Make Your Own Bath Salts

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Bath Salts DIY

If you are like me, during the winter months my skin dries out. I could continue to buy bath oils and salts from the store and spend a fortune. This would make my daughter happy since she enjoys using them too!

After I made the bath salt mixtures, I let my daughter use them and she loved it. I haven’t tried them yet myself, but will when I get some free time, like three hours to just relax (with no one wanting anything, ahhh Heaven) :).

Homemade Bath Salts Necessary Materials

:: Epsom Salts or Sea Salt (Kosher will work)
:: Baking Soda
:: 1 or 2 tsp, Glycerin (per jar)
:: Essentials oils
:: Food Coloring (optional)
:: Containers
:: Labels for Jars
:: Twine, Raffia or Ribbon
:: Bowl and Spoon
:: Funnel

Glycerin is effective skin moisturizer, but it is optional. I used lavender and sandlewood oils for the scent, but you can use whatever scent you prefer.

For the containers, I used glass containers but you could use either glass or plastic. I made my own labels to attach each jar.

DIY Steps

{Step 1} Clean jars and remove any old labels.

{Step 2} Depending on the amount of salts you will make will determine your exact measurements for each ingredient. The mixture I started with were:

:: 1 cup, Epsom Salts
:: 1/4 cup, Sea Salt
:: 2 to 3 tbsp, Baking Soda
:: 6 or 7 drops, Glycerin

Bath Salts DIY

{Step 3} After mixed together, pour the mixture in a jar until it is full. Pour back into bowl.

If you are going to make more than one fragrance or color, pour the mixture into separate bowls at this point.

{Step 4} When in separate bowls, add your fragrance and color. Depending on how strong you prefer, start with 6 to 8 drops of oil and increase from there. Stir thoroughly. Then add a few drops of color.

To get the lavender, I used about 5 drops of red and about 8 drops of blue. Stir again until you get the desired color.

{Step 5} Place the labels onto the decorative jar before you add the mixture.

{Step 6} Add the salts to the jar(s) using a funnel.

{Step 7} Decorate with ribbon, raffia or other decorations you have.

:: Note :: To make the Bath Salts from the Sea, I used the the same mixture as above except I used sandlewood oil and only blue food coloring. I mixed the oil in and then I poured about 2/3 of mixture in a separate bowl and added the blue food coloring. Then I layered blue, white and blue again and added twine and of course the sea shell.

Directions for Use

Use about 1/2 cup of Bath Salts to bath water and relax.

Bath Salts DIY

Project Cost

$5 Essential Oils (found at craft stores)
$4 Epsom Salts (found at any pharmacy)
$3 Labels and Decorative Ribbon
$1.70 Sea or Kosher Salts
$1.50 Glycerin (found at craft stores)
$1 Glass Containers (garage sale or Dollar Tree)
$0.89 Baking Soda

The total was less than $20 but could be even less if you have these items on hand.

This will make about 8 to 10 big jars of Bath Salts compared to the $4 store bought bath salts. That’s a savings of 50%! These would make a wonderful Hostess Gift, and it makes your bathroom smell wonderful too!

Have you ever made your own Bath Salts? Which fragrances have you tried?

by Savings Lifestyle: Mary on January 31, 2011


  • Jeanna Pool - January 31, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I don’t know if you’ve not heard about the use of Bath Salts on the news,but they are reporting that kids are now using bath salts in some way to get high now days and it can be very deadly.Just thought I would share this with you.

  • Tawnya S - January 31, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Love it…and no artificial fragrance!!!

  • Mary - February 01, 2011 @ 11:34 am


    That is terrible. I can’t imagine what kids are going through to make them want to do this to their body and minds. Erosol cans can be deadly also.

    The more reason to make your own bath salts.

  • Melissa - February 02, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    I have a question. Does the food coloring come off the salts and onto your bathtub or on you when you bathe?

  • Mary - February 03, 2011 @ 8:19 am


    I have taken a ‘soaker’ about 2 times since I made the salts. Due to the small amount of food coloring that you have in the salts compared to the amount of water in your tub, it dilutes the food coloring so there is no discoloration to you or your tub.

    I also clean my tub out after each use so I do not get that nasty ‘bath tub ring’

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