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DIY Bath Salts with Aromatherapy Orange and Peppermint

Learn how to make DIY bath salts with your favorite essential oils and baking soda! Decorate the container and add a scoop for a unique gift.

Orange and Peppermint DIY Bath Salts

Hello, friends! I’m thrilled to be here today sharing a fun, easy and completely customizable gift-idea for the holidays – DIY bath salts!

I had no idea how easy these would be to put together, and I love how you can change out the scents, and even add some coloring, to make this recipe completely your own.

Think of the endless possibilities for recipients: neighbors, mailmen or women, teachers, co-workers, Mother’s Day . . . it’s really awesome how much you can make and for such a small price.

Peppermint bath salts

Homemade Bath Salts

You can buy a lot of the supplies for your salts at Dollar Tree. Talk about gift ideas on a budget! Before we get started, I wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions about this project. If you’re not interested, scroll to the bottom for the how-to. Otherwise, I hope these help!

What are benefits of epsom salt?

Epsom salt is a chemical compound of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. From my research, the sulphates in in the salt flush out toxins and heavy metals. The process is called reverse osmosis, and it literally pulls toxins out of your body.

As far as the magnesium, it’s able to enter the body through the skin, reducing swelling and relieving aches. It’s also thought that Epsom salts are effective for soothing skin and reducing irritation and itching.

Why do you put baking soda in bath salts?

Baking soda has cleansing and detoxifying properties that may help to purify the body and boost immunity.

Bath salt gift ideas in mason jars

How do you keep bath salts from clumping?

If they are used in a reasonable amount of time, I find the clumping is avoided. But here’s an option for you: baking. Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes. It will help reduce clumping of the salts.

How do you make foam bath salts?

If you want to turn these into foaming salts, you’ll need to add the following:

Mix these together with the dry ingredients. You can still add the essential oils – with dry ingredients you might want to add some additional drops.

DIY bath salts with baking soda - in a mason jar with a wooden spoon tied on a top

Ready to get started? Here’s the recipe!

Gather These Supplies

  • 2 cups epsom salt
  • 3 Tbsp. baking soda
  • Essential oils (approximately 35 drops)
  • Clear containers like mason jars (this recipe fills three small jars)
  • Embellishments for packaging – scrapbook paper, baker’s twine, wood spoons, washi tape, stamps
Supplies to make DIY bath salts - epsom salt, pure baking soda, mason jars, and essential oils

Step 1: Add the epsom salt and baking soda to a large bowl, mixing well.

Epsom salt and baking soda in a metal mixing bowl with a white measuring cup sitting next to the bowl

Step 2: Add in your essential oils. I chose Wild Orange (20 drops) and Peppermint (15 drops). Mix well. If you are adding coloring, this would be the time to add them into the mixture. Stir thoroughly until completely combined.

Dropping essential oils on baking soda and epsom salt to make bath salts

Step 3: Spoon the mixture into the containers (see how easy that was?!) and embellish to your heart’s content. I used a bit of washi tape and stamps to decorate wooden spoons, and mod podged a piece of marbled paper to the top of each lid.

Wooden spoons with washi tape and letters stamped SOAK

Tie with a piece of baker’s twine and you’re done! You have the perfect gift for friends, teachers, and even yourself (I won’t tell!). Maybe make a double batch?

Bath salts in mason jars with baker's twine and wooden spoons
Yield: About 2 cups

DIY Bath Salts

Bath salt gift ideas in mason jars

This DIY bath salt recipe is perfect for gifts! Use any essential oils that you like to make this aromatherapy treat in a jar.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 2 C epsom salt
  • 3 T baking soda
  • Essential oils (approximately 35 drops)
  • Clear containers like mason jars (this recipe fills 3 small jars)
  • Embellishments for packaging – scrapbook paper, baker’s twine, wood spoons, washi tape, stamps

Tools

  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring cups

Instructions

  1. Add your epsom salt and baking soda to a bowl; mix well.
  2. Add in essential oils. I used Wild Orange (20 drops) and Peppermint (15 drops). Mix well. If adding coloring, this would be the time to add them into your mixture.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the containers and embellish to your heart’s content.
  4. Tie with a piece of bakers twine, and the gifts are done.

Notes

Cost of this project varies depending on supplies you already have on hand. I had washi tape, stamps, twine, and other embellishments, as well as the spoons.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a rating or share a photo on Pinterest!

Thank you so much for letting me share with you today. You can find lots of other tutorials and inspiration on my blog. Have a lovely day!


Do you need a similar gift idea? Check out these DIY Lush inspired bath bombs or this cinnamon sugar hand scrub recipe:

This cinnamon sugar hand scrub recipe smells like delicious baked goods! Make your hands soft and is perfect for a gift idea. So easy!

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Jannike

Saturday 10th of November 2018

How much do you add to the bath?

Amy

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Between 2 - 5 tablespoons - I'd start with 2 - 3 and see if you like it, then you can add more!

Candie

Sunday 29th of January 2017

Love this recipe...great for teacher gifts!

Sara

Thursday 5th of January 2017

What size (in ounces) are the jars you used?

Joyce

Friday 21st of October 2016

If adding color... what kind? Brand name? Is it safe for your body.

Amy

Saturday 22nd of October 2016

Hi Joyce! If you want to add color, I recommend something like this: http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/soap-cosmetic-colorants/dye-lake-neon.aspx

Paige

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

I love the orange and peppermint combination together! I love bath salts, and have everything to make these in my house. I'll be trying this soon!

Paige http://www.thehappyflammily.com/

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