Packaging Ideas For Bath Salts

Ideas for packaging homemade bath salts.

Finally, after months of experimentation, you have created the perfect bath salt. It's the most relaxing, the most deliciously scented, the most sensual bathing experience, and now you want to share it with friends. You could, of course, go to your local craft store and buy a dozen of those cutesy faux-canning jars, but why? Cost is an issue, too - the ingredients for your salts are not cheap. Do you really want to spend as much again on the jars to hold them?

Next time you are shopping in the grocery store, look at cleaning products with a new eye - what's the package look like? Liquid and powder laundry detergent, liquid fabric softener and similar products are vying with one another to make the most attractive bottle. Buy the products that come in bottles that might have an interesting second life as a conveyor of bath salts. Bottles with wide mouths will be the easiest to refill; spot remover bottles with the narrow 'squirt' push-up opening are no good for this. The containers that moist towelettes come in can be converted into bath salt shakers.

Once you've amassed a suitable collection of used bottles, make sure they are thoroughly clean inside and out; soak to remove the labeling. If you are talented with computer graphics (or have a child who is), make up your own personal 'brand' labels, extolling the virtues of your 'house' brand of bath salts. You can get special label paper for your computer's printer in a wide array of label sizes.

Bottles too boring? Then go to the local dollar store and stock up on colorful plastic eggs, such as you would fill with candy for a child's Easter basket. The chicken-egg size ones are probably a little too small to hold a good dose of bath salts, so look for larger, goose-egg size or larger. Fill both halves with salts before joining, and seal with tape so they don't break open. Delivering these salts in a basket full of cellophane 'faux grass' is a natural.

Are you old enough to remember the tiny wax 'Coke bottle' candy? They were filled with a teaspoon of sweet syrup, which you accessed by biting off the top of the bottle. You can create a much larger wax container for your salts. If you're already a candle-maker, you have all the supplies. If you're not, you'll need to purchase a two-part mold and some wax. Select a mold large enough to hold a generous portion of your salts. Melt the wax in a double-boiler, or a large tin can set in a pot of hot water. (If you use a pan, remember wax will be very difficult to remove from it, so use an old one you don't mind dedicating to wax-melting.) Pour the wax into the mold as if you were going to make a candle, and allow it to begin to cool. The wax will cool from the outside in, so at some point - and you're going to have to run a few experiments to get the timing right - you will need to poke a hole in the top of the setting wax and pour the still-liquid wax in the middle back into the melting pan. Now let the remaining wax continue to harden in the mold until completely cool.

Un-mold your first wax shell and test it for thickness. Too thin and it will crush under a small amount of pressure; too thick and it won't hold much salts. Once you feel you've gotten the hang of getting the shell to the appropriate thickness, leave the cooled shell in the mold and fill with bath salts to the top, then pour a little more wax on top to seal the shell. When giving as a gift, include a cute key or other gadget on a ribbon with instructions on breaking into the shell to pour the salts into the bath.

Select small round or egg-shaped candle molds that would hold a single bath's salts and make a basket or box of three or more of these. Or use a large pillar candle mold to make a multiple-bath salt container. Dye the wax in the melting pot or use craft paint to decorate the exterior. Use special-occasion molds to make gifts for particular events in a friend's life - a stuffed-animal mold for a new baby, or a wedding bell mold to make a gift for a newly-wed. With some planning and ingenuity, it can be as fun to make the packaging as it was to make the bath salts themselves.

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