If you could see me right now, you would find a momma with no makeup and un-brushed hair. My “work” uniform of choice is a t-shirt with sweatpants. Let’s just say I’m not one of those moms who looks put together every single day, especially if I’m not going anywhere. It’s not that I put myself on the back burner. I’m no mom martyr. I just actually prefer being home and in my yoga pants. During the week, I don’t put a lot of thought into pampering myself.
My daughter, however, loves pampering herself and me. She has a weird obsession with all things spa related, which is hilarious because it is the exact opposite of me. My little six year old is always wanting to play spa. Frequently she has out cucumber slices, lotions, and lip balms pretending to own a fancy spa. She wanted to give me a pedicure the other day, so she got a bucket of hot water and put some epsom salt in it for a foot soak.
That one simple foot soak got me in the pampering mood. I decided to make myself some candy cane bath salts and some for the ladies in my life for Christmas. It really only takes a few minutes to put together, even if you are doing several at a time.
Peppermint is one of my favorite Christmas scents, so I thought some bath salts that smelled like candy canes would be lovely. I wanted to alternate layers of white and red to make it look like a candy cane, and instead of using artificial food coloring (which isn’t my style) I decided some to use Himalayan pink sea salt since it already has a lovely natural pinkish/red hue to it. Now I’m not going to lie. While epsom salt is dirt cheap, Himalayan pink sea salt can be a bit pricey, so I used only very thin layers of the pink salt to make it more budget friendly.
This is a super simple gift and DIY project. I love a simple handmade gift. They are so special and really say “Merry Christmas”.
If you want to use these cute little gift tags that I made, I have a printable for you. I would print it on thick cardstock and tie it on the jar with some twine or cute ribbon. Click on the image below to download the pdf.
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1/3 cup pink Himalayan sea salt
- 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent)
- Mix together epsom salt and peppermint essential oil in a small bowl.
- Start with a smaller amount of essential oil and add more to your liking.
- Alternate layers of epsom salt mixture and Himalayan sea salt in container until it reaches the top. Because the pink salt is so much more expensive, I add thick layers of epsom salt and thin layers of the Himalayan.
- Seal container and tie a decorative tag around jar with twine.
- Use approx. 1/4 cup in a warm bath.