I love the benefits of using natural salts in your self care routine. Whether you have an epsom salt foot soak, reducing skin irritation, or adding them to your bath to reduce stiff joints, they’re amazing. I am always happy when I get salts as a present and don’t know anyone who wouldn’t!
Making your own bath salts is not only inexpensive, but it’s a relatively quick and easy process to do. Last Christmas, Kristina and I got together and made a ton (like 50 or more jars worth) in many different scents and colors to use as holiday gifts. I mean we did Lime (which I called Margarita), Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange, Mixed Citrus, and lemon grass. We even took the time to think about who would like which scents better and I made adorable little labels for them. They were a huge hit!
What You Need to Make Bath Salts
- Epsom Salts
- Sea Salt
- Essential Oils (don’t just use scented oil, it needs to be safe to put on your skin)
- Food Coloring (optional)
How to Make Bath Salts
For this tutorial I decided to go with Jasmine. It’s one of the few scents I don’t use a lot, and I thought it would be lovely to have at least one floral thing in my bathroom for when the mood strikes. Honestly, the scent I use most is Lavender for relaxation/sleep, but Jasmine is great for mood boozing (it’s an “antidepressant” scent), and it’s great also for relaxation and relief of sore muscles & cramps.No, I’m not going to sell you essential oils-seriously I bought this one for $5 at a health store-there is no need to spend $30 plus on essential oils for this project.
Your ratio for the salts is going to be 1|1. 1 cup Epson salt to 1 cup sea salt. We went to Costco and bought in bulk-I think we paid about $6 for several pounds (more than enough) of Epsom salt and $3 per large jar of Sea Salt (it took about 3 jars of Sea Salt for each bag of the Epsom salt-but was still inexpensive.) I think to make about 50-75 jars cost s around $30 in salts and oils. The jars were another story, we picked up a bunch at the dollar store which was nice.So a single recipe is 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup Sea Salt, 8-10 drops of essential oil (more or less-some scents will be stronger and some will need a few extra dashes to smell like you want them to), and about 2-3 drops of food coloring. Doubling or tripling is easy-we did a lot of that with big batches. Pour it all together and mix it up well. Your house is going to smell amazing.
Here are some of the cute gifts we gave out for the holidays-they were a huge hit. We put some ribbon on them, matched them up with some handmade sugar scrubs (recipe coming soon!), and put these cute labels on them. The labels were just in the printer section and I used markers-they’re not waterproof at all, but they worked just fine for a gift.
What scent would you like to bathe with?
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