How to Make Bath Salts

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    Homemade Bath Salts

    Purple homemade bath salt with a scoop
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    Taking a bath might be as therapeutic as seeing a psychologist for an hour! And a lot cheaper, too. Add a half-cup of these DIY bath salts to your tub and you’ll also reap the tension-taming benefits of magnesium.

    Bath salts are the kind of project that even a novice can easily master. Keep it simple by sticking with the bath salt recipe below or customize your salts with your favorite colors, scents, and mix-ins. When you have a cold, eucalyptus oil can help you breathe easier; if you love flowery scents, try ylang ylang essential oil or jasmine. Dried rose petals, lavender buds, and calendula flowers are beautiful, fragrant additions too. The best thing about making your own bath salts is that there's so much room for experimentation.

    When choosing colors, you can stick with one color for the whole batch, or you can divide the salt in half and create a layered effect with two colors. Have fun with it, and don’t be afraid to try something new.

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    Gather Ingredients and Materials

    Ingredients, measuring containers, and bowl to make bath salts.
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    Believe it or not, you probably have most of the ingredients you need for this bath salt recipe in your kitchen or bathroom cupboard already:

    • 2 cups Epsom salt
    • 1/2 cup sea salt
    • 1/2 cup baking soda
    • 15 drops combined of lavender and orange essential oils
    • Optional: food or soap coloring
    • Mini mason jars or other cute glass jars
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    Add the Colorant and Fragrance

    Adding drops of essential oils to Epsom salts to make bath salts.
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    Stir the salts and baking soda together in a large mixing bowl.

    Next, add the essential oils and coloring, if using. Use a spoon to incorporate the liquids into the salts, breaking up any clumps to ensure that the color and scent are evenly distributed.

    When it comes to fragrance, play around. Lavender and orange is a great combination to start with because it's perfect for a long, relaxing soak in the tub, but feel free to choose different scents based on your personal preferences or their aromatherapy benefits. If you’re going to mix scents, smell both bottles simultaneously to make sure the combination is a good one.

    If you’re using traditional food coloring, you’ll only need about five drops. (Soap coloring, which you’ll find at craft stores, will be less intense, so you’ll need closer to 15 drops.) It's best to start with a small amount of coloring and add more if needed.

    Note: Some essential oils should not be used by pregnant women or children. Be sure to read labels before using them.

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    Bottle Your DIY Bath Salts and Enjoy

    Lavender orange bath salts in a container with a scoop.
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    You can buy special glass bottles for packaging your bath salts if you’re going formal or use mismatched mason jars for a more rustic feel. Both options can be found at craft, hardware, and dollar stores. Thrift stores are another great source for unique container options. Get creative and have fun with it—just make sure your bottle or container has a lid to keep your bath salts dry. 

    To dress these up as a gift, try wrapping some twine around the jar and adding a gift tag with a special note. If you're feeling especially crafty, put together a spa gift basket with your DIY bath salts and homemade soap, sugar scrub, or lotion.