Homemade bath salts can transform your basic bath into a wonderful therapeutic treat. I love a good soak, and these salts will help you wind down after a long, hard day. When essential oils are released into a bath of warm water, along with salts, the oils release even more molecules than if you were to have a massage.
- Dead sea salt and Epsom salts are both cleansing and detoxifying and by simply adding a few essential oils you can give your bath water almost any effect you wish.
- As you lie in a bath of hot water the atmosphere softens the skin and speeds up oil absorption allowing the essential oils to do their best work on your skin, mind and body.
- The heat in bath water makes these wonderful smelling diy bath salts come in waves but you can change the essential oils within any of my homemade bath salt recipes to suit your own needs.
- I would advise you use the same quantities as in the recipes below and don’t be too tempted to make up a larger batch or the oils may begin to wane over time.
- For something different you can also make bath salts that fizz… So much fun!
My first homemade bath salts is the most basic of recipes. They really aren’t hard to whip up, and you can find the ingredients easily and cheaply. I wanted to start off with something simple, and then show you how you can play around with your homemade bath salts (or customize them for your self or friends).
There are no limits here, and you can add pretty much whatever you like. But make sure to test them before you gift, just so you know they’re of good quality.
Supplies For The Bath Salt Recipe
- 3 teaspoon (15 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 teaspoon Orange Essential Oil
- 300g Dead Sea salt
- Orange soap dye (liquid)
How To Make Bath Salts
Step 1: Pop your 300g of dead sea salts into a large, glass mixing bowl. We don’t want to use plastic here, as the essential oil can corrode ordinary plastic. You can make use of metal, if that’s what you have to hand.
Step 2: Now we can add our first oil, the sweet almond oil. I find sweet almond to be exceptionally nourishing, and it’s readily available for any good cosmetic ingredients supplier. Give it a good mix.
Step 3: Now to add our essential oil! Don’t forget to mix is again. The orange essential oil is great for sucking out toxins and nourishing dry skin. It also helps to promote the growth of collagen, so can even make skin firmer and more youthful in appearance!
Step 4: You’ll notice that the essential oil has added a bit of color to our salts, but for me it’s just not quite enough. So, I’ll add a few drops of orange soap dye just to make a bit more vibrant. You don’t have to do this, of course, and can keep it more natural by omitting this step. If you want it, just add a few drops at a time and then mix. Keep adding until it’s the right color.
So there we have it, some gorgeous smelling bath salts that will turn your boring bath into a luxury spa treat! You can store these in a glass jar, or if you must use plastic (after all, glass in the bathroom can be risky) make sure it’s made from PET plastic.
For an extra special bath time why not try this matching massage oil.
- Mix the same amount of essential oils with 4 fl oz (100ml) Sweet Almond Oil
- Pour into a small glass bottle and give it a good shake.
- For a touch of luxury, either massage into the skin after your bath or use as a daily moisturizer.
Flowery Bath Salts Recipe
If you’re looking for a quick and easy bath time treat to really pamper and scent the skin, then look no further. Dead Sea salt is full of minerals and it’s been teamed up with two of the most fragrant essential oils that will leave your skin smelling wonderful.
The elderflowers in this diy bath salt gives it an extra special touch, but they may be substituted with a sprinkling of calendula petals, lavender buds or left out altogether if you don’t have any to hand.
- 3 teaspoon (15ml) Rosehip Seed Oil
- 2/3 tsp Lime essential oil
- 1/3 tsp Geranium essential oil
- 300g Dead Sea Salt
- A few heads of dried Elder flowers (optional)
Mix together all the oils and then stir in the sea salt and the flowers. Spoon the bath salts into a nice clean glass jar and add one heaped teaspoon to each bath.
For an extra beauty treatment whilst soaking in the bath
Mixing a few elderflowers with some live yogurt will make a great little face pack that can clear the skin and help prevent wrinkles.
Orange Bath Salts
Epsom’s salts make a really good base for making homemade bath salts. They are extremely good for the skin, and are deeply detoxifying and moisturizing; by combining the salts with different essential oils you can adapt your bath salts to match your needs.
I’ve used Orange essential oil essential oil in this recipe to give the salts ultra-detoxifying properties that will help draw out all the impurities from within the skin.
If I preferred a more relaxing bath I would have used lavender oil instead of orange, sandalwood to create a more exotic bath, and rose or calendula to soften the skin.
- 12 tablespoons Epsom salts
- 3 tablespoons Orris Root
- 6 tablespoons dried orange peel
- 3 drop Orange essential oil
- 9 drops Geranium essential oil
Combine all the ingredients together making sure the oils are well absorbed. Add a small handful to each bath and enjoy.
A Recipe For Men!
These bath salts smell very masculine and will leave your man smelling and feeling great.
The ginger in this will help to revive him after a hard day’s work. The lemongrass essential oil will give an instant lift and can even soothe a headache.
As with all the other bath salts they are very quick and easy to make so it’s best to make a small amount each time so that they are always fresh.
- 3 tablespoon (15ml) Sweet Almond Oil
- 18 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 9 drops Ginger essential oil
- 300g Dead Sea Salt
- Mix the sweet almond oil and the lemongrass and ginger essential oils together, then stir the dead sea salt in.
- Decant into either clear or dark glass jars with lids. (Make sure you store clear jars in a dark place to preserve the essential oils).
- Then just add one heaped spoonful of the salts to a warm bath.
- Use within a couple of months.
Sometimes I feel like something a little more exotic, so I created a lovely diy bath salts mixture of vanilla and musk bath salts that make the bathroom smell wonderful and makes my skin feel great.
You will need:
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1/4 cup Sea Salt
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal
- 6 drops Vanilla essential oil
- 6 drops Musk oil
- red food coloring
- yellow food coloring
- Sealable glass container
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a glass container and blend well. Add enough vanilla and musk to suit your preferences.
- I divided my mixture into two portions and colored some of it plain yellow and the other half I colored orange by mixing red and yellow together. This way I can put layers of orange and yellow bath salts into the glass jar for a bit of decoration.
Gifting Your Homemade Bath Salts
I love making homemade bath salts for gifts and I love how soft my skin feels after a long, warm bath. I made some for family members in pretty decorative jars, they just loved them!