Homemade Bath Salts, Soaks & More: {Recipes}

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There are over a dozen recipes on this page for making luxurious soaks, jelly and even bubble bath. Ingredients vary from Epsom salts, baking soda, herbs and more.

BowlsBefore getting started, make sure that any herbs or oatmeal are first ground finely (use a food processor if possible). This helps keep things “clump free”.

Ready to get started? First up are the soaks…(all herbs are dried)

Cinnamon

1 cup powdered milk
1 cup baking soda
3 TBS cornstarch
2 TBS cream of tartar
1 1/2 TBS cinnamon

Garden Spa

2 cups powdered milk
1 cup cornstarch
2 TBS herbs (finely ground)

Oatmeal & Cinnamon

1 1/2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup oatmeal (finely grind it first)
3 TBS cornstarch
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp cinnamon

*Note: Mix the next three with 2 cups of hot water first before tossing into tub

*Peppermint

1 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

*Almond

1 TBS Almond Oil
1/4 cup honey (*omit if storing, add when using)
1 cup powdered milk

*Lavender

1 cup powdered milk
1/8 cup lavender

Also try any of the ones found on this page, but since the ingredients would be loose in the tub instead of in a bag, make sure that herbs and oatmeal are ground first so they’re fine in texture.

Pampering

1 1/2 cups Epsom salts
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup herbs (finely ground)

Soothing

4 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt
2 TBS herbs (finely ground)

Tips:

  • Store in airtight plastic containers or sterilized jars (such as mason jars or small & pretty jam jars). Shake the jar well before using.
  • Unless otherwise noted, toss in as little or as much as desired into the water…anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup should be plenty.
  • If you like fragrance, try a few drops of essential oils or perfumes. I wouldn’t do this with blends that contain dried herbs or spices already.
  • For pretty colors, mix in a few drops of food coloring then shake the jar really well. Don’t use too much though in case the tub gets stained.
  • These can also be made in bulk and given as gifts in a jar–just omit any water (for those that require it) and include directions with each jar. For a nice touch include the recipe too so the recipient can make some more if they like.
  • For more home spa treats, try these soothers for feet.

Foaming

1 cup sweet almond oil (light olive or sesame oil may be substituted)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup liquid soap
1 TBS vanilla extract

  • Measure the oil into a medium bowl, then carefully stir in remaining ingredients until fully blended.
  • Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight-fitting stopper or lid. Shake gently before using. Enough for four large luxurious baths.
  • Swirl desired amount into the tub under running water – then step in and descend into a warm, silky escape.

Vanilla Blend

1 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup castile soap
1/4 cup honey
1 TBS vanilla

  • Grate the castile and cover with a bit of water, heat until melted.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients, add to running bath.

Lavender

3 TBS lavender flowers*
1-1/2 cups whole milk, cream or combination
1/3 cup honey

  • Process flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together the ingredients in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake well and pour half of the mixture into the tub. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.
  • *These can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores.

Luxurious

1 cup honey
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sea salt
3 TBS baking soda

  • First combine the honey with a cup of boiling water, stir until dissolved. Then add the milk, incorporating well.
  • Run the bath then add the sea salt and baking soda to dissolve.
  • Pour in the milk batch.

Jellies: These can be made as luxurious home spa goodies or they can be packaged for the kids (set with toys inside). Great to give as gifts. They may not bubble up as nicely as some commercial products, but definitely a nice treat.

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup liquid soap (unscented–shower gel, hand soap or bubble bath)
*Essential oil (choose a favorite–a few drops)

Directions:

  • Bring 3/4 cup water to a boil, remove from heat then slowly dissolve the gelatin. Slowly pour in liquid soap and stir. Add essential oil, combine well.
  • Pour liquid into a clean clear jar or container, seal and refrigerate overnight.

Once it gels, it’s ready. Just put a spoonful under running tap for a bubbling treat (a tablespoon or two will do).

*If you wish, skip the essential oil and use liquid soaps that have a fragrance.

Notes: Keeps for a few weeks if refrigerated and sealed airtight to avoid mold.

Optional: A couple drops of food coloring can be added when first mixing jelly to give it some color, don’t use too much though since it can stain tubs.

Gift Ideas: Package in small jars, embellish with a decorative label and some ribbons or trims. Put a small toy or object in the jelly when first poured, it will set inside. Make in small batches at a time so it can be used within weeks.

DIY Bubbles:

Here’s an easy recipe that can be customized to your own preference by combining favorite scents–also ditches harsh perfumes and chemicals that some commercial ones contain.

bar of castile (2 ounces)
liquid glycerin (2 ounces)
essential oils (lavender, orange, etc.)

Directions:

  • Shave the bar into a bowl then mix in a pint of warm, distilled water and liquid glycerin. Stir to combine well.
  • Allow to sit until the shavings are soft then stir with a wooden spoon to mix smooth.
  • Stir in favorite essential oils then pour into glass mason jars, seal with lid.

If making this to give as a gift, label with the ingredients and decorate the jar with raffia, ribbon, charms or whatever embellishments desired.

Source: Green Made Easy by Chris Prelitz

Several of these were originally published on their own pages and moved here for better organization.

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Published: November 20, 2007
Updated: September 21, 2012

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14 Comments to “Homemade Bath Salts, Soaks & More: {Recipes}”
  1. kiani says:

    i love the bath and body ideas so i can make some myself!

  2. Renee says:

    I’m very curious as to what “dried herbs” I should use. Any specific suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  3. Ingrid says:

    I love all of these, however it’s not advisable to use peppermint in a bath because of its cooling effect and can make you cold and uncomfortable. But other then that these are wonderful.

  4. Stefanie says:

    I am making the bubble bath and am wondering if there is a substitue for liquid glycerin? I have gone to numerous stores (Target, Walgreens, etc) and they all tell me they do not sell it “anymore” I have heard I can order it on line for my “livestock” but I prefer to by in a store. Any advice?
    Thanks!

    • Moppi says:

      I ordered my glycerin thru a pharmacy because I wanted a gallon. Perhaps a mom-and-pop pharmacy can help.

      • ppierce says:

        A craft store such as Michael’s or hobby lobby carry it in the cake decorating supplies Walmart sometimes has it there also.

  5. Jen says:

    I just bought liquid glycerin tonight at Walmart. It is near the bandaids. Good luck!!

  6. Angi says:

    I have made bath salts with the salts, baking soda and essential oils but within a week they are hard. Does anyone have an idea what to do so I can put them in jars and give as presents with out them getting hard.

    • mousie momma says:

      Angi, after adding the essential oils to the salts and baking soda, try spreading the bath salts out in a thin-ish layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper and allowing to sit out overnight. This will help dry it out a bit. The next morning they should be dried out enough for you to put it into jars without it turning into one hard mass. Hope this helps!

    • jenni cook says:

      or, you could throw in a couple of those little silicone packets that come in stuff. don’t open it of course. just take one or two packets and throw them in. :)

  7. sarah says:

    Could you please tell me what each of these are for {relaxation, stress, ect.} I would love to make these as gifts for friends and family but would like to tell them what each of them are used for.
    thank you

  8. Germaine Bouchard says:

    I love the bath salt recipes


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