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How to Make Bath Salts

Learn how to make bath salts with this quick and easy tutorial! They make perfect inexpensive gifts for teachers, moms, coworkers, and friends!

Essential Oil Bath Salt: jar of DIY bath salts with a wood scoop

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, moms- 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


DIY bath salts ingredients & tools: epsom salt, baking soda, essential oils, etc.

Essential Oil Combinations

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

12 drops peppermint essential oil + 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

Tools & Materials


1. Combine Dry Ingredients

Combine epsom salt and baking soda in the mixing bowl.

glass mixing bowl with epsom salt

2. Add Oils

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

hand adding Vitamin E oil to a bowl of DIY bath salts

3. Add Food Coloring (Optional)

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

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!

Child's hand stirring a mixing bowl of DIY bath salts

6. Label

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

close-up of homemade bath salts with a wood scoop

Now add a bow, one of these cute wood scoops, and a gift tag, and you’ve got some amazing and thoughtful handmade gifts!

How to Make Bath Salts

How to Make Bath Salts

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: easy
open jar of peppermint scented bath salts with a wooden scoop
Essential Oil Bath Salt: overhead view of a glass jar of homemade bath salt with a wood scoop

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