Rebecca Salinas is bubbling her way into the business world.

What started as a hobby, making body soaps and bath salts, has come full circle.

She recently opened The Art of Bathing, at 2111 Main Ave. E. in West Fargo.

Its aromatic showroom is filled with displays of handmade skin care items: salves, bubble baths, foot soaks, mud masks, bath salts, soaps and shampoos.

“Our skin is our biggest organ so you want to take care of it,” Salinas said.

A variety of kitchen utensils hang above jars of organic coconut butter and coconut oil.

Quart jars filled with various ingredients line a shelf above two electric mixers and a blender.

Rebecca hand stirs organic brown sugar, olive oil and other ingredients in a stainless steel mixing bowl to produce bath salts.

“We have 10 different scents of bath salts, says her sister Rose Salinas, who is already busy preparing for Valentine’s Day.

Names like eternity, bacon, fudge, caramel corn, lavender, tea tree and strawberry champagne identify scent selections.

The small, three-room store is located in the Five Star Storage Business Center.

“We try to make it kind of a warm and welcoming feeling,” said Rebecca. “We want to keep it kind of open because that way people can smell things at their leisure.”

Customers can sample products before they buy them, she said.

“All of our bath salts contain Dead Sea salt,” she said. “We make our own bath fizzies and our own salt and sugar scrubs.”

“Most of our products are raw organic,” said Rebecca. “We have a lot of vegan-friendly products. I try to have something that will interest just about everyone.”

Rebecca graduated from Midway Public School at Inkster, N.D., in 1997 and was the first in her family to attend college, she said.

In 2005, she earned a bachelor’s degree in geology specializing in mineralogy and another bachelor’s degree in social work in 2006. She went on to earn a master’s degree in social work in 2009, all from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks.

She is currently finishing a master’s degree in counseling, also at UND.

Prior to opening the store, she worked for Upward Bound, a U.S. Department of Education- funded academic and college preparatory program, for seven years.

She also has worked as an addiction counselor at Prairie St. John’s, Centre Inc. and Sharehouse Addiction Services.

Most recently, she spent two years teaching “Introduction to Study Skills” and ”Introduction to University Life” at UND.

Her hobby took a serious turn after friends encouraged her to start her own business, she said.

“I made some stuff for fun and donated it to different causes,” she said.

The sisters are always coming up with new recipes.

Rose says she sometimes lies in bed at night thinking about and writing down ideas.

“Most every day we’re making something,

said Rebecca.

She is lucky to have the opportunity to do what she wants and enjoys, she said.

“I did all of this on saved up money. To me it’s better to try and fail than not try at all,” Rebecca said. “It’s a lot of fun.”


If you go

Hours: The Art of Bathing is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information: Call (218) 779-4469.

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