I know I've said it before, but Valentine's Day is an overrated train wreck for anybody's who's not a couple. People get all weepy and self-pitying over what is essentially a solely commercial holiday. This year, I propose to make it an everybody-holiday. Whether you've got a guy or girl or not, why not give your ladies a Valentine just to celebrate the day? Here's what I suggest: Get your best girlfriends together; set a dinner date; and exchange little pamper-me presents!
- 3 c. epsom salts (to soothe muscles)
- 2 c. sea salt
- 1 c. baking soda (to soften skin)
- soap fragrance oil (soap making section at Hobby Lobby or Michael's)
- soap coloring
- mixing bowl and spoon
- pretty containers
1. Mix together 3 cups of epsom salts and 2 cups of sea salt. If there are any clumps, simply break them apart with the mixing spoon or your fingers.
2. Add your fragrance oil a few drops at a time, and mix thoroughly with the spoon. Continue adding drops gradually until you've reached your desired scent level. I added around 20 drops of honey-almond oil. Be sure to use soap-making fragrance so that you know it's skin-safe.
3. Now add your coloring. Mix it in about four or five drops at a time. Be sure to use soap-making dye so that you know it's skin-safe.
4. The coloring will start out as a little clump of color wherever you put a drop. Break it up gently with the spoon until it's all broken up into a few different granules.
5. I found that it was easier to really incorporate the color using my fingers once I had broken up the big chunks. Just sift through the bowl with your hands to mix. Whenever you find little blobs of color, pinch them together between your fingers, and then knead the salt back into the rest to distribute the color evenly. Continue adding drop until you've reached your desire color level. I wanted a nice, pale pink, so I added about 15 drops of red and 7 drops of yellow.
6. Now that you've added all the liquidy parts, you can go ahead and stir the baking soda in. You want to do this last because the finer consistency of the baking soda would absorb the color and fragrance more quickly and unevenly than the coarse salts.
7. Now that you've added all your ingredients, just continue mixing it around until the color and texture is consistent throughout the mixture. You can use the spoon or your hands.
8. Once you're happy with the scent, color, and consistency, just scoop it in into your containers for some Vee Day gifting! You can make up a little tag for the mixture as well to tell the recipient to add about a cup to running water for a nice, relaxing soak.