Easy DIY Bath Salts Recipe – How to Make Bath Salts with Essential Oils
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Make your next bath extra relaxing with homemade bath salts. Bath salts are SO easy to make and can be customized in tons of ways. I love to add essential oils to my bath salts, but you can easily leave them out and still enjoy a luxurious bath experience.
Plus, DIY bath salts make great last minute gifts. These puppies literally come together in minutes, but look (and smell) like a lavish gift you put lots of thought into.
WHAT KIND OF SALT IS USED IN BATH SALTS?
Epsom salt is one of the most popular salts used in bath salts, but did you know its not actually a salt at all??
Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a completely natural chemical compound made of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. It is used to detox the body and can eliminate toxins through the skin when used in a warm bath.
I like to use a combination of Epsom salt and dead sea salt in my homemade bath salts. Feel free to substitute pink Himalayan salt for the dead sea salt if you prefer.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MAKE BATH SALTS?
Bath salts are an extremely affordable DIY! Epsom salt is inexpensive and makes up the majority of the recipe, so bath salts are a great frugal DIY that seems more expensive than it is (perfect for gift giving too!).
I estimate this recipe to cost $3.50-$4.00 for the entire batch, which averages out to less than $2 per bath/jar.
*Note: your cost may be different than mine depending on the exact price of your ingredients. I calculated based on the cost of this epsom salt and this dead sea salt at the time I published this recipe.
Rather buy natural bath salts than make them yourself? Try these aromatic bath salts from NYR Organic that are scented with pure essential oils.
HOW DO YOU MAKE ESSENTIAL OIL BATH SALTS?
Essential oils are so easy to use in bath salts. Simply choose your favorite scent and add just a few drops to the entire recipe. Make sure to mix it well so it doesn’t clump!
WHAT ESSENTIAL OILS ARE GOOD FOR BATH SALTS?
This is really up to your own personal scent preference, but there are a few essential oils that you can’t go wrong with in my opinion.
Lavender is a personal favorite and always a popular choice for homemade bath salts, and for good reason. A lavender bath is relaxing and calming – who doesn’t want that in a bath??
Orange or grapefruit are favorites for me. I just love the citrus scents because they are so uplifting!
Try Peppermint for a slightly tingly and sinus clearing bath (use slightly less since this is a hot oil!).
Bergamot is a nice choice – it’s slightly citrusy and floral scent is calming and it has wonderful skin nourishing properties.
Or try an already made blend like this calming blend from NYR Organic – it’s perfect for a relaxing bath.
DIY BATH SALT INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup epsom salts
- 1/2 cup dead sea salt
- 12-15 drops essential oil
- combine epsom salts and dead sea salt in a bowl and mix until combined
- add essential oils and mix again until fully incorporated into salt mixture
- store in an airtight container
To use your bath salts, pour about half of the mixture into a hot bath and stir around in the bath water until dissolved.
Enjoy your relaxing soak!
Recipe makes enough for 2 baths.
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PEPPERMINT BATH SALTS
To make peppermint bath salts, use the Base recipe above
12 drops peppermint essential oil
LAVENDER HERBAL BATH SALTS
For homemade lavender bath salts, use the base recipe
2 TBS dried lavender flowers (optional, but a very nice addition, especially for gifting!)
15 drops lavender essential oil
MOISTURIZING BATH SALTS RECIPE
To make your bath salts extra nourishing for dry skin, you can add a little of your favorite carrier oil to the recipe above. Follow the base recipe and then add:
Make sure to mix thoroughly so there are no clumps in the salts. I like to use a fork to mix when I add extra oils to homemade bath salts.
HOW LONG DO DIY BATH SALTS KEEP FOR?
Store your homemade bath salts in an air tight container, and be careful not to introduce any water into the jar when you use them. They will keep for up to 6 months, but I’d be surprised if they last that long!