How to Make Bath Salts with Essential Oils


Make homemade bath salts with essential oils! You deserve to pamper yourself today! And the best way to do so is through a handmade concoction using simple everyday materials that are easy to locate and have health benefits as well.

Dissolvable bath crystals make great gifts too! Adding essential oils is perfect because it will heighten their aromatic appeal.

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Essential oils come in so many different fragrances and aromas you will be hard pressed to choose one-the good news is that you can combine some aromas together that complement each other.

Bath salts are second only to handmade soap in terms of gift-ability, so you can’t go wrong here 🙂Now let’s get started!


You’re going to need a glass bowl, measuring cup and stirring instrument in addition to these ingredients below

♥️ Epsom or dead sea salt

♥️ Baking soda

♥️ Essential oil fragrances of your choice

♥️ Cornstarch

Two optional ingredients – citric acid and colorant, which I encourage if you want your batch of bath salts to be effervescent or a little bit colorful. The bread and butter of your bath salts are epsom salts…one of the most highly regarded natural health remedies due to their mineral makeup.

Baking soda is a great add-in due to its ability to soften skin. On its own it is a great deodorizing agent…I use it regularly for various tasks. Magnesium sulfate has many great benefits; too many to name here – it is overly hyped up as a homemade plant fertilizer, but for a nice tub soak it’s wonderful, as it can promote relaxation and reduce inflammation.

There’s no downside to having your own bath salts, whether you plan to use them yourself, or gift them 🎁

Which Salt is Best For Essential Oil Bath Salts?

Epsom salt – this is a great choice and should definitely be part of your repertoire – it’s also easy to find at the drugstore, and most venues that carry natural health and beauty products.

Dead sea salts – While epsom is limited to magnesium, dead sea salts contain a wide range of minerals, including iodine, bromide, zinc, potassium and calcium, all of which combined can do wonders for your skin.

making bath salts with essential oils
Nosy cat wants to see what I’m up to…perhaps he wants to help?

Not only does it promote hydration, it’s also helpful for inflammation and other persistent skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. I’m on the wrong side of 40 and still get acne sometimes, so I’d love to try this variation another time with dead sea salts. Plus I’ve gotten mysterious rashes from unidentified vegetation in the garden (I’ve come to the conclusion that my cat has brushed up against poison ivy and passed the aftereffects  on to me inadvertently.)

Don’t let the name put you off – it can definitely bring your skin back to life!

Himalayan pink salt – I used to have a blogger friend who was very found of this and said it was the creme de la creme of salts. It’s only located in a very particular location, the Himalayas, and has many therapeutic benefits.It may be harder to find than epsom.  You may already have seen “salt lamps” well this is the crystalline form.

A Word About Essential Oils…Which To Choose?
Citrus: Grapefruit, Sweet tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Neroli
Floral: Rose, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Jasmine
Woodsy: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Cypress, Frankinscense, Juniper, Myrrh, Patchouli, Fir, Coriander
Spicy: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pepper
Herbal: Chamomile, basil, Sage, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Tea tree, thyme

It is best, if you wish to combine oil scents, to choose from those in the same “family” above. Like add together more than one citrus, more than one floral, etc., so your scents will be “in sync”

Getting Started

!. First mix together in the bowl: 2 cups Epsom salt and 1/2 cup baking soda. Pretty much all of-the dry ingredients. If you like you can also add a small amount of cornstarch…it’s also very good for your skin. Combine thoroughly.

Tip: If you’d like your bath salts to fizz when they hit the water, consider adding a small quantity of citric acid.

The Right Way To Add Essential Oils!

You have a wide variety of fragrances out there – it’ll be hard to settle on one. It kind of depends on what floats your boat…Peppermint is a good one,as it can be energizing and invigorating. You can’t go wrong with citrus either…it’s one of my favorite scents.

If you prefer floral scents lavender and rose are near the top of the list in popularity.


2. Add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to the dry mixture in the bowl and stir together well.

👉Important – Essential oils are flammable just like substances like rubbing alcohol. Also people with certain health conditions should not use certain fragrances… don’t forget to perform due diligence first.

You want to kind of take the same approach I used in my previous post in which I applied essential oil to dry uncooked rice to create a makeshift air freshener.

Adding Coloring to Your Bath Salts

3. If you like you may add a little colorant to your bath salts. With regard to colors…it’s strictly optional but can make your creations look really good. You want to remember that a little goes a long way, just like with essential oils.

The first thing you probably want to avoid is the possibility of staining. Use a few drops in the batch and stir thoroughly just like before.


How to Store Your Essential Oil Bath Salts

Store your handmade salts in the container of your choice…try to go decorative if you have one so you’ll have something pretty to look at in the bathroom too! I used a couple of vintage old-timey milk bottles (probably came from an estate sale) but wide-mouth jars would work good too.

These essential oil handmade bath salts make perfect gifts if you’ve got someone in mind with a special day or occasion coming up soon, like a wedding or birthday. 🎁


bath salts with essential oils

Using Your Handmade Salts

You’ll need about a fourth a cup of the mixture for your next bath. Salts dissolve more easily in hot water (but let it cool a little bit first if desired before getting in.)

Enjoy!! Try to come up with different fragrance batches and compare them to see which ones you enjoy the most. Get creative not just with the making but the outer packaging! Something like raffia strips, cellophane wrap and some cute sticker labels would work too, if you’re gifting.

Have fun with your new scented fragrant bath salts!

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