How To Make Bath Salts For Relaxing Times Whenever You Want

Homemade bath salts are ideal for self-care at home and to enjoy some relaxing time whenever you want. They’re also an excellent DIY gift for almost any occasion and time of the year. You can give it, let’s say, as a Christmas gift to a loved person, birthdays, anniversaries and the list goes on and on.

Pink and white bath salts in a small white bowl surrounded by pink and white orchid flowers, a soap and a candle

Isn’t having a hot bath after a long and tiring day the time you expect more than anything else? How about making it a bit better by having a bath pillow and adding some bath salts to help you relax? We don’t mean to run into the nearest cosmetic shop and buy some. But to make your own.  Plus, to make things even better you can make bath bombs as well. Don’t be surprised! Even if you are a beginner at DIY projects, you can make it. All you need are some ingredients that you might already have on hand, and if you don’t, you can easily find them. Ready to see how to make your bath salts? Let’s dive in!

What are the benefits of homemade bath salts?

Beyond a pretty personal homemade gift, bath salts can really help your overall wellness, as they’re great at detoxing, relieving and relaxing muscles. Plus, they can help you increase the magnesium levels in your body. Bath salts containing Epsom and sea salts remove the toxins and help reduce the inflammation due to the high levels of this mineral and other beneficial ones they contain. What’s more, recipes using baking soda can soften the skin, relieve rashes, skin irritations and muscle aches.

But let’s see why we should make our own bath salts. They’re:

  • Inexpensive
  • Healthier than buying them
  • Soothing
  • A great decoration for your bathroom
  • A perfect gift idea

What are Epsom salts?

Have you ever heard of these salts? What are they? Epsom salts, help to relax the sore muscles. When adding these salts to the water, magnesium and sulfate are released. These two compounds can relieve muscles pain. You can use them, but to increase their effectiveness, combine them with salt and herbal remedies.

Why use sea salt in bath salts?

This type of salts is essential in bath salts as they can stimulate circulation, ease muscle cramps, help relieve stiffness in joints and help with arthritis or back pain. Also, they help cleanse and detoxify your skin. But don’t get confused! Epsom salts don’t contain salt. Instead, they’re a mixture of magnesium and sulfate, which help to relax the muscles. That’s the reason why all bath salts recipes use both types of salt, Epsom and sea.

three small wooden bowls filled with lavender bath salts

There are various salt types you can use. However, their benefits depend on their origin. Pink Himalayan salt, for example,  can help to soothe skin conditions and the body detox. On the other hand, Dead sea salts can help you relax, relieve some skin conditions and muscle pain.

How to make bath salts step-by-step

You can make your DIY bath salts based on the purpose you want to use them. For example, you can use different ingredients to make salts to help you relax, sleep or nourish your skin.

For  every bath recipe you’re going to need:

  • A large bowl
  • A spoon
  • 4 cups of Epsom salts
  • 1 cup of coarse Dead sea salt or pink Himalayan salt crystals
  • Drops of essential oils, which you can also make yourself.
  • Dried herbs
  • Mason jars or any other glass jars

You can adjust the amounts and scents according to purpose and what scents you like.

The process to make your homemade bath salts:

Step 1: Mix all the ingredients in the mixing bowl, breaking up the clumps that might develop from the essential oil.

Step 2: Pour the mixture into an airtight glass container and store it in a dark, cool place.

Step 3: Every time you want to use your bath salts, add 1/2 cup to your bath water before you get in.

Now, let’s see some bath salts recipes:


If you find a hard time sleeping, have a hot bath using lavender bath salts.

  • A bowl
  • A spoon
  • 4 cups salts
  • 1 cup of coarse pink salt crystals
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of chamomile
  • 2 tablespoons of dried lavender
  • 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile

The process to make your salts is the same as mentioned above.

lavender bath salts scattered on a wooden floor along with a bouquet of lavender


If you have skin issues or just want to take care of your skin, use these salts while having a hot bath.

  • A bowl
  • A spoon
  • 4 cups salts
  • 1 cup of coarse Dead sea salt
  • 40 drops of rose essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of dried rose petals
  • 4 tablespoons dried desiccated coconut

Just make sure before adding the dried herbs to blend them.

Relaxing bath salts

For the times you want to relax, have a warm bath and soak into these salts.

  • A bowl 
  • A spoon
  • 4 cups salts
  • 1 cup of pink Himalayan salt crystals
  • 20 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops of neroli  and 10 drops of sandalwood essential oil 
  • 2 tablespoons of dried lavender

a white flower, bath salts, soap, and two bottles with baby oil on a filled bathtub

Uplifting Salts

If you need something to make you just feel better, then these salts are ideal.

  • A bowl
  • A spoon
  • 4 cups Epsom salts
  • 1 cup of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 20 drops eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary

However, there’s another bath salts recipe containing baking soda. It will make your bath soak fizzy.

You’ll need:

  • A large bowl
  • A spoon
  • 2 cups of Epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup of table salt
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 15 drops lavender or orange essential oil
  • A bottle of soap or food colouring(optional)

The process is almost the same. Here’s how to make your salts:

  1. Stir the salts and baking soda together in the mixing bowl.
  2. Next, add the drops of essential oil and, if you like, the food colouring.
  3. Mix the salts and the liquids with a spoon, breaking any clumps.

That’s it! You’re going to need about 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have your own bath salts.

Extra tip: If you don’t like using essential oils, you can use fragrance oils instead, at the same ratio. Whether you use essential or fragrance oils, opt for those that are safe for skin contact like lavender.

How to store them and use them

As we said above, you’re going to need glass containers, mason jars or even glass tubes to store your salts, as they’re plastic-free, and you can reuse them afterwards.

Furthermore, glass jars can make your homemade gift even better, plus they can be a nice decoration for your bathroom and make it more attractive. As soon as you place them in the jars, put them into small wicker baskets and place them on a shelf in your bathroom or on the bathtub. They’ll completely transform your decor!

When it comes to using your homemade salts, you will need just a cup of the mixture. Fill your bathtub with warm water, and just before you’re about to get in, pour the mixture into the water. Warm water will dissolve the salts and help all the amazing scents fill the room. Surrender to the aromatherapy and salts’ magical properties.

pink lavender bath salts in a wooden bowl next to some lavender flowers

You’ll be completely benefited while using your bath salts. They cost almost nothing to make, they’re much healthier than buying pre-made ones, and as an extra plus, they’ll get you out of trouble in case you’ve forgotten to get a gift to a loved one. Give it a try, and we promise that you won’t stop soaking in your bathtub!

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