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How to Make Candy Cane Bath Salts

Energize and uplift spirits with homemade candy cane bath salts, a fun and inexpensive gift to make that's perfect for holiday giving.


  • Step 1: Put Epsom salts in bowls Put 1/2 cup of Epsom salts into each of two separate bowls.
  • TIP: Use resealable plastic bags for mixing ingredients for less mess.
  • Step 2: Put in oil and glycerin Put two drops of peppermint oil and two drops of glycerin into each bowl, stirring to distribute them evenly through the Epsom salts.
  • Step 3: Add red food coloring Add two drops of red food coloring into one of the bowls, and then stir until the color is uniform.
  • Step 4: Layer salts in jar Use a funnel to alternate layers of red and white salts in a glass jar to make a candy cane effect, tapping the jar to settle the material, and filling the jar to the top.
  • TIP: Tilt the jar as you add salts to create diagonal candy cane stripes.
  • Step 5: Tie on a ribbon Tie a ribbon around the jar of bath salts and add a candy cane in place of a bow.
  • Step 6: Make a tag Make a tag instructing the user to add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture to bath water, and to look forward to enjoying a stimulating holiday-style hydro experience.
  • FACT: During Shakespeare's time, Epsom, England, was the site of one of the earliest discoveries of magnesium sulfate, known today as Epsom salts.

You Will Need

  • 2 bowls
  • Epsom salts
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Kitchen mixing tools
  • Glycerin
  • Red food coloring
  • Funnel
  • Glass jar
  • Ribbon
  • Candy cane
  • Tag
  • 2 resealable plastic bags (optional)

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