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Candy Cane Bath Salts

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I found this gift idea in an Advent devotional that I’m using this season.  The author suggested the recipe as a way for the reader to find some indulgence during the busy holiday season, but I thought this would make easy and fun gifts.

You can use a combination of salts — epsom, rock, sea salt, for example, or you can just use one kind of salt.  Epsom salts are found pretty much anywhere that has a pharmacy.  The rock salt I had on hand from making ice cream in a bag

You can also dye part of the salts to make a red and white striped container, but I’m kind of leery of food dye in the bath tub so I skipped it.  I buy my essential oils through a co-op, but peppermint oil is pretty easy to find at a health food store.  Essential oils can get expensive, but a little bit goes a really long way.

I used half-quart canning jars to package the salts because I have a lot of them on hand, but be creative! Plastic containers, old jars, even a plastic bag would work for these. Attach a tag and a candy cane you have a very cute and useful gift.

Yield: 4 - 1 Cup Jars

Candy Cane Bath Salts

Candy Cane Bath Salts


  • 4 cups epsom salt
  • 1 cup rock salt
  • 3 drops peppermint oil


  • Jars, ribbon, tags, candy canes


  1. In a large bowl mix together salts. You can increase or decrease the amount but try to keep the ratio 4:1.
  2. Add peppermint oil and stir to combine.
  3. Put salt in to containers.
  4. Tie with ribbon, candy canes, and tags.
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  • Marti Parks
    July 21, 2012

    I love this idea. Thanks.

  • Lauren
    December 15, 2011

    Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Party! I love this…what a great gift this would be!

  • Annie
    December 12, 2011

    Very nice gift idea!  Thank you for sharing!