Making your own bath salts is fun and easy. It is the perfect gift – especially for Valentine’s Day. All it takes is a container to put the ingredients in, essential oils, baking soda, sea salt and Epsom salt. For people who are sensitive to scent, skip the essential oils and give it as an unscented bath salt. You can add other items such as dried flower petals or herbs if you wish.
As for the container, make it as simple or as fancy as you wish. I prefer using pre-made fabric sachet bags to put bath salts in I intend to gift. I store my own supply in unadorned canning jars.
Begin by choosing your essential oils if you intend to scent your bath salt. Note: It is important to use essential oils instead of fragrance oils because fragrance oils are not skin safe. You can find essential oils in the soap crafting section of most craft stores or at your local health food store. Essential oils are concentrated, so a small amount goes a long way.
For this project I made a custom essential oil blend. Clear glass bottles with lids that are clean and scent-free are best for making custom blends.
Here is how I made my special Valentine’s Day essential oil blend:
- Ylang Ylang essential oil – 45 drops
- Lavender essential oil – 45 drops
- Orange essential oil – 45 drops
- Jasmine essential oil – 30 drops
- Patchouli essential oil – 15 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil – 15 drops
I added the drops – one scent at a time – to my bottle. Once all the essential oils were added, I capped the bottle and shook it well to mix them up.
Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use. Note: Store this in a cool, dark location. It is recommended to use your oils within a year of purchase.
Now that my custom essential oil blend was made, the next step was to measure out the ingredients needed to make the bath salt. The first ingredient is 2 cups of Epsom Salt. Measure this and then pour it into your mixing container.
The next ingredient is 1 cup of sea salt. You can use any brand of sea salt that you prefer. This brand is just what I had on hand. Once it is measured go ahead and pour the sea salt on top of the Epsom salt. You can stir the two salts together at this point if you wish or wait until you add the last ingredient.
The last dry ingredient is the baking soda. You need ½ cup. Measure this out and pour it on top of the salts. Mix the three ingredients well with a spoon.
I then pour my salts into a dedicated bath salt canning jar. I put a lid on the canning jar and shake it to make sure the three dry ingredients are well blended. Again, you can stop at this point if you wish or continue on and add the scent and color. A nice thing about just keeping this mixture pure is you can custom scent ½ cup at a time because that is all you need for one bath.
The next step is to add the color. Use a color that is safe to use on the body. I have used food coloring but you can also buy small bottles of body safe coloring in the soap crafting section of most craft stores.
It is easiest to add four to six drops of color at a time and then use a metal spoon to work the color into the salt. I use a mashing and chopping action to incorporate the color because otherwise the color tends to bead up. Avoid using too much color or you will end up with a colored bath water. I used between 12 to 14 drops to get this light pink color.
The last step is adding the scent. I added a total of 30 drops of the custom blended essential oil I made. Do not get the scent too strong. The heat from the hot water causes the essential oils to be released and thus the scent is intensified.
I add the scent 4 to 6 drops at a time and work those into the bath salt. Once I am done, I put the lid on, shake the salts, wait a minute or two for the dust inside the jar to settle, open the jar back and add the next few drops of essential oil. This makes sure the scent is well distributed.
The bath salts are now ready to use.
Measure out ½ cup of bath salts per bath.
To give them as a gift, add the bath salt and instructions to a pretty jar or add just the right amount to a small plastic bag. I use a plastic bag because it keeps the scent from fading quickly and prevents the salts from falling out of a fabric bag. A paper bag would also work.
Once I fill the plastic bag with just enough bath salt for one bath, I seal it, fold it and put it inside of a fabric bag. This makes a perfect gift. Just add a label and instructions that say to pour the bath salt into the fabric bag, put the fabric bag into a tub of warm water, allow it to dissolve and soak for 30 minutes.
Want more? Check out my Valentine’s Day Homemade Soap: Tips & Tricks.
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