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Tutorial: Peppermint Christmas bath salts

Merry Christmas eve, friends!

I’m going to spoil the Christmas morning surprise for some of my giftees, but hopefully they aren’t up late on Christmas eve reading my blog. The appropriate Christmas eve activity is obviously drinking heavily waiting for Santa. Duh.

This year I decided to make some homemade bath salts for some of the gals in my family. And I have good news to share: it’s dead easy. Here’s how I did it:

Step 1. Assemble supplies: epsom salts, red and green food colouring, peppermint essential oil, dorky Christmas-themed containers.

Step 2. Divide epsom salts into bowls (in this picture I would guess there’s about a cup in each bowl). Mix several drops of each food colouring into the epsom salts. There is no formula for this. Just add more drops and mix around until you like the colour. Also mix in a few (approx. 4) drops of peppermint essential oil. The stuff is strong so don’t go overboard.

Step 3. Layer salts in alternating colours into your container. Bonk the bottom of the container on the countertop to get the salts to settle evenly. Don’t shake them around too much or the colours will mix. Layer the salts as close to the top as you can to avoid shifting the stripes if the container gets put on its side/shaken a bit in transit to the giftee.

Step 4. Put the lids back on your containers and give them to your lucky giftees!

I can’t wait to try mine out (I had some salts left over). I already put them next to my bath so I can soon bathe in the wonder of Christmas. I wonder if I’ll end up smelling like a candy cane afterwards?

I think these make great gifts. They’re simple, inexpensive, quick, very Christmassy (my whole kitchen smells minty now), and a nice way to pamper your loved ones. The epsom salts have muscle-relaxing properties and the peppermint is a calming smell. Deluxe.


Christmas knitting (and crafting) 911


So despite my better judgment, I think I have to admit something. Christmas is in a month. I generally take after my mum when it comes to Christmas, plugging my ears and singing “lalalalala” until somewhere around December 15th, but this year I need to snap out of it. I have a baby this year. He makes accomplishing a shower challenging. If any gifts are going to get organized, I should start now. Probably better yet to have started months ago, but alas, I was busy birthing a human being back then.

So far my list of handmade gifts is small. Bite-sized, if you will. One knitting project, one sewing project. I may even scrap the sewing project, depending on time… Hoo, look at me go! I think might break a sweat.

Anyway, Shannon over at luvinthemommyhood started up a Christmas crafting support group called Christmas Knitting 911 and I am all over that. Some accountability and encouragement is so necessary this time of year in order to prevent me from saying “oh eff this”, throwing my knitting out the window (don’t worry, only figuratively) and instead spending an exorbitant amount on some cheesy last-minute gift in Chapters’ Things That Aren’t Books section (scented recipe cards?).

There’s even a handy thread over on Shannon’s Ravelry group for this thing, guys. So come join us and dish about your to-make list! And if you blog, you can grab the button below over at luvinthemommyhood!