These rainbow bath salts are IMPRESSIVE because they are bright, relaxing, and can be customized. Join us for this quick DIY craft and be sure to read our secret tips to get the best colored bath salts ever!
DIY Rainbow Bath Salts Recipe
I am a huge fan of any craft that is easy, fast, and packs a gifting punch. Because we are very well-versed in creating our own DIY bath and beauty projects, I wanted to share one with you that packs a powerful gift-giving punch.
Are we friends on Instagram? If so, you might have seen a shot of my little one’s creations while she was crafting with stale mini marshmallows and toothpicks. While she was creating her confectionary constructions, I sat right next to her and made these rainbow bath salts. It only took about 15 minutes, including assembling the supplies and taking photos!
There might have been some shrinkage in the marshmallow inventory… When I asked her if she was eating the building supplies, she did this little maneuver to hide the sticky evidence:
Gift Ideas for Colored Bath Salts
Although I chose to whip up rainbow bath salts, you can go customize these beauties however you’re inspired to do so. A few ideas that come to mind:
Teacher or Coach – Put a medal-shaped tag with a thank you note and these scented rainbow bath salts or salts colored in the school’s colors.
Nurse – Having a baby and want to give the nurses on staff a gift? Instead of making a nurse’s station gift basket, how about making small bottles of pastel bath salts? Your thank you tag could say something like, “Thanks for putting up with me and all my hormones.” :)
Tween or Teen – Do you have a tween or teen? For a sweet gift or a slumber party, make up a few of these as a party favor. Or, set this up as an activity for them to do on their own.
Because these are easy to do and are inexpensive, add extra salt to color and keep some on hand for quick gifts. Whip up a few batches to have on hand for that hostess who always has everything covered, or your loving (and traitorous) Bunko teammates, your child’s preschool teacher, or even your little one’s Scout leader. But don’t forget to keep some of these moisturizing rainbow bath salts for yourself!
Supplies for Rainbow Bath Salts
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- Epsom Salts – I always use non-scented, non-medicated.
- Soap Colors (recommended) or Gel Food Coloring
- Sweet Almond Oil (or any moisturizing oil)
- 15-20 drops essential oil, optional
- recycled containers
- spoon or latex gloves
- gifting jar, vase, test tubes, recycled food containers you can ‘pretty up’
Ridiculously Easy Instructions for Rainbow Bath Salts
I wasn’t sure how much to make initially to fit my containers, so I made the smallest batch possible for each color to test if it would work – it did! If you’d like to make more, just triple, quadruple or multiply these amounts by your heart’s desire.
Because we’re going to add a moisturizing oil to our rainbow bath salts, start with the color you are going to layer first so that the oil has time to dry out (just a couple of minutes). You can break any clumps that form when you’re putting the salts into your gifting container.
Take 1/8 cup of Epsom salts and dump them into a recycled container that won’t be used for food again. Add 2 drops of sweet almond oil and one drop of coloring. If you are choosing to scent the bath salts, add a drop of your favorite essential oil, keeping in mind the recipient’s likes and any safety guidelines for using essential oils.
Break up any clumps that have formed while the salts were drying and spoon (or use a funnel) to layer your rainbow bath salts into your gifting jar. Attach a nice note tag and you’re done!
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