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Quick & Easy Homemade Bath Salts

This post originally appeared on One Mama’s Daily Drama for Handmade Holiday Gift Week.

Homemade bath salt is one of my favorite go-to handmade gifts. With just a few simple ingredients and about five minutes, you can whip up a batch. You can change up the recipe and add your own ingredients too.

And it makes a beautiful gift for teachers, neighbors, friends- anyone, really! The kids love to help make it too. E is helping me out today, so you may see her little hands in some of the photos. Enough talk. Let’s make some bath salts!

how to make bath salts


  • 2 cups unscented epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 drops food coloring (optional)
  • 1 squeeze of vitamin E oil (or coconut oil, jojoba oil, or whatever you like)
  • 20-30 drops total essential oils (These are my favorite combos below)

essential oil combos

20 drops peppermint essential oil (This is my favorite inexpensive peppermint oil)

12 drops peppermint + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil (awesome if you have a cold!)

20-30 drops of lavender essential oil (ultra-relaxing)

15 drops lavender + 15 drops vanilla essential oil or extract (smells soooo good!)

10 drops peppermint + 10 drops orange essential oil

other supplies:

  • glass containers with lids (sealing lids are great to prevent bath salts from clumping in humid bathrooms) I got these inexpensive jars at Hobby Lobby on sale.
  • wood scoops- I’m loving these inexpensive wood scoops, and I think they’re a nice touch!
  • chalkboard sticker labels or other labels (I use these chalkboard sticker labels for everything in my house!
  • paint pen (I used white)
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups
  • fork or wire whisk

step 1. dry ingredients

Combine epsom salt and baking soda in the mixing bowl.

step 2. oils

Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils and stir well to combine everything.

step 3. food coloring

Finally, add a couple of drops of food coloring if you like.

step 4. fill jars

Spoon the finished bath salt into the jars carefully. Don’t pack it down- I’ve done this and I have a brick of bath salt next to my tub to prove it!

step 6. labels

Finally, label your jars. I like to use a white paint pen on my chalkboard labels.

Now add a bow and a gift tag, and you’ve got some amazing and thoughtful handmade gifts!

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