I absolutely love bath salts. In the past I’ve posted tutorials for making rainbow bath salts and for making a stress-relieving lavender-magnesium bath soak, but I’ve never posted a tutorial about baking plain old bath salts. Sometimes simple is best, and with the holidays coming up, this simple DIY is a great go-to gift if you’re looking for something thoughtful, easy to make, and affordable.
So why bake bath salts? Well, you don’t really have to. But your finished bath salts will have oils in them, which will lead to some clumping after a while. Baking your salt/oil mixture will help it stay clump-free and looking fresh, which is particularly important if you’re giving the salts as a gift (or baking them well in advance!). It’s an easy process that really helps your gift look polished. So let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup sea salt–or if you want to try something new (read: more expensive), you can use Himalayan Pink, dendritic, or, my favorite, Celtic.
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 3/4 tbsp sweet almond oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp essential oil of your choice
- Food coloring
- Measuring cups, bowl, baking sheet, foil, oven, spoon
(Don’t use any ingredients you’re allergic to, and always spot test new ingredients to make sure you don’t have a reaction to them 🙂 Use your best judgment.)
Step 1: Mix the Epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add the oils and stir.
Step 2: Add the food coloring. A little bit goes a long way, and remember, you can always add more to tweak the color. Mix well.
Step 3: Cover your pan with foil and spread the salt mixture evenly over the foil. I used two layers of foil. Pop it in the over for about 15 minutes at 175.
Step 4: Every 5 minutes, take the pan out and gently mix the salts with your spoon. This is why I suggest using two sheets of aluminum foil–one might rip. I also used a wooden spoon.
Step 5: When 15 minutes have passed, take the pan out of the oven and let the salts cool completely, mixing them as they cool. Once they’ve cooled completely, store in air-tight containers and give these as gifts to your lucky friends.
Note: It’s a good idea to let these sit out for a few hours before packaging them, even after they’ve cooled. One reader had an issue with a jar exploding when she put them into a jar and sealed it too soon. I stored my salts in plastic baggies after they had cooled completely, but I did leave the baggies open while I was in the kitchen working on multiple colors/scents at once.
If you aren’t sure what scent to give someone, consider a scent sampler, which also looks really nice if you color each scent differently.
Here’s my sampler lineup…
If you liked this post, definitely check out my 10 easiest DIY beauty gifts post here!