Homemade Gift Idea: Bath Salts

Bath salts are an easy and inexpensive homemade gift. The basic ingredients can be found in most any store such as Walmart or Target. The exception to this is the essential oil or fragrance oil. If you are doing small projects such as this one the best way to find the fragrance or essential oil is on ebay.com. If you plan on making a lot of items that need these types of oil then you can also try SweetCakes ( http://sweetcakes.com/ )for a nice variety of scents.

Basic Bath Salts
Crystal Miller

1 ½ cups Epson salt
1 cup baking soda
½ cup sea salt
Essential oil or fragrance oil, your choice

Mix all ingredients together well. I find using my hands to do this does the best job. Put in glass canning jars or zip-type bags for gift giving.

Now, lets make some bath salts!!

Gather your ingredients together…

Measure the Epsom salts into a bowl…

Then the baking soda…

And the sea salt…

Stir it around real well to make sure it is combined…

Now add your fragrance oil (or essential oil). I used warm vanilla sugar from sweetcakes.com for this batch. The amount you add depends on how mild or strong you want the scent. Add several drops at a time and then use your hands to mix it in. Otherwise you will end up with tiny lumps of super strong bath salts! :) Smell it and see if you want to add more..

When you are done you can spoon it into any type of container for giving away. The basic recipe will fill 4 half pint canning jars. You put a lid on the jars and decorate with ribbon, fabric, a homemade label, etc.. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make as much as you need.




  1. I absolutely love this idea! Thank you so much!

  2. Oh I am so excited about this recipe. Most store bath salts irritate me...:( Looking forward to sharing this as a gift!

  3. How much do you suggest for a bath?

  4. These sound wonderful!

    A word of caution though:

    In some areas one might need to be careful with labeling these. Where I live in Ohio, there have been recent crack-downs on the use, buying and selling of drugs called bath salts.


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