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Making Your Own Bath Salts

Updated on March 13, 2008

Making your own bath salts can be easy and highly rewarding. It can be as inexpensive or as expensive as you want it to be. It is all in your hands. You can keep these great items, give them as gifts, or even sell them.

The Salts

When making your own bath salts you have a wide variety of options. Epsom salts are usually used as a portion of the salt in bath salts. This is because it is inexpensive and very relaxing. It also helps ease muscle tension and pain. For a very inexpensive bath salt you can use just Epsom salts and add other ingredients to it.

Sea Salts are another great option. They come in a variety of types, colors, and prices. You can choose according to your needs, colors, or price range and mix this with Epsom salts (or more then one type of Sea Salt).


There are many options when it comes to moisturizers for bath salts. You can choose any one of the many types of oil or make your own oil blends. Some good choices include olive oil, oils from nuts such as walnut oil or peanut oil, seed oils such as sunflower seed oil or seseme seed oil, grapeseed oil, or avocado oil. Each of these has different properties and you may want to spend some time thinking about it or researching oils.

You can also add things that are good for the skin such as Vitamin E oil, Aloe Vera gel, or glycerin.

Whichever you choose you can make for a rich and relaxing bath. It can leave your skin feeling soft and moist and is often better then a body lotion or butter.


Aromatherepy is the use of plant oils for psycological and pysical benefits. Essence oils, which are made from plant materials, is the best way to do this. You can choose a single essence oil for its fragrance or for its aromatherepy benefits. Some great ones are mint for refreshment, lavender for relaxing, or chamomile for healing. You can also buy pre-mixed essence oils that are carefully chosen and mixed for you for complex fragrences that are risk free. These often come with names like Relaxing, Refreshing, Awaken, and so on.


If you chose a colored salt then you don't need to worry about adding more color. The colored salts are that way from the minerals that are in the salts at trace amounts. They are good for the skin, but in addition to that you have a great color that is already part of your salt.

If you didn't choose a colored salt and want an all natural color for your bath salts you can use small amounts of powdered clay. You don't want a lot of it (after all it becomes clay in water), but a small amount can be good for the skin and not up the tub or discolor anything.

You can also use small amounts of soap colorants or food coloring to achieve beautiful safe colors.

Mixing it All Up

Now that you have all your ingredients available it is time to mix up your bath salts. You will need a large bowl, a wooden spoon, a table spoon, and your ingredients. After you salts are mixed you will also need a aluminum foil covered baking sheet.

  1. Mix Salts. You will begin by mixing your salts together. This can be done quickly and easily by pouring them into a large bowl and giving them a few good stirs.

  2. Add Moisturizers. Whether you are using one moisturizing ingredient or several they need to be added slowly. Add one table spoon of liquid. If using several types you will want to mix them together first and use a table spoon of the mixed liquid. Stir into your salts. Add additional table spoons one at a time until your salts are coated with the moisturizers, but not wet. You don't want them to wet or runny.

  3. Add Fragrance. To add your essence oils start with five drops. Mix it well and smell it. If the fragrance is barely noticable then that is how it will be in the tub. You want it relaxingly fragrant. Slowly add only a few drops at a time and stir between each addition. You don't want to overpower your salts.

  4. Add Colorant. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of clay if you are using clay and mix well. That is about all you should use for every two to three cups of salt. It will make for a pale colored bath salt. If using soap colorant add just a pinch and that should be enough for two to three cups of salt. Add five drops of food coloring. Between each addition make sure you stir it well before adding more.

  5. Baking It. Spread your salts out on a baking sheet and place them in a warm oven for ten to fifteen minutes. Then check on them. If they are still moist keep baking them on warm for additional time checking every ten to fifteen minutes.

Once your salts are done baking you can either place them in a decorative container, or mix them with baking soda. Baking soda has additional properties that can be very relaxing and even cause a bit of fiz in the tub. Simply stir in 1/3 cup of baking soda for ever 3 cups of salt.

You are now finished and can either place them in a good jar, tin, or bag. The more decoritive you make it the better gift it becomes. Have fun with it, but remember that bath salts will absorb moisture from the air and stick to one another. Making it best to store in an air tight container.

You can keep your salts, give them away, or sell them. Or do those things in any order you desire. You can make big batches of salt or small batches and you can have a lot of fun doing them in a wide range of scents and styles. It is all up to you.


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