How to Make Colored Bath Salts
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 How to make colored bath salts with this adorable succulent bath salt DIY.  This is perfect for gift giving.  I used mica, so these bath salts are colored naturally and have a bright hue.  They are naturally scented with an uplifting blend of essential oils.


If you're looking for an easy gift idea that looks amazing and will no doubt impress the recipient, this is it.  I had an idea for these succulent bath salts, and I could not be happier with how they turned out.





This is a cup of bath salts ready for soaking with an adorable bath melt succulent sitting on top.  You or the recipient can dump the entire thing in the bath tub and enjoy soaking in the salts plus get the moisturizing benefits of the butters for the skin.


This looks like a boutique bath and body item, but it's so easy.  You can make several of these in an hour, so it's a good gift for groups like a book club or even teacher gifts.


How to Make Colored Bath Salts - Succulent Bath Salts Recipe


You'll make these succulent bath salts in two steps.  First you'll make the succulent bath melts, then you'll make the bath salts.


My recipe will make enough succulents for two bath salt containers.  You can make more to double the recipe, and it should fit in the same mold that I used.





Otherwise, double the recipe and pour.  Then remelt and pour again.  I don't normally like to reheat after I put in essential oils because they can burn off, but the salts also have essential oils, which will compensate for any loss.


Succulent Bath Melts


I used the same recipe that I did for my moisturizing succulent bath melt with emulsifiers.  You can refer to that post for more information and why I chose each ingredient.


It has:


I add emulsifying wax to my bath melts.  It binds the water and oil together.  Without it, the oils just sit on top and don't mix with the water.





Colored Bath Salts


Salts


I wanted a large salt so it looked like rocks.  I used a large grain sea salt from Crafty Bubbles.  You can use any large grain sea salt for this, but Epsom salt and a fine grain salt will not have the same final look.


I also added magnesium flakes.  These give it a little more texture, and I like to use them for soaking.  The magnesium can be absorbed through the skin to reduce muscle aches.


Essential Oils


I used a blend of Ho Wood essential oil and Lemon essential oil.  Ho Wood is quickly becoming one of my favorite oils. 





Ho Wood essential oil is floral with a hint of a woody smell.  It's calming to the nerves and is said to support your immune system.  It also helps reduce muscle and joint pain.


I paired it with lemon essential oil, which smells wonderful.  Lemon essential oil naturally cleans, and it helps energize and improve mental clarity.


I got both of my oils from Simply Earth.  They have free shipping on orders over $29.  They also have an awesome monthly recipe box.  

For $40 a month, you get 4 full size bottles plus supplies to make 6 easy recipes.  Use my code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE to get a free $40 gift card when you sign up.


Polysorbate 80


The salts are colored with mica.  If you just color the salts and put them in the tub, the mica will come off and float on top of the water.


It will also cling to the sides of the tub, making it hard to clean.  


Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier, so it helps the mica get distributed into the water.  It also makes clean up a breeze.





Mica


I used natural mica to color both the bath melt and the bath salts.  It gives a vibrant color without using a lot of product.  


For these succulent bath salts, I used green, pink, purple, and white.


After I colored the salts and let them dry a little, I added some white mica.  This gave the salts a little bit more texture and change the color slightly.  


The pictures don't do it justice I'm afraid, but it's stunning in person.


I also dusted the succulent mold with mica.  This gives them a unique look that looks amazing with almost no more effort.




To dust the mold, simply take a small amount of mica (I start with 1/8 teaspoon) on a spoon and gently shake the spoon over the mold.  The mica will fall into the mold.  Use more mica as needed.


Then repeat with another color if desired.  I used pink and purple with a teeny bit of white for the succulents.


Then blow the mica around.  I do this over the trash can and just use my mouth to blow air to move the mica around.


I think it gives them a fun new look instead of the basic green color they would have been.


Mold


I used the Wilton succulent mold for candy or chocolates.  I love it because it's smaller than other molds.  It's hard to find, unfortunately.


Sometimes it's on Amazon here.  You can also find it on Etsy.  Or you can buy a smaller succulent mold to make these succulent bath salts.


Succulent Bath Salts

Bath Melt Ingredients

Bath Salts Ingredients

Tools and Supplies

Directions


Step #1


Heat the shea butter, emulsifying wax, and cocoa butter in a double boiler. When melted, remove from heat. 

Add essential oils and green mica.  Stir well for one minute.  Emulsifying wax is stubborn sometimes, so be sure to stir very well.

 


Step #2


Sprinkle pink, purple, and white mica on the molds.  Blow off excess into the trash.


 



Step #3


Pour the bath salts into the mold.  I poured the entire batch into the molds and did not use the large one that I poured.


Let cool completely.





Step #4


Place the sea salt, magnesium flakes, essential oils, and polysorbate 80 in a large bowl. Mix well.  Separate evenly into 2 bowls.


Step #5


Add about 1/4 teaspoon of mica to each bowl.  I used pink in one bowl and purple in the other.  Stir well until mixed.





Step #6


Add just a sprinkle of white mica and stir until it looks pretty. 





Step #7


Place each salt inside a clear cup.  Then top with succulents.





To give as a gift, you can use clear bags or a basket bag.  You can tie a ribbon on top, and they are ready to gift.


Like succulents?  Check out these succulent ideas:



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Yield: 2
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $10

Succulent Bath Salts

prep time: 30 Mperform time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 30 M
How to make a cute succulent bath salts recipe with colored bath salts and a succulent bath melt.

materials:

  • 0/35 ounce shea butter
  • 0.35 ounce emulsifying wax
  • 0.7 ounce cocoa butter
  • 8 drops Ho Wood essential oil
  • 12 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 1 cup large grain sea salt
  • 1 cup magnesium flakes
  • 2 ml polysorbate 80
  • 40 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops Ho Wood essential oil
  • Purple, pink, green, and white mica

tools:

  • Wilton succulent mold
  • Clear cups
  • Large bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • Spoons
  • Digital scale

steps:

  1. Heat the shea butter, emulsifying wax, and cocoa butter in a double boiler. When melted, remove from heat.
  2. Add essential oils and green mica. Stir well for one minute. Emulsifying wax is stubborn sometimes, so be sure to stir very well.
  3. Sprinkle pink, purple, and white mica on the molds. Blow off excess into the trash.
  4. Pour the bath salts into the mold. I poured the entire batch into the molds and did not use the large one that I poured.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Place the sea salt, magnesium flakes, essential oils, and polysorbate 80 in a large bowl. Mix well. Separate evenly into 2 bowls.
  7. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of mica to each bowl. I used pink in one bowl and purple in the other. Stir well until mixed.
  8. Add just a sprinkle of white mica and stir until it looks pretty.
  9. Place each salt inside a clear cup. Then top with succulents.

NOTES:

This makes 2 cups.  You can double or triple the recipe to make more.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.