrance. The bottom color will be purple, the midway color will be raspberry, and the top will be white.
Each bath salt tube will hold about 4 ounces of Epsom Salts. I am making 50 tubes, so I need 12.5 lbs. I also need 3 tablespoons of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLS). I have separated these amounts into three even sections, 8 1/2 cups each, because we will have three distinct layers. Each amount of Epsom Salt 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 salt go into our first bag. Add 1 tablespoon of SLS to the salt. Add the fragrance oil and 12 drops Grape Color and 38 drops Purple Raspberry. Zip the bag closed and knead well. Make this color dark and vibrant.
8 1/2 cups of salt go into our second bag. Add 1 tablespoon of SLS to the salt. Add about 6 drops Grape Color, 26 drops Purple Raspberry color, and fragrance oil. Zip the bag closed and knead well. Make this salt a bright raspberry color.
8 1/2 cups of salt into our third bag. Add 1 tablespoon of SLS to the salt. Add no color to this bag. We want white salts on top. Add the fragrance oil. Zip the bag closed and knead well.
Using a spoon, 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.
The salts don’t appear to be different from yesterday’s. But in the bath, they will foam and produce lots of bubbles.
Is 4 oz of bath salts enough? I tried 1/4 cup and felt the water was softer, but didn’t really get any of the scent and I added enough.
How much of the bath salts you use is up to your personal tastes, and your personal tastes will also dictate how much fragrance you use. Some people like a very light scent and use just a little amount of fragrance oil. Others want the entire bathroom to be scented. The size of the bath tub will affect the amount of salts used. I use a much smaller amount of salt in a standard sized tub versus a large jetted tub. I think that the practice of testing until you find the right amount will apply for finding how much salt you want to use.
I hope this answers your question.
Error to fix! 🙂 It should say “Epsom Salts are my favorite soak, they don’t leave petals in my belly button or leaves between my toes.” instead of Epsom Salts..the don’t leave..”
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