Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Please Don't Taste The Vanilla Bean Bath Salts

Since I became rather addicted to Epsom Salts this holiday season, I thought I should at least do one thing with them for which they are actually intended. Making homemade bath salts isn’t a new idea but here’s my take on it.
Vanilla Bean Bath Salts (2)
Vanilla Bean Bath Salt

Vanilla Bath Salt Ingredients
I followed basic guidelines I found online. 3 parts Epsom Salt to 1 part Baking Soda ( I found a big box of baking soda at Target with the cleaning supplies). Then I kinda improvised!
I figured if you can infuse sugars with vanilla beans, why couldn’t you infuse bath salts? So I did.
Vanilla Bath Salts Mix
I mixed my ingredients together, sliced open a vanilla bean, plopped it in there and mixed some more. Then I added just a few drops of vanilla extract for good measure.
Vanilla Bean  Salts
Fished out my vanilla beans and dropped them in the bottom of the glass jar I bought for my bath salts. I got the jar at Cost Plus where I also got my “scoops”. More on that later.

Poured in my salts and done. Well with that part. I wanted to pretty up my jar and since it was going in a bathroom, went with vinyl instead of paper to embellish the jar. Cut some shapes from the Damask D├ęcor Cricut cart on my Expression in brown and gold vinyl.
Vanilla Bean Bath Salts
Tied some twine and ribbon yarn around the neck and added a little of this star garland I had in my stash
One of those things you pick up because it’s pretty and don’t know when you’ll use it?

Finished the top off with a gold vinyl cutout and a vintage button. Now for the scoop on the scoop. I was looking for individual spice or coffee scoops (you know how you get an idea in your head about what you want and how dare the store not have it?) and was about to give up and buy a pack of different sizes which I didn’t really want and then found that Cost Plus has a whole section devoted to tasting sized stuff! YAY! Spoons and Forks and Spreaders Oh My. I found these little square tasting spoons that I’m going to use as scoops!
Vanilla Bean Bath Salts
See? I still managed to find a way to use something for other than its intended purpose!
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Whitney Cypert said...

I bet this smells wonderful!! Such a great gift idea.

The Messy Roost said...

My daughter, Lee, would love that. She loves everything vanilla.

Our Hopeful Home said...

Okay we are so on the same wave length! I am making hand scrub for Christmas presents, lemon! Wait till you see the spoons! Yours are fabulous. I absolutely love vanilla! Now if I could only find the time to take a guilt-free soak!

Mynn xx said...

YUM! Totes pinning this! :)

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Cute idea and so easy and affordable for gifts.

Ruby Jean said...

Oh Wow a Vanilla Bean Bath Salt... I bet that is just DELIGHTFUL... I did a DIY Vanilla bean sugar so I am going to have to give this a try.. I would love for you to share it here

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Ohh, I love vanilla. What a great idea with beautiful presentation too.

Warmly, Michelle

Michelle L. said...

This is really gorgeous...and the rare toiletries gift I would actually want to receive. Great project, Carol - love all the embellishments!

Lori said...

Love this glad I found your blog. I'm a new follower too. Warm wishes

Coley said...

What a wonderful gift this would be. Love it!


Unknown said...

Great idea! I would love the receive some of that for Christmas! Thanks for the recipe.