*If you’d like a little more information on making your own homemade bath salts, a Video Tutorial is provided at the end of this post*
Here’s the reality around my house. I jump in the shower, and within four seconds there’s a knock on the door. “Mom, I can’t find my toothbrush.” I yell out something like, “Check the toothbrush holder.” (I’m probably crazy to think it might actually be where it belongs.) Then I hear screaming. Big brother and little brother are in a battle, and they both come knocking on the door telling me what the other did (and how they are not to blame for any of it). I yell back that they need to figure it out. Two seconds later, I’m informed that the puppy just poohed on the floor. So much for a nice, relaxing shower…
Here’s an idea for the moms in your life; give her the gift of some uninterrupted time to soak in the tub… with a glass of wine and a good book. I have a very simple recipe for making your own bath salts. If you are a mom (or not), you can certainly make these for yourself (just sneak in a bath after the kiddos are in bed).
What You Need to Make Homemade Bath Salts
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- Epsom Salt
Baking Soda(UPDATE: Some people reported that their bath salts were hardening with the original recipe that included baking soda. After doing some research, it seems baking soda is the most likely culprit. I have taken the baking soda out of the recipe to hopefully avoid this issue. However, adding a small scoop of baking soda to the bath water, along with the bath salts, would be ideal.
- *Essential Oil- Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.
- Airtight Glass Storage Container– Some essential oils will start to break down plastic, so it is ideal to use a glass container for storage. You also want to keep the salts in an airtight container to avoid moisture. I reused Starbucks Frappuccino bottles, but you can find similar bottles here.
- Wooden Spoons (Optional)
- Twine (Optional)
- Food Coloring (Optional)- Please note: If you choose to add food coloring to the salts, less is more. Start with just 1 drop and work your way up to the desired color, one drop at a time. If you add too much moisture to the salts, this can cause the salts to harden over time.
*Please be aware that some essential oils are not recommended when pregnant, or for use with very young children. Please consult a health professional to address any questions or concerns.
How to Make DIY Bath Salts
Now you can experiment a little bit with fragrance and color. Here are some great ones to try…
Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts
Adding 10-15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil creates a wonderful relaxing scent. I decided to add a bit of blue and red food coloring to the salts for added color. Keep mixing until evenly distributed.
“Perk Me Up” Peppermint Bath Salts
Add 10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the Epsom salts to create an energizing scent. This time I decided to get a little fancy and divided the mixture in half prior to adding the color. I then layered in it the container for a striped appearance.
Breathe Easy Bath Salts
The last combination was created for those times when you need to “breathe easy”. You can use a pre-mixed blend of essential oils or simply combine 3-5 drops each of Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Peppermint in lieu of the combination oil. I decided to go with yellow for this one.
Watch This Tutorial
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This post was originally published at Clean and Scentsible on January 29, 2016.