How to Make Candy Cane Bath Salt Shots
Candy cane bath salt shots are super fun and easy to make. This Christmas bath salt recipe is a great project for the holidays. With how busy the holiday season is, sometimes you want a project that will give you instant gratification. This bath salt recipe takes just 30 minutes of hands-on time to make, and the end result makes for a perfect last-minute gift or stocking stuffer.
Not only are these bath salt tubes adorable, they also help soothe your skin with Epsom salts, baking soda and coconut milk powder. All of these ingredients are great for the dry winter months. Follow along as we make this festive bath salt project!
Skill Level: Easy
Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Drying Time: 1 day
Yield: 8 bath salt shots (approx. 4.5 oz each)
- 8 bath salt packaging tubes
- 8 shrink wrap bands (65 x 55 mm)
- 2 mixing bowls
- Plastic beaker
- Plastic pipette
- Digital scale
- Micro scoop
- Spoon or spatula for stirring bath salts
- Small spoon for packaging bath salts
- 2 baking sheets
- Tin foil
- Heat gun (or hair dryer) for sealing the shrink wrap
- Optional: Cotton balls for keeping top layer of bath salt from shifting after packaging
- 950 g Epsom salt (approx. 33.5 oz)
- 200 g Baking Soda (approx. 7 oz)
- 150 g Coconut Milk Powder (approx. 5.3 oz)
- 15 g Polysorbate 80 (approx. 0.5 oz)
- 8-10 micro scoops Bright Red mica powder
- 4-8 ml Candy Cane Kiss fragrance oil
Note: You may substitute Peppermint essential oil in this recipe if you wish. If using essential oil, you will need far less than 8 ml. You will need to measure in DROPS instead of milliliters. Start with 10-15 drops of essential oil and increase the amount up to 20 drops if you want a stronger scent.
Instructions for Making Candy Cane Bath Salts
This project is super easy! We will start by making two different colors of bath salts. Once these are done, they are left to dry overnight before packaging. The bath salts are packaged in layers, alternating colors with each layer to create a fun striped effect.
Making Your Bath Salts
- Use your digital scale to weigh out the following dry ingredients. You may find it helps to pour the milk powder and baking soda through a sifter as you add these ingredients to the bowl.
- 30 oz Epsom salt
- 4 oz baking soda
- 4 oz coconut milk powder
- In a plastic beaker, measure out 8 ml of Candy Cane Kiss fragrance oil. You may use less if you want to have a lighter scent.
- In the same plastic beaker, add 15 g of polysorbate 80. Mix the ingredients together – a pipette works great.
- Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix with a spatula or your hands (with gloves) to fully incorporate all of the ingredients.
- Transfer approximately half of the mixture into a separate mixing bowl.
- In one of the mixing bowls, add up to 8 micro scoops of bright red mica powder. You may add a few more micro scoops if you want a brighter color.
- Leave the other bowl of salts white.
- Securely line two baking sheets with tin foil, then pour each bowl of salt onto its own baking sheet.
- Spread the salts out evenly on the sheets and leave them to dry overnight or until the salts are completely dry. You don’t want to package bath salts until they have dried out completely.
Packaging Your Candy Cane Bath Salts
- When the bath salts are dry, get your packaging tubes ready. It may help to cover your work surface with newspaper or parchment paper for easier cleanup.
- If desired, transfer the bath salts back into their respective mixing bowls. It is easier to scoop from the bowls when packaging the salts.
- Using a small spoon, scoop a bit of white mixture into the bottom of each bath salt tube. Lightly tap the tubes on the table to even out the layer and compact the bath salts.
- Next, use the same spoon to scoop a bit of red mixture into each of the bath salt tube. Gently tap the bottom of the tube on the table to even out the layer.
- Repeat this process, alternating between red and white salts until each tube is full. You should be able to fit about 165 grams of bath salts into each tube. However, the amount can vary depending on how compact the bath salts are in the tube. If selling these bath salts, try to fit an exact amount in each tube for product consistency.
- Optional: place a cotton ball on the top layer of salt before putting the lid on. This can help prevent the salts from shifting around and destroying your layers once the tubes are moved. The bath salts may compact and settle after they are packaged, which can make the top layers look messier.
- After putting the lids on, seal each tube with a shrink wrap band and a heat gun.
- Label each tube accordingly with the product name, net weight, instructions for use, and ingredients. Include instructions that say DO NOT EAT.
- Finally, attach a shrink wrap band to each lid and seal with a heat gun.
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