Making Stuff Monday

Since moving to the Portland area a few years ago, I've tried some weird stuff. Well, weird enough for this former Midwesterner.

See: buying a camper, attempting to make my own deodorant, and pickling some stuff.

My deodorant experimentation just led to red, irritated pits so I've officially given up on that beauty DIY but one thing that I've found a lot of success with is making my own bath salts. This is a very little effort, lotta gain scenario. I don't really follow a recipe, I just follow my heart. Kidding, I just throw some things in a bowl and hope for the best. Complete anarchy.

I almost always visit Milwaukie Mercantile, formerly known as Molly Muriel, to find the perfect things to fancy up my bath salts. They have a beautiful variety of salts, herbs, and other things that you'll quickly discover that you need in your life. They also have THE BEST chapstick. No, seriously. I forgot it when we were on vacation and I spent a week trying to find something, anything that didn't disgust me. It was impossible! 

 This clementine chapstick is life altering. No, seriously. I'm sure that the others are equally as perfect, but why fix what isn't broken?

This clementine chapstick is life altering. No, seriously. I'm sure that the others are equally as perfect, but why fix what isn't broken?

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Please note: this is not a sponsored post. I just love this place!

How to make bath salts

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Must haves:

  • epsom salt (I buy the big pack from Costco)
  • essential oils (I tend to use lemon and lavender)

Optionals:

  • dried flowers 
  • salts
  • baking soda (didn't use it this time)

First, I pour half a bag of the epsom salt from Costco into a bowl. Next, I add in a few ounces of mineral and Himalayan salt. Sometimes I sub baking soda for the salts. Then, I add in flowers. This time I decided that rose petals would be fun. Lavender and chamomile are also nice. Then I add in essential oils. Lavender and lemon are my favorites. Then I stir it all together and pour it into a big glass container that I keep on my bathroom counter. It helps make the bathroom smell nice and it's pretty to look at. I will stir it up every few days so I can enjoy the scent.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, add a few scoops of bath salts to a tub, and get soaking! 

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Pro tip: While we can try our best to get to Oprah level bath tubbing, we probably don't all have a housekeeping to clean up after us. I adore having flower petals in my bath salts, but don't love cleaning up the mess. I allow the tub to dry out for a few hours then take a dry towel to knock the petals loose then use a small hand vac to clean up. Another great option would be to put your bath salts into little bags like these. No muss, no fuss! Enjoy! 

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