Hey my fellow bath lovers! I don’t know about you, but I love to have something relaxing to add to the bath so I can really unwind. Most bath salts or bath bombs that you buy at the store (excluding maybe Lush) have who knows what in them – wouldn’t it be nice to have something that you know will be good for you without the hidden and unknown little additives? Well, I have the solution for you…make your very own bath salts using only 3 simple ingredients.
All you will need to make your bath salts is:
- a clean mason jar/glass container (Note: If you are using pure essential oils, I highly recommend using a glass container, because the oil may eat away at any plastic or Styrofoam.)
- measuring cups
- 100% natural Epsom salt
- coconut oil (fractionated or solid)
- (optional) essential oil(s) of your choice
1. First things first, add your Epsom salt to your container. Start with 1 cup – you can always add more as you get more familiar with the scent combinations that you like. Mine are from CVS, and they’re only $4.59 for an entire pound (find it here). If you know that you want to make a ton of bath salts, you can stock up with the 6.25 pound bag from CVS for only $5.99 (find it here).
2. If you want your skin to be super soft and feeling moisturized after your bath, add some coconut oil to the Epsom salts! The amount isn’t really important, but I would suggest using as many tablespoons of coconut oil as you use cups of Epsom salt (i.e. 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 tablespoon coconut oil; 2 cups Epsom salt, 2 tablespoons coconut oil; etc.). You can use either fractionated (a fancy word for oil that stays liquid at all temperatures) coconut oil – dōTERRA* sells this here – or solid coconut oil from any store (buy it at Walmart here). After adding the oil, I closed my mason jar and shook the mixture so that the coconut oil would distribute throughout the Epsom salt.
3. Last but not least, you can add any type of essential oils to the mix. My suggestion would be to add about 10-15 drops of oil for every cup of Epsom salts.
- For a relaxing bath, I would suggest using a blend of oils such as Serenity from dōTERRA (this is a blend of lavender, sweet marjoram, Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, Hawaiian sandalwood, and vanilla). If you don’t have this particular blend, I would recommend a mixture of lavender and Roman chamomile (7-8 drops of each), especially if you want to relax before sleeping. Everyone knows that a cup of chamomile tea and some lavender lotion is the perfect combination before bed!
- If you want a soothing and ache-relief bath, something like peppermint or the Deep Blue blend from dōTERRA (a blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus) would be a great thing to relax your muscles after a workout or to melt away any aches and pains from a busy day.
- If you’re sick and have sinus pressure, dōTERRA‘s Breathe (a blend of laurel, eucalyptus, peppermint, melaleuca, lemon, ravensara, and cardamom) is a great thing to open up your sinuses. The combination of the steam from the hot bath and the oil diffusing into the air will hopefully relieve some pressure in your head!
- For a really fresh and clean aroma when taking your bath, I would suggest using some type of citrus oil. I have used dōTERRA‘s Citrus Bliss (a blend of wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, clementine, and vanilla) in the past. You could also use a singular citrus oil like lemon, lemongrass, or wild orange.
- Mix it up! Make a combination that you like – something that you think will be most relaxing as you try to unwind.
This recipe is fool-proof! There is no way to mess this up – you can easily adjust the recipe as you find what works best for you. And remember, you really only need a small amount of bath salts each time you take a bath, so if, for example, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil seems like a lot, you really only use a quarter to a half of that per bath, so 1/4 or 1/2 tablespoon may seem a little bit more reasonable.
Bath salts can also be a great, inexpensive gift for friends and family. Finish up with a cute tag and some twine to make an adorable DIY gift to give for birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, whatever!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY! Keep on the lookout for more coming your way soon.
*If you are interested in jumping on the essential oil bandwagon with DoTerra, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! If you want essential oils in general, buying them wholesale is the most inexpensive way to do so. Ask me how you can buy them wholesale!