There is something so mesmerizing about gemstones and crystals. With their unique shapes and variety of colors, it’s easy to understand why crystal jewelry and home decor has become so popular. Who doesn’t want to surround themselves with sparkly crystals? 😉 If you’re a crystal and gemstone lover like me, these Sparkling Bath Crystals are an easy way to incorporate them in the bath.
First, drop fragrance oil onto the extra large bath crystals to give them scent. A bit of Polysorbate 80 helps the mica disperse throughout the tub water more evenly. Then, coat the crystals lightly in micas and glitter. This project can be customized with any skin-safe fragrance oil and mica of your choice. This tutorial used Celestial Waters Fragrance Oil and Queen’s Purple Mica for an amethyst effect. The other colors shown were created with Shamrock Green Mica scented with Clover & Aloe Fragrance Oil, Rose Gold Mica scented with Rosehip Jasmine Fragrance Oil and Caribbean Blue Mica scented with Rain Cybilla Fragrance Oil.
I do recommend using micas for this project and not oxides and pigments. The particles of oxides and pigments are larger and won’t coat the salts as nicely. They also won’t look very nice in your tub water! In our tests, we found these salts did give a light ring of colorant around the tub without Polysorbate 80. The cleaner your bath tub, the less color will transfer. Also, use less mica rather than more to help avoid any extreme color transfer. Add just enough to cover the crystals. See how these crystals affect bath water with and without Polysorbate 80 at the bottom of this post.
The salts can also be used as potpourri. If you’re not adding them to your bath water, feel free to heavily scent them. Then place them in a glass container to showcase the colorful crystals. I also recommend some gloves for this project. Mixing the ingredients with your hands works so much better than a spoon, and helps avoid any irritation.