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Candy Cane Bath Salts

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“This recipe makes 12 12-ounce gift jars, plus a bonus of 3 to 4 cups extra bath salts (you could use them for stocking stuffers...but I always have to 'test' mine). You can use a large stand mixer (like a KitchenAid) to mix the salts. You could use a different essential oil/essence. One of my favorites is to make a strawberries & cream jar. Use Strawberry essence/essential oil and red dye (I still make the layers). I'll then attach a tube of facial cream to the jar lid. One year I dehydrated some thinly sliced strawberries and scattered them among the layers--that came out beautifully!”
12 jars

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (4 lb) cartons epsom salts (approximately 16 cups)
  • 4 lbs sea salt (approximately 6 cups) or 4 lbs kosher salt (approximately 6 cups)
  • 12 teaspoon glycerin, divided
  • 12 -15 drops peppermint oil
  • 12 -15 drops red food coloring


  1. You will also need: 12 mason jars with lids and rings and 3 pieces cardstock (for tags).
  2. Start with clean and *dry* mason jars.
  3. Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl.
  4. Add 3 cups of the sea/kosher salt and stir well.
  5. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil.
  6. Mix well.
  7. In second large mixing bowl, the other carton of Epsom Salts, and the remaining 3 cups sea/kosher salt.
  8. Stir well.
  9. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color.
  10. Stir until completely blended.
  11. Color should be reasonably even.
  12. Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.
  13. Make up three labels for your candy cane bath salts and attach to the jars.
  14. Trim the jars with ribbon, fabric whatever.

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