Bath salts recipes - Step by step tutorial to make homemade bath salts

I often say on this website, that preparing bath salts recipes is very easy and this time, I have decided to show you, step by step, in pictures, how I make homemade bath salts.

As you will see, the process might get just a bit messy, but as you start to make your own bath salts, you will get a handle of things quickly. Believe me, you will love making your own salts.

The following recipe contains lavender oil, my favorite. However, you can use any essential oil you like. I chose the food coloring colors accordingly (red and blue), so that the final product matches the color of lavender.

What you will need
bath salts recipe

9 teaspoons of sea salt
9 teaspoons of baking soda
8 drops of lavender essential oil***
7 drops of red food coloring
2 drops of blue food coloring
Measuring utensil
Mixing bowl
Small glass jar (the one you see in the picture is an Ikea 5oz. jar but any glass jar with a tight lid will do).

***Disclaimer: Lavender essential oil used in this recipe was purchased on Mountain Rose Herb website. I use many of their products personally and I am also their affiliate.

Note - Ideally, I would have used a wooden spoon to mix it all up but I didn't have one :) Instead, I used a regular metal teaspoon. Also, make sure you use this equipment for skin care recipes only; although well washed, the ceramic bowl smelled of lavender afterward. I like lavender, but not in my cereal :)

P.S. This is my first attempt at photographing the process; some pictures are kind of blurry, but you'll get the idea.

Preparation of bath salts recipes

Measure 9 teaspoons of sea salt.

Add 9 teaspoons of baking soda to the salt. Combine the two ingredients. Make sure you break down baking soda clumps.

Get the lavender essential oil to be added.

Add 8 drops of lavender essential oil.

Note I truly adore the scent of lavender and I can never have too much of it. The first time I experimented with lavender based bath salts recipes, I added 12 drops which almost made me spasm :) Too much, indeed! I use 8 but add 5-6 drops and see how you like the scent. You can always add more.

Also, too much of essential oil can dissolve the salt and you will end up with a big mush instead of bath salts.

Lavender added. Mix it up.

Next, add 7 drops of red food coloring and 2 drops of blue food coloring.

I should have used gloves when preparing this recipe; I recommend you do unless you want to walk around with red and blue stains on your hands.

Mix it up.

This part might be the most tedious as you will have to break down little clumps of color that will form. Just mash the clumps against the sides of the bowl.

Get the jar ready and start filling it up.

Finally, the product emerges!

I like to use mine freshly made and this batch should be enough for 2 uses. However, you can always make less by reducing the quantities of ingredients. Store in a cool, dry place (bathroom cabinet is just fine) and don't let it sit longer than 2, maximum 3 weeks. Add a handful to the running bath water.
Like I mentioned, this was the second batch I experimented with. I had some left over from my previous attempt, so I decided to prepare a body scrub. I added a bit of extra virgin olive oil. That's it!

I didn't use any specific quantity. I eyeballed it; do the same, just make sure the mix resembles a paste.

Get the consistency of a scrub, not too runny and not too solid. You should still be able to feel salt crystals in the scrub.

This is what it should look like:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make bath salts recipes as much as I did preparing it.

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