by Buffi Gentry
Bath Salts/Body Scrub
What you need:
2 cups Epsom Salts or sugar (when I use sugar, I use organic cane sugar)
1 cup carrier oil (carrier oil is a light oil-grapeseed, lite olive oil, sunflower oil-you don't want to over power the scent with the smell of oil)
8 drops of essential oil (buy at holistic type market or order online)
glass jars (mason or recycle other food jars)
How to make:
Mix salt/sugar with carrier oil.
Add the essential oil.
You may also add a drop of food coloring, but I usually leave it white.
Put mixture into jar
What you need:
1/2 citric acid (order from http://www.americanspice.com/ if you can't find it in stores)
1 Cup Baking Soda
3/4 Cup Cornstarch
1/4 Cup cane sugar
6 drops food coloring
10-15 drops of essential oil
Silicone ice cube tray (I found tree and heart shaped trays at Ikea for $2 last year)
Small spray bottle for water (I used bottles I found in the toiletry section of the drug store)
Stir together citric acid, baking soda, sugar, and cornstarch.
Put mixture through a flour sifter.
Fill a spray bottle with water and food coloring.
Spray mixture lightly until it becomes damp. Be careful to NOT soak because you're remove the "fizz" You should be able to pack mixture with your hands.
Next add your oil.
Mix with your hand or spoon until color is even.
Use your hands to pack the mixture into the tray.
If it starts to dry, spritz again.
Let it dry for 12 hours.
Make sure to gently pop out carefully.
Buffi Gentry is a career nanny of 20 years. She's lives in Southern California with her husband, dog, four cats, and gerbils. She currently works with three girls ages 5, 10, and 15. In her spare time she likes to research different craft, arts, and spa/bath related recipes online.