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Learn to Make: Bath Salts
By Wholesale Supplies Plus Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Bath salts are a fun and simple project that is great for any age! They are an excellent add-on to your product line. You can add many different things to bath salts including milk powders, botanicals and even citric acid/baking soda to make fizzing bath salts. 

Choose Your Salt

You can use one or combine many different types of salt for your bath salt base. Here are some common choices:

Crafter's Choice™ Salt Blend - Dead Sea (Pure Salt) - The waters from the Dead Sea are unique in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal sea water. Further, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. The balance of the salts in Dead Sea water are magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. 

Crafter's Choice™ Salt Blend - European Sea (Pure Salt) - European Spa Salts are solar evaporated and harvested from the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea. They are produced using the ancient method of solar evaporation in a region that is free of pollution and has high evaporation rates. European Spa Salts are one of the purest salts in the world. This is a proprietary blend of various sizes of salt crystals.

Crafter's Choice™ Bath Water Crystals - Medium - This high mineral sea salt will increase the quality of any bath salt recipe. Natural sea water and an advanced filtration system makes these salts uniform, white and clean. All Natural.

Crafter's Choice™ Dead Sea Salt - The waters from the Dead Sea are unique in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal sea water. Further, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. The balance of the salts in Dead Sea water are magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. All Natural. These salts come as coarse and fine

Crafter's Choice™ Dendritic Salt - Dendritic Salt is a very fine grain salt with a greater surface area than most salts on the market. This greater surface area allows the salt to absorb twice the amount of oil. It has less clumping, greater fragrance retention and dissolves quickly in water. All Natural.

Crafter's Choice™ Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) - Dissolved in a bath, Epsom Salt is absorbed through the skin to replenish the body's levels of magnesium. Researchers have found that magnesium increases energy by encouraging the production energy packets made in the cells. Experts recommend soaking with Epsom Salt at least three times a week to look better, feel better and have more energy. All Natural.

Crafter's Choice™ European Spa Salt - European Spa Salts are solar evaporated and harvested from the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea. They are produced using the ancient method of solar evaporation in a region that is free of pollution and has high evaporation rates. European Spa Salts are one of the purest salts in the world. All Natural. These salts come in fine, medium and coarse grain

Mix and match! You don’t have to choose just one. Check out the bath salt sampler kit to try various salts at once.

Bath Salt Additives

Basic bath salts are made with just that…salt! But to jazz them up, many different ingredients can be added. Some common choices are:

Fragrance or Essential Oil - If you want your bath salts to have a scent, then you’ll need to add fragrance oil or essential oil. You can add 1% essential oil or up to 3% fragrance oil. Double check IFRA guidelines to make sure you comply.

Baking Soda & Citric Acid (combo) - A mixture of baking soda and citric acid will make your bath salts fizz when they hit the water. Mix together one part citric acid with two parts baking soda. 

Baking Soda - Natural alkaline that neutralizes acids and washes away oils/dirt while leaving skin soft, silky & smooth. Dissolves in water.

Milk Powders - Milk powders add moisturizing properties to your baths. Milk powders available include soy milk, coconut milk, goat’s milk and buttermilk. You can mix or match to make a decadent bath salt. 

Herbs and Botanicals - Herbs and botanicals are a great way to add visual variation to bath salts. You can use any dry herb, but common ones for bath salts include rose petals, chamomile, lavender and jasmine. 

Bath Teas - Bath teas are premixed herb blends that you can purchase for your bath and body creations. You can add them to bath salts to provide visual variations of color and texture. 
Herbs and bath teas hit the warm water and release natural oils and extracts. 

Colloidal Oatmeal - Oatmeal binds to the skin and creates a barrier that is thought to protect the skin. The hydrated granules of oatmeal adhere to the surface of the skin and provide a protective film attracting humidity and reducing friction. It has been used in Egypt since 2,000 BC for its beautifying effects. It is used for natural moisturizing properties and to alleviate itching. All Natural.

Coloring Bath Salts

Mica and dyes can be used to color bath salts. 

Mica - Mica can be used to color bath salts. Simply mix it into the bath salt mixture. 

Dye Powders - Dye powders are super concentrated colorants and are approved by the FD&C for use in cosmetics. 

Containers for Bath Salts

There are many types of containers that you can package bath salts in. Some common containers include:

Jars - Jars are great for packaging bath salts. Stick to plastic jars, as you don’t want glass breaking in the bathroom. Jars range in sizes and colors.

Salt Tubes - Clear plastic tubes are a great way to package bath salts. If you color salts or add botanicals, the clear plastic lets you easily showcase your bath salts. 

Bags - You can package your bath salts in various types of bags. Organza and muslin work well. 

Zip Pouches - These are a great way to package and showcase bath salts. They come in varying sizes. 

Plastic Soap Clamshells - These containers are an adorable solution for packaging bath salts. Slap a label on it and your salts are ready for sale.

How to Formulate a Bath Salt Recipe

The fun thing about making bath salts is that there really isn’t a right or wrong way to mix and match ingredients. To help get you started, here are some basic recipes.  In the recipes below, salt means any salt from above or mix of salts or blends.

Basic Bath Salts
40 oz. Salt 
1.2 oz. Fragrance Oil or .4 oz. Essential Oil
4-10 drops of dye to color. 

Milk Bath Salt
35 oz. Salt
5 oz. Milk Powder
1.2 oz. Fragrance Oil or .4 oz. Essential Oil

Fizzing Bath Salt
32.5 oz. Salt
2.5 oz. Citric Acid
5 oz. Baking Soda
1.2 oz. Fragrance Oil or .4 oz. Essential Oil

Oatmeal and Lavender Bath Salt
30 oz. Salt
4 oz. Colloidal Oatmeal
4 oz. Goat Milk Powder
2 oz. Baking Soda
0.4 oz. Lavender Essential Oil

Herbal Bath Salt
40 oz. Salt
1/4-1/2 Herbs or Herb Tea
1.2 oz. Fragrance Oil or .4 oz. Essential Oil

Feel free to be creative and mix and match ingredients. 

Bath Salt Basic Process

Making bath salts is super simple! 

Step 1: Weigh the salt into a large mixing bowl. 
Step 2: Weigh out any powders or additives and whisk in. 
Step 3: Weigh out scent and add by sprinkling into different areas of mixture. Don’t dump in one spot. Add color and whisk.  
Step 4: Line a cookie sheet or tray with wax paper. Pour salt on wax paper and let sit out overnight to dry. 
Step 5: Package and enjoy!

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