Learn how to make bath salts with this quick and easy tutorial! They make perfect inexpensive gifts for teachers, moms, coworkers, and friends!
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
- 2 cups unscented epsom salts
- 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 (my favorite combos are listed below)
Essential Oil Combinations
20 drops peppermint essential oil (This is my favorite inexpensive peppermint oil)
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
- glass jars with airtight lids (without an airtight lid the high humidity in the bathroom will cause the bath salts to harden into one big lump)
- wood scoops- I’m loving these inexpensive wood scoops, and I think they’re a nice touch!
- chalkboard sticker labels or other labels (these are my favorite ones from Amazon!)
- paint pen (I used white)
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups
- fork or wire whisk
1. Combine Dry Ingredients
Combine epsom salt and baking soda in the mixing bowl.
2. Add Oils
Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils and stir well to combine everything.
3. Add Food Coloring
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!
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!