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Homemade Bath Salts, Soaks & More: {Recipes}

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)


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


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


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


1 cup powdered milk
1/8 cup lavender

Also try any of the ones found on this page [1], 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.


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


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



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

Vanilla Blend

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


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


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

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)


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.)


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.