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Bath Crystals

A simple recipe for mixing your own bath crystals at home. Check out the video and see how easy making these really is....

YOU'LL NEED.....

1) A large mixing bowl

2) Kitchen scales

3) Large tub or lidded bucket (to hold all of the mixture)

4) A small glass jar/bottle with lid

INGREDIENTS

1 part Dendritic Salt

2 Parts Epsom Salts

7 parts Coarse/Extra Coarse Sea Salt.

2% Essential or Fragrance Oils (based on the weight of the remaining ingredients)

HOW TO.....

Measure out the Dendritic Salt into the mixing bowl.

(Dendritic salt is a fine salt formed in porous, star-shaped modified cubes. As it has a greater surface area than other salts which means the essential oil absorbs better.)


Calculating the total weight of the mixture, measure out 2% in weight of your chosen essential or fragrance oils and add it to the Dendritic salt and mix well until the essential oils have been absorbed.


Next measures out the Epsom salts and add to the mixing bowl, mix well with the Dendritic salt.


Finally measure out the Sea salt and add it to the bowl too.


Mix everything together well and leave the mixture to stand for at least a day for the fragrance to thoroughly permeate all the salts.


Using a large funnel or suitable utensil, you can now decant a little at a time into a suitable bottle or jar.


Variations:


There are lots of salts available to try:-

* Genuine Dead Sea Salt is widely used in Spa applications because of its unique mineral content.

* Himalayan Pink Rock Salt contains an almost identical set of elements as those in our body in the same proportions as occur in our blood. The distinctive pink colour is due the high mineral content, specifically iron, potassium and magnesium, all vital for good health.

* Sea Salt is available in different grades from fine through to course, and even extra.


Colour can be added, if desired. Colours that work well in this mixture are ultramarines and oxides as they are dry powders, so you have an immediate choice of pink, blue, green or violet. These are added a little at a time and mixed thoroughly until the desired shade is achieved. Other colours that work well are many of the powdered dyes such as Amaranth red, FCF blue, Tartrazine yellow and Sunset yellow, which come as powders but should be diluted in a little water, then mixed into a small amount of cornstarch or tapioca starch into a dry powder before being added a little at a time, mixing thoroughly, until the desired shade is achieved. When using diluted dye powders, be careful to minimise the water dilution as too much can make the salts 'damp'.

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