Fizzy Peppermint Bath Salts

fizzy peppermint bath salts squareI have been saying I was going to make bath bombs for a long time. You know, those giant, fizzy things you drop in your bath that smell fantastic and cost $7 at Lush. And then I round up all the supplies and I start reading about them and how easy it is to mess them up and how things can go wrong and you’re never exactly sure why and I shelf the idea until a few months later when I’m like, “Hey, Kate, let’s make bath bombs today!” And then it happens all over again. Just ask the snowballer that’s been sitting unused in my craft closet for 3 years.

So I make fizzy bath salts instead. Not like the dangerous, illegal narcotics–I tried to think of a better name for this particular product and I was at a loss, so just know that these are regular, legal, safe, non-hallucinatory bath salts. These are so easy (and HARD to mess up), cheap, smell like you’re taking a bath in a tub of candy canes, and they’re a really fun and easy gift to give during the holidays. Except that my husband thinks it’s super weird that I’m giving people things to use in their baths–he said guys don’t do stuff like that. Which reminds me of the time Chandler started taking baths on Friends, but I digress…friends_The-one-where-Chandler-takes-a-bath

You’ll need epsom salts (they’re widely available at drugstores, grocery stores, and Target-like places), peppermint essential oil (I just used the same oil I used in these Cream Cheese Mints last week, but if you’re in the market, just mention the words “essential oils” on Facebook and you’ll have 52 people wanting to sell them to you, and another 12 wondering if you might be interested in joining their Beach Body team or acquiring YouNique mascara), baking soda, and citric acid (which might be the trickiest to find–check out the canning section of your grocery store, or places like Whole Foods. You can also find it on Amazon–I bought a big ol’ bag of it (you know, because of all the bath bombs), but poke around there and there are lots of options; one pound will be plenty for this recipe.

fizzy peppermint bath salts ingredients

I highly recommend slapping on a pair of rubber gloves while you make this–any residual moisture on your hands will make the salts fizz prematurely and if you have any tiny cuts or scratches or irritations on your hands, the straight-up citric acid isn’t going to make them feel better (don’t worry, it’ll be fine in the tub, partially because it’s diluted and partially because the fizzy reaction is actually the baking soda neutralizing the acid. Science, yo.)

Pour the salts into a large and completely dry bowl. Add food coloring (again, I used the deep pink color from this set, but regular red liquid food coloring would work just fine) and essential oil and  mix until completely combined.

peppermint oil and food coloring in salts

Add the baking soda

fizzy peppermint bath soak baking soda

and mix until combined. Add the citric acid and combine completely. Divide into airtight containers (glass is preferable).

jars of fizzy peppermint bath salts from Our Best Bites

You can use 1-2 cups of these salts if you’re doing a therapeutic epsom salt bath (epsom salts are actually a form of magnesium and, when you soak in them, some of the magnesium absorbs through your skin. Magnesium is great for aches, sprains, bruises, muscle cramps, and relaxation. Funny side note: I am a terrible sleeper and my doctor had me start taking a magnesium supplement at night. After a year of every prescription and over-the-counter sleep medication on the market, it is the only thing that helps me fall asleep and stay asleep, plus I don’t send weird texts or buy $300 worth of stuff from Etsy like when I take Ambien.) If you’d rather just add something fun and yummy-smelling to your bath, you can just use a few tablespoons.

 

Tie some twine around those bad boys and you’ve got gifts for all your girlfriends (or Chandler Bing) for just a few bucks!

Fizzy Peppermint Bath Salts from Our Best Bites

P.S. I’ve added the  printable I made. I don’t love it, which is why I didn’t include it, but lots of people want it, so don’t judge me, haha!

 

77 comments

  1. Wow. I just happen to have everything I’ll need to make the bath salts. Very grateful for the magnesium tip. I’m a terrible sleeper eager to get off of the Lunesta. Will try it and let you know how it goes.

  2. “If you’re in the market, just mention the words “essential oils” on Facebook and you’ll have 52 people wanting to sell them to you, and another 12 wondering if you might be interested in joining their Beach Body team or acquiring YouNique mascara).”

    YES!!!

    You are my favorite in the history of ever.

  3. Great gift idea! Would have even shared, pinned, etc if not for the slam on BeachBody. I’m a non-salesly/pushy Coach and have even shared ur recipes & ideas for the last couple years AND usually love your comments/humor. What happened?

    1. Not all BeachBody coaches are pushy. And I’m not slamming BeachBody–I actually have and use tons of their videos. But I have some friends on Facebook and Instagram that I’ve had to unfollow because it’s waaaaay too evangelical. Being a non-pushy BeachBody coach, I’m sure you know the type I’m talking about. 🙂

  4. Kate are the jar labels available to print or purchase? Those would make the perfect touch! Also where can your cute jars be purchased?

    1. I’ll send you the labels if you want for free, I just didn’t love how they turned out. 🙂 And you can just get the jars in the canning department of any store that sells stuff like that (Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc.)

  5. HAHAHA @the Ambien reference. SO true!! Thanks, both for the FABOO gift idead AND the magnesium for sleep tip…totally gonna try both!

  6. Yay you’ve done it again! I’ve been lamely stressing about what to give my gal-friends and I’m totally gonna do this! Unless, of course, they all see this same post and we all end up doing the same thing (see jingle toes year, buttermilk caramel sauce year, and homemade vanilla year 🙂

  7. Aside from the fact that this is a great idea, I have to say that your writing style cracks me up–your posts always make me laugh and have on several occasions made me snort Diet Coke through my nose. I’m pretty sure we were destined to be best friends! And I mean that in a very non-stalker way.

  8. THANK YOU! for the recipe and the tip re: magnesium. I also am a horrible sleeper. I’ll have to look into that. And just yesterday I was looking for bath bombs for my kids stockings!

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