It’s never too early to start on those Christmas gifts and it is always the right time to mix up some bath salts. I feel like bath salts are seriously the most underrated bath treat on the market. They don’t look like much or make pretty psychedelic swirls of color in the bath tub. But holy cow, they work wonders!
Depending on the recipe you use, they can be so helpful for aiding in sleep, softening skin, hydrating skin, calming anxiety, relieving muscle cramps and so much more. Long story short, I think they make a fantastic gift for every bath-taking human, especially your high strung sister that needs to just chill out sometimes (yes, I’m talking about me). So let’s get started.
Applying the Vinyl Mason Jar Decal
So in keeping with the Christmas spirit, I paired this bath salt gift with a scripture from the Savior. I love this scripture, it serves as a good reminder to your own unique importance in this world and it has the word salt in it. So there you have it. Start by downloading the PNG to use in your cutting software by clicking on the download link below.
Measure the space you have available on your mason jar and upload the image into your cutting software (Cricut, Silhouette, etc.). Bigger is better! So try to find a large-ish mason jar if possible so the cutter doesn’t have too much trouble with the details.
After it has been cut go ahead and “weed” your vinyl so it looks like the picture above. Then apply your transfer tape as pictured below. After you have overlayed your transfer tape make sure you use a scraper (a credit card works fine too) to really push the vinyl smoothly up against the transfer tape. Then slowly lift your transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the backing.
Center your vinyl over a smooth side of your mason jar and stick her on! Once it’s applied go over the vinyl like crazy with your scraper to press the vinyl down firmly against the glass. Then, with great precision, slowly lift your transfer tape off of the vinyl decal. Use a mini spatula to stick the vinyl back down where it’s giving you trouble (pictured below).
Voila! Now it’s time to make our bath salts.
Making the Bath Salts
The recipe we’re using for this gift is extremely soothing to your skin. Making it wonderful for the dry, itchiness so many people deal with during the weather change. It uses colloidal oatmeal and milk among a few other wonderful ingredients.
A soothing bath salt recipe for itchy and dry winter skin.
- 1/8 Cup Powdered Milk
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Dead Sea Salt
- 1/2 Cup Colloidal Oatmeal
- 1 Cup Epsom Salt
- Fragrance or Essential Oils , as desired
Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Sift milk, baking soda and oatmeal first if they appear clumpy.
The recipe doesn’t call for any specific fragrance or essential oil so use whatever appeals to you. Some recommendations for essential oil blends:
- Lavender, Orange and Lemon – calms nerves and helps with sleep
- Lavender and Geranium – great for dry skin
- Rosemary and Cilantro – detoxing
- Jasmine, Sandalwood and Lemongrass – it smells amazing
If you choose to use fragrance oils just make sure you use the proper usage rate. This information should be available on the packaging or the website you purchased it from.
Putting It All Together
The bath salt recipe should be enough to fill approximately 2 pint sized jars. If you need more feel free to multiply the recipe. Just make sure you mix large batches really well so that all of the ingredients are equally dispersed throughout the jars. So go ahead and fill them up and give them out!
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