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
- Glass test tubes
- Epsom Salt
- Coarse sea salt
- Essential oils and dropper
- Glass measuring cup
- Food coloring
- Labels (optional)
Here is a photo of our dollar bin challenge items. I love these! I love them so much that I bought five.
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.
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
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.
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!
These labels I made were simple and done on my computer on iPiccy.com (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.
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.
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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