Bath Salts

Do It Yourself Bath Salts
Base Ingredients:
Epsom salt, Sea salt, Baking soda

Optional ingredients:
Finely powdered herbs, powdered oatmeal, powdered milk, coloring (food coloring, pigments for coloring soaps, etc)

Essential oil blends or Fragrance oils as desired

All ingredients must be water soluble, or be in such a finely powdered state that it is invisible in the water. I have personally made the mistake of adding not-so-finely-powdered rose petals to my bath, only to find petals sticking to my body and the sides of the tub when I was finished. Also, if your salt is a large crystal type, grind your salt first in a food processor until it is finely grained.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large zip-lock bag; mix well. Add fragrance and/or coloring slowly, squinch up the bag and really mix well. Keep mixing. Mix some more. Pour into a glass container - plastic will eat up any fragrance you put in. I usually use about 1/3 cup per bath.
Susan Couvia

Bath Salts Recipes

Cnadi's Sweet Salts

1 cup baking soda 1/2 cup epsom salt 3/4 cup sea salt(finely ground) 1 tbs citric acid 3 tsp scented oil (lavander&bergamont)

Mix dry ingredients together in a large ziplock bag ad oil and continue to mix until completely mixed (about 5 minutes) pour up into decorative glass container and seal. One to two tablesppons per bath

Enjoy 2/20/03

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Cindi's Relaxing Bath Crystals
1 cup Fine Sea Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup Coarse Kosher Salt
36-48 drops EO (I use a combo of lavender and other relaxing EO's)
A few drops Violet Food Coloring

Mix the salts together in a plastic bag (the kind from the grocery store works fine, or use a large freezer bag). Add the EO's and shake thoroughly. Then add a few drops of food coloring; mush between fingers to distribute the color well (make sure you do this through the *outside* of the bag or you will wind up with seriously purple fingers!). Let the salts sit in a glass jar for a few days for the EO's to blend, if you are using more than one. Use half a cup per bath. Enjoy! :)

Note: After these have been sitting a bit, the different sized crystals take on different hues and they are really pretty to look at.
Cindi Cho 2/21/99

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Fantasia's Garden Bath Crystals
1 lb coarse solar sea salt
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine
100 drops EO or EO blend

Add the glycerine to the salt and stir or shake until all crystals are coated. Then add the EO, drop by drop, and mix again. It's that simple. We package them in 4 oz cellophane bags. Poly bags are semipermiable and pretty soon all the different flavors will smell the same. Glass jars also work well. Add 2 tablespoons (or as desired) to warm bath water, and swish to dissolve. I usually get into the tub first--that way you don't sit on any undissolved crystals...
Lissa 2/19/99

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Milk Bath Salts
7 oz. Epsom salts
2 oz. powdered milk
2 oz. Borate
2 oz. Sodium Bicarbonate
2 oz. Sea Salt (medium NOT coarse)
2 oz. Utah mineral salt
1 1/2 tsp. glycerin
1 1/2 tsp. FO of choice (I use vanilla)

Dribbled glycering and FO over salts, mash and mix (simple, eh?).

Debby Narcisso 2/17/99

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Tip for Making Bath Bombs
Here's something I did while learning to make bombs, and do now when I want to experiment with color, scent or type of liquid.

Make small test batches by using the basic proportions of the original recipe. For example, if it calls for 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup each cornstarch and citric acid, then your basic proportion is 2:1:1. Use a tablespoon as your measurement, and reduce the amount of liquid called for. What I like about doing this is that you're not wasting a lot of ingredients if the recipe goes awry.
Carol 2/17/99

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Energizing Bath Salts
1cup Epsom salts
1cup coarse salt
10-20 drops green food coloring
6 drops eucalyptus oil
10 drops rosemary oil
15 drops peppermint oil

Mix salts in large bowl. In smaller bowl take 1/4-1/2 cup salt mixture and add food coloring and oils. Mix WELL. Add back into rest of salt mixture.
Mandy Hylton 01/04/99

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Inexpensive Bath Salts
6-7 cups Regular rock salt
2 cups Epsom salt
4-5 tbsp mineral oil or baby oil*
5 drops blue food coloring and 5 drops green

Place in a large glass bowl and stir well until evenly mixed.

Place in sandwich size bags then lower into wax paper sanwich bags. Bunch the top of the bag together and tie with a peice of lace or ribbon for gift giving. (The waxpaper bag appeals to me for both looks and function, because the oil may bleed through the plastic bag.)

*For scented salts use 2-3 tbsp skin-so-soft "soft & sensual" scent bath oil in place of some of your oil. The green lid traditional skin-so-soft AVON oil is rather strong smelling so I prefer the newer one. 1-800-FOR-AVON to order the oil.

If you are more concerned about your tub being realy oily, use less oil.

Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup per bath
Anonymous 12/08/98

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Sinus Headache Bath Salts
2-3 cups epsom salts (or salts of your choice)
1/3 cup peppermint
1/3 cup spearmint
40 drops peppermint eo
20 drops eucalyptus eo

I ground the mints in my mortar and pestle, then sifted them through a mesh kitchen strainer, and added them to the salts. Actually, I didn't really measure the amount, it was just a good handful of each. This seems to work pretty well for my DH, and if you still need to clear out your sinuses, get a half cup of pepper/spearmint, put it in a bowl, and toss in a cup or so hot water. Let it sit covered for a bit and then carefully start breathing the steam. (I found out how potent this was when I was making peppermint 'tea' for a m&p!!

Use about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of this mixture per bath. My DH and I went through the 'batch' within 2 weeks, but someone suggested to mix the salts and dried herbs beforehand, and when the need for the bath arises, to add the eo's then to guarantee potency. A decent amount would probably be 4 drops peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus per bath. Some people may be more sensitive to the peppermint, so be sure they don't have an adverse reaction before using these salts. Rabeca 5/21/98

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Cindy's Bath Salts
1 part baking soda
2 parts epsom salt
3 parts sea salt
We use this recipe for aches.
We mix in huge quantities and store in ziplock bags. If humidity is a problem where you live, mix in a little glycerin to help with the clumping. You can use up to 1/2 cup of bath salts per bath.

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Pat's Bath Salts
2 cups epsom salt
2 cups NaCl salt
2 cups baking soda
This is the base for the rest of the salts.
For an herbal salt add 2-3 ounces of finely ground herbs, whatever is your choice. My Scarbrough Faire blend of (of course) parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme is popular, as is straight rosemary. In making a fine salt, I grind the herbs to a powder, which leaves little to be seen in the water, add them to the salt mix and grind them all together.
If you like the effect of oatmeal in your bath you can add 1 cup or two of powdered oatmeal to the mix.
In addition, you can add a few drops of an essential oil of choice to the bath, but I have given up adding them to mixes containing baking soda that will not be used at once.

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Water Therapy
2 cups Epsom salts
6 drops blue food coloring
5 drops each lavender, lemongrass, tea tree and orange essential oils

Place salts in a glass bowl. Add food coloring and oils. Mix until salts, color and oils are blended. Looks striking in a clear glass jar. Dissolve 1/2 cup (or more) in hot running water.
Sandy 11/4/98

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Basic Bath Bombs

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid*
1/2 cup corn starch

Sieve dry ingredients til you get a nice smooth blend. (Optional: add 1/3 cup epsom salts or coarse sea salt after sieving)

Wet Ingredients:
2 1/2 T. sunflower or other light oil (I use sweet almond oil, available at drug or health food stores)
3/4 T. water
1 to 2 teaspoons essential oils or fragrance oils
1/4 teaspoon borax as an emulsifier
vegetable or other natural colorant (optional)

Combine wet ingredients and borax in a jar. Cover tightly and shake vigorously. Drizzle onto dry ingredients and blend thoroughly.

Pack tightly into moulds and slide out. They should release easily. Allow to dry overnight**.

Brenda’s notes

This mixture is VERY dry and crumbly and has to be packed in the moulds quite firmly to keep shape. If you add any other ingredients (such as herbs, epsom salts or dried flowers) you may need to add a bit more almond oil. Be careful not to add too much oil, though, as this makes the bombs soggy and makes a mess of your tub. I mix the liquids into the dry ingredients with my hands. That way I can feel if I need to add more oil. The mixture should just start to hold together when pressed in your hand, like slightly moist fine sand.

Adding epsom salts adds a bit of shine to the bomb and also seems to make the fizzing action more vigorous. It also seems to shorten the drying time required. If you want to add coarse sea salts, I recommend breaking it up a bit with a mortar and pestle or in a blender. The grains should be no larger than those of epsom salts.


This recipe makes about 4-60 mm round bombs. I use the clear plastic two-part Christmas ornament balls; you can also get an 80 mm ball (these incidentally are the same sizes as the Lush bombs). I find the 60 mm bombs are all you need for a nice bath. I have never needed to oil the moulds beforehand when using these plastic moulds.

I pack each side of the mould quickly, then throw some loose mixture on top and squish the halves together HARD (the mould needn't fit together completely; in fact it shouldn't, because then it is harder to get them apart). DON’T twist the two halves, just PUSH them straight together and smooth off any excess around the crease with your fingers. You can unmold them after a very few minutes onto a baking sheet. Unmould one side at a time, taking the top half of the mould off first (you may need to tap the top gently once or twice), then turn the ball and remove the other side. Avoid the temptation to *twist* the top of the mould, as this can easily split the bomb. If the bomb splits or crumbles, empty out the mould completely and start again. If the bombs crumble and won't keep shape, add a tiny bit more oil (1/4 tsp or less). I usually manage to get three of the four done fine and then have trouble with the last as the mixture is already beginning to dry out a bit.

Sometimes they crack a little around the seam after a day or so; just gently rub the seam with your (dry) fingers to smooth it. If you have enough left over you can either gather it in a jar or plastic spice bag, or put it in a smaller mould (I use half of a Christmas heart mould). The mixture shows detail very well; other people I have heard of make smaller bombs by pressing them into candy moulds.

*You could substitute ascorbic acid but it tends to turn yellow with exposure to air, which gives your bombs a freckled appearance. Citric acid is sometimes available in drug stores but it’s NOT cheap. If you think you might like to make a few, or if you have a friend who might want to try too, I suggest ordering a kilo or 5 kg pail from a reputable soapmaking supply house.

**Re drying time: I let all of mine dry at least a week, although they should be ready to use after a couple of days. I have heard it suggested that one could speed up this process by baking the bombs for 2-3 hours at very low heat (no higher than 200 degrees F) but I haven’t found this necessary and I imagine this would make the whole house smell of them for days, which may not be your preference! They look nice packed in cello bags or you could use spice bags such as are used at the bulk store. Tie with a pretty ribbon or nestle three in a small wicker basket for a nice gift.
Brenda Sharpe 11/28/98

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Bath Bombs
2 parts baking soda
1 part ascorbic or citric acid powder
1 part cornstarch
Combine ingredients using a food processor if possible, can add colors and EO's. Be sure it's EO's and use a drop at a time as they have the strongest scent.

Now this is typed up exactly like I found it. There were no other instructions. In a later post it was mentioned that it was rumbly like pie dough. That if you got it too wet it would start fizzing. So I imagine that you would have to put it in a small mold or maybe a melon baller and pack it in real good to get it to hold it's shape.

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Bath Bombs

2 parts baking soda
1 part corn starch
1 part citric acid
FO and colouring to suit

Mix all ingredients but citric acid. Spritz with a witch haze/glycerine 50/50 mix until the texture of the type of wet sand you'd make a sand castle with.

Now add citric acid, and mix quickly. Pack TIGHTLY into molds. Leave for five minutes.

Gently dump out onto surface; put in turned off gas oven (heated only by pilot light) or another warm, dry place to dry.

Ela Heyn 8/3/98

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Bath Fizzies
10 Tbsp baking soda
5 Tbsp powdered sugar (or cornstarch)
5 Tbsp citric acid
5 droppers full fragrance oil or essential oil
2 Tbsp almond oil*
* too little or too much are problems

Mix dry ingredients together. Gradually drizzle oils in. Spoon into molds (I used an ice cube tray - get creative!). Press very very hard. Bake bombs for 2-3 hours at very low heat (no higher than 200 degreesF). Let cool on baking sheet before removing, as they are very fragile until cool. Cure for 2 weeks before using.
(PLEASE NOTE: I put the plastic ice cube tray in the gas oven without turning it on for a couple of hours and all was ok! Also, I didn't wait 2 weeks before use - IMHO glass storage containers are always best).
Patty Harrison

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Bath Fizzies a la Iris Emily
10 Tbsp baking soda
5 Tbsp cornstarch
5 Tbsp citric acid
5 droppers full FO or EO
2 Tbsp ~approx~ melted cocoa butter (I added some almond oil to the melted cocoa butter to keep the cocoa butter in a liquid form when I added the oil to the dry ingredients)..I think you will be using a little more than 2 Tbsp

Get lumps out of soda & cornstarch either by sifting or stirring down. Add dry ingredients together in food processor (I used a blender). Now the tricky part...drizzle the oil into the dry ingredients in order to "bind" the dry ingredients together. This is where I also added my FO. As I used a blender I reached a point where I took the mixture from the blender and put into a bowl. I continued to add oil and mixed with my fingers. You want a consistency where the mixture "starts" to cling together when pressed together to form a ball. You won't get a ball that will hold together well, but shows the start of it. Now is time to pack into molds. I used Wilton candy molds and packed down very hard. I then put the molds into the freezer for about 2 hours. I then popped the fizzies out and put on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. I put the sheet into the oven set at 100 - 150 degrees and left for about 45 minutes. Let cool before touching. When I took them out of the oven they were hard enough to pick up without crumbling. I left them on the cookie sheet to continue to harden. The detail of the molded fizzies is unbelieveable. You can see every line and design of those very small plastic candy molds. I used some of the pearlescent powder that came from Walmart's M&P products (used violet)...added this while I was stirring the dry ingredients together. I also added some dark purple Wilton's edible glitter at the same time. I now have lovely pale violet (with specks of dark purple glitter), finely detailed bath fizzies sitting on my kitchen counter which smell wonderful. I wrapped some in purple saran wrap, took to work and gave out to my guinea pigs. About molds, try to avoid any that have shallow surface area...I used Wilton's rose molds...some of the rose designs have petal tips that are too weak to stand up to being handled. I must say that I'm impressed with how these came out. I think that using melted cocoa butter that starts to solidify and binds the dry ingredients together is the key to this along with the packing into molds. I never got an exact measure on the amount of oil I used but went by touch when mixing with my fingers (I made two batches).

Recommend that you halve the recipe on your first try...this gives you enough to work with while saving money (citric acid from the grocery store is NOT cheap).
Iris Emily

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Fizzing Bath Balls
1/4 C baking soda
2 T citric acid
1 T borax
2 T powdered sugar
2 T almond oil
1 T vitamin E oil
1/4 T fragrance
Combine dry ingredients in bowl and stir till blended. Drizzle in oil and stir till moist. Add Vit E and stir till mixed. Take teaspoon sized mixture and form balls. Will be crumbly. Place on waxed paper and leave 2-3 hours. Let air dry 10 days and then store in air tight container.

Beware though. They need to air dry in a humidity free enviroment. I formed mine in ice trays and when I took them out to air dry, they started puffing up a little bit. We live in somewhat of a humid climate. I think that I am going to put my next ones in the dehydrater.
Judy G

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Tina's (Magestic Mountain Sage) Fizzing Bath Salts
1 lb. baking soda
8 oz. wt. citric acid
8 oz. wt. cornstarch
fragrance as desired

Whisk baking soda in a bowl to break up any lumps and set it aside. Combine citric acid and cornstarch in another bowl. Add fragrance to citric acid-cornstarch mixture and blend well. Combine fragrance mixture with baking soda and blend well. Store in an air-tight container. Use 1/4-1/2 cup per bath.
Contributed by Christi Modesti What puts the fizz in bath fizzies? 7/22/98

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Orange and Tangerine Bath Soak
1/2 C Baking soda
1/4 C Epsom salts
2 drops orange food coloring, (or 1 drop red food coloring and 1 drop yellow food coloring)
25 drops orange/tangerine perfume oil, (or 10 drops each, orange and tangerine essential oils)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until color is evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Transfer the mixture into a food processor and grind into a fine powder. Spoon into a bottle or jar.
Kelly Reno

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Chocolate-milk bath bon-bons a la Rabeca
8 T powdered milk (or powdered buttermilk or milk/buttermilk combo)
.5 oz cocoa butter
.25 oz chocolate chips or baker's chocolate
Up to 2 T powdered cocoa (for hot cocoa) in place of milk, for darker chocolate color mint or orange eo (for mint-chocolate or orange-chocolate!) chocolate FO to boost chocolate smell. Measure out dry ingredients into bowl. Melt cocoa butter in glass bowl in microwave in 45 second intervals until mostly melted, add in chocolate chips, heat 30 seconds. Remove and mix cocoa butter/chocolate (I use a chopstick). Add any eo/fo to the melted mix after it cools a bit, stir well. Add cocoa butter/chocolate to dry ingredients, mix well with chopstick, and with hands if necessary (careful, it might still be hot!) Pack into candy molds of 1T size or bigger. Pop into freezer for about 10 min, take out, pop out, Wala! I use about 2 per bath, and it's not over-oily from the cocoa butter. If you like it a bit oilier, you can up the cocoa butter a bit. Crumble it into the bath when the water is being drawn, since it doesn't melt much on it's own.

Word of warning: don't re-heat these. I had a batch that was a bit crumbly, and I tought I could reheat it, but I got a gooey mess. So, if you have a crumbly batch, either crumble it all up and add more cocoa butter, or just crumble and put in a jar.

I was thinking you could make chocolate-milk bath fizzies by replacing the cornstarch with powdered milk, use .5-.75 oz cocoa butter per 8T dry ingredients, add chocolate FO, and make it like the bon-bons. Also, I've made bath bombs using .5oz shea butter per 8T dry ingredients, and right from the freezer they're fine (I made a 2oz one in a muffin tin and the bath was at about just the right oily level for me) but later they got a bit crumbly. Maybe the mix needs a bit more shea than cocoa butter (since I also made some with .5oz cocoa per 8T and they're just fine). anyway, the 2oz shea butter bath bomb lasted about 4.5 mins!

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Bath Bombs from Pat
10 Tbsp Baking Soda
5 Tbsp Cornstarch
5 Tbsp Citric Acid
1 1/2 Tbsp Safflower or Canola oil (any light oil will do, I use Sw. Alm. Oil)
1/2 Tbsp water
pinch of borax
EO or FO - about a tablespoon

Sieve dry ingred. In a jar, mix oils, water, and borax and shake well. Drizzle into dry ingred. and then work with hands. Press firmly into mold and then just pop out. They do firm up almost immediately. DON'T leave them in the mold too long, or bake them as in some other recipes.
I use candy molds to mold mine.
Pat Sweetman

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Another Bath Bomb
1/4 cup citric acid
3/4 cup baking soda
Witch hazel

Combine dry ingredients, mist with witch hazel and stir. When the mixture will stick to itself when squeezed in the hand pack it into your molds. When it is dry remove it from the molds.

There are many things you can add before misting to make the recipe your own creation. Try adding a little ground herb or spice for color and Essential oil or Fragrance oil for scent.

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Bath Cookies
For those who love to bake, these cookies are fun, fragrant, and nonfattening; in fact they are good for your skin. They consist of skin-softening sea salt, vitamin E oil, and eggs. Simply drop one or two of these cookie tablets into a warm bath and relax.

2 cups finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons light oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil ( I buy capsule and squeeze the oil out of it )
2 eggs
5-6 drops essential oil of your choice- chamomile is nice

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the ingredients. Take a teaspoon of the dough and roll it gently into a ball ( about 1- inch in diameter ). Continue doing this with all the dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. ( You can decorate the cookies with clove buds, anise seeds, or dried citrus peel if you wish. ) Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned ( do not overbake ). Allow the cookies to cool completely. To use: Drop 1 to 2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve. Store in decorative tin marked BATH COOKIES. YIELD: 24 cookies. Enough for 12 baths.
Contributed by Judy Phillips

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Inexpensive Bath Salts

6-7 cups Regular rock salt
2 cups Epsom salt
4-5 tbsp mineral oil or baby oil*
5 drops blue food coloring and 5 drops green
Place in a large glass bowl and stir well until evenly mixed.

Place in sandwich size bags then lower into wax paper sanwich bags. Bunch the top of the bag together and tie with a peice of lace or ribbon for gift giving. (The waxpaper bag appeals to me for both looks and function, because the oil may bleed through the plastic bag.)

Christine 1/16/03

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Bath Salt/Milk Bath Idea

You can make peppermint bath salts, divide in half, color one red, get some clear jars and make a 'candycane' stripe bath salt! For kids, how about a chocolate-milk bath? Just put a couple of Tablespoons powdered coca in a couple of cups powdered milk!

Christine 1/16/03

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Links to more recipes and directions
Heres a site with a step by step guide to make bath bombs
Our House
Brett Polhuse 12/03/98

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