Handcraft: Citrus Spice Bath Salts

article & images by crystal dahlman

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As if from nowhere, a cool crispness seeps into the late summer air and we find ourselves standing at the brink of the fall season. The trees will soon cast a warm wash of saturated rusty reds and glistening golden hues! Looking to the mountains and fields seeing the colors aglow; my mind swirls with the sight and fragrances of the fall season. The craft project this month captures the essence of fall by melding together some of those familiar tones and aromas. Add a cup of these bath salts to warm bath on a chilly evening to open up a delightful mix of citrus and cinnamon spice. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make enough to share with friends and family. Now, it is time to gather up the supplies and get started on this quick and easy project!

Supplies:

  • Glass Jar with Lid

  • 2 Cups of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

  • Citrus Essential Oil

  • Cinnamon Essential Oil

  • Cinnamon Sticks

  • Metal Grater 

  • Natural Powdered Yellow Food Coloring

  • Mixing Bowl

  • Measuring Cup

  • Spoon

  • Cookie Sheet

  • Tin Foil

Step One:

Begin by washing the glass jar and lid with dish soap and warm water. Make sure it is completely clean. Set aside to allow the inside to dry completely. Next, measure 2 cups of pink Himalayan sea salt and pour it into the mixing bowl. Add approximately 10 drops of the citrus essential oil and 1-2 drops of the cinnamon essential oil. Do not at more than 1-2 drops of the cinnamon essential oil to the salt or it will overpower the citrus scent. Take the spoon and stir the salt thoroughly. 

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Step Two:

Next, take one of the cinnamon sticks and rub it across the grater until there is approximately ¼ of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon on top of the salt. If you do not have a metal grater, you can use regular ground cinnamon. Add approximately ¼ teaspoon of natural yellow powdered food coloring to the mixture. Take the spoon and mix the cinnamon in thoroughly. 

Step Three:

Cover the baking sheet with a tin foil. Gently dump the salt mixture on top of the foil. Let the mixture dry for 1-2 hours. Once the mixture is completely set, take the glass jar and little by little add the bath salts to the jar. Next, add on the lid and decorate with a label or ribbon if desired. Now it is ready to use or share!

Fall is the opening act giving way to the holiday season. As the holidays draws near, bath salts will make a perfect gift for guests coming to stay in your home or just as a gesture of thanks! Also, you can easily add new coloring and mixes of essential oil scents to make your own twist on this simple recipe. Now it is time to go find some charming glass jars and whip up some citrus spice bath salts or any flavor you choose! So, this fall season take a long deep breath of the faint breeze and lazily dream of the upcoming season of cider and pumpkins!