When I was little, whenever someone in my family visited the beach, they’d always bring back salt water taffy for my mom. As a kid, I don’t remember eating much of it, but as an adult, I share her love for the sweet, salty boardwalk treat. I thought it would be fun to capture that memory in a bath salts recipe! Check it out!
Salt Water Taffy Bath Salts
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- Mason Jar with Lid
- Sea salt or Epsom Salt (enough to fill your mason jar)
- 3 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 3 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- McCormick Neon Food Colors (see below for alternatives. Also, I added the link so you can see what they look like, but check your grocery store first)
- 3 plastic bags for mixing
How to Make It:
- Start by figuring out how much salt you’ll need to fill your jar, then divide it into three bags. OR, do what I did and just throw a cup of salt into each bag. You’ll have leftovers, but that’s fine.
- Add about three drops of the pink, purple and blue food coloring to each bag. One color per bag, naturally. Seal bag and shake well. If it’s not the color you want, add one drop at a time until you’re happy. If you don’t want to use McCormick neon food coloring (I’ve never had an issue with it, but I know some people are anti-food-coloring), you can use mica colorant. I’ve never used it for bath salts, but it is used in soaps, mineral makeup, etc.
- Add your sweet orange oil to one color, vanilla to a second and your lemongrass to a third, sealing and shaking the bag to disperse the scent. I based the quantities above on my preference. Give each bag a sniff, then decide if you need more. It’s easier to add more scent than cut an overwhelming one, but if you do go overboard, just add a bit of unscented Epsom salt to the bag. You may need more food coloring, though.
- Layer the colors in your mason jar. Make sure you fill it as close to the top as possible, so the colors don’t shift around when you move the jar, but still leave enough space so that you can reach your scoop down through the layers to get a good mixture of scent during your bath.
Voila! You have your “salt water taffy” bath salts, all ready to enjoy! Bath salts are crazy-easy to make. Even this recipe took me under 5 minutes to put together. It looks gorgeous on your bathroom sink, too!
Do you have any favorite bath salts recipes that remind you of a summer memory? Share in the comments!