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How to Make Bath Salts. a Quick Recipe and Easy Gift

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The Benefits of Bath Salt

Bath salt has many rewarding benefits. The salts are soothing, relaxing and help with muscle fatigue and pain. Creating a bath salt at home will reward you with an exhilarating and inexpensive gift that any mother, daughter, friend or coworker will enjoy receiving. Bath salts start with an alkaline base which neutralize acid on the skin so that the fragrance will cling to the body. When using certain scents to fragrance your bath salts, the results you may achieve are very different. For instance, by using a lilac essence, a bath salt that produces a relaxing effect is achieved. To produce an energizing effect citrus or lemon verbena as an addition will produce the result


The fresh scents of citrus produce an energizing and uplifting effect. Children love the refreshing scent of citrus like pink grapefruit while many men's fragrances include the scent of citrus, particularly, lime.


The benefits of eucalyptus are many. It is antibacterial, a natural deodorant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and very stimulating as an essence. The popularity of the scent of eucalyptus is limited. Use the essential oil in combination with other fragrances to take advantage of the many attributed benefits.


The evergreen plant with purple flowers is called lavare in Latin and literally means "to wash." It is valued for its antiseptic qualities and is very soothing and relaxing. The scent of lavender is used frequently in perfumes, soap, flea repellent and many baby products.

Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena is used in herbal tea. It can also be found in soaps and bath products. It has a delicate scent but like other citrus fragrances it, too, has a stimulating effect.


Mint is a refreshing herb. Its varieties are many. Peppermint and spearmint are the most common. Mint contains menthol. The menthol is an antiseptic. The cooling property of the menthol in mint is a refreshing addition to your bath salts.


Rose is a terrific scent for bath salts as it is highly popular. The fragrance notes of rose oils can vary from spicy to sweet to exotic. Try other floral oils like gardenia, lilac or freesia in your bath salt recipes.


Sage is a strong scent that is uplifting and relaxing at the same time. The scent combines extremely well with citrus notes. Sage is known to be an antiseptic, astringent and have healing qualities that aid in skin ailments.


Vanilla, the bean pod of an orchid is a popular scent. In medieval medicine, vanilla was described as an aphrodisiac. The warming sensual scent adds luxury to bath salts. Interestingly, it is also an antibacterial compound.

Ylang Ylang

Like vanilla, ylang ylang is an aphrodisiac. Ylang ylang is known for its antidepressant, antiseptic, hypotensive and sedative qualities. It is seductive and will help to ease away anxieties.

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The oil or essence you choose to scent your bath salt produces different effect and the salt you choose to create your gift will have different effects, also. The salt acts as fixativethat holds color and fragrance. Epsom salts are mildly alkaline and dissolve readily in water. Epsom salt soothes muscle aches and skin inflammation. Sea salts are a good ingredient to use for their curative properties. Dead Sea salts are a more luxurious addition and may be more expensive than regular sea salt. Lastly, regular coarse salt may be used. The coarse salt will bind fragrance and color but does not have the curative properties as epsom and sea salt do.

For colorants, a food coloring will do. However, to avoid chemical colors and the negative effect of these, I suggest an organic or natural food coloring. These products are easy to come by at natural food stores and online. Here are some suggestions for both natural coloring agents and natural essential oils.


Bath Salt Recipes

Basic Recipe

Adding bath salts to a warm bath can invigorate you or relax you. A bath salt with eucalyptus with help ease cold symptoms while a bath salt made with Ylang Ylang can chase away anxieties. Here is the basic recipe. Experiment with the oils and fragrances to create your own variations.

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup coarse salt

10 to 15 drops of essential fragrance oils

5 to 10 drops natural food coloring

Place both salts into a large bowl. Mix well then scoop out a 1/2 cup of the salt mixture and place in small bowl. Add the drops of the essential fragrance oils and food color to the ingredients in the small bowl and mix well. Add a little bit of the ingredients from the small bowl to the larger bowl and mix. Keep adding from the small bowl to the big bowl until you are happy with the resulting color and fragrance.

Pour the contents of the large bowl into a large glass jar. Use recycled jars from pickles or pasta sauce that have been cleaned well so that no trace of the food contents will add a smell to your salts. Seal the jar tightly and shake the jar vigorously once a day for a week.

Invigorating Recipe

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup sea salt

7 drops spearmint oil

5 drops eucalyptus oil

5 drops green food coloring

Follow instructions in basic recipe above to mix.

Relaxing Recipe

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup sea salt

1 tablespoon glycerine

8 drops camomile

6 drops Ylang Ylang

3 drops sage

5 drops food coloring (your choice)

Follow general instructions for basic bath salt. Add the glycerine to the small bowl when mixing all ingredients.


How to Package Bath Salt for Gift Giving

Decorative bottles can be used to package bath salts. Use a funnel to pour bath salts into the bottles then cap the bottle tightly. A nice decorative effect is to use sealing wax to encapsulate the bottle top. It is easy to do.

Melt sealing wax in a double boiler. Invert the bottle and dip it into the melted wax about a 1/2" from the top of the bottle. Ensure that an adequate seal has been made. Stand the bottle up and allow the extra wax to drip away. Let the wax cool and dry.

Cellophane bags are a nice way to package salts. The bags can be bought with many designs imposed on them like flowers or bows. Fill the bags then secure tightly with a rubber band. Tie a bow around the rubber band with ribbon of your choice. Add a home made gift tag to the bag and voila... a great gift for mom or grandmother. Waxed paper bags are another option.

Jelly jars are another option. Fill the jelly jar with the bath salt of your choice. Screw the lid on tightly. Cut a small square of cloth and cover the lid with the cloth and secure with a bow. You can add a label to the front of the jar. Fill several jars with different bath salt and place in a nice gift. Add a couple of nice wash cloths or hand towels to the basket and you have a fabulous gift to give for a birthday, shower or the holidays.

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Ananya from Chandigarh,India on February 09, 2018:

It totally depends upon the amount you use. A fistful in a bucket would do fine.

Ananya from Chandigarh,India on February 09, 2018:

It totally depends upon the amount you use. A fistful in a bucket would do fine.

Lisa Jane from Washington on February 09, 2018:

How long is the bath salts good for?

Ananya from Chandigarh,India on February 08, 2018:

I really liked these recipes. Baths salts really give a soothing and calm effect. My personal recommendation for starters is the basic vanilla bathsalt.

Lisa Jane from Washington on January 28, 2018:

Great article. It is full of information about the different scents.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 31, 2015:

Cool gift ideas and easy to make at home. Voted up for creative and useful!

Corey (author) from Northfield, MA on July 03, 2012:


I am glad you like these. They are easy to do an d smell wonderful!

NTetley on July 03, 2012:

I think this is a lovely receipe. I really like bath salts and look forward to making my own.

Corey (author) from Northfield, MA on May 04, 2012:

Thanks Again Thundermama,

I made quite a few different scents as holiday gifts. people loved them and it was so economical. I spent about 12 buck to make six 32 oz. containers of bath salt! An if you use epsom salt the bath salt can be very therapeutic!

Catherine Taylor from Canada on May 04, 2012:

Great hub, very well written and great directions. I love this as an idea for an inexpensive, Eco-friendly gift.

Corey (author) from Northfield, MA on February 15, 2012:

Thanks twilanelson

These are great recipes!

Twila Nelson from Carmichael, California on January 23, 2012:

Thank you for some beautiful bath salt recipes with something for everyone, from energizing to relaxing.

Corey (author) from Northfield, MA on November 27, 2011:

Thank you. I always make platters of cookies for gifts, which I still will do but I wanted to try my hand at something different.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 27, 2011:

These bath salts make wonderful gifts - not only are they great additions to the bath, but are so pretty too! Voted up! I need to make some of these!

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