How to Make Your Own Scented Bath Salts

Choose an attractive, airtight container for your bath salts.
Choose an attractive, airtight container for your bath salts. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Soaking in a tub of warm water with bath salts can be a relaxing end to a day. Bath salts are sold commercially, but your choice in scents may be limited. You can easily create your own bath salts at home -- scented to your liking and much cheaper to boot. It doesn’t take much time and you can make as much or as little as you want at a time. Bath salts also make nice homemade gifts.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Sea salt
  • Essential oil
  • Rubber gloves
  • Large spoon
  • Lidded glass jar
  • Teaspoon

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Spread newspaper over your kitchen table. This protects the surface and provides easier cleanup in case you spill the salts or essential oil.

Place a mixing bowl on the newspaper. Use a measuring cup to measure 1 to 2 cups of sea salt into the mixing bowl.

Sprinkle 5 drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, vanilla or lemongrass, into the salts. Put on a pair of rubber gloves.

Blend the salts with the oil, using your gloved hands. Use a large spoon to transfer the salts from the mixing bowl to a clean, glass jar.

Place the lid on the glass jar and let it set overnight. Open it in the morning to do a sniff test. If it is not as strongly scented as you prefer, add another drop of essential oil and stir it in with a teaspoon.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of using solely sea salts, you may create an equal blend of Epsom salts, baking soda and sea salts.
  • You may also add dried herbs, such as lavender flowers, or a few drops of food coloring to the salts.


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