etsyfindoftheday | 10.26.14

organic spring bath salt test tubes gift set by trulyaesthetic

this bundle of 10 bath salt test tubes is the perfect thoughtful gift — beautiful and deliciously scented, this tube combines organic herbs & flowers for a unique and lovely palette.

DIY Lavender Bath Salts Recipe from Everything Etsy. This is a more luxurious recipe because it calls for Himalayan salt. If I was giving this as a gift, I’d definitely list the ingredients. For more DIY beauty and spa recipes including roundups from 2012, 2013 and summer 2014 go here.

Here are 18 DIY recipes from fall 2014. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here.


Pardon my super white legs. I am actually-allergic-to-the-sun white, and any dampness causes glare off of my skin. On the bright side, it does mean that you can really see the colors of the bath water. 

Hopefully I will be able to get more of the blank salt ingredients to start making colored salts again soon. I am sort of limping along with a color cube experiment I am still exploring, and getting a wee bit tired of Hero Blue. 

Earth Bath Salts

1/2c epsom saslts

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup rock salt

1/2 tsp vitamin E

2 tsp light oil (almond, sunflower, etc.)

20 drops patchouli essential oil

15 drops cypress essential oil

5 drops vetiver essential oil

green food coloring 

Mix all salts and baking soda together. Then combine oil, essential oils, vitamin E, and a few drops of food coloring in another bowl. Add liquit to salt and mix thoroughly. Add more food coloring iff desired.

To use: add a few heaping tablespoons to bath.

I Dated an MCAT (Bath Salts, Not the Medical School Test) Addict for Two Months

On the morning I turned 25, I woke up to find my brain had disappeared, replaced by a barren mental landscape populated by the odd tumbleweed and a few lonely crickets. I couldn’t make sense of anything. I was floating, but not in a good way.

This was because for the past two months I thought I had innocently been popping molly, when in reality, it was a member of the bath salts family I’d been unwittingly indulging in.

Remember bath salts? The quasi-legal drugs that made headlines last year because people were taking them and going on psychotic rampages? The substances that wrecked entire communities? Yup, that’s what I had been taking by mistake.

Some backstory is necessary: In the middle of winter, I started seeing a new guy. From what I could see, he was addicted to a drug called MCAT, which he described as “like MDMA” but with less serious side effects. The high didn’t last as long, he said, so popping one was less of a commitment. That was a complete lie—from what I can tell, the side effects are far more serious. MCAT fucked with my serotonin levels worse than any other drug I’ve touched.

In hindsight, I realize that the fact I had so much trust in my MCAT-loving boyfriend makes me sound a bit crazy. The dude kept a toolkit stuffed with this white powder beneath his bed. While the rest of his room was pandemonium, the kit was pristine and organized, like the contents of a doctor’s bag. Inside were several grams of MCAT, tucked in carefully beside baggies of soon-to-be-filled pill capsules. There was also a hollow glass tube—open at both ends—that he’d bought at a medical supply store. Because fuck snorting this stuff with $20 bills, right? That would just be amateur hour.


medicinal bath salt recipes

This bath salt is good during cold and flu season, and helps clear the sinuses:

8 ounces Sea Salt
3 drops Eucalyptus Oil
9 drops Lavender Oil

For tired, sore muscles:

8 ounces Sea Salt
Rosemary – 10 drops
Juniper – 6 drops
Lavender – 8 drops

PMS Moon Blend:

8 ounces Sea Salt
5 drops bergamot
3 drops geranium
1 drop rose

Begin with 8 oz of sea Salt - coarse or fine grain.  Choose the container of your choice, Here at the herb shoppe we have lovely cobalt blue containers that work perfectly.  Pour the salt into a bowl and add the essential oil combination of your choice.  Mix well and cover for 24 hours.  Pour into your bath salt container, and enjoy. [x]