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How To Make Bath Salts

May 12, 2020

Wondering how to make bath salts? This homemade bath salts recipe will help soothe sore muscles, moisturize skin and relax you into your next bath – with 4 different combinations to help you customize your bath salts blend to meet your needs.

I have always been a bath person. Like most kids, my nights ended with a bath though unlike most kids, I LOVED it. I feel like most kids don’t look forward to bath time but it was my favorite time of the day! This love affair has continued into adulthood where the highlight of most days for me is bath time. I know baths have kind of become the cliche for self-care but honestly, my nightly bath ritual is my self-care. I usually dump a bunch of bath salts into the bath, put on a face mask and read a book. It isn’t fancy and it’s never Instagrammable but it’s relaxing, soothing and the perfect way to end my day. Baths are not for everyone, but for me they are everything.

I take a bath every single day (or almost every single day) but especially now that we’re all confined to our homes. That means I’m going through an exceptional amount of bath salts. So much so that it simply isn’t economical to buy pre-made bath salts. It’s insanely easy and cost effective to just make your own bath salts at home. I used to exclusively make my own but then I got lazy and would just pick up a bag at Whole Foods. Our current circumstances hasn’t allowed for that so back to making my own bath salts I went and honestly, I’m kind of ashamed I ever stopped. Seriously guys, if you’re looking for a super easy and fun DIY project, homemade bath salts are the way to go. I’m even including a few different options so you can customize your own bath salts recipe. Trust me, you won’t be going back to store-bought again.

What You Need To Make Bath Salts [Big Batch Recipe]

There are only 3 or 4 ingredients you need to make bath salts. I’m offering suggestions and variations below

What are Epsom Salts?

Otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, epsom salts are probably the most famous aid in helping to relax sore muscles. Epsom salts work by releasing magnesium and sulfate into water (the warm water breaks it down) and helps to relieve muscle aches and pain. You can absolutely use epsom salts on their own, but combining them with sea salt and herbal remedies helps ramp up their effectiveness.

Why Use Sea Salt in Bath Salts?

Believe it or not, there’s no actual salt in epsom salts. As I mentioned epsom salts are actually a combination of magnesium and sulfate so for a double-whammy effect, this bath salts recipe uses both epsom salts and sea salt.

Sea salt’s benefits depend on where the salt was sourced from. Dead Sea Salts, for example are believed to be some of the highest quality sea salt and are known to promote:

  • relaxation
  • sore muscle release
  • relief for certain skin conditions

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is also known to help ease certain skin conditions and help the body detoxify.

I like a combination of both epsom salt and sea salt though you’re welcome to sub one for the other.

How to Make Bath Salts – 4 ways!

There are so many different versions of homemade bath salts that you can make but I thought I would share a few of my favorite versions. You’ll notice I include both essential oils and dried herbs. After completing my herbalism certificate last year I am full force on the benefit of fresh and dried herbs. I know many of you only have access to essential oils, which you can totally use on their own but I’d encourage you to play around with herbs if you can. The potency is even more effective with dried herbs.

Sleepy Time Bath Salts Blend

Skin Food Bath Salts Blend

Relaxing Bath Salts Blend

Uplifting Bath Salts Blend

Quick Tip: Blend Your Herbs

One quick suggestion for you: for easy clean-up I highly recommend you pulse your herbs in your blender to break them down. Not only will this helps release the essential oils from them, it will also make clean-up so much easier. While floating herbs may make your bath look pretty, they make cleaning your tub post-bath a total nightmare. Just give them a few pulses in your blender to break them down before mixing in with the rest of your ingredients. This will allow them to go down the drain with the rest of your bath salts.

If that’s not your thing, I recommend keeping the herbs separate and creating little “tea bags” of herbs that you can throw in the bath and dispose of in your compost when your bath is done. I use these compostable tea bags.


How To Make Bath Salts

Wondering how to make bath salts? This homemade bath salts recipe will help soothe sore muscles, moisturize skin and relax you into your next bath.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 uses 1x



  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Be sure to break up any clumps that develop from essential oils.
  3. Store in an airtight container, in a dark, cool place indefinitely.
  4. For use: Add 1/2 cup of bath salts to your bath just before getting in.

*recommended to process or blend your dried herbs for easier bath clean-up.

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  • Reply
    June 1, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    The sandalwood oil you link to here is cut w/jojoba oil (much more cost effective, to be sure) — do you know about how many drops it would be for the uncut stuff?

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      June 7, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      Cut the sandalwood in half if that’s the case! We linked to the cut one because yes, like you mentioned it’s much more cost-effective. Woah to the price tag of pure sandalwood eek!

  • Reply
    June 17, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Bath salts are the kind of project that even a novice can easily master. Keeping it simple by sticking with the bath salt recipe below would be a great help. Thank you so much for sharing this! I bookmarked your blog and gonna use this as my guide.

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