Make Your Own Scented Bath Salts
Nothing quite beats the feeling of sinking into a warm scented bath after a long day. Troubles have a habit of wafting away in the clouds of fragrance; and, if you make your own bath salts using your own favourite perfume oils you can create a truly bespoke and utterly relaxing spa experience.
Plus, by making your own bath salts (or indeed cosmetics in general) you can control what goes into them, and so as well as being just how you like them you know that they will be gentle on your skin and free from additional chemicals.
Make The Bath Salts
The basic ingredients you will need to make your own bath salts are Table Salt, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) and Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) All of these ingredients should be fairly easy to get hold of, either locally or online- but it is not essential to have them all, so work with what you have.
It’s important to get the proportions right though!
As a general rule, mix 3 parts Epsom Salts to 2 parts Baking Soda and 1 part Table Salt. Thoroughly combine these three ingredients together in a bowl- they will form the base from which you can then add your fragrance oils to create your own unique scent combination.
Now that you have made the base for your bath salts you can begin mixing in your fragrance oils drop by drop; stirring as you go with a metal spoon. (A wooden spoon may absorb the oil, so a metal one is better.)
Here are a few lovely tried and tested combinations to inspire you:
The Ultimate Chill Out
Green food colouring optional
Drift Away To The Lavender Fields Of Provence...
Purple Food Colouring and dried lavender petals optional
This One’s Too Good Not To Share...
Cinnamon (Just two drops if using real Essential Oil- this is a particularly potent oil)
Red Food Colouring and dried rose petals Optional
Might Just Inspire Some Wisdom From Within...
Lily Of The Valley/Lotus
If you wish you can colour your new bath salts by adding a few drops of food colouring to your bowl and mixing well. For example, a few drops of red will give a pretty pale pink hue to your salts. Dried flower petals also make a pretty and romantic addition, although too many and you may clog up your plughole!
Remember to be careful when using real essential oils, as they are potent and some of them can irritate the skin at higher concentrations. This is why we recommend only using a few drops of cinnamon oil in your bath salts. Safe concentration levels will depend on each individual oil, but as a very general rule try not to use more than 10 drops of essential oil for each half cup of bath salts.
You can be more generous with synthetic fragrance oils of course- though do make sure that you are buying genuine cosmetic grade oils, rather than oil burning or pot pourri oils which are not intended for application on the skin. Be fairly sparing with your fragrance oils and you can’t really get into much trouble!
Now all you need to do is run the bath, and relax with your new handmade bath salts...Bliss!