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7 Insanely Blissful Bath Recipes to Make You Forget Winter

Concoct your very own spa day with these luxurious at-home recipes
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There's nothing like sinking into a warm, aromatic bath to chase away the never-ending winter chills. But the last thing you want to do before drawing a bath is trudge to the store through snow and slush to buy a bath bomb. That's why we put together this list of DIY bath bombs, soaks and salts. With these relaxing, simple recipes, the furthest you'll have to walk for ingredients is your kitchen cabinet.

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Detoxifying Seaweed Bath
Why we love it: According to Alexis Wolfer, founder of TheBeautyBean.com and author of "The Recipe for Radiance," this slimming seaweed bath will help you kick cellulite to the curb -- without doing any actual kicking (or other physical activity). Seaweed promotes circulation and salt detoxes, while milk and honey hydrate and soften -- for smooth, supple skin.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup honey
1 cup dried seaweed or powdered kelp (available in the international food section of grocery stores or at any Asian market)
1/2 cup sea salt

Directions: Combine the whole milk and honey. Under running water, pour the milk and honey into a warm bath. Add the seaweed or kelp and salt prior to getting in the bath.

Source: The Recipe for Radiance

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DIY Bath Fizzies
Why we love it: Is there anything more relaxing than steeping in a frothing, fizzing bath to make your worries evaporate? These fizzies are from Martha Stewart herself, so you know they're both functional and fun to look at. Choose your own essential oil to enhance the bath bomb -- we like lavender for its ability to lull us to sleep.

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup baking soda
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup citric acid (available at a grocery or health food store)
Spritzer bottles (optional)
Food coloring (optional)
5 to 6 drops essential oil
Baking molds or silicone ice cube tray

Directions:
Sift baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch through a sieve to remove chunks. To make different color tints, fill small spritzer bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food coloring to each. Pour 1 cup of the powdered mixture into a glass bowl. Lightly spritz, stirring, until powder is desired color. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers; when it can be tightly packed or shaped, stop spritzing (this may take a little while).

Add 5 to 6 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well. Firmly pack mixture into small baking molds or ice tray. Allow mixture to set for 2 hours, then pop out carefully. Repeat with remaining powder.

Source: Martha Stewart

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Epsom Salt Soak for Sore Muscles
Why we love it: This Epsom salt bath recipe hits your sore spots in all the right ways. Adding Epsom salt to your bath raises levels of magnesium, which is a natural stress-reducer and energy-booster (and athletes swear by it). According to Neka Pasquale, licensed acupuncturist, certified Chinese nutritionist and founder of Urban Remedy, a line of good-for-you snacks and meals delivered to your door, adding vinegar to your bath balances your body's pH levels, thanks to its alkalizing properties.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup cider vinegar
12 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Directions: To make your bath, fill the tub with the hottest water you stand. Add salt, baking soda, Epsom salts and vinegar, and swirl the water around to dissolve all of the granules and evenly distribute the vinegar. Add your fragrance drops under running water. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes.

Source: Urban Remedy

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Soothing and Oh-so-simple Bath Soak
Why we love it: This simple soak utilizes just two ingredients — chamomile and mint — and can be made for around $2 per bath. Plus, chamomile has been clinically proven to fight anxiety and clinical depression, according to one recent study. It's also a skin-soothing superstar — it's an ingredient in many acne, psoriasis and eczema treatments.

Ingredients:
6 bags chamomile tea or 6 tablespoons loose chamomile tea
1/4 cup mint leaves, de-stemmed
1 clean sock or coffee filter
1 rubber band

Directions:
If using tea bags, cut bags open and pour the contents into sock or coffee filter. Add mint leaves, and secure "sachet" (the sock or coffee filter) with rubber band. Toss in the tub and run a hot bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes.

Source: Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients by Annie Strole. © 2014 by Annie Strole. A Perigee Book, Penguin Group USA, A Penguin Random House Company.

BY EMILY WOODRUFF | FEB 4, 2015 | SHARES
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