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Relaxation Bath Salts

November 10, 2010

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my baths. It’s one of my few luxuries in life.  Since we’ve bought the condo, I’ve had to severely curtail my baths.  First off, the bath tub is small and not that comfortable.  But secondly, our hot water heater isn’t big enough for a long, hot bath.

Despite this, K knows the way to my heart and a couple of years ago he bought me some bath salts to soak in whenever I do feel the need for a bath.

It took awhile, mostly due to the fact that I couldn’t use them for a year while recovering from my open heart surgery, but last month I finally finished the bottle.  It’s a nice, heavy bottle, and I didn’t want to get rid of it, but neither did I want to buy another bottle of bath salts.

You see, I checked out the ingredients on this bottle, and while they contained lots of flower extracts, they also contained propylene glycol.

Ugh, propylene glycol is used in a lot of bath products, because it’s a humectant. A humectant is something that stops things from drying out.  I’m not sure why its needed in my bath salts, especially since the essential oils in them are in a glass container, but there’s a lot of things I don’t understand about many products.

Propylene glycol isn’t only in bath products, you can also find it in anti-freeze, brake and hydraulic fluid, certain paints, floor wax, commercial laundry detergent (not mine!), pet food, and some processed foods.  According to the Cosmetics Database, while it’s practically non-toxic when taken orally (i.e. in food), it’s been found to provoke skin irritation in as little as 2% concentration, when many cosmetics contain up to 50% of the substance.

In addition to propylene glycol, the Bath and Bodyworks bath salts also contain some other ingredients, that, while not bad, aren’t necessary for my enjoyment either.  The less ingredients, the better I feel.

So I decided to make my own bath salts. Easy peasy, as it requires epsom salts, and essential oil. Mix together and bottle.

I didn’t have an vanilla oil, but I do have plenty of lavender oil.  Lavender oil has been used for centuries in aromatherapy as a stress reliever. It’s actually a mild sedative! It’s also known for its skin healing properties.  Seeing as I’m a pretty anxious person naturally, I love the smell of lavender.

After mixing, I poured it into the old bottle, and I’m ready to go!

I’ve already used it once and can report it works just as well as the Bath and Bodyworks bath salts.

 Now, as you can see from my Etsy and Artfire stores, I am selling these bath salts (with liquid glycerin included to help retain moisture and pull oxygen into the skin – I was out when I made the ones in this post). 

But I thought it might also be a good idea to have my first blog giveaway ever – even including Little House on the Great Flats!

Do you also like to take baths?

I am offering one reader a free 16-oz. glass jar of my Relaxation Bath Salts.  Shipping to you will also be free!  When you open up the jar and inhale the lavender scent, you will instantly relax a notch or two.  Pour 4 tbsp (1/2 cup)  worth into a hot, running bath, and transport yourself into luxury for a time.

To enter:

1. Eligibility:


Giveaways are open to readers with US shipping addresses only.

2. How to Enter:

Please leave me a blog comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing to do to relax is.

For bonus entries, please leave a separate comment letting me know you’ve done any of these:

1) Tweet about my giveaway linking to this post;

2) Subscribe to my blog through some sort of Reader;

3) Blog about this give away on your blog.

You have one week to enter.  Entries close at midnight on November 18, 2010, at which time a winner will be chosen by 

 Good luck!

22 Comments leave one →
  1. GD Blogger permalink
    November 10, 2010 11:29 am

    My favorite thing to do to relax – make a cup of tea, sit in bed and watch the silliest reality tv shows ever!

    gdblogger1 at gmail dot com

  2. GD Blogger permalink
    November 10, 2010 11:30 am

    I am also a subscriber!

    gdblogger1 at gmail dot com

  3. November 10, 2010 11:44 am

    Lately I’ve been turning to various craft projects to relax. I’ve just been learning how to crochet and make wire and beaded jewelry, so when I’m really stressed, picking up one of my projects helps me focus on something other than stress for a bit. Plus I’m getting my Christmas gifts taken care of at the same time so it’s win-win!

  4. November 10, 2010 11:46 am

    I tweeted.

  5. November 10, 2010 11:46 am

    And I already follow you in Google Reader :)

  6. November 10, 2010 12:30 pm

    I am already a follower, you are in my google reader.

  7. November 10, 2010 12:31 pm

    My favorite way to relax is a couple of things, sew or embroider, read a book, or just plop down in front of some mindless TV.

  8. November 10, 2010 12:33 pm

    I love to turn on my iPod speakers and take a nice warm shower with good smelling candles burning to relax.


  9. November 10, 2010 12:34 pm

    I am also a subscriber :-) Of course!!!

  10. November 10, 2010 12:35 pm

    I also tweeted for ya!!

  11. November 10, 2010 2:01 pm

    I like baths, but I also like baking. Or weekend trips with my husband. Getting out of the city, and into nature, really calms me down

  12. November 10, 2010 2:01 pm

    I also link to your blog on mine

  13. November 10, 2010 3:25 pm

    Lately I’ve been reading to relax!

  14. November 10, 2010 3:25 pm

    I tweeted your giveaway!

  15. November 10, 2010 6:40 pm

    OOOOH I have yet to take a bath in our new tub (it’s HUGE) and would love some great bath salts that are good for my body!

  16. Aubrey Fick permalink
    November 10, 2010 10:06 pm

    My favorite thing to do to relax is to take a long bath and listen to Pandora’s “Spa” station while reading a magazine. :)

  17. November 11, 2010 9:36 am

    I cook to relax. It’s wonderful and you always get something great to enjoy at the end!

  18. November 11, 2010 9:36 am

    I’m a subscriber through wordpress!

  19. S1B permalink
    November 15, 2010 12:52 pm

    I go to bed early, lame I know, but when I’m flustered and taking it out on everyone around me it’s best I go sleep it off.


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