How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

An Easy Tutorial for How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

A few years ago I would participate in the Dollar Bin Challenge. Our item one month was a glass test tube we found for $1.50 in the dollar bins at Michael’s. I decided to make this little gift set of eucalyptus Epsom bath salts. In case you are wondering, these are not the type of bath salts that make you want to eat another person’s face… ha! Kidding… well, not kidding (remember when it was a thing?), but rather a soothing all-natural way to relax in the tub!

You can make these for:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Bachelorette Party Favors
  • Birthday Gifts
  • Bridal Shower Favors
  • Teacher Gifts
  • Housewarming Gifts

Here is a video on how to make homemade bath salts.


Time: 20-30 Minutes



Here is a photo of our dollar bin challenge items. I love these! I love them so much that I bought five.

DIY Bath Salt

Depending on your container, the ratio for the recipe is 2:1 coarse sea salt to Epsom salt. These particular test tubes hold about a quarter cup, so I measured accordingly. Mix the two ingredients thoroughly.

DIY Soothing Bath Salts

Coloring the Bath Salts

Next, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice and mix.

Consider these essential oils:

  • Relieve Anxiety – Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, or Orange
  • Calming/Sleep aid – Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Orange
  • Improve Concentration – Bergamot, Rosemary
  • Depression – Jasmine, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Rose, Nutmeg

How to make DIY Bath Salts

Lastly, if you want to add color, add two-three drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. I played around with the colors. The fewer the drops, the lighter the color.

DIY Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Colored Bath Salts

Next, I used a funnel to pour the bath salts into the test tubes. If you don’t have a funnel handy, create your own by rolling a piece of paper into a cone shape. It works just as well as a funnel!

How to Make Homemade Bath Salts

DIY Scented Bath Salts

These labels I made were simple and done on my computer on (it’s FREE and easy!). They are for the tub with directions that say “add 1-2 tablespoons to hot H2O,” which I printed on sticky paper.

DIY Bath Salt Set


I added my labels and placed them in a gift box. I got this box at the Container Store. They actually have a pretty cool selection of gift wrapping boxes for gifts like this.

How to make DIY Epsom Bath Salts

These make great gifts for almost anyone. Get creative and place them in different types of containers. Wrap them with twine or ribbon. If you blend the oils, be sure to write the ones you used on a tag for the recipient.

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  1. Very cute, and a great way to give someone a couple different kinds of bath salts in a sampler set. Time to raid the dollar bin at Michaels!

  2. These are really cute. A very nice gift. A way to use my oils I have stock piled. I just want to be clear on ratio. That is 2 parts sea salt to 1 part epsom salt? Thank you for your cute idea.

      1. Just so I understand that also… When you say 2 part sea salt to 1 part Epson means as an example do you measure 2 teaspoons of the first and 1 teaspoon of the second. And keep doing that until you get to a quarter cup?
        Thank you so much. Great gift ideas for all year!

        1. Hi Arla! That’s right, but to make it easier on you it’s basically twice as much coarse sea salt as Epsom salt. So, depending on your container. For example, you can try a half cup coarse sea salt and a quarter cup Epsom salt to make a batch and go from there.

  3. Achei legal e fácil de fazer esses sais para vender mas como consigo a tradução em Português para facilitar na leitura.

  4. Please tell me if the food coloring causes you to dye your skin when bathing. I wanted to color mine but became concerned. Thanks, Cyndi

    1. Hi Cynthia! The food coloring does not dye your skin. You use a very little amount (about one (maybe two) drop for an entire batch). I have used all four colors and it did not color my tub either. I hope this helps!

      1. coloring skin was my major concern with food coloring since many things I have used it in have left some color. Thank you for clearing that up

  5. Could you tell me how much of the 2lb. bags (that the link directed us to) you ended up using for these 5 test tubes? I am trying to make about 50 for a shower and was trying to figure out how much salt to buy.

    1. Hi Christina! I’m so glad you like them and are going to make them. The ratio is 2:1 (Coarse to Epsom). The easiest way to figure out how much you need is to take the total ounces of your container and multiply by 50, then calculate your ratio. So for example, if you have 3 oz. containers X 50 = 150 oz. Convert ounces to pounds, so you get 9.375 lbs. (150/16 oz.). So, 2:1 will be approximately 6.25:3.125. So in this case, you will need 6.25 lbs. Coarse Sea Salt and 3.125 lbs. Epsom Salt. I hope this helps!

  6. This is such a great idea! I found the tubes and I’m ready to start the project, but I’m wondering what size labels did you use and where did you find the design for them? Thank you!

  7. I see this was last commented on nearly a year ago, but it popped up on my screen this evening when I was doing a web search for Christmas gifts for 2017. I had a great coupon for Michaels, so ended up buying TWENTY FIVE of these test tubes with black plastic screw-on lids (not the cork). I am making several groups of bath salts using your recipe, then I’m using the rest of the test tubes to package spice blends for (chips or veggie) dips, for gifts, too. I, too, LOVE these little test tubes! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Wendy! I’m unsure of the size. I bought them in the dollar bins at Michael’s. Whatever container size you choose, the ratio is 2:1. I hope this helps!

  8. So I have no idea if you are still able to answer comments on here since it’s been a few years 🙂 I’m wondering about the essential oil blends. How many drops of each kind of oil to make the different blends.

    1. Hi there! It’s completely up to you. I only used a few drops per tube. I imagine it’d be OK for you to do more or less depending on your preference. I hope this helps!

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