Easy DIY Bath Salts Recipe {Just 2 Ingredients & 2 Minutes!} (2024)

Last Updated on February 14, 2024

Looking for a super-simple homemade gift that people will love but that won’t break the bank? These wonderful DIY bath salts are RIDICULOUSLY easy! Nothing more than mixing some epsom salts with a little essential oil, but the people you give it to will love it. (You will, too, so keep some for yourself!)

Bonus: DIY bath salts are super-cheap!

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You need these DIY bath salts in your life!

Soothing and beautifully scented, these DIY bath salts are perfect for unwinding at the end of a stressful day. Whether you’re making them for yourself or for someone you love, these easy homemade bath salts will be so appreciated as they add soothing minerals and scent to the bath.

DIY bath salts are the perfect homemade gift

If you need a thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank, look no further than customized homemade bath salts.

Even if you have a day or less, you can throw this project together with a couple of ingredients you can likely find in a nearby store, or you might already have in your house.

If, like me, you’re just too busy or too un-crafty to tackle some of those really cool homemade gifts you see on Pinterest all the time, never fear. If you can mix two ingredients, you’re set! A little savvy presentation and you have a DIY gift that’s really special.

All you need to make bath salts are epsom salt and some essential oil, but oh, how much these DIY bath salts add to a soak in the tub! Epsom salts are a great source of magnesium you can take up through your skin, perfect for de-stressing or bringing on restful sleep.

They’re excellent for relieving sore muscles, too. (Find out more about incredible magnesium benefits in this post)

If you don’t already have essential oils around, don’t be intimidated. You can make all your DIY bath salts with just one little bottle of oil if you prefer. Lavender is always a safe bet, perfect for relaxing and bringing on sleep.

Or you can buy pre-blended oils, which will be labeled with words like “relaxing,” “invigorating,” and the like. One year I found an “anti-anxiety” blend that smelled heavenly, and I used that in numerous jars of homemade bath salts I gave out to many folks on my list.

Why make DIY bath salts?

Simple: Homemade bath salts are WAAAAAAAAY cheaper than purchased bath salts. You can buy one little jar for $10, or make 10 (probably more) of your own. Easy choice!

Better still, when you’re using nothing but epsom salts and pure essential oils, you’re not exposing anyone to the nasty chemicals found in so many commercial bath products.

Sugar scrubs are another great option for a non-toxic super-easy homemade gift. Here’s how to make a homemade sugar scrub.

Get more savvy tips to help you live greener and healthier every day by following HealthyGreenSavvy on Facebook and Pinterest, where you’ll find easy health hacks, eco-living essentials, and simple healthy recipes shared daily.

In need of some other easy homemade gift ideas? Here are more than 25 easy homemade gifts for the not-so-crafty!

INGREDIENTS FOR DIY BATH SALTS

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  • 2 pounds epsom salts. You can often find these for a few dollars at the drugstore or supermarket or online. Additional options here.
  • Essential Oil: If you’re going to be making a lot of bath salts, go ahead and pick up a few bottles of oils to use. Most are under $10 a bottle, and they’re fun to have around for all kinds of purposes. If you’re only making a small amount of DIY bath salts and don’t use oils for other things, you can make a whole bunch with a small bottle of lavender oil, a scent most people really like.

(But once you have some oils around, you may find they’re pretty darn useful. Check out this beginner’s guide to essential oils if you want to dabble in their many wonderful uses for home and wellness.)

Essential oils for your DIY bath salts:

Lavender — I’m a fan of Plant Therapy, which makes quality oils at reasonable prices. During the holiday season, they have new specials every day, which you can check out here. If you prefer to shop on Amazon, they have a small bottle of lavender for just over ten dollars.

But for big bath-salt making projects and for adding to your own tub, you may want to get a larger bottle. For just a few dollars more, you get three times as much. Now Foods also makes some 1 oz bottles that are very affordable.

I highly recommend comparison shopping. One of my favorite places to save money on essential oils and other natural living staples is Vitacost, which regularly has big sales that bring down the cost of these supplies significantly. Use the codes they suggest, and you can easily save more than 30% over other sources. Here’s a link to their deals page.

Bergamot — I would go for the big bottle here. Bergamot’s scent is absolutely wonderful, and you’ll find all sorts of uses for it. I like to diffuse it for an easy pick-me-up, and use its anti-microbial abilities in my DIY deodorant. It’s a great addition to relaxing or muscle-soothing bath salts. (Here’s Plant Therapy’s small bottle.)

Geranium — Geranium has a light floral scent and is reputed to relieve stress and improve mood. I get compliments on its scent when we use our homemade bug repellent.NOW has a big bottle for a reasonable price.

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Peppermint — Good for pain relief and rejuvenating. Peppermint essential oil has numerous other uses, like deterring bugs and mice in the kitchen or making your home smell amazing in homemade cleaners, so a large 2 oz bottle might be a good bet here, too.(Here’s Plant Therapy’s small bottle.)

Pre-blended oils — I love Plant Therapy’s “Synergy” blends. You can list all the oils on your label without mentioning that someone else blended them!

“Relax” blend contains lavender, marjoram, patchouli, mandarin, geranium and chamomile. Other options here.

“Worry-Free” blend has lavender, sweet marjoram, ylang ylang, sandalwood, Roman chamomile and balsam.

“Rapid Relief” blend soothes sore muscles with peppermint, clove, laurel, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, German chamomile, juniper, and thyme.

Go to your favorite natural foods store and sniff some of the samples. Just pick out what appeals to you and have some fun mixing it up!

Green Packaging for Your DIY Bath Salts

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So let’s talk presentation: You probably want to keep this a super-frugal, super-green gift, right? So don’t go wasting money and resources buying jars for your DIY bath salts.

Instead, upcycle jars you have lying around, or ask around for some other people might be happy to pass on. Jam or honey jars work perfectly for this project, and they often don’t have any writing on them you need to conceal. If you don’t have enough of your own, post a request on Freecycle and you will be inundated with offers of old jars.

You can also see what your local thrift shop has and pick up jars of different sorts for maybe a quarter or so. I also like simple tins like the ones in the picture to give as gifts for travelers. If you don’t have any to upcycle, you can get them for less than a dollar eachhere.

Once you’ve removed any labels and given your jars a good cleaning, let them dry well. Then collect any materials you want to use give them a little panache. Fabric scraps can be glued to lids that need covering, with some pretty ribbon tied around the neck. Make a label that names the type of bath salt, lists the oils used, and gives instructions how to use it.

Use your imagination in naming them. For example:

  • ‘Relaxing Bath Soak,’ with lavender oil or a relaxation blend you like the smell of.
  • ‘Rejuvenating Bath,’ with bergamot or a de-stress or muscle relief blend.
  • ‘Holiday Bath Soak’ with peppermint, balsam, or cypress.

You get the idea.

HOW TO MAKE DIY BATH SALTS

Ready for the how-to on this? It’s SO simple!

  1. Pour 2 cups epsom salts in a large bowl.
  2. Add 20-30 drops of your chosen essential oil.
  3. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Put in jars.

That’s it!

Really, how can anyone ever pay for the ready-made stuff? While you’re at it, whip up some for yourself and enjoy a long soak in the tub so you can relax from all the hard work of making your own bath salts!

Make a label that lists the oils used, and suggest adding 1/4 cup to a bath. Tie with some raffia or a ribbon, and you’re done!

Optional add-ins for your DIY bath salts:

If you have time and inclination, you can add in a couple tablespoons of softening oils like almond or jojoba, or stir in somefood coloring if you really want something besides white. (You can also make your own food-based dyes from things like beets, turmeric, and blueberries. Instructions here.)

Some recipes include baking soda or sea salt, but epsom salt by itself works well, and I like the way the crystals look without other powders mixed in. We’re about simple around here, and the holidays are so busy let’s keep this streamlined, OK?

Feel free to add in some baking soda or sea salt if you want. (If you can get a deal like this on sea salt, it may actually bring the cost of this project down a little more.)

You can also add a little Himalayan salt if you’d like a little sprinkle of color and don’t want to bother with food coloring. I prefer to eat mine, but it is pretty and adds some reputedly beneficial minerals to the bath water. Here’s a big bag if you’re going to add a lot, and a smaller bag if you need less.

Dried herbs or flowers, like lavender buds or rose petals, can also be added, but it means they’ll be floating in the bath water, which not everyone likes. You might just tie on a sprig to your gift or put it on the top of the salts for show. You can also give a muslin bag to contain the herbs. Here are recipes for lavender bath salts and rose cardamom bath salts if you like the look of whole herbs.

You can also use the leaves of the lavender plant, which smell a lot like the purple blossoms. Here are a bunch of ideas for what to do with lavender leaves if you have some on hand.

Or you can dry and powder orange peels for added skin benefits and scent. Here’s what to know about orange peel uses and benefits.

I’m not super crafty, but I have found some really easy DIY gifts I turn to (and get asked for!) year after year, like bath salts. Try out my two favoritehomemade food gifts: homemade chocolatesand roasted chickpeas with spice.

What are your favorite homemade gifts? Share your ideas in the comments, please! I’m always on the lookout for more easy homemade presents and will add them to my eco-friendly gift guide.

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Easy DIY Bath Salts Recipe {Just 2 Ingredients & 2 Minutes!} (2024)

FAQs

How do you make a salt water bath at home? ›

Add 1/4 cup of sea salt to a standard size bathtub filled to your comfort. Aim for a water temperature of two degrees warmer than your body temperature to experience the healing benefits of the sea salt bath. Soak in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes or your desired time.

What is the ratio of salt to water for a bath? ›

Use 1 cup of Epsom salt, sea salt, or table salt for a standard-size bathtub. Pour the salt into the warm running bath water and use your hand to stir the water to help dissolve all the grains. Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes.

How long does DIY bath salt last? ›

The bath salts can be stored in an airtight jar for 6 months to 24 months. Bath soak that contains coconut oil will last less long than those without. This is because coconut oil is a raw oil that can go rancid past its due date.

Which salt is best for bathing? ›

Types of bath salts:
  • Dead Sea Salt: The Dead Sea is known for its therapeutic properties, and people from all over the world have travelled to the Dead Sea to take a bath in this majestic water.
  • Himalayan Bath Salt: Himalayan salt is said to be the purest form of natural salt on Earth today.

What happens if you put too much Epsom salt in a bath? ›

Overuse may also lead to itchy skin and skin infections. Using too much Epsom salt in your bath may also lead to nausea, lightheadedness, headaches, and flushed skin. If you experience these issues, stop using them immediately. In rare cases, overuse may lead to more life-threatening conditions.

How much baking soda do I add to bath salts? ›

To make a baking soda bath, add between ¼ to 2 cups of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups Epsom Salts to warm bath water and stir it around to let it dissolve.

What happens if I put too much salt in my bath? ›

Here are some potential risks of using too much Epsom salt in your bath: Skin irritation: Epsom salt can be drying to the skin, and too much can irritate your skin. Dehydration: Epsom salt can draw water out of your body, which can lead to dehydration.

What does putting salt in a bath do? ›

Adding a little sea salt to the bath can stimulate circulation, ease muscle cramps, help relieve stiffness in joints, aid with arthritis or back pain, and soothe achy, overworked legs and feet. Plus sea salt helps cleanse and detoxify the largest organ in the body—your skin.

Who should not soak in Epsom salt? ›

Epsom salt baths aren't recommended for people with: Severe skin inflammation. Skin infections. Open wounds.

How do you make homemade muscle soak? ›

Instructions: Add baking soda and bath salts to a full bathtub and stir until dissolved. Stay soaking in the tub for at least 20 minutes or until the water is cold. The baking soda will help neutralize acids in the muscles.

What does cornstarch do in bath salts? ›

The reason for using cornstarch or arrowroot powder is to act as a stabilizer for the bath bomb. The presence of this ingredient helps to slow down the rate at which the bath bomb dissolves, causing the “fizz” rate (or the reaction between the baking soda and citric acid) to decelerate.

Do homemade bath salts go bad? ›

Bath salts, on the other hand, are typically made with little more than salt, baking soda, mica and fragrance oil. Because these ingredients do not generally react, spa salts essentially have an indefinite shelf life, and it's virtually impossible for bath salts to spoil or “go bad.”

Can salt water bath draw out infection? ›

While it doesn't cure the infection, Epsom salt can be used to draw out the infection and soften the skin to help boost medication effects. Epsom soaks can be used to support the work of medications your doctor has prescribed. Before using this treatment, discuss your options with a doctor.

Can you use table salt for a salt bath? ›

Can I use table salt instead of Epsom salt for a bath? You could, but ordinary table salt does not have the magnesium content of Epsom salt, and that's where the benefits of the Epsom salt bath come from. You could use sea salt, which is as I recall 3% or so magnesium chloride, and you'd at least get *some* magnesium.

What does soaking in salt water do to your body? ›

Salt is a natural exfoliant that is found in many skin care products. A 30-minute soak in saltwater can leave your skin feeling softer than ever. Salt is much gentler on the body, especially for those with sensitive skin. Soaking in a saltwater spa can also ease your pain.

What are the benefits of soaking in salt water? ›

Sea salt is hailed for its health-enhancing minerals, therapeutic properties, and all-natural harvesting process. Adding a little sea salt to the bath can stimulate circulation, ease muscle cramps, help relieve stiffness in joints, aid with arthritis or back pain, and soothe achy, overworked legs and feet.

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