6. Candy Cane Bath Salts

If you want something that leaves your skin tingling and invigorated, try a peppermint bath salt like this one! It's so refreshing, you won't ever wait until the holidays to use it – although it does make an excellent Christmas gift! Actually, this recipe is specifically designed to make a lot, but you can easily half it for yourself.


12 tall jelly (12-ounce) canning jars with lid and rings

2 cartons Epsom salts, 4 pound (approximately 16 cups)

4 pounds sea salt or kosher salt (approximately 6 cups)

1⁄2 teaspoon glycerin, divided

12 drops peppermint essential oil

12 drops red food color

2 pieces card stock (for tags)


Wash, rinse and dry canning jars.

Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well.

In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even.

CEO's tip: use a heavy-duty stand mixer (such as Kitchenaid-brand) to mix bath salts easily. Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even--but don't try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers!

Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.

Cut gift tags apart and attach to jars. Tags may be trimmed and placed beneath canning jar rings, tied on with ribbon, or taped to gift jars.

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