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Do bath salts have a shelf life to stay dry? Or is it just me?

I had tried a couple years ago and they basically melted. I tried again about 4 months ago. I wanted to give them plenty of time to make sure they would stay dry. I pulled the jar out this week. Nope, wet. Only about the bottom 1/4" this time, but I still don't like it.

Assuming I used too much FO the first time, I adjusted some things. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong here? :(

The recipe:

1/2 c dead sea salt

1 c epsom

4 drops juniper breeze fo

1 t cornstarch

smidge mica

This is supposed to be one of the easiest B&B things to make and I still can't get it right *sigh*

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I haven't used Dead Sea Salts before (bath salts have never sold very well for me, so I hardly ever make them anymore), but I thought they were supposed to be slightly damp. From the salts I have made over the years, I've never had a problem with them getting damp. I always used a blend of Epsom and Sea Salts.

If I'm totally wrong on the DSS being damp salts, then just ignore me!!!

Another option, you could just work with them being damp. It's been ages since I tried this recipe, but because it sounded interesting, I tried it. I'm pretty sure it's from Ingredients To Die For, back when they were To Die For Soaps. I don't know if it's still in their formulary or not.

But basically, you add a little bit of a light oil and cyclomethicone to the salts. I think they called it Silk Saltz, or something like that. It was really nice, made it a moisturizing bath (the salts always dried out my skin).

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I also read somewhere to use the Denditric(sp) salts in the mix as that is what soaks up the fo and leaves the salts dry. Not sure on this as I have never made bath salts but once and after adding the fo, I let them air out for over a week and they were still oily so I didn't do anymore of them.


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Just a thought here...

Maybe the glass jar is allowing condensation to form? If your room temps tend to vary too much it could possibly be causing this? Try that same recipie and either fill the jar completely full so that there is no free jar surface or even better yet, put them in tin tie or cello bags just to see if anything happens differently for you.

Salt, by nature draws moisture. If you can't get around the dampness, there are additives that help prevent the caking such as the aforementioned Natrasorb which is also devine for the skin.

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