I love having a bath. If you’re like me, you probably set up candles & put some music on. You could enhance it further with this gorgeous Epsom bath salts recipe.
Instead of using store-bought bubble bath liquid, that’s full of lots of unwanted chemicals, consider using one of my Epsom bath salt recipes instead. Sure, you won’t get the foam (unless you make the foaming bath salts!), but you’ll be filling your bath with ingredients that will nourish your skin and body.
So, I made the Epsom salt and oatmeal bath recipe. And after a bath, my skin feels amazing. And it actually is a lot cleaner, too, as bath salts can be intensely cleansing for the skin.
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Excellent Epsom Salts
There are several salts we could use here, but we’ve selected Epsom salts as our bathing salts for this recipe. They are perhaps the king of all bath salts, because of how nourishing and calming they are for the skin.
Furthermore, Epsom salts are often found in spa products, because of how wonderfully skin softening they are. They also have the power to soothe muscles, aches, pains and reduce all kinds of swelling.
This is because Epsom salts are a bit different from regular sea salt, containing magnesium that dissolves in the bath and soaks into the skin. This is where the anti-inflammatory power comes from.
But it’s also great for acne, blemishes and welts, as well as reducing red, angry pimples of all kinds. It’s excellent at soothing and clearing up acne flare ups on the upper back and shoulders. It also helps with the itchiness, so also great for bug bites and nettle stings.
Of course, we have to add our dendritic salt. I talk about this ingredient in my basic bath salts post. In short, Dendritic salt helps to enhance our fragrance and keep our salts fresh and free of any nasty clumping. I wouldn’t leave this out, as there are no great substitutes and they really make the difference when looking to make a professional product.
Fine Ground Oatmeal
Oatmeal is heavenly for the skin. It’s super soothing for itchy, compromised skin and also great at softening, too. I love its inclusion in this formula. It just makes your bath feel extra creamy.
Furthermore, it’s intensely nourishing for the skin. There are lots of minerals and vitamins in oatmeal that our skin craves on a daily basis.
Colloidal oats are best for this, although I find them a little expensive. They’re essentially finely ground oats. But I just buy regular old oats and throw them into the blender or food processor to save money. I haven’t had any problems yet and can’t really tell the difference (except at the bank).
Splendid Spirulina Powder
Spirulina powder is another addition to this Epsom bath salts recipe. It’s a dark green color, but often looks more black at first before turning greener after exposure to the air.
While it looks a little suspect, it’s actually gorgeous in this recipe. It’s packed full of nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that will help nourish your skin.
It’s fantastic at preventing premature aging and helping to keep skin looking tight. It will also reduce pigmentation, helping to lift dark spots or hyperpigmentation. It also works as a lovely natural dye, which will transfer to our bath water too.
Our Essential Oils
Last but not least, let’s talk about our aromatic profile. We’re using essential oils for this formula, to help boost the cleansing nature of our DIY Epsom salts.
Lemon, lime, and grapefruit are a refreshing scent profile that is very pleasant but also great for the skin. These three essential oils are excellent at getting the muck out of our pores, and keeping our skin cleaner for longer. They are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and help to actively tighten the pores to ensure they stay clear.
We also find this blend to be very uplifting. If you’re ever feeling down, these DIY Epsom bath salts might help you see your situation in a different light. The power of aromatherapy is amazing!
However, be careful with the lemon and lime essential oils. Try to find distilled versions of these, and avoid cold-pressed or mechanically extracted oils.
This is because cold-pressed lemon and lime essential oils are highly phototoxic, meaning they will cause a reaction if you apply them to the skin and then spend time in the sunlight.
Phototoxic reactions are serious and should not be taken lightly. They can happen very fast. You can also experience a reaction by sitting in the shade on a nice day.
If you can only get cold-pressed lemon and lime essential oils, then make sure not to use them on a day you intend to spend outside. This is especially important if you live in a climate that sees a lot of sun.
Of course, you could also use whatever essential oils you like. A fragrance oil would also work fine, although they do not possess wonderful skin and aromatherapeutic benefits. They just smell nice.
Epsom Salt & Oatmeal Bath Bath Recipe
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- Mixing Bowl (Glass, Aluminium or PET)
- Spoon or Spatula
- Place the dendritic salt into a bowl. Add the fragrance oil and mix well.30 g Dendritic Salt, 1 g Lemon Essential Oil, 1 g Lime Essential Oil, 1 g Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Next add the epsom salts, ground oatmeal, and spirulina to the dendritic salt mix. Combine all ingredients together. The salts may look grey at this stage, don't worry they will take on a more greenish color over the next 24 hours.249 g Epsom Salts, 12 g Colloidal Ground Oats, 6 g Spirulina Powder
- Spread the salts onto some baking parchment, and allow the salts to dry for 48 hours. Placing the baking parchment onto a baking tray or sheet is perfect for this.
- After 48 hours transfer to a clean air-tight container, ready for use.1 Cosmetic Jar
- Be sure to use only glass or PET plastic containers for holding the salts.
- Store in an airtight container & use this within 6 months.
How To Use Your Bath Salts
Using your bath salts couldn’t be easier. As the bath is running, throw a cup of your salts into the tub. This will allow the salts to dissolve a little before you get in. I do this because I find that they can be a little sharp at first, and not so comfortable for your rear end!
However, you can use as much or as little as you like. There is no issue with your essential oils beyond phototoxicity, as you will be diluting them in so much bath water that sensitization won’t be a problem.
If you throw these into a bucket or large bowl with some warm water, it makes a great makeshift foot spa too! I do this a lot. I’ll set it up in my living room to soothe my feet while I get on with some work or watch a favorite movie of mine.
An Epsom salts and oatmeal bath is gorgeous. I love it and I just had to share the formula with you guys. If you love them as well, let me know in the comments section below. If you have any problems, we can troubleshoot them there too.
Remember that you can use whatever essential oils you like, although the blend we have used is so wonderful here. Coming up with blends is a difficult yet rewarding process. Practice makes perfect, and don’t get frustrated if you can’t come up with something yourself the first time.
Your own creativity is the key to making these recipes your own, and we fully support that here at SavvyHomemade.
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