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Homemade Bath Salts

Turn a plain old soak into a real retreat with bath salts you make yourself.

Materials

  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • Aromatic bath oil
  • Dried fragrant plants, like lavendar or eucalyptus (optional)
  • Glass or plastic jar
  • Spice sachet

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start with about 4 cups of sea salt or kosher salt. Mix in several drops of an aromatic bath oil (available at bath and beauty stores) and, if you wish, dried fragrant plants, such as lavender or eucalyptus.

  2. Step 2

    Pour into a jar for yourself or to give as a gift. Use a few spoonfuls of salts per bath; to keep herbs from floating, spoon the mixture into a spice sachet (available at gourmet grocery stores).

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2004

Reviews (31)

  • 6 Jun, 2012

    BATH SALTS!!!!!!!!!!! TURN A REGULAR SOAK INTO A REAL RETREAT WITH HOME MADE BATH SALTS

  • 8 Feb, 2011

    Do you really think Martha Stewart would have a misspelled word on anything?

  • 12 Dec, 2010

    spoonfuls is plural.....who would say "a few spoonful"? Geez...Great gift for teachers, coworkers, etc jut add a personalized label - thanks Martha!

  • 7 Dec, 2010

    was it really necessary to critique the language who really cares if it is spoonsful or spoonfuls I know when I read a contributors comment I want to know about the projects not the language unless the incorrect word changes the context of what was written. I'm sure the proofreaders are only human and being human everyone can make a mistake. lighten up people

  • 22 Nov, 2010

    actually if you'd bothered to check merriam-webster, spoonfuls is just fine. ..oh the humanity!

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoonfuls

  • 26 Mar, 2010

    This sounds like fun. I'm going to get some pretty jars from thrift stores and make this for gifts. Thanks for the idea

  • 30 Sep, 2009

    Can yo use canning salt? I have quite a bit left over from preserving pickles and was just wondering...?

  • 9 May, 2009

    I just bought a 2 lb. jar of mineral

  • 30 Apr, 2009

    Dead Sea Salt I saw Sea Salt available at the health food store

  • 30 Apr, 2009

    Dead Sea Salt I saw Sea Salt available at the health food store

  • 29 Mar, 2009

    what website can I get the dead sea salt? thx

  • 7 Jan, 2009

    You can go on line and get dead seat salt for pennies an ounce-I made them for gifts this x mas and everyone loved them

  • 7 Jan, 2009

    You can go on line and get dead seat salt for pennies an ounce-I made them for gifts this x mas and everyone loved them

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Yes, you can mix epsom salts with any kind of salt, but if you are making a bath to sooth aches and pains it dilutes it. I also add some baking soda to the mix, and if you have it, some cornstarch (stops it from sticking). I add a drop of red food coloring and mix well. Then I add rose or lavender oil with clary sage or another essential oil, a tablespoon of sunflower oil (it is 30% vitamin e). Mix it well and put in large mouth jars. 1 cup per bath

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Yes, you can mix epsom salts with any kind of salt, but if you are making a bath to sooth aches and pains it dilutes it. I also add some baking soda to the mix, and if you have it, some cornstarch (stops it from sticking). I add a drop of red food coloring and mix well. Then I add rose or lavender oil with clary sage or another essential oil, a tablespoon of sunflower oil (it is 30% vitamin e). Mix it well and put in large mouth jars. 1 cup per bath

  • 10 Dec, 2008

    Letsgetgoing......I have found these bath salt recipes and they do mixtures of Epson Salt and Sea Salt. Here is the link; http://www.allfreecrafts.com/giftinajar/bath-salts.shtml

  • 9 Dec, 2008

    Has anyone used Epsom salt in combination with sea salt?

  • 5 Dec, 2008

    I found a recipe for a body scrub (salt or sugar) on about.com. All I did was type in recipe for sugar scrub.Body Scrub Recipe-Ingredients:
    1/2 cup oil(sweet almond or grapeseed oil are good choices);1 cup sea salt (you can also substitute sugar, which is gentler); 5 drops essential oils. The oil depends on the result you want-lavender is relaxing, lemongrass is refreshing and rosemary is stimulating. Combine the oil and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add essential oil and combine well.

  • 4 Dec, 2008

    Redmink asked where to get a Sugar Scrub. Savannah Moon Natural Relaxation Bath

  • 15 Nov, 2008

    Great idea! I have a lot of oils and herbs I can use! I will make stocking stuffers with them.

  • 15 Nov, 2008

    Great idea! I have a lot of oils and herbs I can use! I will make stocking stuffers with them.

  • 22 Mar, 2008

    I make my own herbal oils, so I figure bath salts along with, would be easy enough. And true, would make great gifts..

  • 14 Dec, 2007

    You can also use epsom salt instead of edible salt. It is in the pharmacy section at Walmart. It is good for soaking sore muscles.

  • 14 Dec, 2007

    I have made bath salt using essential oils from the craft section at walmart. I like ocean breeze. Then I added a few drops of blue food color since I thought it would match the scent well. I gave these as gifts in inexpensive glass jars with a shell for a scoop. Everyone loved them. You could use any scent/color you wanted and be creative about the scoop.

  • 11 Dec, 2007

    Instead of mineral oil - try using walnut oil, found in the grocery store. I attended an organic farm that offered classes in making scrubs. They used raw sugar (coarse carmel colored), walnut oil, essential oils, and dried flowers - all blended in your food processor. I happened to use sweet orange oil and dried calendula flower

  • 25 Nov, 2007

    I mix an equal amount of sugar and olive oil together for a facial mask which I leave on for 5 minutes. Works great. I do the same thing with salt and oil for my hands.

  • 14 Nov, 2007

    I'd like to comment on the sugar scrub made with mineral oil. Mineral is bad for the skin and is know to cause breakouts. It acts as a barrier over the skin that does not allow the essential oils to penetrate the skin. The majority of products that we buy at drugs stores (lotions, cleansers, scrubs, etc) contain mineral oil as a filler. So anything good for you skin that might be in those products is actaully blocked by the mineral from doing any good!!

  • 11 Nov, 2007

    Help now some one tell me how to make the sugar scrub or where to find it Pleassseeee

  • 6 Nov, 2007

    what are the measurements/ingredients for the body scrub??*meg

  • 6 Nov, 2007

    I cant wait to try this. I made a huge batch of sugar body scrub last year (mineral oil, sugar, essential oils) and this will be a nice compliment to it.... not to mention great little holiday gifts!

  • 6 Nov, 2007

    I cant wait to try this. I made a huge batch of the sugar body scrub last year (sugar and mineral oil, aromatic oils) and this will compliment it well, not to mention will be cute holiday gifts.