Now that I have an en suite bathroom with my own tub, I’ve gotten a little bit obsessed with luxurious, piping hot baths made all the more opulent with scented bath products, lots of candles, a hot mug of tea (or a cold glass of bubbly), and a good book (or a fun bathing partner!)
Splashing around in bubbles or soaking in the scents of gorgeous bath salts turn an ordinary bath into a calming indulgence that will also soothe aching muscles and moisturize tired skin. Unfortunately the good stuff usually comes with a hefty price tag, which is why I’ve taken to making my own. They’re a fraction of the price and you get to decide exactly how you want them to smell.
Custom bath salts couldn’t be easier to make and they also make a thoughtful gift. Here’s how I do it:
1 cup Dead Sea mineral salt*
1 cup Epsom Salts
1/2 cup Himalayan rock salt*
1/2 cup baking soda
10-15 drops of essential oils
1/4 tsp food colouring** – or to desired colour (optional)
Mix ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Pour 1/2 – 1 cup into a hot bath and give them a good swoosh to dissolve.
* You can replace either or both of these ingredients with ordinary rock salt for a less expensive alternative.
** Most supermarket food colourings have yucky ingredients like propelyne glycol, but shops like Whole Foods do have options that are completely natural.
The salts soothe tired muscles, reduce inflammation, and draw toxins out of the skin, while the baking soda softens the water and alleviates skin irritation. You can choose essential oils based on the mood you want to create or use them for their therapeutic properties. I buy almost all of mine online from Mystic Moments. This batch was Rose Vanilla but next time I’m going to try bergamot, grapefruit, and ylang ylang – heavenly!
What do you think makes the perfect bath? Have you ever tried making your own bath salts?